By Amy Fontinelle

Whether you're new to the United States, a teenager or young adult opening an account for the first time, or you just want a better understanding of one of the main places to stash your money and start building wealth, this tutorial will tell you everything you need to know about how checking and savings accounts work.

To get started with banking, you'll need to decide what bank you want to use and open an account. In this section, we'll tell you how to take these first steps. But first, let's answer the question that surprisingly, a lot people who are unfamiliar with banking still ask: Why use a bank in the first place?

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