When I was in 8th grade we spent the last quarter of school working on a special project called “Consumer Unit.” During this unit we learned about being an American consumer (also known as an adult). We were all assigned “jobs” and each job had a paycheck associated with in. We then learned about the various expenses that you incur as a consumer and had to pay off these expenses without going over the budgets determined by out paycheck amounts.
What I remember most about this unit was sitting in the lobby of a hotel after a swim meet watching my dad try desperately to salvage the mess I made out of my checkbook. I think he spent more time trying to balance my pretend checkbook that month than he ever had on his real account.
I couldn’t help but think that unit was completely worthwhile as I walked to work this morning and paid my credit card bill using an iPhone app.