# PART I WORKSHEET: GET A JOB

```PART IV WORKSHEET: It’s your future!
Enter the information from step 2 onto the Budget Worksheet.
2. Now it’s time to figure out how much money you will make monthly and yearly, before taxes. You’ll write all of this
a. Write the salary you researched in step 2 into the row that says SALARY and the column that says YEARLY.
This is your yearly gross pay.
b. Divide the salary you researched by 12. Write this number in the row that says SALARY and the column that
says MONTHLY. This is your monthly pay.
3. You don’t get to keep all of your money—it is taken out in taxes by the state and federal government to pay for
public projects, as well as put into entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare. These are called
deductions. You’ll write all of this into your Budget Worksheet.
a. Take a look at the row that says “Federal tax” and the notes section. Use the table on my website to figure out
how much you’ll pay in federal taxes per year. Write that number in the YEARLY column.
b. Divide that yearly number by 12 to figure out how much in federal taxes will be taken out of your paycheck
per month. Write this number under the MONTHLY column.
c. Take a look at the row that says “VA State tax” and the notes section. Multiply your YEARLY SALARY by the
percentage in the notes section to figure out how much you’ll pay in State taxes per year. Write that number
in the YEARLY column.
d. Divide that yearly number by 12 to figure out how much in state taxes will be taken out of your paycheck per
month. Write this number under the MONTHLY column.
e. Take a look at the row that says “FICA” and the notes section. Multiply your YEARLY SALARY by the
percentage in the notes section to figure out how much you’ll pay in State taxes per year. Write that number
in the YEARLY column.
f. Divide that yearly number by 12 to figure out how much will be taken out of your paycheck per month. Write
this number under the MONTHLY column.
4. Now it’s time to figure out your total deductions and your total take-home pay (net pay).
a. Add up the numbers from your Federal, State, and FICA for the MONTH. Write this final number in the “Total
Deductions” row under MONTHLY.
b. Now, subtract your monthly total deduction number from your monthly salary. Write this number in the row
“Take Home Pay.” This is how much you will make (net) in a month.
c. Do the same steps for the YEARLY column.
5. Now that you have a career and a steady income, it’s time to look at your fixed expenses—things you’ll always
have to pay for as an adult.
a. This starts with a place to live (no more crashing on the couch for you)! Use the links online to help you find a
place.
Remember to think about what you might want in the place: a gym, access to shopping, a parking
garage, proximity to restaurants or entertainment, etc.
b. Once you’ve found a place, record your monthly rent in the Rent row, under the MONTHLY column. Multiply
this number by 12 to get your yearly rent, and record it in the YEARLY column.
c. If you don’t know how much is paid for your cell phone each month, ask your parent(s). Write this down in
your monthly expenses, and multiply it by 12 to get your yearly expense. Remember, if you decide to buy a
new phone, or you break this one, you’ll have to take it out of your flexible expense funds later on!
d. Other expenses listed are averages for the area for the month/year. Please use these costs.
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6. You’re almost done! Now it’s time to think about all the “extras” you spend money on each month—whether
snacks, dinners out with friends or a date, vacations, movies…all of that stuff adds up!
a. Food! Ask your parent(s) how much they spend per month on groceries, and divide it by the number of
people in the household. This final number is how much you will have to pay for groceries per month.
Multiply it by 12 to get your yearly expenses.
b. Be realistic about what you’ll spend, and be careful not to spend too much!
c. Record your MONTHLY and YEARLY spending in the columns.
7. Finally, you’ll record your monthly and yearly net pay, total fixed expenditures, and total flexible expenditures in the
8. After subtracting your fixed and flexible expenditures from your net pay, record this number in the “Remaining
Money.” This is how much you have left at the end of the month, and should be saving for the future (if not more!).
Some people also choose to “pay themselves first” and make saving a fixed expense each month—this might be the
right option for you, too!
BUDGET WORKSHEET
My chosen career: _____________________________________________
Starting salary: ________________________________________________
Degree(s) and/or training required: ________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________
MONTHLY
YEARLY
(gross pay)
Notes
SALARY
Payroll Deductions (what’s being taken from your paycheck)
Federal tax
VA State tax
FICA
(Medicare/Social
Security)
See tax table
5.75%
7.6% if you are
employed by a
company; 15.3%
if you’re selfemployed
TOTAL
DEDUCTIONS
(what’s being
taken—total)
TAKE HOME PAY
(net pay)
MONTHLY
Fixed Expenses
Rent
Utilities (water, electric, gas)
Medical care
Car payment
Student Loan
Cell phone
YEARLY
\$125
\$250
\$250
\$90
TOTAL FIXED
MONTHLY
Flexible (variable) expenses
Groceries (at home meals)
Dining out/fast food
Clothing
Entertainment
Vacation funds
Gas/car maintenance
Internet/cable TV
TOTAL FLEX
YEARLY
\$100
\$50
MONTHLY
YEARLY
NET PAY
-TOTAL FIXED
-TOTAL FLEX
REMAINING MONEY
(SAVINGS)
ATTACH ADS(or pictures)/etc. BELOW for cell phone price/monthly pay, groceries, etc. when/where
possible.
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