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“LifeSmart Is a virtual encyclopedia of life skills.” – Joshua Robbins, Teacher

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The key thrust of the MoneySmart Social Skills series is its emphasis on intelligent shopping and management of funds.

Students are challenged to rethink the modern idea that “the one with the most material items wins.” Smart handling of money will give them more freedom than a mountain of bills and will equip them with the tools to handle their finances efficiently.

Financial Knowledge is especially critical in our society where consumer spending and debt are at record levels and bankruptcies are commonplace. It is also critical for students to be able to recognize and evaluate the sales ploys thrown at them, whether shopping in person or through the mass media. Being a savvy shopper and a wise money manager requires students to evaluate their needs and wants and to make judgments on how to best meet both. Look at this series as a toolbox that students can access to build and repair their finances today and into the future.

Part 1: How to Avoid Compulsive Shopping

This segment teaches the pitfalls of compulsive shopping and why savvy shoppers comparison shop, wait for items to go on sale, and verify the ability to return items.

Part 2: How to Avoid Being a Spendthrift

This segment teaches the most common ways people throw money away and how to control credit card spending, look for the quantity discount and use coupons and rebates.

Part 3: How to Be a Savvy Shopper

This segment teaches students common shopping mistakes and how to avoid problems by buying from respected sources.

Part 4: How to Avoid Blowing Your Budget

This segment teaches how to avoid budget-busting mistakes, make a budget, buy what’s needed before what’s wanted and establish a payment schedule.

Part 5: How to Avoid Being Duped and Scammed

This segment teaches how to recognize common scams and rip-offs and what to avoid.

Part 6: How to Be Safe While Shopping

This segment teaches how to reduce the chance of being exploited while shopping by not flashing cash or purchases, not disclosing personal information and correctly carrying purses and wallets.

 


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