Finance

Merging Accounts with Your Spouse

Do you feel comfortable sharing all your assets?

Dec 29, 2010

Merging bank accounts with your spouse can be a tough decision. Do you feel comfortable sharing all your assets? Do you or your partner have debt such as student loans or credit card debt? Starting with a conversation with your spouse is the smartest thing and there are many options.

  • The Lump Sum Approach: Fully merge your accounts including incomes and debt to one checking/savings account
  • The Hybrid Approach: Keep a joint checking account for paying down expenses and bills and maintain separate checking accounts and even credit cards for independent purchases
  • The Independent Approach: For some, combining accounts is never the best option, so maintain separate checking and savings accounts

If you decide that a fully merged or hybrid approach is the best for you and your spouse, you can utilize a budgeting tool to keep track of your accounts and make sure you aren’t accidentally double paying on anything. Tools like this are also great to help save up for specific events like vacations, wedding, gifts, etc.

Whatever you decide, it’s always important to keep a close eye on your account and talk to someone at your bank to help you determine if you have the best account or combinations of accounts for your lifestyle.
 

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