Chanelle Bessette is a personal finance writer at NerdWallet covering banking. She previously worked at Fortune, Forbes and the Reno Gazette-Journal. She is also a spokesperson for the banking team, and her expertise has appeared in The New York Times, Vox and Apartment Therapy.
- Education: B.A. in journalism from University of Nevada, Reno, B.A. in English from University of Nevada, Reno
- Previous experience: Fortune, Forbes, Reno Gazette-Journal
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One of the best things you can do to prepare for a recession is build your emergency fund.
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Joint bank accounts can be helpful for shared expenses but risky for unmarried couples without legal protections.
Carver Federal Savings Bank Review: Checking, Savings and CDs
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Ask a Nerd: How Can I Avoid Overdraft Fees From Overspending?
Take advantage of your bank’s overdraft protection and consider additional tactics to help prevent overspending.
Aspiration Account Review: Spend and Save
Aspiration’s eco-friendly, online-only account earns high interest when qualifications are met.
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AFCU offers a variety of accounts, primarily to military service members and people based on the East Coast.
Overdraft Protection: What It Is and Different Types
Overdraft protection can help prevent overdraft fees through transfers, lines of credit, grace periods and more.
Ask a Nerd: Will Interest Rates Continue to Rise?
Interest rates seem like they will rise for the foreseeable future, but consumers should make sure to still save.
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Bank apps can provide spending offers, budgeting insights, advanced security and credit score estimates.
Best Online Banks of 2023
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