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.
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.