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Check out this story from one of our JA Finance Park volunteers:
"Students in JA Finance Park create a budget for a fictional character we assign to them. They make decisions in 17 budget categories; ranging from housing, groceries, entertainment, and healthcare. While I was working with a student, her fictional character was the parent in a 4 person household – 2 adults/2 kids. She was shopping at Schnucks for groceries and listed her weekly groceries as one frozen pizza, one pound of bacon and one-half gallon of ice cream. (She had no money allotted for eating out as well.) She believed that's all she needed. So, I asked her "That's all you are going to buy for a family of 4 for a week?" She answered yes. So, I reminded her there were 21 meals each week and asked what she was going to eat for breakfast. She said the bacon. So, I asked how one pound of bacon would last 4 people for 7 meals. We joked about that being a new diet to try! I think from that day she came away with a respect for how much money it takes to survive every day."