Savings accounts are a great option for keeping some cash on hand for easy access, but many people treat their savings too much like an investment or a checking account. Here are the important things to know about savings accounts, how to use them, and how to not use them.
Over time, many of us become account collectors. You have that old checking account at the bank by your parent’s house. The checking account you use now, and maybe the old one you never closed. Over the last 10 years you collected three 401(k) accounts as you moved jobs, and opened a couple of investment accounts of your own.
This is way too much account clutter. Here are some reasons and tips to help you consolidate your accounts down to only the ones you actually need and use.
I know I just told you why it is such a good idea to keep every account at one bank. It is convenient and can save you money. However, it might not really be that great of an idea.
I have tried many different combinations of accounts in my life. At one point, my credit card, brokerage, checking, and savings were all at different places. At one point, everything was in one place. I found some big benefits to keeping everything in one place.