Below are some websites and online learning opportunities that would be suitable for year 7. There are others that are aligned to a year level on the 'Links to useful resources page'.
The Real Game is a dynamic careers and life skills program for students. It has five games each one tailored to a different age level.
At the beginning of the game students create wish lists of things they would like as adults. they are randomly assigned life/work roles and have opportunities to balance budgets, cope with unexpected chance events and explore the balance between work and the rest of their lives.
It has a cost of $225
Students learn about budgeting, how banks work and creating a savings plan in a fun and interactive way using the Mint.org website this offers a good introduction into short and long term planning before they are exposed to the higher order thinking activities. Why and how businesses and individuals plan to achieve short term and long term personal, organisational and financial objectives (ACHEK018)
Students can develop their own budget
Students work on developing a personal budget with a set amount of 'invisible' money debited into their spreadsheet each fortnight. Students set up their personal spreadsheet using excel. They include what they would potentially spend their money on and choose how much they would like to save each week. At the end of 3 months students can calculate their spending and savings. If students receive pocket money it would be a more authentic - however it can be done using the concept of invisible money and treats they might buy for themselves each week.
This website is free.