Cars and Condos: Budgeting Income To Cover Expenses Lesson for Grades 8-12

There are two sides to a budget—income and expenses. When asked how to best balance a budget, people often respond by saying to reduce or eliminate expenses. In this lesson, students choose a car and a housing option and, using these expenses, determine if the income they earn from the occupation they’ve chosen will be sufficient when other expenses are added. If they determine it is insufficient, they seek ways they could increase the income side of the budget by improving their human capital.

This lesson plan is designed for teaching grades 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12.


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Education Level: 6-8 9-12
Subjects: Personal Finance
Concepts: Budget/Money Management Human Capital
Resource Types: Lesson
Languages: English
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