Consumer Math

Course Description

This course focuses on the mathematics involved in making wise consumer decisions. Students explore the many ways in which mathematics affects their daily lives. The first semester will cover paychecks and wages, taxes, insurance, budgets, bank accounts, credit cards, interest calculations, and comparison shopping. Second semester topics include vehicle and home purchasing, investing, and business and employee management.

Course Requirements

Grade Level





2 Semesters



Credit Value


Semester A

Major Concepts

  1. Basic Mathematics Skills
  2. Rounding and Estimating
  3. Ratios, Proportions, and Percents
  4. Earned Income
  5. Banking and Checking Accounts
  6. Budgeting and Recordkeeping
  7. Living Expenses
  8. Consumer Credit
  9. Saving and Investing Money

Semester B

Major Concepts

  1. Measurement
  2. Graphs and Maps
  3. Remodeling a Home
  4. Taxes
  5. Insurance
  6. Owning and Operating Automobiles
  7. Traveling Expenses
  8. Planning and Budgeting for Meals
  9. Wholesaling and Retailing
  10. Operating a Business