50/30/20 rule of Tracking Budget

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Remember Mike Tyson, who earned WBC heavyweight championship when he was just 20 years old. This astonishing boxer earned more than $400 million in his 18 years long career but declared himself bankrupt in 2003 with heavy debt on him.

Knowing and following some personal finance rule can do wonders to your financial well being.

We know, at times when you have a sizeable expense, it keeps you wondering, whether you have over spent on the item or was it ok, or when you take a loan, you wonder whether you have over borrowed or no.

With this article, you would know a simple and a really handy rule to track your budget, which we call the 50/30/20 rule.

It would help you know, whether you have borrowed well enough in your capacity to pay back, at the same time save enough for your goals and manage your day to day expenses too.

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So, here it goes, as per the representation above, all your expenses like utility bills (grocery bill, electricity bill, phone bill, etc.), expenditure on fuel, entertainment, education, outside food, etc. and rent or Home loan EMI should not cross 50% of your take home salary.

You should allocate 20% of your take home pay i.e. salary after paying taxes, to your short term goals (goals within 3 years) like buying a car, going on vacation, buying any electronic item, putting together an emergency fund for sudden medical expense, for sudden job loss situation, Insurance premiums etc.

And you should be able to save and invest 30% of your take home pay for your long term goals (goals beyond 3 years) like kids’ higher education, their marriage, your retirement, etc.

Now, check your own take home salary and check whether fixed expenses and floating expenses are well within above limits or no. And, if no is the answer, you need to put it right and save at least 30% of your take home salary henceforth for your long term goals.

So, with this handy rule, budget well. Stop worrying about money and start loving your budget. After that, we are sure you would save well.

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