Today in homeschooling, we did consumer math.
And by “consumer math” I mean that we went to Market Basket.
On the way to the store, I shared the story of Market Basket. She learned terms such as profit shares, a living wage, controlling interest, corporate structures, corporate greed. We talked about store loyalty, and what it means when workers strike. What havoc boycotting a business can wreak. How customer support can make or break a company. In short, I was damn eloquent.
Then we discussed shopping on a budget. Taxes. Being frugal. I challenged her to pick out a number of items, satisfying at least 2 different food groups. She could only spend $5. She had to get as close to $5 as possible without going over to get a prize. She spent $4.64 on items in dairy and fruit. So, her grade would be a $92.8%. That’s a B+. Not bad.
And the best part? I got help with the groceries.