Finally, do it again. After you have completed your first month of budgeting, it will be easier to plan for the next month. At the end of the month look at how you spent and make adjustments for categories in which you spent more than you planned, and cut back on the categories that had additional funds in them.
Step Three: Limit Your "Wants" to 30 Percent. This sounds great on the surface. Can you put 30 percent of your money toward your wants? Hello, beautiful shoes, trip to Bali, salon haircuts, and Italian restaurants. Not so fast. Remember how strict we were with the definition of a "need"? Your "wants" don't include extravagances. They include the basic niceties of life that you enjoy, like that unlimited text messaging plan, your home's cable bill, and cosmetic (not mechanical) repairs to your car.