Spent is an online game designed to teach players about the challenges of living on minimum wage employment. Throughout the game, players must make choices that determine their survival for one month on their meager salary. Choices include things like which job to take, how much to pay for rent, and whether or not to take health insurance. As players make choices, Spent provides statistics and information about the choices people who live on minimum wage have to make everyday.

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As players make decisions, their balance is adjusted. The goal, of course, is to make it through the month without going bankrupt, but beyond that Spent is a fantastic way to begin a crucial conversation with students about what life is like for hundreds of people all over the United States.

Happy learning, y’all.

 

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