The Art of Budgeting – Developing Personal Financial Goals

In this lesson students develop their own personal financial goals and budget.

Teaching Objectives:

  • Identify and prioritize some of your personal and financial goals
  • Identify the steps you can take and the resources you will need to achieve your goals
  • Identify and examine your current spending behaviors and patterns
  • Understand what it means to budget, and identify the reasons to maintain a budget
  • Create and maintain a personal budget that supports your personal and financial goals

Suggested Grade Level

7th Grade – 12th Grade

Lesson Excerpt:

A personal budget is a financial plan that allocates future income toward expenses, savings, and debt repayment. “Where does the money go?” is a common dilemma faced by many individuals and households when it comes to budgeting and money management.

Effective money management starts with a goal and also a step-by-step plan for saving and spending. Financial goals should be realistic, be specific, have a timeframe, and imply an action to be taken. This lesson will encourage students to take the time and effort to develop their own personal financial goals and budget.

In this chapter students will monitor their spending habits (in writing) and will be able to better obtain the most value for their available dollars. We will also demonstrate that by carefully considering needs and wants, an individual or a family will spend appropriate amounts for current living expenses, while saving and investing for long-term financial security.


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