When it comes to savings accounts, we’ve all had this experience at least once in our lives—you’re stuck in the interminable queue at the POSB/DBS ATM machine. Meanwhile, your friend decides to screw it, skips over to the UOB machine, in front of which there is no queue, and happily withdraws cash in two seconds.
But that’s not the only advantage of having more than one savings account. Here are four types of accounts you might want to consider opening:
An account for your everyday spending
Other than the danger of your home burning down, there is one good reason to keep your day-to-day expenses in the bank instead of under a mattress in your bedroom.
Having your money in the bank enables you to withdraw as much cash as you need as and when you need it. You can thus get away with carrying very small amounts of cash on you at any given time.
The key factor to look out for when picking an account for everyday spending is availability of ATM machines. While POSB and DBS tend to have the most ATM machines, queues also tend to be very long. That’s why some Singaporeans prefer to open one other account, usually UOB or OCBC, in addition to their POSB and DBS account.
Don’t worry too much about interest when picking this account. If you’re using it mainly to store your monthly expenses, the amount of interest you’d earn would be negligible no matter what.
This is also the account you want to link your credit cards to if you are paying them by GIRO each month.
High interest savings account for long-term savings
No matter how much of a minimalist you are, you should have at least one other account—a high interest savings account for your long-term savings.
As the savings accounts you use for your daily needs is likely to offer truly dismal interest rates in the range of a pathetic 0.05%, you will want to pick one that offers better interest rates in which you store a hopefully large and growing sum of cash.
Here are the best high interest savings accounts of 2017 that will stop your cash savings from getting eroded (as much) over time.
Joint account with your spouse or family
Unless you fancy poring over your account statements every month to try to figure out who spent/contributed what, it’s always a good idea to keep any joint savings and expenses in a separate account.
To maximise cashback and air miles earnings, you can apply for your jointly-used credit card/supplementary card to be linked to this account for GIRO payment as well.
For instance, if you and your spouse share the cost of groceries, link the credit card that you use for groceries—preferably one that offers cashback for grocery spending, like the Citibank SMRT Card— to your joint account for GIRO bill payment.
An account for your short-term goals
If you are the disciplined type who monitors your savings like a hawk, you probably do not need a separate account for short-term goals.
But those who lack the motivation to save might want to consider keeping their goal-related money separate. As we’ve already addressed above, having a high interest savings account to help you reach your long-term goals faster is key. But what about your current savings? Building up a pool of savings, not just for an emergency fund but also to fulfil short term goals, even for things such as a yearly holiday, is key to managing your finances well.
The tricky part is that most normal savings accounts give you next to nothing in interest, and high interest savings accounts require a certain measure of effort. If you’re looking for something that’s relatively straight forward, you could consider accounts like DBS’s recently enhanced Multiplier Account, which you can read more about here. If you credit your salary into a DBS or POSB account, the Multiplier Account allows you to earn between 1.55% and 3.5% per annum. Unlike fixed deposit accounts, allows you to still have the ability to withdraw your cash in case of an emergency.
How many savings accounts do you have? Tell us in the comments! You can easily find out more details on savings accounts in Singapore with at MoneySmart’s Savings Account comparison page.