“But I earn $300/year from switching banks!”
July 03rd, 2008 - 33 Comments
A little comment exchange on yesterday’s post about not switching banks to get an extra 0.25% interest:
I’m one of those rate-chasers, so [with $40k in emergency savings], I’ve consistently been earning anywhere between 0.65-0.85% higher than my operating money market account… That’s an extra $300/year in interest, which is definitely worth changing banks every 4-6 months for me.
Mike: If you were smart enough to sock away $40k in an emergency fund (which is really impressive, btw), I bet you’re smart enough to spend your time doing something better than earning $300 year — something that will sustainably let you earn much more. You’re only earning $0.82/day doing that!
How about spending the same time optimizing your asset allocation? That step alone is probably worth thousands per year. Or starting a side business? Have you considered reading 5 new books about personal finance, entrepreneurship, psychology, whatever? Or even spending those few hours with your family? I don’t know what you value, but in my eyes, any of those things would produce more value than $300/year…especially for someone who’s so far ahead of everyone else, like you are.
This is just my 2 cents…~1/40th of what you earned today (sorry, couldn’t resist).
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