Through the H&R Block Budget Challenge learning financial literacy is both fun and applicable to real life! If you don’t believe us, just ask Paxon School for Advanced Studies senior Tuffa Said.
By paying his bills on time and being financially savvy, Said climbed to the top of the ranks in the simulation and won a $20,000 college scholarship. He is also part of the Life Smarts club coached by Ms. Kathryn Loggie, which won a $5,000 classroom grant.
Read below to learn more about his experience.
Did you have any knowledge about managing money before participating in the Budget Challenge?
I had a very small amount of financial knowledge before the Budget Challenge. I mostly learned what I knew from the Life Smarts club and my teacher Ms. Loggie.
Do you ever talk to your parents about money? If so, what kind of things do you talk about?
I’ve started to do it more recently. Since I’m going to the university, we talk about tax returns, what forms are required and how to fill out the FAFSA correctly.
Was this your first year participating in the Budget Challenge?
No, I participated last year as well. This year I made sure I paid my auto insurance!
When you started the simulation, did you think you would win?
At first I was really determined to win. Then, in the middle I realized that the bills were starting to appear and that kind of threw me of. I really couldn’t believe it when I saw that I was winning toward the end of the simulation!
What would you say was the biggest thing you learned by participating in the Budget Challenge?
To pay my auto insurance on time! But fortunately, I don’t pay auto insurance in real life, my parents pay it for me.
How have you taken the financial skills you learned and applied them to your real life?
I’ve encouraged my parents to pay their bills on time! It also helped to ensure that I don’t go into credit card debt.
Where do you plan on continuing your education?
I plan on going to the University of North Florida to study electrical engineering.
How has the scholarship changed your financial outlook when it comes to college?
The scholarship will help me focus on my schoolwork rather than having to worry about how I’m going to pay for school.
Now that you’re a financial whiz, do you plan on passing along your wisdom to your friends?
No! I want to keep it all to myself (laughs).