All about the Treasury’s free US Savings Bond Calculator
Monday, July 11th, 2005
Categorized as: Current value of a US Savings Bond
Most people find our simple US Savings Bond Calculator to be easier to use, but another alternative is the Treasury’s online US Savings Bond Calculator.
Unlike my calculator, it offers you the chance to change the valuation date to something other than today. However, like my calculator, it doesn’t offer a way to save your bond data for next time. If you have a lot of Savings Bonds, that’s important and I recommend you begin by reading my comparison of the four most-used Savings Bond calculators.
When you link to the Treasury’s US Savings Bond Calculator you’ll see two sections, each with its own tab. The uppermost tab says Value As Of and the lower tab says Bond Info.
You may also see a survey under that, which you can safely ignore until you are familiar with the tool.
To find out the value of a Savings Bond, you need to know what the calculator wants you to enter for series, denomination (or face value), and issue date. If that’s not clear to you, start with our US Savings Bond Calculator, which will explain it to you.
Otherwise it’s easy to enter your bonds in the US Savings Bond Calculator, but you’ll find these three tips helpful:
- Serial Number: This field is optional. Leave it blank unless you plan to print out your calculation for your files.
- Issue Date: Enter the month as a one- or two-digit number and the year as a two- or four-digit number. Use the slash (/) or hyphen (-) to separate the month from the year. For example, all these formats work: 2/02, 02-02, 02/2002
- Keyboard Add: Right after you’ve entered the Issue Date, pressing the Enter key on your keyboard does the same thing as clicking the Add button with your mouse.
My book has a six-page section on the features of the Treasury’s calculator. Seven screen shots help you learn how to use it. The book includes information on how to save the data you enter and how to edit the file you save.
Ready? Click here to open the US Savings Bond Calculator.