First of all you need to know how much money you earn, for some people this is easy you look at your Wθ form and there it is, but for seasonal workers, small business people, it gets a little more complicated than that. If you receive income from a lot of different sources for a realistic value of what you actually earn itemize them, put them down on paper. Include all income, now is not the time to be hide money from the IRS you are just fooling yourself, you need to have factual figures here of your true income otherwise you will actually think you're in good financial shape because you know you got this extra income somewhere, but that's not always true.
Your Next Step _ Any time of the year is a great time to take inventory of your current financial position. Check out Virtual Envelope resources including our Personal Finance book and corresponding Budgeting Worksheets and put Virtual Envelopes to work for you. At our blog, you'll find a whole host of articles that will help you get started. If you need one_on_one coaching, we can help you with that too with our personalized Budgeting Coach. It will be well worth the investment of your time.