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Bite of Reality


 

WHAT IS A REALITY FAIR? 
A hands–on money management simulation that gives students a taste of real–world financial challenges in a fun, interactive setting. Students receive a fictional occupation, salary, family, loans, debt and medical insurance payments. They then "purchase" their necessities from salespeople. 

WHAT DOES THE BITE OF REALITY APP DO? 
The app adds technology to the in-person reality fair experience. It replaces student materials - notebooks, calculators, pencils, checkbooks, and worksheets - while still requiring the students to engage with the volunteers and navigate the hard sales environment that is integral to the reality fair experience.

An added perk--you and your staff no longer need to spend the time, effort, and resources to compile and transport all the physical handouts to each event. 

The app compliments the Mad City Money program – making the fairs more modern and easier to manage and implement with fewer volunteers. 

HOW DO I GET STARTED? 

  1. Visit your app store (Apple, Android, or Amazon) and download Bite of Reality 2.
  2. Once you’ve downloaded the app and opened it, you will be prompted to enter two codes.
  3. Request an event code from Andrea.

WHO? 
Whether reality fairs are your primary financial education tool, or are something you’ve been wanting to try out (pairing the fair with other events, your own curriculum, school-based education, joint fairs with other organizations or credit unions, etc.) you’ll want to check this out. Just getting started with reality fairs? Check out HCUCF's Financial Wellness grants to help you get started

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In 2018, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) awarded the Heartland Credit Union Charitable Foundation (HCUCF) a grant to customize a Bite of Reality app for our member credit unions. This means we can now offer you a FREE reality fair app to use whenever you want! 

Questions? Comments? Contact Andrea Robinson, Executive Director, 800.392.3074, x1316