Tip _ Write Needs/Wants on a Special Worksheet _ As members of your family express certain needs and wants, it is helpful to record them on a needs and wants worksheet. This will help to spend money wisely as it becomes available instead of make impulse buys and forgetting what you really wanted or needed.
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.