Budgeting for Independence addresses the importance of financial education in real-life settings. This course is designed to increase students’ knowledge, independence, and experience with earning money, saving money, and spending money as it pertains to their future. Topics include: Banking & strategic shopping strategies, sales/ income taxes, understanding a paycheck, reading utility bills, budgeting for all independent living expenses, identity theft, confidently using cash & credit, percentages (tipping, discounts), and a strong focus on budgeting throughout the semester.