Step Four: Spend 20 Percent on Savings and Debt Repayments. Now about the extra ๛ you pay on that credit card each month. That's neither a want nor a need. It's the ൜" in the 50ቺተ rule. It's in a class all its own. You should spend at least 20 percent of your after_tax income repaying debts and saving money in your emergency fund and your retirement accounts.
Step Three: Limit Your "Wants" to 30 Percent. This sounds great on the surface. Can you put 30 percent of your money toward your wants? Hello, beautiful shoes, trip to Bali, salon haircuts, and Italian restaurants. Not so fast. Remember how strict we were with the definition of a "need"? Your "wants" don't include extravagances. They include the basic niceties of life that you enjoy, like that unlimited text messaging plan, your home's cable bill, and cosmetic (not mechanical) repairs to your car.