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