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What Is the 50/20/30 Budget Rule?

Needs, wants and savings

  • Needs: these are those bills that you absolutely must pay and are the things necessary for survival (rent or mortgage payments, car payments, groceries, insurance, health care, minimum debt payment, and utilities).
  • Wants: these include all the things you spend money on that are not absolutely essential (dinner and movies out, vacations, electronic gadgets, etc.)
  • Savings: this includes adding money to an emergency fund in a bank savings account, making IRA contributions to a mutual fund account, and investing in the stock market.

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The 50-20-30 rule

It is a budget rule to help people reach their financial goals. It states that:

  • You should spend up to 50% of your after-tax income on needs and obligations that you must-have or must-do.
  • The remaining half should be split up between 20% savings and debt repayment and 30% to everything else that you might want.

Needs, wants and savings

  • Needs: these are those bills that you absolutely must pay and are the things necessary for survival (rent or mortgage payments, car payments, groceries, insurance, health care, minimum debt payment, and utilities).
  • Wants: these include all the things you spend money on that are not absolutely essential (dinner and movies out, vacations, electronic gadgets, etc.)
  • Savings: this includes adding money to an emergency fund in a bank savings account, making IRA contributions to a mutual fund account, and investing in the stock market.

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Debt payments

Debt payments may look confusing when you add it to the savings column. But the easiest way to build up a savings balance is not to have your money go toward debt. Once your debt is paid off, you can increase the savings.

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Play around with your monthly budget to see where you can reduce your monthly spending:

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