You've completed the budget worksheet, what now? Should you find that at the end of the month that you are consistently spending more than you are bringing in, it might be time to take a closer look at where you're spending your money and adjust those areas you can to make up the difference. Should you find, on the other hand, that you consistently have money left over every month, you now have the opportunity to decide what to do with that extra cash. Do you need to build up an emergency or "rainy day" fund? Could you be contributing more to your retirement savings? Could you pay certain loans off faster? Or perhaps you would like to save up for a special or large purchase.
Step Four: Spend 20 Percent on Savings and Debt Repayments. Now about the extra ๛ you pay on that credit card each month. That's neither a want nor a need. It's the ൜" in the 50ቺተ rule. It's in a class all its own. You should spend at least 20 percent of your after_tax income repaying debts and saving money in your emergency fund and your retirement accounts.