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					                    Senior Personal Budget Project

Essentially, each of you will be required to set up a monthly budget. You will be
required to set up your budget on Excel, and then get your information off the
internet, noting the sites that you used. You will construct a budget according to
a job you are assigned by your teacher. No matter what your job might be, you
must construct a working budget with costs less than expenses; no matter what
job you have you must first deal with your housing. You will need to find a
house or an apartment that you can afford. You can have roommates, if you
need help in covering the monthly rent or mortgage. Next, you must find a car
or other type of transportation, and then set up a budget.

The next step is to set up your budget. This will entail the following steps:

      Figure out your monthly mortgage/rent payment and your monthly car
       payment. Assume that you only have a 5% down payment for your
       mortgage if purchasing a home.
      Some budget experts recommend that a house payment should be no
       more than 28% of your gross monthly income, and that a car payment
       should be no more than 12% of your gross monthly income. Decide if your
       net income will make it possible for you to afford your house and car. If
       not, go and find a car and house that you can afford.

Finding a Job:

 Using this link to the U.S. Government's Occupational Outlook Handbook
( find your career. Use the median annual
earnings for your salary. (Remember to include a job description in your project).
Then find out your net earnings, after taking out federal income tax
( and NJ state income tax. Your social
security tax will be 7.65% of your gross income if you are employed by someone
else, 15.30% if you are self-employed. If your job requires a college degree or
an associates degree, you must include what college/university you attended in
order to get the degree needed, the cost of schooling. For this project, we are
assuming each student will have a monthly student loan cost of $150.00. Please
do not forget to include this in your monthly budget.
Finding Housing:
After you have a career and an income, you need to try and get a
house/apartment to live in. After you find a place to live, make sure to note
where the house/apartment is located, and what the price is. Also make sure to
note the URL that you used.

Finding an automobile:
Remember to cite your sources and provide proof for the price or lease of the
car, the insurance on the car and the make, year and model of the car.

Guidelines for what to include in your budget: (see below)


Rent or mortgage payments              Car loan/lease
Property taxes                          groceries
Student loan                            work/school lunches
Electricity, gas bill                   dining out/take out
Telephone bill                          Savings account
Internet                                Retirement savings
Cable TV                                Clothing
Home Insurance                          Footwear
Auto Insurance                          Hair cuts
Life Insurance                          Holidays/gifts
Health Insurance                        Credit cards
Child care                              Pets
Fuel for car                            Public transportation
Entertainment- movies, rentals, vacation
Car maintenance (oil change, registration)

The final step of this project is to create a PowerPoint to present your budget and
lifestyle. Your presentation should have the following:

      An opening slide which includes your name and the basics of your career,
       education, and family;
      a slide that shows the yearly income you earn and the various taxes you
       pay (income and taxes).
      a slide that shows the chosen vehicle and specific information about your
       automobile (year, maker, financing, insurance, etc.);
      a slide that has the spreadsheet information about your car, taken from
       the previous project (monthly payment);
      a slide that shows all the details about house, where it is located, other
       miscellaneous information, etc;
      a slide that shows your house/apartment and where you obtained your
       mortgage, what interest you pay, number of months of loan, etc.;
      Your monthly budget, including all expenses balanced against your net
      A graph, created in Excel and exported to PowerPoint, that helps explain
       outflows vs. inflows, with the money left over;
      lastly, a slide that explains what you learned in this project.

(Each slide need only be a brief synopsis of what you have in your report. Keep
it simple yet informative).

Deep thoughts…

Are you on the path of being able to live in the city where you grew up? Will you
have a "career" that provides intriguing, fulfilling work and opportunities for
growth and advancement? Or will you just have a succession of jobs that lead
nowhere? Will you be able to acquire the education and job skills to make your
attractive to a potential employer? Will you be able to land a job that enables you
to pay your bills? Or will you be unable to pay your bills? Will you thrive after
high school? Or will you struggle just to survive?

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