You've completed the budget worksheet, what now? Should you find that at the end of the month that you are consistently spending more than you are bringing in, it might be time to take a closer look at where you're spending your money and adjust those areas you can to make up the difference. Should you find, on the other hand, that you consistently have money left over every month, you now have the opportunity to decide what to do with that extra cash. Do you need to build up an emergency or "rainy day" fund? Could you be contributing more to your retirement savings? Could you pay certain loans off faster? Or perhaps you would like to save up for a special or large purchase.
If you can't forgo a payment such as a minimum payment on a credit card, it can be considered a "need," according to the Warren and Tyagi. Why? Because your credit score will be negatively impacted if you don't pay the minimum. By the same token, if the minimum payment required is ษ and you regularly pay 贄 a month to keep a manageable balance, that additional ๛ isn't a need.