The 50/20/30 rule: your formula for better budgeting

Apr 6, 2018

The ‘50/20/30 rule’ helps you budget better by splitting spending into three categories: living expenses and essentials, financial goals, and lifestyle. Here’s the idea in under two minutes – from the experts at Loqbox.

  • 50% of your income should go on living expenses and essentials – rent or mortgage, food, bills, work travel and so on.
  • 20% should go towards your financial goals – saving or paying off debts.
  • 30% should go towards your lifestyle – non-essential, nice-to-have things like eating out, cinema trips or live sports.

Try calculating your 50/20/30 budget. Our previous posts on budgeting and spending goals should help.

Don’t worry if you don’t get it bang on first time. This ‘rule’ is really more of a guide to see where you might be overspending.

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