The key to getting ahead is surplus. You only get surplus if you are spending less than you are taking in. So, it's not how much you make but how much you spend. You need an emergency fund, a savings accout, and and a retirement fund. You can't even start moving in that direction if you are spending all you take in. So, after all the bills are paid, is there money left over? If not, then it's time to figure out how to spend less. You have to be willing to change your lifestyle to get it in line with your spending limits, which must include having some left over. Having a left over amount each month to accumulate over time must be a consistent endeaver. You can't do it for three months and then blow it all.
Also consider that you may need to make a fundamental change. For example, I have seen families that struggle payday to payday, but they drive nice cars (with nice car payments) and have a monthly payment on a boat or RV. This is not OK! Sell that boat! Get different cars that don't cost so much! Do whatever it takes. Living beyond your means is presuming upon the future - stop it!
Look at the ant - "consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest."