According to the Consumer Credit Counseling Service, you shouldn’t have more than 15 percent to 20 percent of your net revenue obligated to pay debt. Net revenue is the actual dollars you bring home after your employer has withheld taxes. You might EARN 0 per week, but your NET income is the 0 amount that your paycheck is made out for and what you can get when you cash the check or deposit it into a bank account. So if your weekly net revenue is 400 dollars, your debt payments should take no more than 60 dollars to 80 dollars (0 x .15 or .20 = debt payment amount).
Now this doesn’t let in your mortgage or rent payment, your utility payments, your food or entertainment expenses or your savings. The debt payments we are discussing here are plainly outstanding debts that you’re required to make payments on which are above and beyond normal living expenses. (Think about boat payments, furniture payments and credit card debt.)
And that 60 dollars to 80 dolars is per week to decide how much you can realistically expect to be able to pay per month, you must multiply by 4.3 (number of weeks in a month) and you get 258 dollars to 344 dollars ( or x 4.3 = monthly debt obligation).In case if your debt payments equal more than 15 percent to 20 percent of your net revenue, it’s absolute likely that you should take the steps necessary to decrease that monthly obligation.
The debt reduction payments which you make every month on your credit cards or installment loan accounts include interest which is added to the principal amount that you owe each month. And so if you pay less than what the interest amount is, your balance will in reality increase rather than decrease as you make a payment.