It is nearly impossible for the average person to not have any debt at all. For instance you might own a home, there you go, you have a debt, or you may have a car loan or other items on payment and before you know it, you are in debt. However, how you manage and control your debt is important. You don't want to find yourself in a situation where your debts control you and you don't control them. Here are a few things that you can do to make sure that you are in control and the debts aren't
First you should sit down and write down what your total income is and what you spend. So you will need to make a budget outline for yourself so that you have an actual visual of what you spend out of your income on a regular basis. You should continue this list at times so that if your income changes you can change your spending according to the changes in your income. If you don't have a true budget plan there is no way that you are going to be in control of your debts.
When you are making this list it is important that you list the more important debts at the top. These would be rent/mortgage, car expenses, utilities, insurance payments, and food. These are the most important things that need to be paid constantly to be able to survive on a daily basis. After you list these things then include other things like credit card debt, cable bills, Internet, etc.
After you have all of this written down you can now have a better look at your debt. Compare what you owe and spend to the income that you bring in and you may discover that you are spending far to much. You'll be able to see if you are living in a house that is way too much for you to really afford paying for. No matter what, or where you live, the amount of money you pay should not be outside of your means. If it looks like you are living out of your means you may have to get a second job or if you are renting or own a home, you may need to find somewhere else to live in order to afford it.
Make sure that if you do have extra money left over after you pay everything on your budget that you don't go out and always spend it on frivolous items, instead you should sock some away in case there are unexpected issues that arise or if there is a change in income. This way you will have money set aside for emergencies and you can try and avoid getting into debt problems.
When you go shopping do your best to only buy things that you will need for a week. Don't buy a whole months worth of food if you ca avoid it. Weekly is going to make it easier for you to control the money than if you were to buy larger amounts. You should do your best to keep the shopping amount constant so that you can pretty much know you'll be spending the same amount for these expenses each month. You should also make sure that shopping for things like clothes are done on a regular schedule as well as tacking on a limit to the amount of money allowed to spend on these as well.
After you have payed all of the debts on your budget list and you find that there are a few dollars left over from spending less on food or clothing, try not to spend it and make up a special account for money not spent on bills. Even if it's just one dollar, save it anyway. Eventually this will become a thing you will be use to doing and it should end up being something you will enjoy doing because it could end up being a nice little next egg to allow you and your family to do something really special.
One really good thing to do is to try to avoid using your credit cards to buy things. Do your best to buy things you need or want by using cash. If you do use a credit card, avoid the temptation of getting cash back when you make the purchase. Whenever you do buy something extra, make sure you keep track of it so that you have a good idea of where your money is going outside of the budget.