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High Schools

The Reality Store

What is the Reality Store?

The reality store is designed to provide students a glimpse of what things cost and how quickly they add up.

Before the store, the students receive a job card correlating with the job they researched for the Career Quest career report.  Their monthly income is noted on this card and given to the 8th graders the day of reality store.

During the Store.....

Students visit teh 24 hour businesses represented to arrange for transportation, housing, child care, groceries, utilities, insurance, clothing, and entertainment.

They receive chance factors--"life's unexpected expenses/surprises" -- like a broken leg, flat tire, birthday gift of money, or gift certificate.

They must make their budgets balance before the end of the store.


Student Budget Worksheet


Expense (Required) 

  •  Monthly Salary
  • Housing
  • Marital Status
  • Utilities
  • Family Size
  • Insurance
  • Benefits
  • Taxes
  • Chance Factor
  • Food


  • Second Job

       (Armed Forces/Part time)

  • Child Care


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