Budgeting is the most basic and most important tool in anyone's financial toolbox. With this resource, students are given the hands-on opportunity to create budgets for fictional "Regan" during her sophomore year in nursing school, and, later, as a recent graduate with an apartment and a new car. Using either Microsoft® Excel or Google Docs, the students download our budgeting tool with space for their own budget, as well as the examples they created by establishing Regan's budget.
Students will learn how their values influence financial decisions. Students will understand the difference between a want and need, and they must take care of their needs first when it comes to making financial decisions. They will also learn how opportunity costs and trade-offs can help them with their financial decision making.