Step One: Calculate Your After_Tax Income. Your after_tax income is what remains of your paycheck after taxes are taken out, such as state tax, local tax, income tax, Medicare, and Social Security. If you're an employee with a steady paycheck, your after_tax income should be easy to figure out. Look at your paystubs. If health care, retirement contributions, or any other deductions are taken out of your paycheck, add them back in.
Budgeting and Personal Finance. Budgeting is the primary way that you can take control of your finances. Simply put, a budget is a written plan for how you will spend your money. You can create a monthly or an annual budget. The budget allows you to make financial decisions ahead of time, which makes it easier to cover all your expenses throughout the year. Budgeting consistently can help you turn your finances around and begin to build wealth.