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Step 9.- Present Visual 3 , which have some guidelines to consider for how much of your take-home monthly income you might budget for various expenses.

Step 10.- Present Visual 4 , to decide whether a purchase is necessary.

Step 11.- Have students participate in a decision-making activity . Refer to Activity 3 . Students may participate in this activity either individually or in groups.

Explain to students that people usually can’t have everything they want and must make choices. To make a choice, they evaluate the benefits and costs of their options. The “opportunity cost” is what people give up in exchange for what they get.

Explain to students that we make choices every day. Ask them to consider their goals and then follow the steps in Activity 3 to make thoughtful decisions that will lead them to their goals.

Visual 3.

Here are some guidelines to consider for how much of your take-home monthly income you might budget for various expenses:

  • Housing (rent or mortgage) 20% to 35%
  • Utilities (electricity, water, telephone) 4% to 7%
  • Food (at home and away) 15% to 30%
  • Family necessities (laundry, toiletries, hair care) 2% to 4%
  • Medical (insurance, prescriptions, bills) 2% to 8%
  • Clothing 3% to 10%
  • Transportation (car payment, gasoline, insurance, repairs) 6% to 30%
  • Entertainment 2% to 6%
  • Savings 10% to 15%
  • Try to limit your installment debts (car loans, credit card bills, other loans) to 10-20% of your monthly budget.

Visual 4.

To decide whether a purchase is necessary, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I really need it?
  • Do I really need it today? What would happen if I don’t buy it now?
  • Can I meet this need less expensively?

Activity 3: decision making

Define the problem . Offer students examples of problems with alternatives choices:

  1. What to do this Friday night?
  2. What next after graduation day?
  3. How to spend the coming summer?
  4. Whether to buy a car?

Consider the alternatives for each problem. For example:

Problem 1: Study, watch TV at home, get together with friends, go on a date.

Problem 2: go to graduate school, get a job.

Problem 3: Summer school, work, volunteer in the community, relax and do nothing.

Problem 4: New car, used car, continues to use public transportation, bike, or walk.

Identify the criteria (goals/values) that are important to you. Example: (good grades, fun, relaxation).

Evaluate each alternative in terms of your criteria.

Make a decision by choosing the best alternative.

To extend this activity, ask students to identify the “opportunity cost” of their decision. The opportunity cost is the value of the next best alternative, i.e., what they had to give up.

Assessment worksheet

NAME: _____________________________________________________________

  1. Match the following words with their definitions:
___ 1. Inflation
  • A. Anything of value owned by a person, for example, cash, a house, a car, and stocks.
___ 2. Asset
  • B. An increase in the general price level of goods and services; a decrease in the purchasing power of the dollar.
___ 3. Liability
  • C. The amount of money an individual or business owes to someone else: a debt.
___ 4. Fixed expense
  • D. An expense that you can control or adjust, for example, how much you spend on groceries, clothes, or long distance phone calls.
___ 5. Variable expense
  • E. An expense that stays the same each month, such as rent or a car payment.

Questions & Answers

How we are making nano material?
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What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
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biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
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Damian Reply
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Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
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Damian Reply
absolutely yes
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Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
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How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
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