NerdWallet recommends NerdWallet’s 50/30/20 budget. It requires that you spend approximately 50% of your after-tax dollars for necessities and no more than 30% on want. You also need to save 20% and repay debts.

A person who adheres to these guidelines over the long-term will have manageable debt and room for indulgence occasionally. They also have savings to cover unexpected or irregular expenses and retire comfortably.

Use up to 50% of your income to pay for your needs

The You should consider your needs, which is approximately 50% of your after-tax income.

  • Groceries.

  • Basic utilities.

  • Transportation.

  • Insurance.

  • The minimum loan payment. Anything above the minimum payment goes into savings or debt repayment.

  • You need to pay for child care and other expenses so that you can work.

You may have to cut back on the “needs” section of your budget if your absolute necessities exceed 50%. While it is not impossible, it can be a good idea for you to adjust your spending.

Use 30% of your income to pay

It can be hard to separate needs and wants. However, it is important to recognize that your needs are necessary for you to live and work. You may want to eat out, gift, travel, and entertainment.

It can be difficult to make a decision. Is organic grocery a desire or a necessity? What about your gym membership? These decisions can vary from one person to the next.

You may be eager to get rid of your debt as soon as possible. However, your needs and wants might wait until you have enough savings or debt under control. You shouldn’t limit your spending to buy things you don’t need.

Contribute 20% to Savings and Debt Repayment

Save 20% of your after-tax income for unexpected expenses, to pay down debt and save for the future.

Think about the larger financial picture. This may involve balancing savings and debt repayment in order to achieve your most pressing goals.

This is a guide for deciding your financial priorities.

  1. Create an emergency fund at least $500 to cover minor emergencies.

  2. If your company offers it, make sure you contribute enough to receive the maximum match for your 401(k). The 401(k), which is free money, has tax breaks and it’s important that you start saving early for retirement to allow compound interest to work its magic.

  3. Reduce debt by focusing on high interest credit card debt, personal or payday loans, title loans, rent-to-own and loan-to-own. You may end up repaying twice or three times the amount you borrowed due to high interest rates.

  4. Start saving for retirement. Save 15% of your gross monthly income. This includes your employer match if one exists.

  5. Invest in your emergency fund to ensure that you have enough money to cover three to six months of your living expenses.

  6. Lower interest rate debt , such as student loans and auto loans,