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September 11, 2023

Managing Your First Checking Account Like a Pro 

Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step towards financial independence by opening your first checking account. Managing your money wisely is a crucial skill, and your checking account is the cornerstone of your financial journey. At Citizens First Bank, we understand the importance of opening your first account. That’s why we’ve offered our knowledge to guide you through everything you need to know about how to manage your first checking account like a pro. From saving money to using your account wisely, we’ve got you covered. 

Understanding the Basics

Before diving in, let’s start with the basics: 

What Is a Checking Account? 

A checking account is a secure place to store your money with easy access for daily transactions. It’s a powerful tool that allows you to deposit and withdraw money, pay bills, and make purchases with a debit card or checkbook. 

How to Open an Account 

To open a checking account, visit one of the six Citizens First bank locations or our online account opening options. You’ll need to provide identification, personal information, and an initial deposit. To read more about how to open an account, explore our previous blog titled: Banking Basics 101: How to Open Your First Checking Account 

Managing Your First Checking Account 

Now, let’s dive into how to effectively manage your checking account: 


Creating a budget is essential for managing your finances. Track your income and expenses to ensure you’re spending within your means. There are hundreds of budgeting tools and apps to help you keep your finances on track. 

Savings Goals 

Your checking account is an excellent place to start saving money. Set specific savings goals, whether it’s an emergency fund, a vacation, or a down payment on a car. Consider setting up automatic transfers from your checking to your savings account to make saving easier. 

Avoid Overdrafts 

An overdraft occurs when you spend more money than you have in your account. This can lead to expensive overdraft fees. Keep a close eye on your account balance and consider setting up alerts to notify you if your balance falls below a certain threshold. 

Online and Mobile Banking 

Explore your bank’s online and mobile banking options. These platforms make it easy to manage your account, pay bills, and transfer money. They also provide a convenient way to deposit checks using your smartphone. 

Another feature to consider with mobile banking is the ability to regularly review your account statements and transaction history. This will help you spot any errors or unauthorized charges promptly.  

Safety and Security 

Protect your account information and personal data. Never share your PIN or password with anyone. Use strong, unique passwords for online banking, and enable two-factor authentication if available. 

Understanding Fees 

Familiarize yourself with the fees associated with your checking account. These may include monthly maintenance fees, ATM fees, and overdraft fees. Opt for an account with low or no fees if possible. 

At Citizens First Bank, we believe that managing your first account like a pro is an essential step toward financial success. By budgeting, setting savings goals, monitoring your account, and using your account wisely, you’ll be well on your way to mastering your finances. Remember, financial responsibility is a journey, so stay committed to making informed financial decisions and growing your wealth over time. Your future self will thank you for it!