Where Can You Buy Savings Bonds?
While you still cannot buy savings bonds at the corner convenience store, you can purchase them online. Prior to 2012, you could buy them in a wide variety of places such as banks and credit unions and other financial institutions. Series I savings bonds are still available through one's tax refund; they are also available through a payroll direct deposit plan via a TreasuryDirect account.
- You can buy savings bonds online.
- If you lose a savings bond, you can fill out Form PDF 1048 to get it back.
Where to buy them now
As of January 1, 2012, paper savings bonds will no longer be sold at financial institutions. This action supports the U.S. Treasury's goal to increase the number of electronic transactions with citizens and businesses. Savings bonds will be available through TreasuryDirect.
If you lose your bond
If you lose a savings bond, you can request Form PDF 1048 from a participating financial institution or Federal Reserve bank, or download one from http://www.treasurydirect.gov/forms/sav1048.pdf. Provide as much information as you can—such as the lost bond's serial number and issuance date as well as the owner's name, address, and Social Security number.
Besides being extremely easy to acquire, a savings bond offers another attractive purchasing feature: no seller's fees. Unlike stock purchases, there are no fees or commissions that add to the purchase price.