You can spend ũ값 a month on your "wants" based on that ū귔 you're bringing home each month. You might consider doing without a few things and shifting some of this money to your "needs" column if you're coming up short there_not necessarily indefinitely but until you can get your needs down to a more manageable level. Remember, you still need 20 percent left over so you can save and pay down your debts according to the 50ቺተ plan. Now you have 轜 left, that last 20 percent. You know what to do with it. Pay down on debt, save for an emergency, and plan for your future.
Next list all your variable expenses_those that may change from month to month such as groceries, gas and entertainment. This is an area where you might find opportunities to cut back. Credit card and bank statements are a good place to start since they often itemize or categorize your monthly expenditures. Tip: Record your daily spending with anything that’s handy_a pen and paper, an app or your smartphone.