Do you still use your sock drawer o kutson sa bahay as a savings account? If yes, then we won’t judge!
However, hindi ideal ang pagtatago ng savings sa bahay. Besides being prone to theft or calamity, it reduces the buying power of your savings due to inflation. Inflation ang pagtaas ng presyo ng goods and services over a period of time. Sa pagtaas ng inflation rate, bumababa rin ang value ng iyong pera.
For example: Nag-iipon ka ng Php 20,000 na pambili ng Gucci bag on your 30th birthday. If that’s ten years from now, then tataas pa ang current price ng bag. Thus, by 2031, kulang na ang iyong Php 20,000. This is especially kung tinago mo lang ang pambili sa bahay.
So para hindi mabawasan ang value ng pera, it’s best to deposit savings into a savings account. It’s the safest place to keep money for short-term and long-term goals. Because savings accounts earn interest, ito rin ang easiest, most accessible way to earn passive income.
Sa dami ng savings accounts out there, mapipilitan ka talagang mag-research to find the best one for you. Para hindi ma-overwhelm with features, always review these factors before mag-sign up.
Factors to review when choosing a savings account
- Interest rate. The annual percentage of your savings na nakukuha mo mula sa bangko for keeping your money deposited. Getting a high interest rate ensures that your savings will grow faster.
- Initial deposit. Ito ang minimum amount required to open an account.
- Maintaining balance. Ito ang amount na dapat maiwan sa account every month to avoid maintenance fees.
- Additional interest rates. Some savings accounts offer higher interest rates when you meet certain account balances. For example, GSave has a base annual interest of 2.6%. However, pwede itong tumaas up to 4% kapag nag-maintain ka ng average daily balance of P100,000.
- Fees, taxes, and charges. Ang naipong interest ng iyong account ay subject sa 20% final withholding tax from BIR. Also, you may be charged for not meeting the maintaining balance. May other charges din for going over the free number of withdrawals, closing the account, and more.
- Freebies. May mga savings accounts with free insurance, credit card, personal checks, cash credits, o iba pang rewards.
- Your personal saving habits. How often do you deposit or withdraw? Do you need to work on your impulse control? Then choose an account that’s forgiving in terms of fees, charges, or multiple withdrawals.
With this in mind, heto ang iba’t ibang savings accounts na available sa Pilipinas sa ngayon.