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Managing financial responsibly is difficult at times, but a few simple steps can make the process easier. Learn more about budgeting your money, so that you can pay off the necessary bills before purchasing other things that you want.

Maintain a monthly budget. The budget should contain all items including all expenses and all revenue streams. Analyse where you spend your money, you will be better able to control your expenses and pay your bills on time.
Set up your money rules before you make large purchases or investment decisions. This may take some advice from an advisor to get right but it is worth the time and thought. Once these foundation rules are created you will be less likely to be distracted by all the options available.

If you have a poor credit score, use a card for small purchases each month such as groceries and gas and pay it off, on time, each month. This will show creditors that you are credit worthy and responsible. Doing this on a regular basis will help to improve the credit score that you currently have.

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See if you can make monthly payments toward annual expenses. If paying in a lump sum once a year is a better option, set aside a portion each pay period. This will avoid a shock when these payments are due. Divide your yearly expenses by the number of pay periods in a year. The next time the expense is due, you’ll be ready for it. Also, if you put these portions in an interest bearing account you will make a small amount of money at the same time.

Always look for ways to save. Track your monthly financial position and audit yourself and your bills once every three months. Look at the competition for services you use, see if you can get the same or better for less. Compare the cost of food at different stores, and make sure you are getting the best interest rates on your credit cards and savings accounts.

Stop thinking about your income and expenses at the same time. Track every penny of both, but do not look at them simultaneously. If you balance your budget there is no saving. Cap your expenses at 70% of your income and see the difference. Use the savings to create your investment portfolio and help your financial security grow as well.

It is important to pay off necessary items, like your bills, before making other purchases. If you are cost aware and money smart you can still do the fun things as well. You can make the most of your money, if you budget and track how you are spending your income each month.