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 already own your home or you're locked into a lease, you're pretty much stuck with that ũ귔 payment. Consider relocating when your lease expires to make your budget more manageable or take a look at your other "needs" to see if there's a way that you can reduce any of them. Maybe shop for more affordable insurance or transfer the balance on that credit card to one with a lower interest rate so your minimum payment drops a bit. Your goal is to be able to fit all these expenses into 50 percent of your take_home after_tax income.