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    • ambitiouspanda
    • By ambitiouspanda 17th Oct 16, 8:43 PM
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    Newbie saving - what bank?
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    • 17th Oct 16, 8:43 PM
    Newbie saving - what bank? 17th Oct 16 at 8:43 PM
    So, every month I put aside between 1000-2000 roughly 1500. Yes, every month I earn about 2500 but I'm living at home with my parents.

    Lucky me. At first I wanted to buy ASAP but I think I'm just going to continue saving and hopefully meet someone and buy something together in London. God willing.

    So, I'm with Lloyds and they offered me a 2 year ISA with a fixed rate of either 0.5 or 0.05.. Probably the latter

    Do any of you home buyers/savers/owners recommend a bank and a type of account?

    I'm also opening a another cash ISA 1st Jan once I get the ISA for my mortgage for this year! Until then my savings will just go into normal savings account.

    Open to all advice...

    I had a target for 7000-9000 savings but life.. should definitely save 6000 though.
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    • xylophone
    • By xylophone 17th Oct 16, 9:36 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 9:36 PM
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    • 17th Oct 16, 9:36 PM
    A Nationwide Flexdirect and monthly saver and a couple of Tesco current accounts for a start.

    Have you opened a Help to Buy ISA?Lifetime ISA from next year.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/508117/Lifetime_ISA_explained.pdf
    • Eco Miser
    • By Eco Miser 18th Oct 16, 12:16 AM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 12:16 AM
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    • 18th Oct 16, 12:16 AM
    Generally speaking, you should not have a cash ISA, the rates are terrible and you can earn 1000 in interest before you pay tax on it (500 for higher rate payers) anyway. If you do have a cash ISA you can usually continue with the same one, no need to open another.
    A Help To Buy ISA is different, the government gives you a big bonus when you buy, which swamps most other considerations.

    Banks, have lots of them, starting with xylophone's suggestions, and continuing with the others listed here. Note that some rates are dropping in January, so that table may be a little misleading.

    Lloyds Bank is currently paying me 4% on over 5000 - you've missed the boat on that but 2% (3% on their regular saver) is way better than that % you mention - and 5% is even better (Nationwide, First Direct, HSBC, M&S Regular Savers).
    Eco Miser
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    • ambitiouspanda
    • By ambitiouspanda 22nd Oct 16, 12:33 PM
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    • 22nd Oct 16, 12:33 PM
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    • 22nd Oct 16, 12:33 PM
    Generally speaking, you should not have a cash ISA, the rates are terrible and you can earn 1000 in interest before you pay tax on it (500 for higher rate payers) anyway. If you do have a cash ISA you can usually continue with the same one, no need to open another.
    A Help To Buy ISA is different, the government gives you a big bonus when you buy, which swamps most other considerations.

    Banks, have lots of them, starting with xylophone's suggestions, and continuing with the others listed here. Note that some rates are dropping in January, so that table may be a little misleading.

    Lloyds Bank is currently paying me 4% on over 5000 - you've missed the boat on that but 2% (3% on their regular saver) is way better than that % you mention - and 5% is even better (Nationwide, First Direct, HSBC, M&S Regular Savers).
    Originally posted by Eco Miser
    I am trying to figure out what bank to go with.. Barclays seems to have a better rate atm.. nationwide want 3K deposit for 2%.. etc.. do you recommend any?

    I don't know if the ISA is beneficial as I would like to save more than 200 p/m. Or should I open up a cash ISA next year on top of the help to buy ISA and save the other half of my money (I usually save 1-2k per month). Opening an ISA could mean I would have 800-1800 lingering around... any advice would be great.
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    1) Save 3000-4000!
    • TheShape
    • By TheShape 22nd Oct 16, 3:41 PM
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    • 22nd Oct 16, 3:41 PM
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    • 22nd Oct 16, 3:41 PM
    I am trying to figure out what bank to go with.. Barclays seems to have a better rate atm.. nationwide want 3K deposit for 2%.. etc.. do you recommend any?

    I don't know if the ISA is beneficial as I would like to save more than 200 p/m. Or should I open up a cash ISA next year on top of the help to buy ISA and save the other half of my money (I usually save 1-2k per month). Opening an ISA could mean I would have 800-1800 lingering around... any advice would be great.
    Originally posted by ambitiouspanda
    I have no idea what Nationwide account you're looking at.

