Truman High School
On March 5, 2018, Moneytalk hosted their largest one-day budgeting workshop to date. We had approximately 400 students in one day. Each class block consisted of 24-140 students at a time due to multiple classes joining together.
At the end of each class block, we had the students complete a 4 question survey. Some of their responses are very insightful, others are quite humorous, while others are a little sad.
What did you learn?
- How much money they can spend
- What insurance might cost
- Need to save for the unexpected
- You will always need something and have to sacrifice something else
- Budgets are important
- Being an adult is hard
- Budgeting is complicated
- I learned that when you start growing up that it is not easy
- Money goes quickly
- There are more important things than vacation
- Life is expensive!!!
- I won’t get everything I want
What will you do differently in the future as a result of this activity?
- Spend my money on things that I need
- Have a better idea of how much stuff costs
- Focus on important things more
- Manage before doing
- You have to work a lot and not be lazy
- Make sure to have money in case something bad happens
- Put more money into needed things, or get a new job
- Get a higher paying job so that it’s easier to do more things (paycheck was calculated at $15/hour)
- Not spend so much on clothes
- Go to the bank and get lessons
- Not go out to eat, ever!
What did you like?
- We got to eat candy (very common answer, that is why we ask for 2 responses). One student stated “I like how we used candy to symbolize money. It made it more fun”
- It was hands-on (saw this one many times)
- There is more things in life than buying a car and house
- I will make a lot of money, and then become broke (paycheck was $1,850 for 1 month)
- Having the scenarios of the unexpected things that can happen in life
- The strategizing
- I like how interactive it was and how it showed all sorts of fees
- Was fun and got to do something
- How you could really see what our parents go through
- Lack of realism (this one has quite a surprise coming. prices were realistic)
Some of the high school students took the time to write additional comments.
- Thank You!
- Fun activity
- Were all these prices reality? (answer is yes)
- Why must this be so stressful? (same student said she learned nothing from the activity because she already knows how to budget)
- This made me think more and it kind of worried me about my future. It’s a lot of work.
- This opened my eyes
- Great project (they really had fun and almost 100% participation)
- Had fun, was cool (from a high school student!)
- Save money
- Might wanna give a “higher paycheck”, most jobs that are full time get payed more. (FYI – the paycheck was calculated at $15/hour minus 25% tax full-time for $1,850 for the month.)
- Very fun and creative idea to get kids attention