Monthly Income and Expense Worksheet

After you determine your overall financial condition (net worth), the next step is to analyze your monthly cash flow. This will show you which direction you are headed—whether you are accumulating money, holding steady or going further into debt. Use the form below to examine your monthly income and expenses.

Monthly Income and Expense Worksheet

Adjusted Monthly Income
Initial take-home pay
Total
   
 
Wages/salary (net after taxes and deductions) 
     
 
Other income (net after taxes and deductions) 
     
     
 
   
Post-tithe income
 
All tithes 
     
 
Subtract all tithes from total take-home pay: 
 
   

Monthly Expenses
Additional charitable giving
Total
% of post-tithe income
Recom-mended %*
 
Offerings 
     
 
Other charities 
     
 
Personal assistance 
     
     
 
 
0.5-5%
Savings
 
Emergency 
     
 
Retirement 
     
 
Higher education 
     
 
Investments 
     
 
General/other 
     
     
 
 
5-11%
Housing
 
Rent or mortgage(s), including private mortgage insurance 
     
 
Real estate taxes 
     
 
Homeowner's inurance 
     
 
Home association dues 
     
 
Repairs/maintenance 
     
 
Furnishings/equipment 
     
 
Household needs 
     
 
Other 
     
     
 
 
28-39%
Utilities
 
Electricity 
     
 
Gas 
     
 
Water/sewer 
     
 
Trash 
     
 
Home phone 
     
 
Cell phone 
     
 
Cable/satellite TV 
     
     
 
 
5-11%
Food
 
Groceries 
     
 
School/work lunches 
     
 
Restaurants 
     
     
 
 
5-17%
Transportation
 
Car payments/replacement 
     
 
Auto insurance 
     
 
License/taxes 
     
 
Gas/oil 
     
 
Maintenance 
     
 
Parking/tolls 
     
 
Bus/train/fare 
     
     
 
 
11-17%
Clothing
 
Adult's clothes 
     
 
Children's clothes 
     
 
Accessories 
     
 
Laundry/dry cleaning 
     
     
 
 
2-8%
Health care and wellness
 
Health insurance 
     
 
Disability insurance 
     
 
Doctors/caregivers 
     
 
Dentists 
     
 
Prescriptions 
     
 
Nonprescription medications 
     
 
Health products 
     
 
Gym membership 
     
 
Fitness classes 
     
 
Other 
     
     
 
 
5-11%
Personal
 
Life insurance 
     
 
Child care 
     
 
Alimony/child support 
     
 
Toiletries 
     
 
Cosmetics 
     
 
Hair care 
     
 
Adult education 
     
 
Children's tuition 
     
 
School supplies 
     
 
Subscriptions 
     
 
Organization memberships 
     
 
Gifts 
     
 
Misc. 
     
 
Spending money 
     
     
 
 
5-11%
Recreation
 
Entertainment 
     
 
Vacation/travel 
     
 
Other 
     
     
 
 
5-11%
Debt repayment
 
Bank/personal loans 
     
 
Credit cards 
     
 
Student loans 
     
 
Other 
     
     
 
 
5-11%**

Total monthly expenses (add all the above expenses) 
 
 
100%

Monthly surplus or deficit (monthly post-tithe income minus expenses) 
 
  
 
*The recommended percentages are adjusted from common recommendations by assuming tithes have already been deducted.
**When debt is repaid, its percentage should shift to savings, eventually putting savings at 10-22%.

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