Bite of Reality begins by providing teens with a fictional identity, including and occupation and salary, family, credit cards and checking account. Teens will visit several stations to purchase housing, transportation, food, clothing, household necessities, child care and other needs.
Teens will face pushy salespeople, commission - based realtors, and other vendors as they weigh their wants versus their needs. During the exercise, the teens must make challenging decisions as they find that the money from their salaries may not meet their desires for goods and services. Volunteers from Redwood Credit Union are on - hand to help students budget and re-prioritize if they overspend.