Step One: Calculate Your After_Tax Income. Your after_tax income is what remains of your paycheck after taxes are taken out, such as state tax, local tax, income tax, Medicare, and Social Security. If you're an employee with a steady paycheck, your after_tax income should be easy to figure out. Look at your paystubs. If health care, retirement contributions, or any other deductions are taken out of your paycheck, add them back in.
But try this anyway. Creating a budget and then following it can help you spot areas where you're spending more than you realize. Here you will find tips on how to create a budget and track expenses along with other money management techniques.