Ways to Financial Relief – Easy Budgeting Rule

Ways to Financial Relief – Easy Budgeting Rule

Creating a budget is not hard. It is stressful. Being disciplined with your budget is hard. It’s even harder when the numbers and your demands just don’t add up.

There is an easy method for building and staying on budget. Try this framework:

50 / 30 / 20 or Need / Want / Save

Remember 50/30/20 is a guideline so you can shift as your month-to-month, week-to-week, day-to-day or paycheck-to-paycheck shifts. Don’t get distracted or stop if you need to move things around for a short period or two. Use 50/30/20 as your guiderails and you will probably find that staying on course or near course gets easier over time. And isn’t that the goal: Progress over Perfection.

NEEDS: 50%

Allocate 50% of your income to the things you cannot live without:

  • Rent or Mortgage
  • Groceries
  • Utilities: electricity, water, gas, phone
  • Clothes
  • Transportation

WANTS: 30%

Allocate 30% of your income to the things you want but aren’t required to survive.

  • Streaming services
  • Dining Out
  • Hobbies

SAVINGS + EMERGENCIES: 20%

One of the main causes for financial stress is not being prepared for emergencies. Establishing a $400 emergency fund will help keep you from falling behind.

  • Emergency Fund
  • Pay off debt
  • Vacation
  • Education

An example of the 50/30/20 budget. $48,000 annual salary or $24 per hour. Your take home pay would be around $3,235 per month.

  • Needs: $1,617.50
  • Wants: $970.50
  • Saves: $647.00

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