How to properly manage double income

However, having more finances on the table calls for proper planning so as to make sure that the money is optimally managed. Here are the best ways to make sure this goal is achieved.

Dec 15, 2015 08:12 IST India Infoline News Service

Double income has become more popular due to hard economic times coupled with inflation and rising expenses. However, having more finances on the table calls for proper planning so as to make sure that the money is optimally managed. Here are the best ways to make sure this goal is achieved.
 
Having a joint budget
 
Noting down the monthly budget is the first step towards the process. A married couple usually has similar goals for their family and, therefore, it becomes easier to come up with a joint plan of their expenses.
 
The couple can appropriate the amount of money to be spent on future goals, children, daily expenses, luxuries and financial support for their parents. It is always better to discuss such matters jointly
 
Directing funds to common goals
 
Couples usually have common goals such as the cost of buying a house, educating their children and other projects that they might decide to embark on. These goals help them to streamline their spending and make it easier to achieve since they are joint. Otherwise, it would be a bit hard to meet these goals individually.
 
Joint credit card
 
Having a common credit card allows spouses to keep each other in check, thus making each of them more conscious about spending too much. This is because failure to meet credit card obligations by one person affects the credit scores for both. It is also a good idea for a couple to have joint bank account household matters.
 
Tax benefits
 
The law provides a certain percentage of tax benefits for individuals. When a couple takes a common loan, they can request separate tax benefits rather than it the tax benefits being issued for a single person. This means they can request separate tax benefits. If both spouses are not within the same tax bracket, then the government calculates the tax on a 50-50 basis.

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