Shopping Lesson Ideas

  • Set up a store in the classroom. Have students take turns role playing the different positions - cashier, buyer, customer service, etc.
  • Make shopping lists - use magazines - try to stay in a certain budget.
  • Talk about impulse buys - the items right beside the cash - do you really need these?
  • Talk about etiquette in the store- waiting your turn, not stealing, appropriate volume, etc.
  • Actually go to a store and have student make a purchase - there is no better lesson.
  • interview people from different stages of life for budgeting advice
  • keep track of one week’s purchases. Describe factors influencing the choice and consequences
  • collect pictures showing evidence of life style choices
  • create imagined budgets for people in different life situations (unemployed, college student, CEO)
  • visit a grocery store with a shopping list to make choices using unit pricing
  • look in newspapers, magazines, and advertisements to find coupons. Evaluate their value
  • practice making change as though in a store
  • make a grocery list with the help of the newspaper and use a calculator to figure out the cost
  • invite a banker to speak
  • invite a financial counsellor to speak
  • plan a visit to the bank to view the processes
  • talk with your local bank representative to see if they have written banking instructions available
  • create your own grocery store using empty boxes and containers. Practice pricing them
  • plan a menu and find the lowest cost for food preparations
  • create a radio or tv ad to encourage savings
  • create a list of money saving techniques
  • role play examples of emergencies that can affect budgeting
  • make an inventory of personal belongings to use in case of theft or fire
  • interview a store manager about how returns and complaints are handled
  • write or draw ads showing the dangers of credit cards

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