Economists will pore over two key jobs reports this week — today’s ADP National Employment Report, where the experts anticipate 160,000 private sector jobs were lost in November, and Friday’s monthly unemployment report from the U.S. Labor Department. If the ADP report is correct, it would mark yet another month where more jobs were lost than gained, thus causing more anxiety among employers and consumers.
We already know that two jobs were lost yesterday, with both Ford and General Motors' CEOs calling it quits.
If it’s any consolation, at least the number of jobs lost month-to-month is declining since last spring. That could mean the economy is losing blood by the pint, and not by the gallon.
That’s the backdrop we face here at Deals of the Week. So it’s even more important to find bargains, save money and try to think positive.
Hopefully, the deals below can help you do all of that.
Let’s start with a good deal on bank checking accounts, where Citizens Bank has a holiday promotion (ending Dec. 15) that can put $100 into your back pocket.Citizens is offering the C-note for customers who open a Green Checking account at the bank. The banks touts the Green Checking program as having:
- No monthly fees
- No minimum monthly balance restrictions
- A free debit card with zero liability
- Free online banking and bill pay
The $100 is built on a three-tiered basis. You get:
- $50 when you make a direct deposit of $50 or more.
- $25 when you make five online bill payments.
- $25 when you make five debit card purchases.
You’ll need a minimum of $50 to open the Green Checking account. For more information, visit the Citizens Bank site.