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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