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My students love playing games in the personal finance unit. There are many online options for specific topics, but are there any broader, comprehensive simulations that you like to use?

We’ve used http://playspent.org/html/ with a lot of success – it spurs many conversations about life choices that we make and the related financial consequences (e.g., living close to work and paying higher rent, buying fresh produce at higher prices or junk food at cheaper prices). The game also throws in monkey wrenches that you can’t plan for (e.g., car breaks down, missing days from work to care for a sick child, etc.). The aim of the game is to survive the month with enough money to pay rent the next month so there are aspects of the game that are bleak and grim (and true). I’m wondering if there’s something similar that might be more appropriate for a young 20something. Thanks!

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Posted by Anna
Asked on December 23, 2015 4:44 pm
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NGPF created a list of a dozen (and growing) simulations in this Google sheet: http://nextgenpersonalfinance.org/looking-for-a-simulation-here-are-ten-your-students-will-love/. They range from a simulation that teaches students how difficult it is to time the stock market to another that shows how much college will REALLY cost.

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Posted by Tim Ranzetta
Answered on December 28, 2015 6:39 pm
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I use the stockmarketgame.com, Kansas covers the cost for our class. I also use hrblock.budgetchallenge.com. It is a budgeting simulation which requires students to make decisions and then pay the bills on a monthly basis. For both, students spend about 5-10 minutes daily keeping up with these.

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Posted by nathanhiebert
Answered on January 11, 2016 11:20 am
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I use Everfi.net (cost is covered by a local bank). It is an interactive website with 10 modules of different topics. I also use Bankrate.com for a lot of their calculators. I also use http://www.thirteen.org/finance, which has videos, games, career information and additional resources. I also use https://apps.irs.gov/app/understandingTaxes/index.jsp which is a interactive website for taxes with both a teacher side and a student side.

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Answered on January 11, 2016 11:59 am
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