How did I get here?

This section looks at how you spend your money, so that when we start turning your dreams into goals, we know exactly where you stand.

Exercise 6: your monthly income

What you need:

  • Last year's tax return
  • Last 2 months of pay stubs
  • Last 12 months of bank statements

Look at every deposit on your bank statements. What was it for? If it was income, add it up below. If you ever get paid in cash, think very hard about exactly how much you might get in a year.

Monthly income -- Person 1 -- -- Person 2 --
Wages/salary/tips . .
Self-employment . .
Rental property . .
Part-time job . .
Child support received . .
Alimony received . .
Disability compensation . .
Unemployment benefits . .
Welfare benefits . .
Pension . .
Social security benefits . .
Scholarships/grants . .
Other . .
Total monthly income . .

Now, another moment of truth...

Total monthly income .

$                  .00

Total monthly expenses (minus)

-    $                  .00

Amount available for transition (equals)

=    $                  .00

Again, don't fret about this number, even if it's a negative. This just shows where you stand. Soon, we'll discuss how to make as much available for transition as possible.

First, let me give you an idea of the costs.


Order the interactive spreadsheet of this financing information.

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