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Wells Fargo - East Flagstaff Branch
(866) 245-3452
2625 North Fourth Street
Flagstaff, AZ
ATM Fees
monthly fee: Monthly service fees range from $0 to $30.00. See institution about how these monthly fees can be waived.
ATM fee note: There is a $2.50 fee each time you use a non-affiliated ATM.
Services
Mobile & Text Banking, Debit Reward Programs, Overdraft Protection, Email Alerts, Online Bill Pay, Free Checks, Unlimited Checks

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Chase - East Flagstaff Branch
(877) 682-4273
4830 North Highway 89
Flagstaff, AZ
ATM Fees
monthly fee: Monthly service fees range from $0 to $35.00. See institution about how these monthly fees can be waived.
ATM fee note: There is a $2.00 fee each time you use a non-affiliated ATM. (Fee does not apply to all accounts.)
Services
Mobile & Text Banking, Overdraft Protection, Email Alerts, Online Bill Pay, Activity Download, Free Checks, Unlimited Checks

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Chase - Flagstaff Downtown Branch
(877) 682-4273
100 West Birch Street
Flagstaff, AZ
ATM Fees
monthly fee: Monthly service fees range from $0 to $35.00. See institution about how these monthly fees can be waived.
ATM fee note: There is a $2.00 fee each time you use a non-affiliated ATM. (Fee does not apply to all accounts.)
Services
Mobile & Text Banking, Overdraft Protection, Email Alerts, Online Bill Pay, Activity Download, Free Checks, Unlimited Checks

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Bank of America - Flagstaff Woodlands Branch
(800) 432-1000
2625 South Woodlands Village Boulevard
Flagstaff, AZ
ATM Fees
monthly fee: Monthly service fees range from $0 to $25.00. See institution about how these monthly fees can be waived.
ATM fee note: There is a $2.00 fee each time you use a non-affiliated ATM.
Services
Mobile & Text Banking, Debit Reward Programs, Overdraft Protection, Email Alerts, Online Bill Pay, Activity Download, Free Checks, Unlimited Checks

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Wells Fargo - Flagstaff Branch
(866) 245-3452
1200 South Milton Road
Flagstaff, AZ
ATM Fees
monthly fee: Monthly service fees range from $0 to $30.00. See institution about how these monthly fees can be waived.
ATM fee note: There is a $2.50 fee each time you use a non-affiliated ATM.
Services
Mobile & Text Banking, Debit Reward Programs, Overdraft Protection, Email Alerts, Online Bill Pay, Free Checks, Unlimited Checks

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Wells Fargo - Flagstaff Mall Branch
(866) 245-3452
4650 N Hwy 89 D3
Flagstaff, AZ
ATM Fees
monthly fee: Monthly service fees range from $0 to $30.00. See institution about how these monthly fees can be waived.
ATM fee note: There is a $2.50 fee each time you use a non-affiliated ATM.
Services
Mobile & Text Banking, Debit Reward Programs, Overdraft Protection, Email Alerts, Online Bill Pay, Free Checks, Unlimited Checks

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Bank of America - Flagstaff Mall Branch
(800) 432-1000
4550 North Us Highway 89
Flagstaff, AZ
ATM Fees
monthly fee: Monthly service fees range from $0 to $25.00. See institution about how these monthly fees can be waived.
ATM fee note: There is a $2.00 fee each time you use a non-affiliated ATM.
Services
Mobile & Text Banking, Debit Reward Programs, Overdraft Protection, Email Alerts, Online Bill Pay, Activity Download, Free Checks, Unlimited Checks

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Bank of America - Flagstaff Downtown Branch
(800) 432-1000
125 East Birch Street
Flagstaff, AZ
ATM Fees
monthly fee: Monthly service fees range from $0 to $25.00. See institution about how these monthly fees can be waived.
ATM fee note: There is a $2.00 fee each time you use a non-affiliated ATM.
Services
Mobile & Text Banking, Debit Reward Programs, Overdraft Protection, Email Alerts, Online Bill Pay, Activity Download, Free Checks, Unlimited Checks

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Chase - Flagstaff Milton Road Branch
(877) 682-4273
1484 South Milton Road
Flagstaff, AZ
ATM Fees
monthly fee: Monthly service fees range from $0 to $35.00. See institution about how these monthly fees can be waived.
ATM fee note: There is a $2.00 fee each time you use a non-affiliated ATM. (Fee does not apply to all accounts.)
Services
Mobile & Text Banking, Overdraft Protection, Email Alerts, Online Bill Pay, Activity Download, Free Checks, Unlimited Checks

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Wells Fargo - So. Woodlands Village Branch
(866) 245-3452
2700 So. Woodlands Village Boulevard
Flagstaff, AZ
ATM Fees
monthly fee: Monthly service fees range from $0 to $30.00. See institution about how these monthly fees can be waived.
ATM fee note: There is a $2.50 fee each time you use a non-affiliated ATM.
Services
Mobile & Text Banking, Debit Reward Programs, Overdraft Protection, Email Alerts, Online Bill Pay, Free Checks, Unlimited Checks

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Q: I am a 23 year old graduate student at NC State.  Recently, I've been able to save about three grand. Woohoo!  However, I'm afraid I have a $3,500 credit card debt at an interest rate of 17%.  I know it's smartest to pay off the debt first, but I'm stubborn and have never traveled. 

I would like to invest $1,000 into something that is relatively safe, but will have accumulated a bit more in two to three years when I decide to see the world.  In the meantime, the rest of my savings will go towards the credit card. Do you have any advice on where to invest? 

A: Congratulations on your savings!  I agree with you that your first strategy should be to pay down some or all of your credit card debt with a 17% interest rate.  That should be your first priority.  You might also shop around for a credit card that offers a more favorable rate, particularly if you do not pay off your balance every month.

In terms of investing your $1,000, you have several alternatives.  You indicate that you want something safe and that you will need the money in two to three years.  In light of your desire for safety relatively short time frame, I would suggest a certificate of deposit, a money market account, or a bank savings account.  Unfortunately, none of these will pay a very high return in this interest rate environment, but they are safe types of investments. 

Another alternative would be a Treasury bill or Treasury note.  Both of these can be purchased in denominations of $1,000 and are backed up by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government....


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