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Reality Store

Reality Store 
Introducing Reality Store 

Reality Store is the newest addition to Money Matters: Make It Count℠.

Reality Store provides an interactive experience in which youth learn how the choices they make regarding career, managing income and expenses, and saving and investing will affect future outcomes. To start, teens draw a salary based on a specific career and manage basic living expenses for themselves and a family. They envision the lifestyle they would like to have in their late 20s, explore a career, receive a checking account "deposit" equal to one month's salary, and spend their salary in the Reality Store on necessities and extras. They also handle some of life's unexpected events and discover whether their occupation provides the financial resources needed in order to sustain the lifestyle they want.

Reality Store creates an interactive experience in which participating teens visit various stations:

  • Careers and Salary
  • Utilities
  • Child Care
  • Life's Unexpected
  • Beauty and Barber
  • Charitable Donations
  • Financial counseling
  • Banking
  • Furniture
  • Transportation
  • Medical,Dental, and Optical
  • Legal
  • Entertainment and Travel
  • Housing
  • Groceries
  • Insurance
  • Clothing
  • Pet and Veterinarian
  • Investments

Reality Store®, licensed from Indiana Women's Education Foundation and adapted for Boys & Girls Club members, enhances the Money Matters curriculum to provide additional financial experiences that are interesting, fun and relevant for teens.


 Get Involved

Volunteer Opportunities

Check with your local Boys & Girls Club to inquire about Reality Store volunteer opportunities.

Club Staff

Visit bgca.net to log in and download Reality Store materials.

Reality Store Video