Budget Game Resource Packet

The Budget Game Teacher Packet provides all the resources and information necessary for teachers to effectively use the Budget Game in their classrooms. It includes tutorial videos to help students understand how to play the game, grading rubrics for assessing student performance, and personal finance slideshows that reinforce key concepts covered in the game.

To help your students get started, here is the Student Guide made specifically for them!

Please use the Teacher Resource Packet for help with site navigation, details about your instructor account, and for all our available learning materials.

Student Objective

The objective of the game is to maximize your Credit Score by using your credit card responsibly, increasing your Quality of Life score by spending your money on things that maximize your well-being, and building an Emergency Fund by transferring money to your savings account.

Your Game Score will depend on how well you balance all three objectives!

Students start the game as either a college student with a part-time job, or as a full-time professional. Alternatively, your session may be set-up where students start as college students, then they graduate and take on full-time jobs.

To play the game, students need to roll the dice to move forward. They receive a paycheck every Friday, various fixed and variable expenses, and many unexpected bills and life events along the way. They will also have pop-up lessons that cover basic personal finance topics like, mortgages, opportunity cost or needs vs wants.

End of Month Summary


  • How long does it take to play the Budget Game?

    The Budget Game takes approximately 20 minutes to complete per virtual month in the game. We include 12 months in the National Challenges that we host. So, it will take about 4 hours total to complete the whole game.

  • Is this in-class or homework?

    Both! The Budget Game can be played anywhere with internet access. Since student progress saves as they go, they can spend time at the end of class playing the game, or they can complete all 12 (virtual) months at home. No two students have the same experience; so class discussions can be very insightful when they compare their monthly budgets.

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