Step Two: Limit Your Needs to 50 Percent of Your After_Tax Income. Now go back to your budget. How much do you spend on "needs" each month, things like groceries, housing, utilities, health insurance, car payment, and car insurance? According to Warren and Tyagi and their 50ቺተ rule, the amount that you spend on these things should total no more than 50 percent of your after_tax pay.
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.