Crossett High School seniors attended a Reality Fair hosted by Timberline Federal Credit Union Feb. 12.
At the fair, the seniors were given an occupation along with a yearly salary and a monthly budget. The seniors then had to visit different stations, where they budgeted for their rent, car and gas, insurance, food, entertainment, utilities, and savings accounts.
Before the total of all their expenses was figured, the seniors had to spin a reality wheel where the students could get tax returns, speeding tickets, tire blowouts, or bonus pays at work. The purpose of the wheel was to give the students a more practical and realistic experience of budgeting in adulthood and dealing with unexpected expenses.
“I enjoyed the reality fair because I got the occupation of a surgeon, so I had a lot of money and I didn’t have to worry about exceeding my budget or an unexpected expense,” senior Lynsy Foreman said.