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.
Get Your Budget on Track. You're not going to get ahead financially until you develop a reasonable budget _ one that allows for both some indulgences and for emergencies _ and then stick to that budget. Budgeting your money is the cornerstone of a sound financial plan. You might scoff at the idea of creating a budget _ after all, you pretty much know what you spend every month, especially on big_ticket items like rent/mortgage or car payment.