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.
If you're self_employed, your after_tax income equals your gross income less your business expenses, such as the cost of your laptop or airfare to conferences, as well as the amount you set aside for taxes. You're responsible for remitting your own quarterly estimated tax payments to the government because you don't have an employer to take care of it for you.