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When Should I Close My Old Bank Account?

Chris Gottschalk

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Sep 23, 2021 4:45:00 AM

While the conventional wisdom is that you should close your old bank account after you’ve switched financial institutions or moved to a new city, the reality is that you don’t have to close your old account if you don’t want to. In fact, plenty of people keep their old checking and savings accounts open, and thanks to online banking, monitoring them is easier than ever. This does bring up an important question, though—when should you close old bank accounts?

There’s no one right answer to this question. However, there are some guidelines that can help you realize when it’s time to close an old checking or savings account.Get Started

When You Don’t Plan on Using That Bank Anymore

One of the rules of having multiple checking and savings accounts is that you should know what each account is doing for you. If you don’t plan on actively using your old financial institution, you should ask yourself what the accounts at that institution are doing for you. If you can’t come up with a good answer, you should probably close the account.

When You’re Paying a Fee on the Account

Wooden Blocks with the text Fees spelled out | First Alliance Credit UnionIf you’re paying a monthly fee to keep your old account open, or a maintenance fee if your account balance dips below a minimum amount, close the account immediately. If you continue to keep the account open, at best you’ll be giving your old financial institution money that you could be saving or putting toward your financial goals. At worst, the monthly fee will drain your account balance and potentially even cause you to overdraw your account and get charged an overdraft fee.

If You’re Having Trouble Keeping Track of all Your Accounts

While having multiple checking and savings accounts offers a lot of advantages, the more accounts you have, the harder time you’ll have monitoring all of them. If you find yourself forgetting about the checking and savings accounts at your old financial institution, you should think seriously about closing the account.Woman with glasses at a desk looking at records | First Alliance Credit Union

While having multiple checking and savings accounts offers a lot of advantages, the more accounts you have, the harder time you’ll have monitoring all of them. If you find yourself forgetting about the checking and savings accounts at your old financial institution, you should think seriously about closing the account.

When you lose track of your accounts, you run the risk of getting hit with fees, you don’t expect if your account falls below the minimum balance. You also risk your old financial institution marking your account as inactive if you leave it alone for too long and sending any money you have in your old accounts to the State Treasury. The worst-case scenario, though, is if someone uses your old account to steal your identity and rack up charges to your account.

Get Checking and Savings Accounts You’ll Want to Keep at First Alliance Credit Union

There’s nothing wrong with keeping old checking and savings accounts open. However, you need to make sure that those accounts are still useful to you. Otherwise, you might find yourself paying fees on your old accounts, or worse, discovering that someone has used your old account to steal your identity.

If you’re looking for a checking or savings account you’ll want to keep, become a member of First Alliance Credit Union today. We offer traditional checking and savings accounts with no monthly or maintenance fees, as well as the ability to maintain your account no matter where you are, thanks to our robust online banking platform and mobile app.

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