Should You Open A Savings Account?
If you have a current account and you are starting to earn more than you spend each month, then maybe it is time to get a savings account. Even if you cannot save a lot of money, putting some money aside each month into a savings account can be a good idea. If you are unsure whether to open a savings account then here are some tips to help you decide:
Money is safer
If you are keeping money that you have saved in your house or room, then your money is not totally safe. If you lose the money, or if it gets stolen or damaged, then you have lost the money for good. If you keep your money in a savings account then your money is protected until you want to use it. If you want your money to be safe from loss or damage then open a savings account.
You will make money
Keeping money in your current account will make sure it is safe, but the money you have will remain the same. Putting that money in a savings account will help you to make money on that amount of cash. That is because the interest rates on savings accounts are much better than the rates for current accounts. Even a small amount of money will increase slowly to something a little larger. It makes sense to open a savings account in order to make money from your cash.
Another good reason to get a savings account is to avoid the temptation of spending your money. If you try and keep a little bit of money each month in your current account, it is likely you will go and spend it on something because it is easily accessible to you. Savings accounts are not as easy to access, and therefore you are much less likely to spend the money. This will help you be more disciplined and save some money that could help you in the future.
Savings for emergency
Although opening a savings account might seem like you are locking away some of your money, you will be happy about this if an emergency arises. No one can know what will happen from day to day, and something may come up that requires some extra cash. If you have been using a savings account then you know that should such an emergency arise you have some money to use. Using a savings account for those unexpected emergencies can really help you out when times are tough.
When not to save
Although opening a savings account makes real sense, there are times when savings is not such a good idea. When interest rates are low the amount you make on your savings is low, so buying items at this type is a better way of using your money. Also, if you are in debt it is better to pay off your debts first than use the money for savings. However, even if you can only afford to save a little bit each month after all your bills are paid, it is worth putting aside that money. You never know when you might need it in the future, and putting it in a savings account will mean it is there for you as insurance.
About the Author: Peter Kenny is a writer for The Thrifty Scot.
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