When it comes to investing, we’re taught to never put all of our eggs in one basket for the fear that a single bad investment will spell financial demise. But, for savings, we’re better off having our money in one place, according to a research.
Studies by the Kansas University School of Business allowed participants to earn money by completing tasks and spend on various products. The research found that those with just one assigned bank account would spend less — and, therefore save more — compared to those with multiple accounts.
Researchers explain that consumers find spending to be enjoyable and that the “vagueness” introduced by multiple accounts aids to drive that propensity to spend.
“Nowadays, the average American has multiple liquid accounts, typically a combination of checking and savings accounts,” said Promothesh Chatterjee, one of the researchers, in a prepared statement. “But our research finds this is the wrong strategy to encourage saving. We find that individuals are more likely to save if they have only one primary account, rather than many accounts.”
However, maintaining just one account is not as realistic because different bank accounts serve different purposes.
You may have chosen your checking account because the bank has many branches and ATMs nearby. But if the savings account at the bank is offering a terrible interest rate, it might lead you to open a savings account at an online bank.
Here are the top online banks that have highest savings accounts rates and free interest checking accounts: