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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

Nationwide
FlexDirect Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1000
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 5.00%

Why we like it: 5.00% interest for 12 months on balances up to £2,500 for the first year. You must pay in £1,000 or more each month to receive interest (excluding transfers from any Nationwide account held by you or anyone else). 12 month fee-free arranged overdraft available. No monthly fee. Must be aged 18 or older.

Nationwide
FlexPlus Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 3.00%

Why we like it: 3.0% AER fixed interest on balances up to £2,500. No fees on arranged overdrafts up to £250. UK & Europe Breakdown Cover, Worldwide family travel insurance. Free mobile banking app, text alerts and secure online banking. £13 monthly account fee

Santander
123 Current Account Santander
Open With £500
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 1.50%

Why we like it: Earn 1.50% AER (variable) interest on balances up to a maximum of £20,000. Up to 3% CASHBACK on various household bills. Monthly fee of £5. Must pay in £500 pm.

First Direct
Current Account First Direct
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features FREE £250 Overdraft £150 Gift For Switching

Why we like it: Free gift worth up to £150 for switching into account. £250 interest free overdraft. Free banking if paying over £1,000 per month. Satisfaction guarantee - £100 if you leave within 6 months

Nationwide
FlexAccount Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features 3 months interest-free overdraft No monthly account fee

Why we like it: Everyday current account. 3 months interest-free overdraft and no monthly account fee

Barclays
Bank Account Barclays
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Earn rewards of up to £180

Why we like it: Earn rewards of up to £180 a year when you bank with Barclays - Get an annual loyalty reward of £84 plus £60 on your Barclays residential mortgage and £36 on your Barclays home and contents insurance. Start earning rewards with a monthly £3 fee based on £800 paid into your account and 2 direct debits paid out every month

Tesco Current Account

Tesco offer some great rewards with their current account, particularly if you regularly shop in their stores. This is because your debit card also serves as your Tesco Clubcard and you earn 5 points for every £4 spent in Tesco and 1 point for every £8 everywhere else. You can also collect Clubcard points on fuel.

Another bonus of the current account is that they do not charge monthly fees for the account or for arranging an overdraft. This is a big saver on a lot of other current accounts especially as Tesco also pays 3% interest on amounts up to £3000.

Tesco offer, as standard:

  • An easy way to manage your money anywhere with a mobile app and online banking
  • Customer service with a UK based team who are available to talk 24/7
  • An opportunity to earn credit interest with no monthly fee
  • Free text and email alerts to avoid any fees and charges
  • Overdraft control to avoid slipping in to an unarranged overdraft
  • The app also includes a payment calendar so you can easily keep track of payments going in and out
  • A contactless card for quick purchases up to £30
  • Joint account facilities available as well as multiple current accounts in your name
  • An opportunity to deposit and withdraw money at over 300 Tesco stores in the UK
  • Make payments internationally and use your card abroad exactly like at home
  • Replacement of lost or damaged debit cards. The first two in a year are free and £10 thereafter.

They were also the 2015 winner of the Moneynet award for the ‘Best All Round Current Account’.

Your Clubcard voucher rewards:

After earning your points, every 3 months, your Clubcard points will be turned into vouchers. You will then be able to spend the vouchers at tesco.com, in store or on Tesco Fuel. You can also increase the value of the vouchers by boosting them with one of their Boost partners, UK retailers with whom Tesco have a partnership.

Useful to Know

Arranged overdrafts are charged interest at 18.90% EAR. You’ll be able to borrow up to an approved limit without any additional fees, you’ll just pay daily interest on the amount you’ve used.
If you fall in to an unarranged overdraft then you are charged fees and interest on the extra amount. Their Overdraft Control setting on your account, which allows you to decide whether a payment is made when you don't have enough money in your account to cover it, should help you avoid charges.

Overall this is a great account where you can earn some great rewards with the Clubcard scheme providing you take advantage of shopping in their stores. It’s also one of the few basic current accounts that do pay interest. The interest rate is high at 3.00% AER/2.96% Gross (variable) for balances up to £3,000. The interest is paid monthly.

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