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Can You Have Multiple Checking Accounts With the Same Bank?

By Jacqueline DeMarco · January 23, 2024 · 5 minute read

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Can You Have Multiple Checking Accounts With the Same Bank?

Most people begin their banking journeys with one checking and one savings account. But, as financial lives evolve and get more complex, having more than one checking account can make sense. It may help you if, say, you have a full-time job but also have a side gig and want to keep the earnings separate.

Read on for the full answer to “Can I have two checking accounts at the same bank” (or more), as well as the pros and cons of having more than one checking account.

Can I Have Two Checking Accounts at the Same Bank?

You might be wondering if you can have two checking accounts with the same bank. Sometimes, this kind of arrangement can suit a person’s specific needs (more on that in a minute). The good news is, yes, it is possible to have more than one checking account.

•   While each bank and credit union will have their own rules about how many checking accounts someone can have with them, generally people are allowed to have more than one checking or savings account. They will be separate entities with separate account numbers, but they will both belong to you.

•   If someone chooses to open multiple checking accounts at multiple different financial institutions then they shouldn’t run into any problems. There aren’t any restrictions on how many different bank accounts someone can have.


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Reasons for Opening Multiple Checking Accounts

So, what are the reasons you might want to have multiple checking accounts? Having more than one checking account can give you more control over how you manage your finances. It can allow you to dedicate specific checking accounts for certain purposes.

•   Say that you want to automate your mortgage payment each month, but sometimes your mortgage and credit card payments hit on the same day, leaving you at risk of overdrawing your account. Separate accounts are one way to manage this situation.

If your mortgage payment is $2,000 a month, you might want to open a second checking account and deposit exactly $2,000 a month into it. That way, when it’s time for that automatic debit to do its job, you know it’s covered. If you have another checking account for general spending and that credit-card payment, you can stress less about accidentally falling short when that mortgage payment is withdrawn.

•   Perhaps you have a side hustle — maybe you sell an item you make or sometimes drive a rideshare. You might want to keep payments you receive separate in a second checking account for easier bookkeeping.

•   You might also use a secondary checking account to help save for a specific, shared goal with another person. Perhaps you and your significant other are saving to rent a beach house together next summer. Or maybe you have a roommate and you both contribute to expenses equally each month. It can help to have a separate joint checking account in these situations.

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Pros and Cons of Having Multiple Checking Accounts

There are both advantages and disadvantages to consider before opening multiple checking accounts. As you decide how many bank accounts to have, keep these points in mind.

Pros

•   It can be easier to manage automatic deposits.

•   You can set aside money for different types of purchases or goals.

•   You can create a joint checking account with another person for specific needs.

•   You can have more control and organization over finances.

Cons

•   If not organized and managed properly, it’s easy to get confused about how much money is in each checking account and what it’s supposed to be used for.

•   This confusion can lead to overdrafting, which can result in fees.

•   If each checking account comes with monthly maintenance fees, those fees can add up.

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How to Manage Multiple Checking Accounts

One of the disadvantages of having multiple checking accounts is that they can be hard to manage if the account holder (or multiple account holders) don’t have a plan. Here are some tips:

•   It’s wise to have a clear system for allocating money into each checking account, withdrawing money, and avoiding overdraft fees.

•   Monitoring these checking accounts weekly can be a good idea to make sure everything is working as intended.

•   You may also want to schedule automatic transfers in and out, to make sure recurring payments (like rent or a mortgage) are happening when funds are available.

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The Takeaway

Everyone has options for how they choose to organize their finances, and maintaining multiple checking accounts works well for some people. Multiple checking accounts may help you manage your financial life, but it’s necessary to have a plan in place to avoid overdrafting or paying too many account maintenance fees. With a little forethought and smart scheduling, you can enjoy the rewards of having multiple checking accounts without running into any issues.

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FAQ

Is it bad to have two checking accounts?

If managed correctly, it’s not necessarily a bad thing to have two checking accounts. For some people, it may be a helpful financial tool. However, people with multiple accounts may risk incurring more bank fees and have to stay organized.

How many bank accounts can a person have?

There is no rule in place limiting how many different bank accounts a consumer can open at banks or credit unions. Consumers can open as many bank accounts as they want.

Can I combine two bank accounts?

Yes, you have the option to combine two bank accounts. If they are at the same bank, ask customer service to help. If they are at different banks, you can research which financial institution offers the best benefits and lowest fees before choosing where to combine accounts. Linking bank accounts is also an option.


