Organizing Your Finances: Each Bank Account That You Have Should Financially Justify Its Existence

[sniplet organizing your finances]

Just a couple of years back, I had a good number of bank accounts — a couple that were opened as part of employment and others that I had opened on the spur of the moment. The result: too many accounts, statements, minimum balances, phone numbers, user names, passwords, transaction passwords, and PINs (HPINs, IPINs, and TPINs) to keep track of.

More important, I had no unified view of my finances.

One fine day, I called it quits (I’d called customer care and the automated system desperately wanted to know my 6-digit TPIN) and went on an account closing spree (you can read about it here and here). I now have just two bank accounts — one that gives me my unified view and the other for disaster recovery. This system seems to work quite well for me.

That said, here’s what you should do today.

First, on a sheet of paper, make a list of all bank accounts that you have. Next, each account on this list should financially justify its existence (example: an account from which your car loan EMIs are being deducted, an account from which you’re paying your bills, etc.). Any account that doesn’t pass this test needs to go. Close it at the earliest you can. Next see if you can consolidate the remaining accounts (example: paying both EMIs and bills from the same account).

At the end of this exercise, you should have the minimal set of accounts from which you can conduct your finances.

What do you think? How many accounts do you need to conduct your finances?

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