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$75 Checking Account Bonus at a Wachovia Branch in Southern California

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Wachovia is having a new-branch special at one of its California branches. Sign up for its Free Checking Account with a minimum deposit of $100 by 4/15/2008, and you'll receive a $75 Visa check card in the mail. There is no direct deposit requirement. The new Central and Collier Financial Center is located at 18295 Collier Avenue, Lake Elsinore, CA (951-245-9527). This isn't listed at Wachovia's website. It was advertised in yesterday's Riverside Press-Enterprise Newspaper. The ad is available online here.

These new-branch specials seem common at Wachovia. In February, I reported on one in Florida. So if you see a new Wachovia branch in your area, you might want to check if they have a similar promotion.

Other Wachovia Deals

I haven't seen any new online Wachovia checking account bonuses lately. They've often had online checking account bonuses for $50. Let me know if you see a new one. Wachovia still does have a $25 refer-a-friend bonus for opening a checking account. They have a decent deal with their new Way2Save Program. By setting up automatic monthly transfers, you can make about $72 more over the next year than what you would earn in a 3% savings account.

Wachovia's free checking account has the basic components of free checking: no minimum balance requirements, no monthly fees, etc. A reader in the previous post mentioned that Wachovia does a hard credit pull (both Experian and TransUnion have been mentioned). Checks are typically not free, but they are optional. Prices vary by state. A reader just mentioned that Wachovia offered 50 duplicate checks for $8. There is a $25 fee if the account is closed before 6 months. In addition to the hard pull, Wachovia also does a ChexSystem verification.

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