How to be a smart consumer?

In this activity students learned how to be responsible with their money.

They worked in teams. The assignment was to write what makes a smart consumer. At the beginning we talked about consumers rights. Afterwards we talked about marketing tricks that make people buy products like advertising, nice packaging, false discounts, music in shops that influence our shopping mood, special offers like buy at the price of one and so on. We also talked about how commercials on TV and the radio influence consumers. Students know lots of advertising slogans and they made a commercial by themselves in which they used marketing tricks. We also discussed the difference between paying with cards and paying in cash. We agreed that when people pay with cards, they don’t really realise how much they spend. Students pointed out that is why it is important not to buy compulsively but to make some planning before. The discussion led to the difference between needs and desire and students realised they often buy things they actually don’t need.

Every team had to present their video at the end. Students finished the activity by publishing some advice for smart consuming on a padlet wall like: go to the store with a list of things you need, don’t buy things you don’t need, always take the invoice, buy on discounts, compare prices of products in different stores, don’t give your personal data about credit cards on the telephone or in e-mails, do some research about your consumer rights, read declarations on products, be sceptic when the offer is too good to be true, check the expiry date on a product and so on. Our students concluded there are tricks for smart consumers so go for it because saving money is smart.



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