Take Inventory of Your Personal Resources

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Dear friends,

Welcome to Day #2 of Money Triage, a special 5-day series about dealing with financial uncertainty.

Today’s exercise is all about identifying each and every one of our resources, both the tangible and intangible, that we can draw from during a money emergency.

By taking stock of the personal capital at our disposal, we’ll be better poised to act and respond to the changes and opportunities that lie ahead.

Here’s a Google spreadsheet template you can use to track all of your resources; simply click the link and then click the blue “Use Template” button in the upper right corner to create a file you can edit. Or you can simply make a list on paper.

Identify Your Liquid Assets

As you probably know, the term “liquid” refers to money that we can access with reasonable ease if it’s absolutely necessary. Make a list of yours. These sources might include:

  • Cash and coins
  • Savings and checking accounts
  • Mutual funds
  • Money market funds
  • Publicly traded stocks and bonds
  • Some retirement accounts

Other Potential Money Sources

List any assets you own that aren’t immediately liquid but might be able to be converted into cash:

  • Certificates of Deposit (CDs)
  • Money owed to you by clients or borrowers
  • 401K
  • Valuables you could potentially sell, such as precious metals or jewelry
  • Business inventory you could sell
  • REITs

Sources for Borrowing

If you absolutely had to, list all the sources from which you could potentially borrow money:

  • Home equity loan
  • Bank or financial institution
  • Loan against a retirement account
  • Business loan
  • Line of credit
  • Credit card company
  • Family member or friend


List any equipment you own that might be useful for earning money:

  • Automobile
  • Bicycle
  • Computer and printer
  • Camera, video camera
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Landscaping equipment
  • Moving dolly
  • Tools


Next, list any raw materials you own:

  • Home improvement supplies
  • Building or remodeling supplies
  • Office supplies
  • Art supplies
  • Land, a garden, or containers for growing food
  • Seeds
  • Specialty foods and ingredients

Intangible Assets

Now, list your personal skills, gifts and professional experience:

  • Training
  • Education
  • Experience
  • Special talents and gifts
  • Tutoring abilities
  • Technology skills
  • Physical Skills

Review Your Resources

How do you feel after doing this exercise? Are your resources fewer or greater than you expected? If you have any comments or suggestions to add to this post, leave a comment below or mosey over at the Money Diet Community Group.

Tomorrow’s post will be all about identifying new opportunities in our rapidly-changing world.

Until then, stay safe and well,

Signature for Eliza Cross

P.S. After completing this exercise, you might also want to calculate your net worth for a more complete picture of your financial health.

1 thought on “Take Inventory of Your Personal Resources”

  1. Reading this made me very thankful, though it also makes me very conscious of others without a net, without childcare, without grocery money or rent money or gas money. Twenty years ago, it would have been really hard for us. Forty years ago I would have gone home to mama and daddy. Be kind. Be respectful. Be responsible. On a side note, until recent events, I had absolutely no idea that my job is considered essential.


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