|Objective||To teach your child or teen to be a smart consumer.|
Whether you want to buy a new computer, a tablet, a cell phone, a designer handbag or a car the process for being a smart consumer is the same.
1. Answer the following for yourself:
2. Research the item and the places where you can buy the item. Where can you get the best deals? Are there less pricey no name alternatives out there? Are there ways to save money on the item? Could you buy it used? Are there better times of year to make this purchase?
3. Find someone who owns the item you would like to purchase. Ask if they are happy with their purchase? Would they have changed anything about their purchase? Where did they buy the item and how much did they pay? Did they consider any other brands, and why did they choose the brand they did? Look online and find reviews for your item. Are people generally happy with their purchase? Are there any common problems that pop up in the commentary?
4. Calculate how much money you earn each month and look to see how much money you have in savings. If you have enough money and feel like you can use it on the item - proceed to step 7. If you don't have enough money put a small amount of your salary or allowance away each month until you have enough. You could also find ways to raise a little extra money and put it towards your purchase.
5. Once you have all of the information make the decision as to whether or not you will make your purchase. If you decide you can afford it and think it is a justifiable expense then go out and buy it - you've earned it!
Mark this activity as complete when you have researched an item, calculated your budget and made a decision as to whether or not you will make your dream purchase.
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|Age Range||12 13 14 15 16 17 18|
|Tags||Logical-Mathematical Intelligence Expenses Budgeting Problem Solving Personal Finances Consumer Smarts|