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SoFi members with direct deposit activity can earn 4.60% annual percentage yield (APY) on savings balances (including Vaults) and 0.50% APY on checking balances. Direct Deposit means a deposit to an account holder’s SoFi Checking or Savings account, including payroll, pension, or government payments (e.g., Social Security), made by the account holder’s employer, payroll or benefits provider or government agency (“Direct Deposit”) via the Automated Clearing House (“ACH”) Network during a 30-day Evaluation Period (as defined below). Deposits that are not from an employer or government agency, including but not limited to check deposits, peer-to-peer transfers (e.g., transfers from PayPal, Venmo, etc.), merchant transactions (e.g., transactions from PayPal, Stripe, Square, etc.), and bank ACH funds transfers and wire transfers from external accounts, do not constitute Direct Deposit activity. There is no minimum Direct Deposit amount required to qualify for the stated interest rate.

SoFi members with Qualifying Deposits can earn 4.60% APY on savings balances (including Vaults) and 0.50% APY on checking balances. Qualifying Deposits means one or more deposits that, in the aggregate, are equal to or greater than $5,000 to an account holder’s SoFi Checking and Savings account (“Qualifying Deposits”) during a 30-day Evaluation Period (as defined below). Qualifying Deposits only include those deposits from the following eligible sources: (i) ACH transfers, (ii) inbound wire transfers, (iii) peer-to-peer transfers (i.e., external transfers from PayPal, Venmo, etc. and internal peer-to-peer transfers from a SoFi account belonging to another account holder), (iv) check deposits, (v) instant funding to your SoFi Bank Debit Card, (vi) push payments to your SoFi Bank Debit Card, and (vii) cash deposits. Qualifying Deposits do not include: (i) transfers between an account holder’s Checking account, Savings account, and/or Vaults; (ii) interest payments; (iii) bonuses issued by SoFi Bank or its affiliates; or (iv) credits, reversals, and refunds from SoFi Bank, N.A. (“SoFi Bank”) or from a merchant.

SoFi Bank shall, in its sole discretion, assess each account holder’s Direct Deposit activity and Qualifying Deposits throughout each 30-Day Evaluation Period to determine the applicability of rates and may request additional documentation for verification of eligibility. The 30-Day Evaluation Period refers to the “Start Date” and “End Date” set forth on the APY Details page of your account, which comprises a period of 30 calendar days (the “30-Day Evaluation Period”). You can access the APY Details page at any time by logging into your SoFi account on the SoFi mobile app or SoFi website and selecting either (i) Banking > Savings > Current APY or (ii) Banking > Checking > Current APY. Upon receiving a Direct Deposit or $5,000 in Qualifying Deposits to your account, you will begin earning 4.60% APY on savings balances (including Vaults) and 0.50% on checking balances on or before the following calendar day. You will continue to earn these APYs for (i) the remainder of the current 30-Day Evaluation Period and through the end of the subsequent 30-Day Evaluation Period and (ii) any following 30-day Evaluation Periods during which SoFi Bank determines you to have Direct Deposit activity or $5,000 in Qualifying Deposits without interruption.

SoFi Bank reserves the right to grant a grace period to account holders following a change in Direct Deposit activity or Qualifying Deposits activity before adjusting rates. If SoFi Bank grants you a grace period, the dates for such grace period will be reflected on the APY Details page of your account. If SoFi Bank determines that you did not have Direct Deposit activity or $5,000 in Qualifying Deposits during the current 30-day Evaluation Period and, if applicable, the grace period, then you will begin earning the rates earned by account holders without either Direct Deposit or Qualifying Deposits until you have Direct Deposit activity or $5,000 in Qualifying Deposits in a subsequent 30-Day Evaluation Period. For the avoidance of doubt, an account holder with both Direct Deposit activity and Qualifying Deposits will earn the rates earned by account holders with Direct Deposit.

Members without either Direct Deposit activity or Qualifying Deposits, as determined by SoFi Bank, during a 30-Day Evaluation Period and, if applicable, the grace period, will earn 1.20% APY on savings balances (including Vaults) and 0.50% APY on checking balances.

Interest rates are variable and subject to change at any time. These rates are current as of 10/24/2023. There is no minimum balance requirement. Additional information can be found at https://www.sofi.com/legal/banking-rate-sheet.


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