I was just going to post something about this. I've got a safe deposit box at Bank of America, and they've started charging me monthly fees now, the turkeys. I've been putting off looking around for another safe deposit box at another bank, because they'll want me to sign up for a checking account and leave a big balance in it, otherwise the high fees. I'd welcome a credit union alternative. Some sort of sharing arrangement with local banks would be fine with me, I don't know how friendly they are to BECU though. Thanks for asking about this.
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