Get Your Budget on Track. You're not going to get ahead financially until you develop a reasonable budget _ one that allows for both some indulgences and for emergencies _ and then stick to that budget. Budgeting your money is the cornerstone of a sound financial plan. You might scoff at the idea of creating a budget _ after all, you pretty much know what you spend every month, especially on big_ticket items like rent/mortgage or car payment.
An Example of the 50ቺተ Plan. Let's say your total take_home pay each month is ū귔. Using the 50┺┰ rule, you can spend no more than ũ껎 on your needs per month. You probably can't afford a ũ귔_a_month rent or mortgage payment, at least not unless your utilities, car payment, minimum credit card payments, insurance premiums, and other necessities of life don't exceed 趚 a month.