Looking for a place to stash your cash?
More than a quarter of Americans don’t have a savings account, according to recent data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. That means we’re missing out on the joys of interest, an effortless way your money can make money for you. (Psst… that’s free money.)
The key to finding the best savings account is to look for one with a high interest rate and few (or ideally no) fees.
3 Smart Savings Accounts You’ve Never Heard of
Interest rates fluctuate with the market. The average savings account pays out 0.09% APY, according to October 2018 data from Bankrate.
With that in mind, we rounded up some unexpected savings options that offer high interest rates so you can make the best choice for your money.
1. Varo Savings Account: Earn 1.75% Interest
It’s time to move your money into the 21st century. An iOS app called Varo Money combines traditional banking tools with modern technology to help its customers become financially healthy.
Here’s the best part: Pair your Bank Account with a Varo Savings Account where you’ll earn 1.75% annual percentage yield. That’s nearly 20 times — repeat, 20 times — the average savings account.
2. CIT Bank Flexible Savings Builder: Earn 2.15% Interest
CIT Bank (not to be confused with Citibank) offers a few high-yield savings options, including its flexible savings builder, which offers interest rates nearly 24 times the average.
You’ll qualify for the 2.15% interest rate when you deposit at least $100 a month into your account. To make this transaction automatic, initiate a direct deposit of at least $100 from your paycheck.
3. Digit: Earn a 1% Savings Bonus
Digit is an app that helps you effortlessly build your savings. Link your checking account to the app and, depending on your goals, its algorithms will determine small (and safe!) amounts of money to withdraw into its separate FDIC-insured savings account.
It offers an annual 1% savings bonus, which is issued every three months and is still higher than most other savings accounts.
The app is free for your first 30 days, then costs $2.99 a month.
Bonus: Long Game Savings: Earn 0.1% APY Plus Cash Winnings
A savings app called Long Game turns saving money into a game. Plus, you’ll earn interest on your balance and even have opportunities to win cash by playing games.
I used Long Game to save money. Every two weeks, it snuck $5 out of my bank account and rewarded me with coins.
In two months, I saved $35.70. Plus, my winnings amounted to a gain of about 2% — way higher than interest on any other savings account.
Once you link your bank account, you’ll earn 300 coins, so you can start playing while you wait for payday. Plus, Penny Hoarders can enter the code PENNY to get a bonus 500 coins.
*Carson Kohler (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.
*This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.