The More for Your Money website can be used as a supplement to University of Illinois Extension's All Your Money and Your Money and Your Life curricula. The website provides information and activities to help students and/or clients better understand their money and how to use it wisely.
There are seven sections in the More for Your Money website — Values and Goals, Income and Expenses, Spending Plan, What Is Credit?, Using Credit Wisely, Debt Management, and, Saving Money. Each section teaches basic concepts about money management.
The website will help your students:
It is recommended that students work through the sections in order. It is especially important to work through the first three sections as presented, as they build on one another to develop a spending plan. However, if a student has a specific need or interest, he/she can work through the section that meets that need.
The objectives for each section are:
Values and Goals
Income and Expenses
What Is Credit?
Use Credit Wisely
Before you use the website with your students, read the text and work through the seven sections of the More for Your Money website. This will familiarize you with the background information, activities, and the information that the students will need to enter.
To begin, the students will need to login. Once they are logged in, they will work section by section with your assistance. As they enter information, the data will be saved and available each time they visit the site. Reassure them that the data is kept confidential.
As your students work through the website, discuss the information presented in that section. Talk about the kinds of information that they will be required to enter and what they will accomplish when completing the section.
At the end of each section, review the information that was presented. Talk about the concepts that were presented and how they relate to the students' personal situations.
The website is designed to be an ongoing process. Stress the importance of keeping good records and using the information to develop realistic spending, debt management, credit, and saving plans. Emphasize that it takes time to develop good money management practices. For example, it will take at least two months to develop a realistic and useable spending plan.
When they finish each main section, have your students complete the "It's Time for a Review" feature. It allows you, and them, an opportunity to check what they learned.
If you have questions while working through the sections, use the "Contact Us" feature. A University of Illinois Extension Consumer and Family Economics Educator will respond to you with an answer.