Introduction to Personal Finance provides students with a foundation for understanding personal budgeting and long-term financial planning. Students compare and contrast types of financial institutions, learn how to open a bank account and reconcile a monthly bank statement, and understand the importance of establishing a savings account. Students explore investments, taxes, and debt, and complete activities to develop and balance a budget. Lessons also explain credit scores and suggest ways to maintain a healthy credit score. The course also looks to the future with information about long-term financial planning and planning for large expenditures such as houses, cars, and higher education.