| Eve & Elle Admin
Are you always left with no money halfway through the month? The 50/20/20 rule is a great way to set up a budget but also to understand where you are over or underpaying relative to your income. This rule will help you create a budget that’s easy to stick to because it will allow you to pay for all the things that need to be paid. It makes sure you are investing in yourself, by saving or retirement and most importantly it leaves you with a chunk of money to spend however you please. Hello Friday drinks, Saturday manicures and unnecessary magazines. But you know what, with this budget you can afford it. All the pleasure, none of the guilt.
It’s easy from your net income per month set aside 50% for fixed expenses, 20% for your financial goals and 30% to spend on ANYTHING :-)
1# 50 out of the 50/20/30 rule
50 percent of your income should go to your fixed expenses. The things you need to live your life. The breakdown of this 50% should roughly be as follows:
- 30% housing (rent or mortgage)
- 10% groceries, toiletries, etc
- 5% electricity, water, gas bills
- 5% to transportation/ parking
If these costs combined go over 50% of your income, you are living above your paycheck. This will make it much harder to invest in yourself by saving and will set you up for a paycheck-to-paycheck life.
2# 20 out of the 50/20/30 rule
20 percent of your income should go to your financial goals. You should invest in yourself by setting up some savings and investments. These 20% should be divided in a way that contributes to your personal money goals. For instance mine are divided as 5% towards emergency fund, 5% towards investments, 5% towards savings and 5% towards down-payment savings for a house.
3# 30 out of the 50/20/30 rule
30 percent of your income you can spend on whatever you want, since you have already covered your most important expenses (50%) and your financial goals (20%). However how you want to spend the 30% is up to you, but be mindful that you are efficient and don't let your money go to waste. If you feel 30% is too much, you can always choose to put a bigger percentage towards your financial goals.
So the goal is...
When asked about her success, Sophia Amoruso loves to say, “Money looks better in the bank than on your feet.” In her book the founder of NastyGal and Girlboss Media, states it is essential to know how to manage your money.
Getting more value out of your finances is your ultimate goal. So it’s time to start investing in yourself instead of your shoe collection. Did you know about the 50/20/30 rule, or are you just finding out? Do you feel it will help you with budgeting and the organization of your financial life? Let us know in the comments.