**Inputs **

**MONTHS - **Start with any month of a 12 month period.

Select your Start month from the drop-down menu. It will be displayed on all screens.

**Estimated SALES **- Enter @Retail, without sales tax.

Round all entries to the thousands. * Examples*: $42,385.22 becomes 42.4; $5,787.92 becomes 5.8; $385.33 becomes 0.4

**GROSS MARGIN % -** Enter estimated Gross Margin (Gross Profit) percent for each month of the 12 month period.

Enter maintained margin, after markdowns. Can be up to one decimal place (tenths of percent).

* Examples:* Enter 44, becomes 44.0%; enter 38.5, becomes 38.5%

**EXPENSES - **The Calculator needs just one entry for each expense "bucket".

**Variable expenses** are entered as a percent of sales. Use whole numbers to one decimal place

* Examples: *Enter 12.5, becomes 12.5%; enter 10, becomes 10%

**Fixed expenses** are a flat $ amount for each month. (Take totals for the year and divide by 12 to get an estimate of yours.) Round all $ entries to nearest thousand.

* Examples:* $8,673 becomes 8.7; $12,229 becomes 12.2

(See details in About "Expense Buckets" link.)