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No more than 25% of your monthly income should go towards installment debt – credit cards, loans, car payments, etc.
Know your priorites. Allot enough income for the essentials (shelter, utilities, food, medical, savings).
Review your statements regularly from your creditors while on the DMP. Report any unusual fees or activity to CCCS Operations Department, and send a copy of each of your statements every three months for official review.
Deposit part of your income into a savings account to meet emergency expenses.
Keep an accurate record of your cash flow and expenses in order to stick to your plan.