By Ken McCormick
Vice President of Relationship Management

5 Reasons To Have Multiple Bank Accounts

Jun 12, 2023

  • Savings Accounts
  • Banking
  • Checking Accounts

Regarding how people keep their money in a bank, you would think that most Americans have just two accounts – a savings and checking account, right? According to a Mercator Advisory Group survey, on average, consumers own 5.3 accounts across all types of financial institutions. Why would you need to have so many banking accounts? Here are five good reasons:

  1. Expense oversight – Having two or more checking accounts can help keep your expenses in line. One account can be used for all monthly bills and automatic payments, and the other for all everyday costs, including groceries, gas, and impulse purchases. Or, if you're self-employed, you will need to keep your personal and business expenses separate. This allows you to manage your costs better and avoid overdrafts.
  2. Different accounts for different goals – There are various financial goals for saving money, but there are savings accounts to accommodate those goals. One account may be for an emergency fund, another for a new home down payment, and a third for a college savings plan. And since each has varying access needs, you can place each in an account that gives you the best rate based on those needs.
  3. Take advantage of bonuses – Banks want your business and sometimes offer cash incentives to get it. You usually have to open an account and maintain a minimum balance over a certain amount of time to get the bonus, but this can amount to hundreds of dollars over multiple accounts.
  4. Different bank product and service offerings—For example, one bank may offer the convenience of an ATM near your home or work, while another may not charge fees for certain transactions. Find the bank accounts that work best for you and your goals.
  5. Need multiple withdrawals from savings accounts – Some banks limit the number of withdrawals or transfers you can make from a savings account per month or statement cycle. If you know you will need more than the allowable limit, having multiple savings accounts may help you avoid the fees associated with making too many withdrawals.

If you want to find out more about opening a savings or checking account at NASB, call us at 1-800-677-6272.