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Money the Motivator


To be smart consumers, students must have some knowledge of financial literacy and there’s no better “real world” textbook than the newspaper.

Everyday Needs

Have students make a list of their everyday needs (food, shelter, transport, electricity, garbage, etc.) Now let them find ads in the newspaper that meet these needs. If there’s no cost provided, let the students estimate costs. Then ask: “What is the cost for a day, a week and a month?” Add up all these totals.

Everyday Wants

Now have students choose newspaper ads for items they want and places they would like to visit, then total these costs. Discuss with your students the difference between needs and wants, essentials and extras.

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