Use the Consumer Management project to get more bang for your buck! Find out how to use your money to get the things you want.
- Identify needs and wants, and how you spend your money on each.
- Make informed consumer decisions to reach your goals and to solve problems.
- Know your rights as a shopper.
Ideas for Project Area Learning!
- Set a budget, make a list, and go shopping
- Make a list of your needs and your wants, and write down how you spend your money on each
- Develop a savings plan to save for an item that you want to buy
- Set goals to spend your money wisely
- Identify the benefits of different savings account options
- Compare return policies of different vendors—stores and on-line.
- Set saving, spending, and sharing goals for your money
- Develop a plan for the future – college, car, independent living
- Learn about consumer rights and how to use them effectively
Share What You Learn with Others!
- Design a poster comparing similar products
- Do a presentation about advertising techniques
- Talk to a group about different internet shopping sites and the value or concerns with those
- Give a portion of your money to a cause that you believe in
- Volunteer to help manage money at a fundraiser
- Go to a senior center and teach adults about safe online shopping
- Help your family identify needs and wants
- Serve as the treasurer of a group
- Organize a fundraiser for a cause you believe in
- Track your spending for a month and see where your money goes
- Track your spending related to a 4-H project (livestock, photography, clothing, pets)
- Compare colleges, trade schools etc.
- Explore advertised products with various target audiences (examples include children’s programs, prime time, sporting events)
- Compare TV & radio ads to print ads
- Decision making when purchasing an expensive product
- Show your clothing consumer skills by taking an inventory of your wardrobe and decide what new pieces are needed and make a plan to purchase them.