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Four Tips for Building Wealth in a Dual-Income, No Kids (DINK) Household

Strategies to Maximize Your Income and Achieve Your Financial Goals
| By: Randall E. White, CFP®, RICP®, CRPC®, CMFC®

Four Tips for Building Wealth in a Dual-Income, No Kids (DINK) Household
Monday, 05 December 2022

If you and your spouse or partner are both employed and neither of you have children, your household is considered Dual-Income, No Kids – commonly abbreviated as “DINK.” Often, DINK couples split their living and lifestyle expenses while working together to achieve their joint financial goals, which can be easier to reach on two incomes with none of the financial responsibilities that come with having children.

If this sounds like you, and you want to be smart about utilizing your disposable income, read on for the wealth-building tips below meant to help DINK couples achieve long-lasting financial security.

Start with the Basics

First, not all DINK households are financially well off. There are many factors that go into shaping a couple’s financial situation, such as salary, cost of living, debt, and other necessary personal expenses. So, if you’re looking to begin building wealth, you must first start at the beginning. You’ll want to ensure that you have a fully funded emergency nest egg set aside to cover unexpected expenses. You’ll also want to be sure that you’re both contributing to your 401(k) accounts at least to the extent that you’re receiving any matches your companies may be offering. It’s also important to tackle any high-interest debt you’re carrying.

Give Voice to Your Vision

Once a DINK couple has a firm foundation in place, it’s time to begin building on it. Think about the future, both as a couple and individually. Take some time to talk about your short- and long-term goals and discuss which of those goals you want to prioritize. This is where you begin to clarify the steps you’ll need to take to build your wealth and turn your shared vision into reality. Whether you both want to retire early, take epic vacations each year, buy a second home, or something else, you can’t draw your roadmap until you know where you want to be.


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Face Your Savings Goals Head-On

Boosting your savings with as much as you can – and as early as you can – will obviously help you build wealth more quickly. It can also give a DINK household an added sense of security and peace of mind, as well as more choices when financial decision points arise. Prioritizing savings becomes even more imperative if you and your partner plan to have children in the future.

If you and your partner struggle with staying disciplined when it comes to savings, there are plenty of resources and strategies available to help you stay focused. One easy strategy is to set up an automatic deposit into your savings directly from your paycheck each week or month. That way, as soon as you’re paid, a set amount of money will go directly into your savings account – so you’ll never forget to transfer it to savings or be tempted to spend it.

Double-Up on Your Investments

As you’re tackling your savings with your partner, it’s also a smart time to focus on your investments as a couple. Investing can seem intimidating, but neglecting to participate in the markets means you’ll lose out on valuable opportunities to grow your nest egg over the long term. So long as you balance your portfolio in a way that ensures you’re not taking on too much risk, investing can become the backbone of your wealth-building. If you’re unsure how to get started or how much risk is right for you, work with a professional investment advisor to build a portfolio and investment strategy that suits your needs.

The earlier you begin investing, the more time you give your money to reap the benefits of compound interest. Coupled with your spouse or partner’s investments, your DINK household will have the ability to build substantial wealth if you stick to a sound strategy. So, be sure you’re both making the most of the opportunities the market provides, rather than sitting on the sidelines.


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Are You Building Wealth in Your DINK Household?

Being part of a dual-income, no-kids household means you could be well-placed to utilize your disposable income to build long-lasting wealth. If you remain disciplined and make smart money moves as a team, many of your financial goals could be within reach.

Are you interested in working with an experienced partner you can trust to help you build your wealth and gain greater financial peace of mind? At TriCapital Wealth Management, we have a team of advisors ready to help you create a personalized savings and investment strategy that can help you boost your wealth and achieve your financial goals. Contact us today to discuss your unique situation and determine if we’re the right fit for you. We look forward to hearing from you!


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