When my wife and I married 2 years ago, we were literally living paycheck to paycheck. A paycheck would come in and we would pay the bills we had received, the minimums on the cards and loans, buy the essentials like food, splurge a little, and then try to save whatever was left over.
After we were married we decided to tackle our finances. We wanted to manage our personal finances, not just sit along for the ride.
One of the best feelings I got was when I realized we no longer lived paycheck to paycheck. We started saving off the front end of our paychecks instead of the back end, saving money for bills that did not arrive regularly (like insurance), saving for retirement, delegating a huge chunk of our savings rate to paying off debt after having established an emergency fund, stopped carrying balances on the credit cards, and only splurging after all those things (and food and bills) had been paid.
Now that we have money sitting in a bank in emergency fund and our bill savings, we have funds sitting there that we use to pay the bills. This is our "bill pay account", formerly what I called our "readjustment account" - still trying to come up with a good name for it. Now when we get a bill, we just pay it. When a big bill like insurance comes it, we just pay it. No sweat.
It's a great feeling, because we really feel like we're making progress.