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Grocery Shopping on a Budget The aim of this activity is to give you a realistic idea of how much grocery items cost and how to manage on a tight budget. Starter Task – Do you know how much the following items cost? Item Your Guess Actual Scenario Imagine that you are the head of a family of four people (2 adults & 2 children). You have a Budget of £100 to buy all the groceries your family needs for one week. A Budget – Is a sum of money that has been allocated for a particular purpose, in this case to do the shopping. TASK 1.) – Write a shopping list of things you would like to buy for your family. You have been provided with some headings and the list has been started for you. Household Products Toiletries Food Washing Up Liquid Toothpaste Bread Wants & Needs Needs (essential expenditure) – Some items on your list are essential for your family these are known as Needs. Wants(non-essential expenditure) – Other items you could quite easily live without. These are known as Wants. TASK 2.) – Look again at your list. Put a star next to the items that you think your family will need to have. These are priority purchases and you should buy these first. TASK 3.) – You are now going to shop online for your groceries. Go to the following website: www.sainsburys.co.uk Shop online for the items on your list. Try to buy all of the essential items first and try to stay within budget. TASK 4.) Plenary Questions How much did you spend in total? Did you get everything you needed? If you spent less than £100 what would be the best thing for the family to do with the extra money? If you spent more than £100 what could you do to make the money go further? Imagine you had to cut the amount spent to £75 what could you live without? TASK 5.) If possible print the contents of your online trolley and show it to your teacher so that they can judge it Grocery Shopping on a Budget – Teacher’s Notes Overview Primarily an internet based exercise where students are given a budget and have to plan a shopping list for a weekly shop for a family of four. They then use a supermarket website to “buy” their shopping. The activity can be used to introduce or reinforce students understanding of essential and non-essential expenditure and is also useful as an introduction to the concept of budgeting. Links to Other Areas The exercise has been designed to cover aspects of wants, needs, spending and budgeting but could also be used to address issues of healthy eating and diet. For example students might be told that their shopping basket should meet various other criteria (eg healthy lifestyle) and may be judged accordingly. Objectives To Introduce students to the concept of budgeting To develop students understanding of essential and non essential expenditure To prepare students for family life Students will have to prioritise and choose between options whilst operating within a budget Resources Required Students Computers with internet access Activity sheets Starter Task As an introduction to the lesson students are asked to guess/estimate the prices of various grocery products. There are various ways by which this might be debriefed: Actual prices of these might be researched in advance of the lesson by the teacher. If laptop / projector is available the teacher might research prices with students as an introduction to the Sainsbury’s website Students could use computers themselves to investigate prices. Again this would introduce students to the website. Main Activity – Workbook Students are given the workbook. The scenario and budget concept is then explained to them. They then have to write a shopping list for a family of four. (this could be done individually or in pairs) At this point other restrictions could be put upon them – eg it must be healthy etc. The teacher should explain that they are ultimately going to judge the students shopping basket. The concept of essential and non-essential expenditure is then explained. Students are then asked to prioritise their shopping list. Main Activity – Internet When the shopping list has been completed students should use the computers to shop online for their groceries. There are a variety of websites that can be used. Sainsburys has a pretty good site. Students will not need to register to create a shopping basket but they will need a postcode. The importance of staying within budget should be reinforced. Plenary Some questions have been provided in the student workbook. These could be completed by students or could be used as a focus for discussion. The consequences of not staying within budget could also be discussed. At this point the teacher could also judge the student’s shopping baskets and discuss issues that might come out as a result of this.
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