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The SmartyPig service also has quite a few fee traps. Hey, they've got to make money somehow! You want to contribute $100 to your sister's wedding? They will charge you $5 every time you do it. How come you can add money to your SmartyPig account by electronic fund transfer but you can't pull your money back the same way when your goal is reached? Because they want to earn the interchange fees from the debit card. If it takes 1 year for a typical goal to be reached, they pay you 4% interest on an average of 50% of the ending balance (because money is added to the account over time), but they take back 2% interchange fee from the merchants when you use the debit card. That's smart business (for SmartyPig, not you)! They get to recoup their entire interest cost. What a deal. If you ever lose your debit card, they will charge you $20 for a replacement. Don't want the debit card but want a check instead? $25 fee for producing a check. Are the gift cards with up to 5% bonus such a big deal? You can buy gift cards today from eBay and a few other places at a discount which translates to a bigger bonus. How did SmartyPig become a roach motel where your money can check in but it's so hard to come out? What's wrong with just crediting back to the same checking account the money came from? I'm afraid it's because they don't make any money that way. Breakage from prepaid debit cards and gift cards is a big deal.
Hmmm. I figured it had to be something going on if they can pay those kinds of interest rates. If it is free to transfer now that is good. I would just read the fine print really carefully to make sure there is not an annual fee or something now. If they have taken one fee away they probably added another.
For those who find it difficult to organize multiple savings goals, there is a service called SmartyPig. SmartyPig is a goal-based savings service, which confirms multiple savings accounts for a person with particular tasks in mind for the funds. Source: goal based savings account