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.
You can spend ũ값 a month on your "wants" based on that ū귔 you're bringing home each month. You might consider doing without a few things and shifting some of this money to your "needs" column if you're coming up short there_not necessarily indefinitely but until you can get your needs down to a more manageable level. Remember, you still need 20 percent left over so you can save and pay down your debts according to the 50ቺተ plan. Now you have 轜 left, that last 20 percent. You know what to do with it. Pay down on debt, save for an emergency, and plan for your future.