Consumer Savvy is a three part project book that you can follow throughout your entire 4-H career. The first of these books is The Consumer in Me (Level 1). The second is Consumer Wise (Level 2). Consumer Roadmap is the third book (Level 3).
First we will look at The Consumer in Me:
This book goes through the basics of consumerism. Some topics that are included in this book are consumer basics, consumer saving, consumer spending, and consumer service. There are also some consumer games, a glossary, an evaluation, project online contents and additional resources.
This book is great for young 4-H'ers who are excited about learning how to spend and save their money the right way.
One activity that is in this book is titled 'Reach for a Star'. This is an activity about setting goals and learning how best to reach those goals. The 4-H'er will be required to make a wish list of monetary goals he or she would like to achieve. They will then be able to decide whether they want the item on their wish list now or later. They must choose one item that they want in less than a year, write it in a designated spot and check the cost of that item. There are then reflection questions and an explanation about goals. There is also a 'Savvy Challenge' about giving up some of your goals.
Next we will look at Consumer Wise:
This book goes through some more sophisticated concepts of consumerism. Topics include consumer rights and responsibilities, consumer decisions, consumer response to advertising, and consumer internet safety. There are also consumer games, a glossary, an evaluation, project online contents and additional resources.
This book is great for 4-H'ers who are ready to start dealing with their money with little supervision from their parents.
One activity that is in this book is titled 'The Ideal Consumer'. The purpose of this activity is to make the consumer realize how he or she acts when they are shopping alone. This activity will teach the 4-H'er how society expects him or her to act. The 4-H'er is given several situations such as seeing movie at the theater with a friend. The 4-H'er completing the book then has to write an unwritten rule for consumer behavior pertaining to the situations, and explain why they agree or disagree. There are then reflection questions, a tip on unwritten rules and rights and responsibilities, and a savvy challenge about consumer scenarios.
Lastly, we will look at Consumer Roadmap:
This book goes through the most advanced concepts about consumerism. Topics include consumers in the global marketplace, using my consumer rights and living on my own. There is also a glossary, a post- then pre-evaluation, project online contents and additional resources.
This book is great for older 4-H'ers who are in high school or about to graduate and be on their own.
One activity featured in this book is titled 'My Clothes have Frequent Flyer Miles'. This activity is used to make 4-H'ers aware that clothing is made in many different countries such as Indonesia, China, Thailand, Israel, Costa Rica, and Mexico. In this activity, 4-H'ers will choose articles of clothing such as a shirt or pair of pants and research the product to see where it was made so that they are able to realize just how far their clothing traveled to get to them. There is a chart for the 4-H'er to fill out which includes items such as the catalog or retailer, the price, the country of, and the labor force in. There are then reflection questions, a tip on voting with your dollars, and savvy challenges based on company policies about carrying items produced by child labor.
Contact your local 4-H office to find this project book and many more. You can also visit the National 4-H Curriculum website and 4-HMall.org for a list of subjects.