Direct Deposit Into a Savings Account vs. Checking in Arizona
Most employers allow you to direct deposit your paycheck into a checking or savings account, or to split your paycheck between both checking and savings accounts.
What We'll Cover
- The benefits of direct depositing your paycheck into a checking account
- The benefits of direct depositing your paycheck into a savings account
- How to set up your direct deposit
Direct deposit is by far the most painless way to get your paychecks or benefits checks straight into your bank account. You don’t need to wait for your check to arrive or wait in line at a branch or an ATM to make the deposit. Plus, many employers even make direct deposits the night before payday!
Setting up direct deposit is simple. You may be wondering where you should be directing your cash.
Can you direct deposit into a savings account?
Most employers allow you to direct deposit your paycheck into your savings accounts. Consult your HR department to make sure you have this option. You may have the option to split your paycheck between your checking and savings accounts or between accounts at difference banks or credit unions.
Pro Tip: Direct depositing into a savings account is particularly useful if you’re trying to establish a rainy-day fund or build your nest egg for the future.
Checking vs. Savings
Pros of Direct Depositing into a Checking Account
- One stop shopping. Your spending money is all in one place. Having your paycheck go right into the checking account you most frequently use for spending is incredibly convenient. It means you don’t need to fuss about moving cash from account to account to cover that monthly Netflix bill or debit card transaction.
- Save on monthly fees. Many checking accounts come with a fee. For OneAZ members, those fees are minimal. But if you’re a Premium Checking member who still wants free checking, maintaining an average daily balance of over $5,000 will get you there.
- Avoid overdraft charges. If you worry about overdrawing your account, it may be wise to direct your cashflow into your checking account. That way you know you’ll always have ample funds for those spending sprees or scheduled payments. Manage your account with online banking to ensure your account never gets overdrawn.
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Pros of Direct Depositing into a Savings Account
- Savings spree. By direct depositing at least part of your paycheck into your savings account, you’re trying to save for your future. You’ll thank yourself one day for putting aside some extra cash.
- Increased interest. Most savings accounts earn significantly more interest than your typical checking account. That means as you put away for the future, you’re earning a bit extra. The more savings you have, the more interest you’ll earn each month. It may not be much, but every little bit helps.
- Emergency Fund. It’s important to keep extra cash in your savings account so you can weather anything life throws at you. It’s a good idea to have three to six months of savings to cover essential living expenses in case you were to face a sudden loss of income. You can build your rainy-day fund by direct depositing a set amount each month.
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Setting up direct deposit
Now that you’ve decided which accounts you want your direct deposit checks to go into, you’ve got to set it up.
- Ask for a direct deposit form and fill it out. Your employer can provide you a written or online form. You’ll need your financial institution’s address, routing number, your account number, and the type of account. You may also need to attach a voided check to the form.
- Select deposit amount. If you’re splitting your paycheck between checking and savings, this is the step where you get to choose how much you want in each account.
- Submit the form. Once you’ve completed the form, return it to your employer’s HR department. It may take a couple pay cycles for it go through, so be patient.
- You can often choose to direct deposit your paycheck into your checking account, savings account, or both.
- Direct depositing into a checking account helps you avoid overdraft charges and account fees (if your account is with OneAZ Credit Union).
- Direct depositing into a savings account helps you save more money, earn more with interest, and build an emergency fund.
- You can easily set up direct deposit by filling out a form with your employer.
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