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17 Essential Checking Account Features

17 Essential Checking Account Features

A checking account offers a simple way to handle your finances. You can easily receive your paycheck, shop with your debit card, pay your bills, transfer funds, and much more.

Our quick guide is here to explain all the features and benefits you should look for when choosing the best account for your needs and wants. Read on for our full list of checking account features!

1. No Monthly Fee

There are two easy ways you can avoid paying a monthly service charge on your checking account. First, you can choose a simple account like Listerhill Credit Union's Everyday Checking, which offers no monthly fee and no minimum balance.

Alternatively, you can choose a premium account like Growth Checking, which waives the $10 monthly fee as long as you keep your balance above $1,000. The choice is yours!

2. Earn Interest

If you want to earn interest on your balance, you'll need to choose a checking account that offers this special feature. Our Growth Checking Account offers generous rates on balances over $1,000.

3. Mobile and Online Banking

This is one of the most popular checking account features. You can use your smartphone, laptop, computer, or another favorite device to do your banking anytime, anywhere. Mobile and Online Banking have made everything simpler, faster, and more secure!

4. Direct Deposit

Cash and checks are quickly falling out of fashion. Nowadays, the easy way to receive your paycheck is by direct deposit. Simply give your employer your details and let technology deliver the money directly into your checking account!

5. Mobile Check Deposit

We know some people still prefer to pay by check, and that's why we offer this handy tool that lets you take a photo of your check and deposit the funds in your account—without visiting a branch!

6. Mobile Wallet

The latest mobile payment technology is here! Simply link your checking account debit card to Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, or Google Pay. Then you can use your phone to pay for goods and services in-store or click a button to pay online, wherever that payment method is accepted.

With a digital wallet, you don't need to carry your old leather wallet, cash, or even a debit card!

7. Bill Pay

Make sure your checking account offers free Bill Pay so you can easily manage all of your bills. Enter your payees' numbers once, then set up one-time or recurring payments so you never miss a due date!

8. Zelle

Use Zelle to quickly transfer money to friends, family, and other people. You can pay for your portion of a group dinner, buy goods, or pay for a service. It's fast, secure, and free!

9. Overdraft Protection

Did you know you can link your checking account to your savings account so you have overdraft coverage? We'll automatically transfer funds to cover checks and debit card transactions when you don't have enough money in your checking account.

11. Fee-Free ATMs

ATMs are the easiest way to withdraw cash, so you want to choose a checking account with plenty of fee-free ATM locations. These ATMs may belong to your own financial institution or can be part of a nationwide ATM network like CO-OP.

12. Smart ATMs

Get the best of both worlds when you use a Smart ATM. You can make deposits or loan payments, transfer funds, get exact change, and even speak to a live teller during business hours.

Using a smart ATM means you can complete transactions outside the usual branch hours but with the same personal touch.

13. Live Chat

There are times when you may need help but can't visit a branch or even make a phone call. That's when online Live Chat is your friend. Listerhill Credit Union offers this feature so you can chat with a friendly member services representative and get answers fast.

Once you pass the security questions, a rep can even see your screen and help you navigate Online Banking. Say no to automated chatbots and yes to Live Chat!

14. Instant-Issue Debit Cards

When you open a checking account, you should be able to get a free debit card printed on the spot. A debit card is an essential checking account feature and should come with the latest EMV chip security to give you greater protection against fraud.

15. Account Alerts

Another way to guard against fraud is to set up account alerts so you know if a charge is made at an unusual location or time, if it's for a large amount, or if the vendor seems suspicious.

16. Free eStatements

Gone are the days when you needed to balance a checkbook with paper and pen. Now, you can easily view and print current and previous account statements. Access your eStatements to check for unauthorized charges, track your spending habits, and more.

17. Easy Application

You should be able to open a checking account in less than 10 minutes, provided you meet the membership criteria. Using Online Banking, you just click the "Open an Account" button, enter a few details, and you'll be all set!

18. Friendly, Local Service

Now you know what to look for in a checking account but maybe you're not sure which financial institution to choose. Of course, you want quality financial products and personal service.

Listerhill Credit Union is a great choice because we exist to serve the members of our communities in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, and Tennessee.

Because we're not here to make maximum profit for outside shareholders, we care primarily about you and what you need. Best of all, we offer a choice of two quality checking accounts so you can get all the features you deserve!

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  • What is the Listerhill Credit Union service area?

    We offer membership to people who live, work, worship, or attend school in northwest Alabama and south-central Tennessee. Community donations are available to nonprofits based within these areas.

  • What kinds of causes do you tend to support?

    We aim to support a wide range of non-profit organizations that are contributing to community development and enrichment in our focus areas. Your nonprofit may be eligible to receive a donation for things like improving schools, boosting economic development, helping underserved communities with food or clothing, or even providing affordable housing.

  • When should I submit my request for community donations?

    Requests must be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the time when you need the funds or prior to the event you are fundraising for.

    This is because our socially responsible investment strategy requires that we have time to go over each request and make sure we are using the credit union's community donations in the most impactful way.

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    Since bill payments are not automatically recurring, you're not able to use ClickSWITCH for them.