A successful budget helps you decide how to best spend your money while avoiding or reducing debt. NerdWallet recommends the 50/30/20 budget, which suggests that 50% of your income goes toward needs, 30% toward wants and 20% toward savings and debt repayment. Use the free budget worksheet below to see how your spending compares to this kind of budget.
The 50/30/20 breakdown is just a recommendation. Adjust your spending as needed until you reach your ideal budget.