Fill out each worksheet from the Financial Checkup with your own information. You can get extra help for each worksheet by reading the corresponding chapter in The Financial Checkup booklet. There is also some condensed information in the reading for module 3 which is included again at the bottom of this page.
Please watch this video to learn how to work with the file. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDwSGe6y9EI (Links to an external site.)
The file includes the 9 worksheets that you will need to complete. You will also need to write and attach the paper. The file may be very slow to open. When you open one worksheet and work on it, do not save that individual worksheet. If you do, you will probably not be able to turn in the worksheets as one file. When you are finished working on one worksheet, just click the red X in the top right hand corner. When you are done working on the worksheets that time, save the entire file, not the individual files. Then you can come back to the file to work on the worksheets later. If you need extra tracking sheets you can use the one below and attach them separately. The paper will be attached separately also. Everything else should be included in the one file.
The paper needs to be 2-3 pages double spaced analyzing each of the worksheets, including the tracking. State what you learned about your own financial situation from each worksheet. You only need to include one paragraph for each worksheet. Include one final paragraph stating what you learned about your overall financial situation. Put a heading before each paragraph the says which worksheet the paragraph is about. Also, write “Summary” as a heading for the last paragraph. You should have 10 paragraphs in all.
When you are working on the retirement worksheet, you can go to the Social Security website and find an estimate of your retirement income. The link is http://ssa.gov/estimator/ . Make sure you see that it is secure before you enter your information. Many of you won’t have enough credits with SSA yet. You can either estimate or use the example amount if you want. However, using the estimator will give you a more accurate picture.