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Go Ahead And Save Your Money With These Affordable Savings Plans

These account policies have low initial deposit, maintaining balance, or both
By John Paulo Aguilera for |


There was a time when you had to have at least five figures to open a savings account in your neighborhood bank. Hence, those who couldn't afford settled with pig-shaped containers where their money wasn't exactly safe from being spent.


Good thing these institutions realized the feasibility of lowering the initial placement amount and fashioned cheapÂbanking policies. Suddenly, people don't have an excuse to stow away for emergencies and situations in which they need extra cash.


And the most economical choices? FHM listed four that require only three figures.

(Click each entry for additional information.)


EastWest Bank Basic Savings

Open an account for: the price of a one-piece chicken meal


The domestic bank offers a savings plan with a ridiculously low initial deposit and maintaining balance: Php100, and we're not talking about a kids account. Your earnings (interest rate of 0.125 percent per annum), which begins at the Php500 balance, is documented through electronic statement and evidenced by a debit card. Funds are accessible over-the-counter, via ATM, EastWest Online, and Visa merchants worldwide.





BPI Kaya Savings

Open an account for: the price of your regular Grab/Uber trip

Double the account opening value for the first option (Php200) and get double the interest (0.25 percent), once you reach a daily balance of Php2000. While the oldest bank in the country doesn't require a maintaning balance, it charges every time you withdraw in any BPI Express Teller ATM (Php5), over-the-counter (Php100) and "other customer-initiated debits," not to mention a Debit Card fee (Php150).




China Bank Savings Easi-Save Passbook

Open an account for: the price of a department store wallet


The first privately owned local commercial bank may be relatively steep (Php500) compared to the previous entries, but so is the interest rate of .5percent per annum. Recorded in an Easi-Save Passbook, this policy needs a one-thousand peso minimum maintaining balance to grow. There is also an ATM variation called Easi-Save Basic that has zero initial deposit and zero minimum balance (.5 percent p..a.). For just P100, applicants will be issued a personalized card right away.





RCBC Savings Bank Basic Savings

Open an account for: how much your water bill is after moving out

Same initial placement as the one above but lower interest (.25 percent) credited monthly to the account and higher average daily balance (P25,000) to start reaping the benefits. Manage your cash reserve through RCBC Savings Bank, Bancnet, ExpressNet, Megalink ATM machines, RCBC Online Banking. The deal is rather flexible, though, when it comes to currencies: available in dollar, yen and euro.





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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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