How Do You Get and Spend Money?

How important is money to you? When you have it, what do you usually spend it on?

In “Gen Z Teens Talk $,” Julia Rothman and Shaina Feinberg talked to 11 teenagers. Look at what Aaliyah Stephens, 16, said above, then read what these other young people had to say.

Students, read the entire piece, then tell us:

  • How do you spend your money? Do you mostly buy food, video games or clothes; spend it on hobbies; or something else?

  • What is the best thing you bought recently and why?

  • Where do you get your money? For example, do you get an allowance or spending money from your parents? Do you have a job? Or, have you found other ways to make money, like the student above who has invested in cryptocurrency?

  • Do you put any money into savings? What are you saving up for?

  • Which teenager quoted in the article do you relate to most? Why? For example, like Simone Islip, do you try to use your money to support good causes? Or, like Aaliyah Stephens, does your money seem to disappear?

  • Do your parents, friends or teachers ever give you advice on how to make and spend money? Which lessons have you found most valuable? What suggestions would you give to other teenagers about money?


Learn more about Student Opinion here and find all of our questions in this column. Teachers, see how you can incorporate this feature into your classroom routine here.

Students 13 and older in the United States and the United Kingdom, and 16 and older elsewhere, are invited to comment. All comments are moderated by the Learning Network staff, but please keep in mind that once your comment is accepted, it will be made public.

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