From Jessica Endlich Winkler, our curriculum guru:
If you’re following along with our featured lessons, we’ve been walking you through our unit on Budgeting. A friend reviewed our last lesson and pointed out that this unit is not only useful for post-college grads, but for any young adult about to set off on his or her own for the first time, including students transitioning out of foster care. So, there’s a lot of applicability with this unit.
Lesson 6.3 is The Cost of Commuting. Because car ownership is a major expense, that means that commuting via some other means is potentially a huge money saver — cash that could be going toward an emergency fund, retirement, student loans, etc. Students completing this lesson do two separate NGPF original activities, the first of which is Do I Need a Car? and utilizes the website walkscore.com. Students also conduct their own web research to estimate costs associated with bike ownership, public transportation, ride sharing, etc. For students who decide they will, indeed, need a car, they complete Monthly Cost of Car Ownership. In between the activities, they learn from various web resources (articles from Forbes and US News & World Report, instructional videos, and web reference sites such as Edmonds and Bankrate).
Another reason I love this lesson is that it pairs perfectly with our stand-alone lesson Purchasing a Used Car. It’s the first in a series we’re calling “How to Buy” and was the featured lesson from our blog on September 23.