PNC Bank has an interesting online service called Virtual Wallet. See http://www.pncvirtualwallet.com/ It essentially ties 3 accounts together – a spending/checking account, a short-term savings/overdraft account and a long term savings accounts. It’s free and has no minimum balance requirements, but charges a fee if you write more than three checks per month. It seems more geared to those who use debit cards and other electronic payments for spending.
Tying the accounts together is very innovative and seems to encourage better money management and good savings habits. The free online accounts are just the start of what’s offered. PNC also provides their customers financial planning calendars, online bill payment, financial danger alerts, interactive charts, a pig to punch and much more. That’s right they have a virtual pig you can punch – but in a good way. The Punch the Pig feature is a creative way to encourage you to save by moving money from your spending account to your savings account.
I haven’t used the service or the bank myself. But it looks like it provides a great system to organize your money and stay disciplined. That’s a great thing for anybody and looks especially suited for Generation Y customers.