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.
Budgeting and saving money doesn't come naturally to many people, for obvious reasons: it's easy and tempting to spend money on non_essentials, even if your budget is tight. So how can you get on track with a realistic budget and save money? These strategies, taken together, have the very real potential to improve your financial situation.