Budgeting Projects

11 Tips for Budgeting (Sp)

In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will read a finance columnist’s advice for post-college budgeting and compare it to their own experience creating a budget. Based on their learning, they’ll choose from five possible projects to complete.

  • Available in English & Spanish

Budget Your Event Menu

In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will plan a meal for a group of people, comparison shop for ingredients, and create an expense report via spreadsheet to track their “spending.”

Budgeting Apps

In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will explore the ever-evolving line of online and mobile budgeting tools available to help them understand their spending.

Budgeting with Roommates (Sp)

In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will assume the role of roommates deciding how to split costs of a shared apartment. The project focuses on negotiation, clear communication, and budgeting with a spreadsheet.

  • Available in English & Spanish

Build a Basic Budget Spreadsheet

In this Common Core-aligned project, students will create a simple monthly spreadsheet of actual versus budgeted expenses. They will utilize multiple basic spreadsheet functions and formulas as well as do basic formatting.

Buying a Used Car

In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will identify their budget for a used car based on different scenarios, search for different cars, and compare their qualities to find the best matches.

Calculate Your Medical Expenses (Sp)

In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will choose two health insurance plans and then calculate their out-of-pocket expenses for a variety of scenarios. They’ll create a spreadsheet and answer questions on the best insurance decisions for them.

  • Available in English & Spanish

Moving Off Campus

In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will make a budget that allows them to move off campus for less money than room and board. They will also determine how the immediate savings are impacted if paid with student loans. They create a slideshow presentation to persuade their parents.

Plan a Friendsgiving Dinner

In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students plan a potluck Friendsgiving dinner, comparison shop for ingredients, and create an expense report via spreadsheet to track their “spending.”

Rein In Your Wants (Sp)

In this Common Core-aligned project, students will track their spending (using a spreadsheet) for a defined period of time, and then will track their spending a second and third time using small interventions aimed and reducing their spending. They’ll reflect on their process as well as on spending habits as a whole.

  • Available in English & Spanish

Travel Costs for Vacation

In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will research and compare transportation options for a group vacation in various locations. They’ll use a spreadsheet to calculate cost relative to their projected salaries.