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Ages 9 to 12
Go on a shopping spree, but be careful how much you spend.

What You Need

  • A variety of catalogues, magazines, and store circulars
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Colored markers
  • Glue

What to Do

  1. Label one piece of construction paper Needs and another one Wants.
  2. Sort through catalogues, cutting out pictures, descriptions, and prices of school clothes and supplies that appeal to you. If there isn't a price on an item, just write a price on the picture--an amount that you think the item might sell for.
  3. Divide your pictures and descriptions in two piles--Wants and Needs, and then glue them onto the appropriate sheets.
  4. Now make a "shopping" list. You have a budget of $250.00 for clothes and supplies. First look at your Wants and Needs lists to help you decide what to buy, keeping track of what you're spending. Try to get the most for your money.
  5. After figuring out exactly what you want to buy within your budget, show your list to your parents. After discussing what your REAL budget might be, do this activity again. Now you're ready to go on a real shopping trip.

What Else You Can Do

  • Encourage kids to earn and save money for items on their "Wants" list.

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