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.
Step 3: Set your goals. Before you start sifting through the information you’ve tracked, make a list of all the financial goals you want to accomplish in the short_ and long_term. Short_term goals should take no longer than a year to achieve. Long_term goals, such as saving for retirement or your child’s education, may take years to reach. Remember, your goals don’t have to be set in stone, but identifying your priorities before you start planning a budget will help. For example, it may be easier to cut spending if you know your short_term goal is to reduce credit card debt.