Rob West

The 50/30/20 Budget

December 19, 2020
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Are you one of those “right-brained” people—more creative than logical? Are you not good with numbers so you don’t like budgets? Well, how about a spending plan with just three numbers 50, 30, and 20? It might just be the easiest budget in the world with three simple categories. Follow it and you can say good-bye to living paycheck to paycheck! Today, Kingdom Advisors Rob West walks you through this simple spending plan.

•          The 50/30/20 Budget is a simple, beginner’s budget. It’s not unlike the simple Jars System you might teach small children about managing money. But just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it’s not effective. If you follow the 50/30/20 budgeting rule you’ll definitely get your finances on track.

•          This budget is simply the percentages of your after-tax income you put into the three categories of the spending plan: needs, wants, and savings (or debt repayment).

•          So how exactly do you determine your after tax income? You have to add back in everything that isn’t income or payroll taxes which are Social Security and Medicare deductions. That gives you the number you have to work with for your three categories.

•          What goes into our three categories? (1) Needs are things you absolutely must pay each month. This include rent or mortgage, car payments, groceries, gasoline, utilities, and health insurance. (2) Your “wants” category include what you’d like to have but aren’t essential for living: eating out, cable, gym memberships, subscriptions, and vacations. (3) Finally, you have 20% left over for your emergency fund and retirement investments and/or paying down debt.

•          If you don’t already have 3 to 6 months’ living expenses in an emergency fund, you should split that last 20% with half going into short-term savings and the rest applied as extra on your debt. And of course, once your debt’s paid off, you can put the whole 20% into savings.


On today’s program we also answer your questions:


•           Is it wise to use an FHA loan (here in South Florida) or wait until the 20% down-payment is there?

•           What can you recommend to a Christian for a sharing ministry healthcare product?

•           My husband is 72. He’s retired, so he gets social security and 100% disability from the VA.  We have a 401(k) in his name from when he left his job—it’s a little less than $100,000. Somebody is advising him that he needs to turn that into an annuity. Should we pursue this?


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MoneyWise is a daily radio ministry of MoneyWise Media. Hosted by Rob West, the program offers a practical, biblical and good-natured approach to managing your time, talents and resources.

About Rob West

Rob West is the host of the nationally syndicated radio programs MoneyWise and The MoneyWise Minute heard on more than 900 radio outlets each day. Rob also serves as the President of Kingdom Advisors, an international community of financial professionals who are specialists in delivering biblically wise financial advice. Rob serves as primary spokesperson for the organization and gives leadership to organizational strategy.

A radio veteran, Rob previously co-hosted a live, call-in, financial radio program with his father from 1998 through 2008 at WAFG, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Rob has dedicated his professional career to working at the intersection of faith and finance having led a successful faith-based financial services firm, serving as the host of several radio programs on a biblical approach to finance, and speaking frequently on the topic. Rob and his wife, Julie, live in Marietta, GA with their four children.


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