If you already own your home or you're locked into a lease, you're pretty much stuck with that ũ귔 payment. Consider relocating when your lease expires to make your budget more manageable or take a look at your other "needs" to see if there's a way that you can reduce any of them. Maybe shop for more affordable insurance or transfer the balance on that credit card to one with a lower interest rate so your minimum payment drops a bit. Your goal is to be able to fit all these expenses into 50 percent of your take_home after_tax income.
Harvard bankruptcy expert Elizabeth Warren_named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World_coined the ൺቺተ rule" for spending and saving with her daughter, Amelia Warren Tyagi. They co_authored a book in 2005: "All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan." So how does the 50ቺተ plan work? Here's how Warren and Tyagi recommend you organize your budget.