A loyal reader named Glenn writes in with this story:
Hi Julia. I’m sure that you remember the $100 promotion WaMu was offering not too long ago. I don’t know if you decided to give their offer a try, but I did. Guess what? I collected my $100 bonus today and closed out my accounts. I didn’t write any checks, use the ATM, or make any withdrawals of any kind during the promotion phase. Basically, I just put the money and the accounts out of mind. That was my plan from the very beginning. Keep the money there long enough to earn the $100 bonus then take the money and run.
I opened my account back on January 8. The day before yesterday, I received my checking account statement in the mail showing me that the $100 bonus was deposited into my checking account back on February 11. That’s a full 8 weeks faster than the 12 weeks I was anticipating. Did any of your other readers inform you that they got their bonus money?
And I won’t forget to report the $100 on my 2009 tax returns. Keep up the good work.