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Standing Orders vs Direct Debits: Which One Should I Choose?

When it comes to setting up regular payments, there are two main options open to You: Standing Orders & Direct Debits – but which one should you choose?

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Paying bills can be a pain, especially nowadays when there is so much to remember. It seems like our financial lives are just an endless stream of outgoings – electricity, gas, phone, broadband and mortgage or rent and this even before you factor in the fun stuff like Netflix or music streaming services.

It can be hard to keep on top of it all, and that’s why setting up regular payments from your bank accounts is a good idea. That way, your bills get paid automatically for you, and you don’t have to worry about missing a payment, which can affect your credit rating. When it comes to setting up regular payments, there are two main options open to you – standing orders and direct debits. 

Should I Choose a Standing Order or Direct Debit?

Standing orders and direct debits authorize your bank to make payments from your account on agreed dates. That date could be monthly, quarterly or annually. However, there’s a difference between the two forms of regular payment, with times when one is more favorable.

The main difference is that a standing order is fixed, whereas a direct debit can vary. Set up a standing order only if you’re certain the amount won’t change.

Standing Orders – When to Use Them?

One of the most popular uses of standing orders is to pay rent. There are several reasons behind this. Firstly, it ensures that you keep up with your rental payments, meaning you are keeping to the terms of your lease agreement. Your landlord or letting agents should be able to provide a step-by-step guide on how to set up a standing order.

The amount you pay for your rent is usually a fixed amount agreed with your landlord, therefore paying by standing order is the better option as the amount is not likely to change. Most people pay their rent directly to their landlord’s bank account. You cannot set up a direct debit to pay an individual. Therefore a standing order is required.

Standing orders can transfer regular amounts to another account, often an excellent method for saving money. You can set up a standing order to pay a fixed amount into a savings account each month.

Direct Debits –When to Use Them?

Direct debits are a good option when the amount you pay each month is likely to vary. In this case, setting up a direct debit involves you authorising your bank to pay out the requested amount to a third party on an agreed date each month.

This is handy for paying bills like mobile phone or electricity, where the amount varies based on usage.

Things to Remember When Setting Up Regular Payments

Whether you decide to set up a standing order or direct debit to make a regular payment, you must always ensure you have enough money in your account to cover the cost. If an amount causes you to overdraw in your account, you will incur interest in your overdraft. 

Insufficient funds impacting your payment can harm your credit rating, complicating future borrowing.

Alternative Accounts with Suits Me

Becoming a Suits Me account holder will give you the ability to easily set up and manage your direct debits and standing orders. Our accounts are personal e-money accounts that work similarly to a traditional bank account. You’ll gain access to an online account and our mobile app, where you’ll be able to manage your money on the go, 24/7.

We offer a whole variety of banking-like features including:

  • Send money within the UK via a transfer, international transfers are available via a partner in the Suits Me app,
  • Gain access to our exclusive cashback reward programme where you’ll automatically get a percentage of your money back when you use your Suits Me debit card with our retail partners.

Opening a Suits Me account takes 3 minutes and you’ll gain access to your online account immediately so you can start managing your money. We don’t ask for proof of address or run a credit check. We accept 99.8% of all applicants – so if you’re looking for a suitable alternative solution apply today!

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