    Go back to post #2 by xylophone. Open a FlexDirect account for 5% interest on 2.5k (you must fund this account with 1000 p/m). Open a Flexclusive Regular saver into which 500 p/m can go.

    Do you have a Help to Buy ISA?
    • darkidoe
    • By darkidoe 22nd Oct 16, 3:44 PM
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    • 22nd Oct 16, 3:44 PM
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    • 22nd Oct 16, 3:44 PM
    You need to read this: Regular Savings account listing all the current top rates for regular savers
    and then
    High Interest Accounts
    and then
    open a HTB ISA as recommended above.

    What rates does Barclays have?

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    • enthusiasticsaver
    • By enthusiasticsaver 22nd Oct 16, 5:46 PM
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    • 22nd Oct 16, 5:46 PM
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    • 22nd Oct 16, 5:46 PM
    Nationwide definitely, both the flex direct and the flexclusive regular saver. You can put a maximum of 2500 in the flex direct and 500 per month in the regular saver. Both of those will give you 5%. First Direct, Hsbc and M and S will also give you 5% although you will have to open current accounts too. Alternatively you could use Tesco current accounts (maximum of 2 I think) which will pay you 3% on up to 3000 each.

    Don't bother with cash isas. The rates on them are terrible. Exception is help to buy isa which gives you free money.
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    • Eco Miser
    • By Eco Miser 23rd Oct 16, 12:27 AM
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    • 23rd Oct 16, 12:27 AM
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    • 23rd Oct 16, 12:27 AM
    nationwide want 3K deposit for 2%.. etc.. do you recommend any?
    Originally posted by ambitiouspanda
    What account is that? Their flexDirect pays 5% on 2.5k and their Flexclusive Saver 5% on 500 per month -- as you've already been told.
    I don't know if the ISA is beneficial as I would like to save more than 200 p/m.
    Originally posted by ambitiouspanda
    So you save more than 200 pm, of which 200 is HTB ISA, and earns a 25% bonus when you buy your house.
    Or should I open up a cash ISA next year on top of the help to buy ISA and save the other half of my money (I usually save 1-2k per month). Opening an ISA could mean I would have 800-1800 lingering around... any advice would be great.
    Originally posted by ambitiouspanda
    If you have a regular excess income you want to save, use a Regular Saver account (or two, or three, or six). Accounts on that link total 1300 pm @5%, and another 1000pm @3% or more.

    Only use ISAs if they pay more than you could get elsewhere (all these current and Regular Saver accounts paying over 3%)
    Eco Miser
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    • ambitiouspanda
    • By ambitiouspanda 25th Oct 16, 3:24 PM
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    • 25th Oct 16, 3:24 PM
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    • 25th Oct 16, 3:24 PM
    Nationwide definitely, both the flex direct and the flexclusive regular saver. You can put a maximum of 2500 in the flex direct and 500 per month in the regular saver. Both of those will give you 5%. First Direct, Hsbc and M and S will also give you 5% although you will have to open current accounts too. Alternatively you could use Tesco current accounts (maximum of 2 I think) which will pay you 3% on up to 3000 each.

    Don't bother with cash isas. The rates on them are terrible. Exception is help to buy isa which gives you free money.
    Originally posted by enthusiasticsaver

    I am so excited ! I just opened my Nationwide account online and was accepted! Let the savings begin!!
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    • ambitiouspanda
    • By ambitiouspanda 25th Oct 16, 3:25 PM
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    What account is that? Their flexDirect pays 5% on 2.5k and their Flexclusive Saver 5% on 500 per month -- as you've already been told.
    So you save more than 200 pm, of which 200 is HTB ISA, and earns a 25% bonus when you buy your house.If you have a regular excess income you want to save, use a Regular Saver account (or two, or three, or six). Accounts on that link total 1300 pm @5%, and another 1000pm @3% or more.

    Only use ISAs if they pay more than you could get elsewhere (all these current and Regular Saver accounts paying over 3%)
    Originally posted by Eco Miser
    Thank you so much!!! This is so helpful!
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