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Teens get dose of Reality Shop (with video)

Program offers students chance to deal with child care, car expenses

1:49 AM, Apr. 10, 2013
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Teenagers in Stevens Point got a dose of reality Tuesday, learning what it takes to manage expenses such as child care payments and car loans.

It's all part of a program by the Portage County Business Council called Reality Shop, where teens from Stevens Point Area Senior High, Rosholt and Amherst schools are given a hypothetical career and life. In this scenario, the students are given a monthly wage amount and asked to juggle a financial life while staying within their means.

"Paying for a cellphone is so much bigger than, 'I can just text and it's not going to cost anything,'" said SPASH junior ...

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