The 20/80 method
If using this plan, you need to apply the following actions:
1. Pay off all debts and any bank loans.
2. Invest in a business, or aim to save around 20% of your monthly salary - ensuring that this is the money you cannot spend.
3. Spend the other 80% of your salary in whatever way you choose.
4. Bear in mind to save first then spend the rest.
5. If you think that 20% is too high, start with 10% or 5%, which will help you develop a habit and create an initial saving's fund.
The 60/10/10/10/10 method
This method works this way:
1. 60% for your main expenses (this being food, utilities, transportation and clothing)
2. 10% for your retirement
3. 10% for long-term purchases (this being a car, a house renovation, or paying off debt)
4. 10% for rare expenses (this being things like repairing your car, visiting a doctor, or expensive gifts)
5. 10% for entertainment.
6. For any large debt, it is better to repurpose the 10% that you saved for retirement until you pay it off.
The 10% method
This method will enable you to save 10% of your money from your total income. This small amount won't affect your budget, and neither will it have an impact on the quality of your life. It is better to put this money in the bank so that you do not feel the urge to spend it right away. If you find it easy to save 10%, you can try to save 15% or even 20%.
The “halves” method
In this method, you are asked to divide your money into two parts - the first of which goes toward your everyday needs, and the second, goes to the bank. When your cash on hand is gone, go to the bank and take half of the sum you have in there then repeat as needed. This method is suggested for those who find it hard to control their everyday expenses.
The “4 envelopes” method
1. This method starts by counting the total sum of your upcoming income.
2. Next, you take the money for big purchases, or you save about 10-20% of your income.
3. After which, you take the money for regular expenses - such as rent, school, parking etc.
4. THe remaining part of your income should then be divided into 4 parts, putting it into 4 envelopes, one for each week. This money will then be spend on anything you want be it food, entertainment or transportation. But don't forget about the budget you have.
The granny method
This is based on a simple idea. For each important expense category you have a special envelope which you write its name and the total that you need. You can divide the categories depending on the person and their lifestyle and it can include things like food, clothing, medicine, car, entertainment and so on. ALl the income is divided into parts, depending on the number of categories, and they are put into envelopes accordingly. Whenever you need money you take it from the relevant envelope and if you run out of money from the entertainment envelope, it is better to avoid entertainment you have to pay for until your source of income replenishes itself. If you run out of money from an important envelope - such as food - you take the money from a less significant envelope and adjust the future sum you put into this envelope. What's left may be spent or saved, depending on your goals and the amount of money left.