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Consumer Education Project

You need to manage money throughout your life. Improve your money management skills and become a more informed consumer. Learn to distinguish between wants and needs, identify, set and evaluate goals, track expenses and income, and more.

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Consumer Decision Making

Participants judge five classes in the areas of Personal Care, Entertainment & Leisure, Clothing & Textiles, Consumerism & Personal Finance, and Nutrition. Participants also have a questions class where they recall facts about the items in a class. Intermediate participants (grades 6-8) present one set of reasons and senior participants (grades 9+) present two sets of reasons to a judge. More info.

Minnesota State Fair

4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education at the Minnesota State Fair. Over 7,000 4-H youth have the opportunity to interact with the public and educate fairgoers through 4-H exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and 4-H promotion. More info.

Level 1 learning goals:

Know what it means to be a consumer and to make wise use of resources, set goals, work with others.

Level 2 learning goals:

Make wise deicisions, problem solve, practice critical thinking and self-responsibility.

Level 3 learning goals:

Understand where our goods come from, decide what factors are important to you in purchasing goods and services, develop awareness of advertising tactics, practice managing resources.

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Contact

To get involved with the 4-H Consumer Education project, contact your county 4-H office.

Carrie Ann Olson, olson166@umn.edu, 320-589-1711

All resources on this page have been reviewed by our faculty and included for their educational value. No endorsement is intended or implied. Minnesota 4-H does not profit from the inclusion of any commercial project resources.


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