2009

Writing Contest: Runner-up

Money Matters

Erin McGrath, Mentor High School, Mentor, OH (Teacher: Ellen Burchell)

Money

Saved or Earned

Full-time student always

Part-time vs. full-time job

Money

Transportation

Bus vs. car

Independence with a car

Auto insurance, gas, auto repairs

Scheduled pick up and return on a bus

Clothing

New or gently used

Full price vs. discount price

Entertainment

Amusement park vs. City park

Cinema vs. on-demand movies at home

Money

Food

Eat in vs. eat out

Fast food vs. at home

Money

Prom

Tux vs. suit

Limousine vs. car

Ball gown vs. cocktail dress

Restaurant vs. dinner at home

Money

College choices

Private vs. public

In state vs. out of state

Live on campus vs. live at home

Money

Student loans vs. scholarships

Video games vs. sports

Poor grades vs. good grades

Shopping vs. community service

FASFA

Money

Play vs. work

Drop out vs. graduate

High School

The choice is yours

Composition has been lightly edited.