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For as long as I've driven a car I've always had AAA insurance. My parents had it, it is what they picked for me, and what I've continued using as an adult. I've never had any issues with AAA. When I had my car broken into they covered the damages that were caused to the car and took care of me real well. There have been some rate increases, but they are modest and still competitively priced compared to other companies. I'd definitely recommend AAA if they are in your area and an option for your own personal car insurance.
One of the reasons I decided to go with Chase is because I found their mobile check cashing app really neat. There is something just really futuristic about being able to take a photo for check and have the funds deposited immediately. Chase also had some very enticing sign up offers such as a free $300 sign up bonus which I was able to take advantage of. I am not a fan of how their checking account requires direct deposit to be free. Thankfully only ONE of the checking accounts needs to have Direct Deposit. Me and my wife both have our own separate accounts linked together, and her direct deposit keeps the checking free. Other banks I have been with required each account to have direct deposit to be free, so this was nice for them to be realistic with the requirements.
I originally signed up with Star One Credit union because of a friends recommendation. I was moving back home and wanted to find a credit union that had good service and a lot of ATMs, and that's why I liked most about Star One Credit Union. Of all the credit unions in my area they had the most ATMs, which means I wouldn't be struggling to find one when I needed money. The checking account had minimum balance requirements, but they did pay interest which was nice. After forgetting to move money between my savings and checking accounts at my last credit union I decided I would rather just put all my money in one account and not have to worry about it over drafting.
When I was going to school in Texas I used City Credit Union for my primary checking account. I didn't have a steady income so I couldn't qualify for the free checking accounts elsewhere which required direct deposit. City Credit Union had a completely free checking account that only required $25 to open it. No service fees and minimum balance requirements made it the perfect choice for me. On top of that, they also offer a Visa Check Card to make purchases with your checking account. If you are a student I would recommend looking into their free student checking account.