16-19 19-25 35 minutes

Budgeting and planning for the future

This activity pack introduces young people to the basics of personal finance and budgeting, before asking them to create their own budget and consider how this might help them plan for their future. They’ll also look at different scenarios where they may have to deal with unanticipated spending, and come up with practical budgeting tips that they can use to respond to these.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:

  • Explain what it means to budget and how it can support them to live independently
  • Identify the different information they’ll need to build a personal budget
  • Demonstrate practical ways to manage their personal finances by building their own budget
  • Understand the importance of not just managing money day-to-day, but preparing for unforeseen expenses or emergencies
  • Speculate about scenarios that may potentially have a negative impact on their finances, as well as budgeting tips they may use to deal with these situations

To access worksheets for all twelve activity packs in one place, use our ‘Setting yourself up for financial independence’ workbook.

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