Welcome to How I Save Money. Every month the members of The Wealth, Money & Life Network choose a topic to post on and we each give our own perspective on our respective blogs. Our topic for the month of July is Interest Rates and we wrote about Emergency Funds in May and Gas in June.

I recently got some interest income from my ING accounts and this gave my balances a nice little lift. I do not try to calculate how much interest I will be getting, nor do I count on it as a given. I am just happy to get it when I do get it and I treat it as a bonus.

Now I know that many people think this is not a very good approach to managing my finances but I I am content as of now to treat my interest income as passive income.

I do not have to do anything extra to get it because my paycheck is automatically deposited into an interest bearing account and all of my transfers are also set up to occur automatically.

I do log into my accounts every few days to make sure everything was sent on time but I really do not have to do any work at all to get my interest.

Right now ING offers me  the following interest rates:

  • Savings 3.00%
  • Checking 1.74%
  • 6 Month CD 3.30%

These rates are good for me, even though there are other banks that claim to offer higher rates on savings. In truth, many of the other banks have higher rates for a limited amount of time and then after the trial period, they drop to lower than ING’s rates. I would much rather get this steady rate for now than have to deal with the hassle of moving money all around the place all the time….so I have stopped being a rate chaser.

Do you continue to chase rates or are you satisfied with the rates that you currently earn?

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