Reality Check!

As a young adult, have you ever wondered how to make ends meet?  Have you imagined how you would like to live in the future?  Do you think about your future transportation choices, and where you would like to live?  What kind of entertainment you will enjoy?  Remember, it’s your life, you can do what you want. OR CAN YOU?

The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy® is a coalition—an organization of organizations which share an interest in advancing financial literacy among students in pre-kindergarten through college.  Within their website, is a program called Reality Check!

This program allows you to imagine the possibilities based on how you want to live.  You will be surprised at how much your “dream life” will cost.  Once you have completed the choices, the program tells you what income you’ll need to live the life you want.  A list of careers will be shared to support your lifestyle.

Your reality check may lead you to stay in school, or strive for a better job, or change your beliefs about some of the things you “need” to live.  Check it out today!


Susan Taylor

Resources are important whether you are looking to rent your first apartment, pay your bills, buy your first home or send your child to college. There are many ways to save money to reach your goals, and hopefully ISU Money Tip$ will be one of them. I enjoy traveling, needlework and am a novice gardener.

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One thought on “Reality Check!

  1. The Reality Check seems like a really great idea for young people to use as a reference but I question the accuracy of the figures. I realize that the figures are an average, but wow, I didn’t realize we were in that bad of shape. I am located in Southern Iowa and many of us don’t even make the salary that is estimated for a person without a high school degree.

    Our young people will take one look at those figures and think there is no way they can make ends meet in Wayne County which will result in many of them moving out of this county. I’m not sure we want to promote that.

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