Currently I have a financial advocate who receives all my benefits,pays all my bills,transfers me a set amount each month into my Monzo account for spending and looks after my savings.
In the future, I will be looking after my savings and will not need the financial advocate.
I want a secure account to keep my savings in, and it must have the facility to bank transfer myself some spending money each month into my Monzo current account. I also need to be able to pay bills etc
I’m not looking for an account which uses a debit/credit card as I already have two.
Can anyone recommend the best way to go about this and which accounts would be suitable for my needs ?
I don’t want my savings in my Monzo account because I use it online ( just for security reassurance ) I just want to transfer money to my Monzo each month for spending
The simplest way would be to use one of the accounts to pay your bills, cut up the card on that account, then another account for your spending, so you have a standing order set up on your income/bill account going into your Monzo account (if that is going to be your spending account)
No you don’t unless its online only web access. I haven’t used a card reader on my barclays account for over a year. You use the app for verification nowadays. Plus if you don’t want a debit card, Barclays will on request send you an authentication card free of charge for reader use only.
Might be worth looking around as to how Monzo deals with chargeback cases like this to put your mind at ease. So far I haven’t heard any horror stories and plenty of success stories where people got their accounts drained overnight and got it all back in an hour or so.
The reason I’m advocating for keeping it all in a single account is for ease of use. It’s not about Monzo vs the other banks (you could choose Starling instead if you want), but it’s easier to manage your money when you just have one account and one balance to look at and know exactly where you are as far as money goes (plus the budgeting features can only work for you if you use the single account for everything). I’m going through the same situation with a friend who’s in financial hell and the first step (after consolidating credit card + existing overdraft into a single loan) was to get her on Monzo and get salary + all bills in there.
Agreed that depending on the reason behind financial difficulties, multiple accounts might make sense. In this case though I believe the author is simply concerned about managing their money and having a clear view on it, so a single account would be better IMO.