If you’re paying off debt, you want to be aware of something called your debt to income ratio. The reason it’s good is because it provides an overall measure of your financial health.
What Is Your Debt to Income (DTI) Ratio?
Generally speaking, your debt to income ratio is pretty much what it sounds like: the ratio of debt you have divided by your gross monthly income.
How to Calculate Your DTI Ratio
It’s pretty easy to calculate your own DTI ratio, if you want to do the maths yourself:
“DTI ratio is a simple formula. Divide your monthly debt obligations divided by your gross monthly income, and multiply that number times 100,” says [Erin Lowry, author of Broke Millennial].
For example: Let’s say you pay $200 in loans, $850 on rent and $120 for your credit card. Your monthly gross income is $3500.
($200 + $850 + $120) ÷ ($3500) = 0.3342
Then, multiply this by 100 to get 33.42 per cent.
The “Ideal” DTI Ratio
Ideally, you want to keep your DTI at 36 per cent or less. Of course, you should aim for a DTI ratio of zero per cent if your goal is to be debt free.