Wondering what kind of bank account you need? Current accounts and savings accounts serve different purposes – see how they work and what they can do for you.
What is a current account?
What is a savings account?
Types of current accounts
Most banks offer standard current accounts and current accounts with extras. Current accounts with extras are sometimes referred to as packaged, or reward current accounts.
A standard current account provides:
- debit cards
- overdraft facilities
- Direct Debit and standing order facilities
- cheque books
- access to higher interest savings accounts
- travel insurance
- mobile phone insurance
They may charge a monthly account fee.
Banks also provide basic bank accounts. These can be used for deposits and withdrawals, but won't offer overdrafts. Banks may also offer current accounts designed for students or graduates.
Explore more: Choosing a current account
Types of savings account
There are several types of savings account available. The one that will suit you will depend on your savings goals, how long you want to put your money away for and whether you have a lump sum to save. Here are some of the different types of accounts:
- regular savings accounts give you the opportunity to put away some money each month
- easy access savings accounts give you access to your money whenever you need it
- notice accounts require you to give notice when you want to take money out
- fixed-rate savings accounts are suitable if you can put a lump sum of money away for a fixed period of time
- Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) enable you to earn tax-free interest (up to a certain amount)
Explore more: Savings accounts vs ISAs: what's the difference?
A current account can be useful for managing your everyday banking, while a savings account can help you put money away to achieve your goals.
Once you’ve decided which one you need, take some time to look at the different types of accounts so you can find the best one for you. It may help to think about what’s most important to you and why, that can help you shape your search and compare the different benefits to find what’s most useful.