5 Best Places to Keep Cash Besides the Bank

5 Best Places to Keep Cash Besides the Bank
The best place for your cash always depends on your personal goals. Photo: jcomp, Freepik

By Mayers Sealy

Let's face it, banks are the go-to for most people. They are safe, convenient, and insured by the FDIC up to $250,000 per depositor.

However, having too much cash in your bank account can actually drain your wealth due to the inflation we are experiencing right now.

So, it's better to evaluate other options for keeping your cash safe, considering security, accessibility, and potential returns.


High-Yield Savings Accounts

Think of these as super-powered savings accounts. They offer much higher interest rates than traditional savings accounts, meaning your money grows a little faster. The catch? They can have minimum balance requirements or restrictions on how often you can withdraw cash.


Money Market Accounts

These combine checking and savings features. You get a checkbook and a debit card for easy access but also enjoy interest earned on your balance. However, similar to high-yield savings accounts, there can be limitations on withdrawals.

Read More: CDs vs. saving accounts: Which are better for you?


Certificates of Deposit (CDs)

CDs are essentially contracts with a bank. You agree to lock away your cash for a set period (usually a few months to a few years) in exchange for a guaranteed interest rate. The longer the commitment, the higher the rate. Remember, you can't access your money before the CD matures without facing penalties.


Treasury Bills

Want an ultra-safe option backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government? Look no further than Treasury bills, or T-bills. These are a short-term debt obligation issued by the U.S. Treasury and backed by the U.S. government with a maturity of one year or less. They offer low returns, but the security is unbeatable.


Peer-to-Peer Lending

Feeling social with your cash? Peer-to-peer lending platforms connect you with borrowers who need loans. You essentially act as a mini-bank, lending your money directly to others and earning interest in return. Keep in mind, that peer-to-peer lending involves risk, as there's a chance borrowers might default on their loans.

Other Options

For the truly adventurous, there are alternative options like real estate (buying property to rent out), or even collectibles (think rare coins or sports cards). These can be lucrative, but also come with significant risks and require substantial research.

Read More: Where Is the Best Place to Put Your Savings?

Ultimately, the best place for your cash depends on your personal needs and risk tolerance. If you're unsure, consulting a financial advisor can help you choose the best option that suits your goals.

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Finance Magazine: 5 Best Places to Keep Cash Besides the Bank
5 Best Places to Keep Cash Besides the Bank
Banks are the first choice for most people, but you can choose other options based on your personal needs and risk tolerance.
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