Budgeting Lessons

Welcome to our page on budgeting. We believe that budgeting is an essential skill in financial literacy. Our resources are designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of budgeting, including creating a budget, tracking expenses, and setting financial goals. Whether you’re a teacher, parent, or financial educator, our collection of lesson plans, worksheets, and activities will equip you with the tools you need to teach these critical skills and empower students to take control of their finances. From managing everyday expenses to saving for big purchases, our materials will help students develop healthy financial habits and achieve financial success.

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    Understanding your Money Habits

    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

    Starting a Budget Introduction

    Below are some budget lesson starters — printable worksheets to use with a teaching lesson introducing budgeting. Print both of the lessons below.   Suggested Grade Level 4th – 6th Grade. Fourth Grade.  Fifth Grade.  Sixth Grade. Special education. Teens Teenagers Kids.   Worksheet #1: PERSONAL BUDGETS – NEEDS WANTS Excerpt – Have you ever … Continue reading Starting a Budget Introduction

    Your Budget Plan – Spending Behaviors

    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.

    Developing a Budget

    In the weeks prior to the start of the unit, students track their expenditures during a two-week period. In class, students create a group presentation about personal and financial goals. Individually, students identify four personal goals and describe the related financial goals. With financial goals in mind, students work in pairs to complete a budget … Continue reading Developing a Budget

    Budget to Save—The Balance Sheet

    This lesson begins with dispelling common myths about millionaires through the interactive “Millionaire Quiz.” Students then have an opportunity to give their opinions of wealth in a brainstorming activity that culminates in a formalizing of the definition of wealth through the equation of “assets – liabilities = net worth.” Using a variety of interactives, students … Continue reading Budget to Save—The Balance Sheet

    Money Responsibility

    This lesson introduces students to the concept of being responsible for managing money through accurate record-keeping. Teaching Objectives: Apply math skills to balance a spending plan. Recognize the importance of keeping purchase records. Gain an understanding of spending behavior outcomes. Suggested Grade Level 3rd Grade – 6th Grade Lesson Excerpt: Successful money management includes keeping … Continue reading Money Responsibility