1. Make a list of everything you spend for a couple of weeks.
Gas, food, activities
2. For the same time period, record everything you earn and its source.
I get payed every two weeks.
3. Now that you have it recorded, analyze it.
I usually have around $150 left in my account before I get payed. I could do without eating out so much.
4. it is a good idea to have a little extra for hard times.
I always put $10 in my savings every paycheck.
5. Monitor your spending.
I try to as much as I can, but sometimes I get carried away.