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Budget Basics Worksheet

The first step in getting yourself in financial shape to buy a home is to know exactly how much money comes in and how much goes out. Use this worksheet to list your income and expenses below.

INCOME 
Take Home Pay (all family members) 
Child Support/Alimony 
Pension/Social Security 
Disability/Other Insurance 
Interest/Dividends 
Other 
Total Income 

EXPENSES
Rent/Mortgage (include taxes, principal, and insurance)
Life Insurance
Health/Disability Insurance
Vehicle Insurance
Homeowner's or Other Insurance
Car Payments
Other Loan Payments
Savings/Pension Contribution
Utilities (gas, water, electric, phone)
Credit Card Payments
Car Upkeep (gas, maintenance, etc.)
Clothing
Personal Care Products (shampoo, cologne, etc.)
Groceries
Food Outside the Home (restaurant meals and carryout)
Medical/Dental/Prescriptions
Household Goods (hardware, lawn, and garden)
Recreation/Entertainment
Child Care
Education (continuing education, classes, etc.)
Charitable Donations
Miscellaneous
Total Expenses
Remaining Income After Expenses
(Subtract Total Income from Total Expenses)

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