LESSON DESCRIPTION In this lesson, students will learn ways to become mindfully deliberate about their spending choices using the DECIDE process. They will use this model to help them with making a decision for a major spending purchase. Making spending decisions about how to use your money can be difficult. Sometimes you have to sacrifice … Continue reading Making Spending Decisions about Money
LESSON DESCRIPTION In this lesson, students learn to figure out their desired financial objectives by planning smart and effective financial goals that will help them achieve their goals. They will set financial goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. Many men and women invest, spend, invest, then wonder why they’re short of funds … Continue reading Planning Effective Financial Goals
LESSON DESCRIPTION In this lesson, students learn to understand and identify what are their money habits. Every money decision you make either reinforces good or bad money habits. The first step toward creating good money habits is to first identify the money habits you currently have. Distribute the attached worksheet to students. They should first … Continue reading Understanding your Money Habits
Students review the elements of a contract. They discuss the characteristics of rent-to-own contracts and compare the cost of those contracts with the outright purchase of goods. Objectives Students will define contract and annual percentage rate (APR), explain the elements of a contract, evaluate the terms and costs of a rent-to-own contract, and compare rent-to-own … Continue reading To Rent-to-Own or Not to Rent-to-Own?
Students learn what a payday loan is and the high cost involved in using such a loan. Working in groups, students calculate an annual percentage rate (APR) on a short-term loan.
Students discuss key terms related to credit and learn how creditors use capacity, character, and collateral as criteria for making loans. Students learn about credit rights and responsibilities. Groups use role-play scenarios to identify and discuss the rights and responsibilities of using credit. Objectives Students will define credit and creditor, define interest, identify and … Continue reading Creditors’ Criteria and Borrowers’ Rights and Responsibilities
Students complete an activity sheet and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using credit. Students read a scenario about a young person’s use of a credit card and answer some questions regarding repayment. Students learn about credit history, credit reports and credit-reporting agencies.
Students calculate compound interest to identify benefits of saving in interest-bearing accounts. They learn the “rule of 72” and apply it to both investments and debt. They learn that there is a relationship between the level of risk for an investment and the potential reward or return on that investment.
Students work in pairs to participate in a “Track Star” game that illustrates positive and negative spending behaviors. Each pair of students analyzes the “Track Star” results, identifies effective and ineffective budgeting behaviors, and generates a list of budgeting principles.
Students participate in an activity to learn about checking accounts, savings accounts and check-cashing services. Students learn the components of a check, and they organize and enter information into an account register for a fictitious person in order to determine the person’s balance. Students learn why maintaining account records is important. Students balance a monthly account statement.