Activity Idea: Does Your Spending Match Your Values?

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NY Times columnist Carl Richards provides another thought-provoking activity to make budgeting more interesting (well actually he got this idea from a friend).  Record all your spending in a given month and then ask yourself three questions for each expense:

1. Does this expense align with our values?

2. What value does it align with?

3. Is there a substitute that might cost less?

His final suggestion:  If you answer “yes” to question #3 then take the savings and SAVE IT rather than spending it.  You will have to be the judge of whether your students would benefit from this activity…I am going to give it a shot this month and see how much I can save!