This Element is an excerpt from Easy Money: How to Simplify Your Finances and Get What You Want Out of Life (9780132383837), by Liz Pulliam Weston. Available in print and digital formats.
Figuring out where you are financially--so you can figure out where you want to go.
You need to clearly understand where you are and resolve some of the niggling details of your finances before you can take a deep breath and decide where to go next. Let’s start with a fun little exercise involving the benefits estimate that the Social Security Administration sends you every year. If you lost your last one, you can….