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.

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.