Name:_________________________________________Block______ You will purchase 10 items that you have wanted for a while. These items look so great in your house, in your closet, or you just took the best vacation of your life! But… WHAT IS THE REAL COST OF WHAT YOU PURCHASED? All of these items that you bought; you paid for with a credit card. That credit card means you used money you did not have in order to make a purchase. You basically borrowed money from someone else to make these items your own. So guess what…you owe them back the money, PLUS INTEREST!  Answer the following questions about your total items purchased.

1. List 10 items that you would purchase? What is the total cost?

2. If the interest you owe was compounded monthly at 21.99% for 5 years, how much do you owe to the bank?

3. If your minimum monthly payment was 2% of the total balance, what would your minimum monthly payment be?

4. If you could only afford $100 per month to pay off the bill, would you be able to make the payments?

5. If you could do it all again, what would you do different? Do you think this could happen in real life?

IMPORTANT REAL INFORMATION!!! 6. Studies show that the average American has $4,878 in credit card debt with an average interest rate of 12.78% compounded monthly. If it took the average American 20 years to pay off their debt how much would they be paying total?

7.

Take the total amount you found in answer 5, and multiply it by 176.8 million. Yep, that’s the number of people that have credit cards in the US. (That’s a lot of plastic) What is the total debt of the nation in credit card debt alone?

8. How does your value compare the national average? What can you do to change this? How will you think when you use plastic next time? Did you ever think this situation was even out there? (Tell me your thoughts, feelings, explanations. Also, tell me what you learned from this small project.)

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