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123 Current Account Santander
Open With £500
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 0.6%

Why we like it: Earn 0.60% AER (variable) interest on balances up to a maximum of £20,000. Up to 3% CASHBACK on various household bills. Monthly fee of £5. Cashback capped at £5 for each cashback tier each month. Must pay in £500 pm.

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, 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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