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With the economy being in as much turmoil as it is, it is important to have a good hand on your personal finances. It is important to be organized and to closely watch your expenditures or else you’ll find yourself in debt before you know it. This article can help prevent that.

Try to use credit cards for things that you need instead of things you want and that will help prevent you from going into debt. If there is something you would like and you cannot afford it now, save up the money so that you can get it another time.

Spend your income smartly. Getting a tax return or a profit from your investments can be exciting, but you should have a plan to spend this money or to invest it again. Put a small sum aside to buy yourself a treat, but keep in mind that most of this money should be used for things you really need.

Do research as to whether it is more affordable to repair or to replace an appliance or other items that you own. Very often, it is not as obvious as you think. Sometimes, it is more affordable to replace your car or washer than to fix it. Every once in a while, all you need is a part.

Shop at thrift stores or resale shops. These stores sell clothes, shoes, home goods and many other items. Buying used items can save a lot of money. You will …