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No more than 25% of your monthly income should go towards installment debt – credit cards, loans, car payments, etc.
Deposit part of your income into a savings account to meet emergency expenses.
Know your priorites. Allot enough income for the essentials (shelter, utilities, food, medical, savings).
Keep an accurate record of your cash flow and expenses in order to stick to your plan.
Make the budget a family project. Everyone must be involved in order for it to work.