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Clothing Dollars and Sense [electronic resource]

Teenage students spend most of their earned income on their wardrobes, and young adults spend up to ten percent of their full-time income likewise. This live-action video helps develop the skills needed to make smart decisions when purchasing clothing. It covers the importance of planning for purchases and illustrates how to take a clothing inventory. It also explains how personality, climate, and income influence what clothing we buy. A fashion coordinator teaches our young shoppers Jennifer and Greg how to judge quality and workmanship. Is a designer label worth the price? Is fad clothing a wise choice? Follow along as they also learn about fabric identification and reading labels. A terrific video for anyone wanting to be a better clothes shopper.
Online
2007; 1990
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An Introduction to Intelligent Money Management [electronic resource]

Where did my last paycheck go? How can I save when I barely make it through the month? Why is my paycheck less than I expected? Many people enter the job market expecting their paychecks to bring them freedom and unlimited new possessions. In reality, what they find is an inability to control their finances and shock over the speed at which the paycheck disappears. This informative program shows viewers that the ability to control their finances influences more than just their bank balances. Viewers learn how to make the most of even a part-time or entry-level income as they establish lifelong habits that will lay the foundation for a sound financial future. Whether they dream of a new stereo or a new home, viewers learn how to create a budget, assess their disposable income, set sho [...]
Online
2005; 1994
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Credit Card Cautions [electronic resource]

One of today's rites of passage, from teenager to young adult, is the credit card. Armed with a brand-new credit card, many older teens and young adults gain immediate buying power, but not always knowledge of how to use credit responsibly. This program guides viewers through a maze of introductory rates, finance charges, credit reports, credit repair, card safety, and purchase decisions. First-person stories from credit card users and abusers as well as a credit counseling expert help viewers understand how credit cards actually work.
Online
2005; 2000
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Get What You Pay for [electronic resource]

This entertaining program dramatizes, with comic effects, what happens to those of us who don't practice good consumerism. Many times, people can be taken in by shady service and sales persons, as well as products and services that promise results that are just too good to be true. Featuring professional actors, this program gives viewers some basic information to avoid being taken advantage of. Watch as a married couple make some basic consumer mistakes, and see how they are able to recognize and learn from them, with a little help from a representative of the Better Business Bureau. The comic approach holds the viewer's attention and ensures that the important messages about good consumerism hit home.
Online
2005; 1996
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Kick the Tires..Finding and Financing a Used Car [electronic resource]

Too many miles..too much money..too many rust spots..and..can I really live with neon orange? Finding, much less affording a reliable used car can be a giant exercise in frustration. There's so much to think about! Breathe a sigh of relief. This video provides clear-cut, specific information for the experienced as well as inexperienced car shopper. Don't know where to look? This video offers a number of options, some you may not have thought of, giving the pros and cons of each. It covers what to check when you find that special pre-owned vehicle that has potential-should you really kick the tires? And finally, this video discusses the financial part of the deal as well as the "legal stuff" to take care of when buying a car. A must for drivers of all ages to avoid future headaches.
Online
2006; 1998
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Perils of Plastic [electronic resource]: Handling Credit

For young adults just starting out on their own, couples planning for the future, and anyone who needs help in learning to manage their money, one of the most important financial processes they need to understand is the use of credit. This program begins with a brief look at how credit fuels our economy and how advertisers entice consumers to go into debt to supposedly improve their social status. It also describes what credit is and why it is needed, the advantages and disadvantages of using credit, how credit is obtained, and how credit ratings work. Viewers also learn how to establish credit, how to use it wisely, the importance of good credit, and how it affects their futures. This informative presentation concludes with the danger signs of being over-extended and methods for dea [...]
Online
2005; 1993
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Positive Credit [electronic resource]

Looking for a car? Want to go to college? Want to start your own business? Are all of these ideas pipe dreams? Only until they come true. To make them come true, you need to know something about handling finances. Positive Credit is an information-packed program that teaches viewers how to make a budget, what savings and assets are, how to use credit, how to become eligible for credit, the ins and outs of credit ratings, and how to accept financial responsibility. Complete with interviews from credit counselors, financial planners, loan officers, and others, this program shows viewers how to acquire assets, establish collateral, and manage finances in a responsible way.
Online
2007; 1994
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Practicing Proactive Consumerism [electronic resource]: Healthcare

In a consumer society, smart shopping is a virtue-and in matters of healthcare, it is a necessity. This program seeks to demystify the complexities of America's healthcare system by offering indispensable information on healthcare organizations and practitioners, types of health insurance, common legal and ethical considerations, and individual rights as a health consumer. Definitions of essential medical terminology are also provided.
Online
2006; 1998
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Surviving the Checkout [electronic resource]: Wise Food Buying

Today's food buyer must be knowledgeable-not only to save money while shopping, but also to be aware of techniques used by stores and manufacturers to tempt consumers into purchasing their products. This entertaining video shows how to make wise food-buying decisions by pre-planning meals for the week using newspaper food ads and the food groups as guides. In a trip to the supermarket, new roommates Richard and Larry learn firsthand how to select fresh foods as well as how to read and compare labels, brands, and unit prices. They learn about open dating on products, USDA grading of meats, and the use of meat substitutes and extenders to save money. Throughout the store they become aware of the various display techniques used by retailers to encourage impulse buying. A summary of alte [...]
Online
2006; 1990
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The Cambridge Car Buying System [electronic resource]

