For Budgets And Spending Plans To Be Implemented Properly, You Will Need Both Checking And Savings Accounts. The Checking and Savings accounts are the engines that will drive the train to financial security. They both have their specific roles to help you become debt-free and on the road to financial freedom. In this blog I will discuss banking, checking, and savings accounts and how to use each.
I recommend that you have multiple checking and savings accounts assign to specific duties and goals. I have found keeping accounts separate and set up this way helps me to better track my financial goals. Hence, I am also able to keep everything on track when accounts are clearly defined. I think it is less confusing for me regarding how and where to use funds. In other words a type of purpose-driven budgeting. We will discuss this in more detail below.
If you need help creating a budget or a spending plan please read, Setting Up a Budget for Beginners and Create a Spending Plan. I believe these two blog posts will help you get started with taking control of your finances.
The Checking and Savings account are the engine that will drive the train to financial security.– Sabrina Anthony
Find a bank that best fits your financial needs that has little or no fees to maintain. That will allow you to set up multiple accounts and will allow you to set up automatic transfers that you can monitor on your desktop as well as any mobile device. Henceforth, you have the option to bank with an online bank or a traditional bank where you can still have human contact.
Whichever one you choose please review how the fees and costs to maintain the account will fit in with your budget. If you already have a bank that you trust and meets your needs make sure they offer these options and are super flexible.
The Checking Accounts
Do not miss the “s” behind the word Account. Yes, you need more than one account. For singles, I suggest you have the main spending account where you deposit your paycheck and a second account where you pay your bills from. Do not mix up the two. From your spending account, you will transfer your bill money to your second checking account and disburse money to your savings account. I would set this up as an automatic transfer based on your payroll cycle.
This is by far the number one priority when setting up your budget. If the money is coming out of the account automatically you will have a much better handle on your finances. I believe you cannot miss money that is immediately withdrawn to pay bills and to save. The biggest advantage is that you will always be on time with your payments, including paying yourself. In addition, this could lead to building credit and creditworthiness.
The Savings Accounts
Again, you are going to need multiple accounts. One to fund your emergency fund that should be 3 to 6 months of your living expenses. You will also need fun accounts to save for vacation, holidays, birthdays, and that something special for me. You can set up separate accounts for each or just have one big fun account. I would first start with the emergency fund. Please begin saving with whatever amount fits into your budget. Add up all your monthly expenses and multiple by 3, 4, 5, 6, or even 9 to 12 if you can swing it and begin saving. I like to have separate accounts for my fun. For instance, our vacation fund was a Christmas fund when the kids were small. It eventually morphed into the Vacation fund as we did not need as much savings for Christmas as they grew up.
Finally, we also have an emergency fund for the house. This is to cover unexpected expenses for the house such as a whole house water filter system or a new driveway, or any other unexpected repairs. This account is in addition to our personal emergency funds.
Once you reach $1,000 of an emergency fund and if you do not already bank with high-interest savings accounts that offer higher APY (Annual Percentage Yield) than traditional savings accounts. Please note these rates are subject to change per Bankrate. I suggest you open an account and transfer your emergency savings to a high-yield savings account.
Using The Accounts
Your personal accounts should be used for all your personal expenses. The Household Account or Bill account should be used to pay all expenses associated with the household. As a family, it is up to you to determine what items are to be paid out of the joint account versus the individual accounts. This account will be used for those bills only and personal bills will be covered by the individual accounts and the two shall not entwine. To my single peeps, do not be tempted to tap into your bill account because it has an available balance. That balance is for paying future bills. Spend the funds in your personal account wisely. Again, the two shall not entwine.
Finally, I believe savings transfers should come from your personal accounts and feed into your various personal savings accounts. For the household savings account, since it is a joint expense for us, we deposit it into the household checking account and then transfer it to the Household emergency fund. Therefore, I set this account up to be jointly funded from the household checking/bill checking account.
In conclusion, please read my blog Budget: Love and Selflessness for a listing of the types of joint and single expenses and where to allocate them. You are now all set with Checking and Savings Accounts for your budgets.
Let’s budget, spend and live!