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Grade 9-12

Budgeting for Income and Expenses

Time: 45 mins,
Updated: November 14 2023,
Author: Jared Davidove


Students will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of creating a personal budget, also known as a spending plan.
  • List common personal expenses that may appear on an income and expense statement.
  • Analyze a personal budget and make recommendations for improved financial well-being.


Assign your students the Budgeting for Income and Expense Quiz using ReadyAssessments, a free assessment tool.



Prior to introducing students to Intuit for Education, we recommend you read through the Curriculum Overview (Section 1) to get acquainted with each activity and review pages 3 to 5 in Curriculum Orientation (section 2) to help you and your students log-in to Intuit for Education. Here is the link for your students to log in (

Show students Intro and Logging in to Intuit for Education Video to orient them with the log-in process if needed.

The Intuit for Education platform has hands on activity that lets students analyze and create a budget. Provide students with a digital copy or print copy of Budgeting for Income and Expenses Activity. Use Budgeting Income and Expenses Answer Key as a teacher guide.


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FFFL Connection

Budgeting for Income and Expenses Simulation has been created as a real-world technology simulation to accompany FFFL 9-12, 3rd Edition lesson 8 titled Managing Your Money. If you have not taught this lesson plan, we recommend students are proficient in the net worth concepts.

In this personal finance activity, students will use Mint, a real-world personal finance app, to follow Isaiah throughout the year and learn about budgeting for income and expenses.