Each day, thousands of unnecessary dollars are transferred from the pockets of novice consumers into the pockets of highly trained, professional car salespeople. This informative program portrays car buying as a three-act play and coaches buyers on how to most effectively act out their role in the drama: researching, negotiating, and closing the purchase. The key to saving thousands of dollars on every car purchase lies in learning how to be a smart consumer by entering the process as an investigator armed with relevant information and a total understanding of the roles played by buyers and sellers. Viewers learn what information they should have before walking onto a car lot: where to get this information; how to take and keep control of the sale; tips for driving away with the best [...]
Online
2006; 1992
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Grocery Shopping Challenge [electronic resource]

This video follows Megan and Josh as they venture through a food store with the same shopping list to see who gets the better nutrition value and price for eight common items. After watching Grocery Shopping Challenge, viewers will know some of the tricks supermarkets use to persuade customers to spend more-and how to eat well for less by separating the hype from the deals. Correlates to all applicable National and State Educational Standards including the NCLB Act.
Online
2010; 2009
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Finding an Apartment [electronic resource]

What are the expenses of living in an apartment? What obligations come with signing on the dotted line? Is it good to have roommates? This video explains to first-time renters how to locate, lease, and set up an apartment while avoiding common problems. They'll learn about dealing with rental agents, evaluating a unit's condition, reading leases, getting renters' insurance, having the utilities turned on, and handling the roommate option. Information on moving and finding furniture on a budget is also included. Correlates to all applicable National and State Educational Standards including the NCLB Act.
Online
2010
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Managing Your Money [electronic resource]

Money management is the key to independent living. This video puts money under a microscope as it looks at budgeting it, spending it wisely, and protecting it (and, by extension, that all-important credit rating) Specifics include opening a checking account, writing checks, making deposits, and balancing a checkbook; using ATM and debit cards; applying for a loan; and deciding whether to opt for a credit card-and if so, how to use it responsibly. A smart investment! Correlates to all applicable National and State Educational Standards including the NCLB Act.
Online
2010
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Shopping Smart [electronic resource]

There's no question about it: the grocery-shopping experience can be overwhelming! This video will guide viewers smoothly through the process of planning balanced meals, making a shopping list, clipping coupons, and setting (and sticking to!) a budget. Helpful tips on stretching a dollar and sidestepping supermarket gimmicks are included, and food safety is emphasized. Essential viewing for first-time shoppers! Correlates to all applicable National and State Educational Standards including the NCLB Act.
Online
2010
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Building the Right Wardrobe [electronic resource]

Every outfit sends a message. This video shows how to send the right one at the appropriate time-without breaking the budget. Topics include the functional and social characteristics of clothes; the concepts of style and fashion; planning a wardrobe that accommodates work, school, and leisure; and shopping for value and price. Indispensable! Correlates to all applicable National and State Educational Standards including the NCLB Act.
Online
2010
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No Accounting for Taste [electronic resource]: Why We Eat What We Eat

With help from a professional nutritionist and the wide-ranging opinions of everyday consumers, this program investigates the factors that determine which foods we love-and which foods we just can't stomach. Viewers learn about a variety of social, psychological, and biological influences. Specific topics include the concept of satiety-our bodies telling us whether we are hungry or full-as well as the impact of culture, religion, lifestyle, peer relationships, and the media. For aspiring culinary artists, restaurant managers, and institutional menu planners, this is a rewarding exploration of the positive and negative associations people develop with food over time.
Online
2011
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Menu Planning [electronic resource]: Toddlers, Pregnancy, and the Elderly

Whether the setting is a preschool, hospital, or retirement home, it's vital for those who plan meals and menus to understand the dietary requirements of particular age groups. This program explains the nutrients our bodies require for optimum health and how those requirements change throughout our lives. Overviewing the stages of the human life cycle, the video highlights the basic nutritional needs in each phase and encourages thoughtful, detailed meal planning for toddlers, expectant mothers, and seniors. Real-life examples and practical tips from experts are provided throughout the film.
Online
2011
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Dietary Supplements [electronic resource]: Health or Hype?

Walk down the aisle of any supermarket or pharmacy and you are bound to be confronted by shelves full of nutrient supplements, from vitamin A to zinc. But are they worth the staggering prices many people pay for them? What exactly are supplements, and when should they be avoided? This program looks at a wide range of supplements that are currently available and examines their potential impact on elderly consumers, high performance athletes, and pregnant women. Also spotlighting issues of product labeling and celebrity endorsement, this is a much-needed look at an industry which, despite public concerns, is only getting bigger.
Online
2011
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D Is for Decisions [electronic resource]: Be a Smart Consumer

The lucrative teen market is coveted by advertisers, making it all the more important for young people to know how to make wise buying decisions. In this program Maggie and Ethan go online to shop for an MP3 player while applying the four steps consumers should consider when shopping: they set a goal, list their resources, shop carefully, and then evaluate their purchase. The teens also learn four things to keep in mind when shopping online, four ways to evaluate their decisions, and, perhaps most important of all, the difference between what they need and what they want.
Online
2011; 2010
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Budgeting and Financial Decision-Making [electronic resource]

This program gives students a solid grounding in a variety of real-life money matters: it provides financial decision-making methods, advises on consumer concerns such as buying versus renting, outlines insurance types and terminology, and discusses the financial scams that students are most likely to encounter. Reviewing the critical concepts of impulse buying and opportunity cost, the video also demonstrates how to set goals and create a budget based on the 50/30/20 plan. Highlights include graphical breakdowns of the PMI and PACED decision-making methods, maintaining wireless Internet security to avoid identity theft, and a realistic way to choose when faced with a not-so-simple yes-or-no financial decision.
Online
2011