Learning money skills with NDIS

Do you want to learn more about money skills? Maybe it’s because you want to become more independent or want to save up for a game, holiday or even a car!

Through NDIS supports, we can assist you in learning everyday things about handling money, from numeracy to budgeting and saving. This means you will learn how to plan for things you want to buy, pay your bills on time and even save money for later.

Money skills you can learn at Mambourin

Numeracy skills

Mambourin can develop your numeracy skills, so you’ll learn to

  • recognise numbers
  • understand what they mean
  • see how they fit together

We’ll practice adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing numbers together. It might sound like school maths, but it’s really about being smart with your money.

From budgeting to shopping to paying bills, understanding numbers helps you manage your money. You can use these skills to compare prices, calculate discounts, check your change, and plan your spending.

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Develop your numeracy and money handling skills

Everyday money skills

Mambourin can also help you learn everyday money skills. If you’ve ever wondered what all the different coins and notes are, this is the skill set you want to master.

We will show you how to identify each note and coin, understand their value and use them in your daily life. This includes counting them correctly, paying with them in stores and checking your change. So next time you’re out shopping, you can be confident knowing exactly what’s in your wallet.

We’ll also practise buying things from the shop and different ways to pay, such as using cards, cash or your phone.

Our programs include talking about how much common foods usually cost, so you know whether you are getting a good deal or might be paying too much for something.

Budgeting and saving money

At Mambourin, we’ll help you understand the basics of budgeting or making a plan for your money. This way, you’ll know how to cover your everyday living expenses and still save money for your dream purchase. This could be anything from a new gaming console to a car or even a house.

How to use your bank

Mambourin can also help you learn how to use the features your bank offers. This might include making deposits and withdrawals or setting up your banking app to help you pay your bills more easily.

We can show you how to check your bank balance, so you’ll always know how much money you have.

Reaching your NDIS goals with Mambourin

Everyone’s different, so we ensure our money and budgeting skills programs are just right for you.

Below are some examples of money skills goals people might have when they come to Mambourin. The names of people in the examples aren’t real, but all of the goals are. These are things we can help you with as part of your NDIS plan.

“I want to learn to do my grocery shopping by myself.”

John is learning to do his own grocery shopping because he feels like he’s ready for it. The problem is he’s never tried grocery shopping before!

At Mambourin, John can learn the money skills needed for reaching his goal.

One is recognising different coins and notes so he knows what he’s paying with.

Another is checking if he’s getting the right change when he buys something. This is to ensure he’s not losing money.

The last is understanding how much common grocery items usually cost, so he can make smart choices when shopping.

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Learn to budget and buy groceries

“I want to learn how to budget for groceries to cook meals at home.”

Michael loves the idea of cooking his own meals at home. But he needs some help to budget for groceries.

At Mambourin, Michael can learn how to understand the prices of common foods and other things he needs for cooking. This will help him plan what to buy when he goes grocery shopping.

He can also find out how to make a budget for his groceries. This way, he can be sure he’ll always have enough money for all the meals he wants to make.

Finally, Michael can discover clever ways to use his money, such as buying in bulk, seasonal shopping and using coupons. This will help his grocery money last longer.

“I want to learn how to budget all my living expenses so I can live on my own”

Lisa is planning to live independently, a decision she feels ready for. However, she’s new to budgeting for her living expenses and isn’t quite sure where to start.

Mambourin can support Lisa to learn how to budget for all her living expenses, including utility bills, food and other essentials. This way, she can have a clear idea of where her money is going every month.

We can also help her understand the cost of common foods. By doing this, Lisa can effectively plan her grocery shopping and manage her food budget.

And if Lisa is interested in cooking, we can guide her in creating meal plans. This will give her a sense of how much each meal will cost, helping her balance her budget while enjoying cooking her own meals.

With these skills, Lisa will be more than ready to manage her living expenses and enjoy her independence.

“I want to go shopping to buy a new coat for winter.”

Emily has her eye on a new winter coat. She wants to go shopping for it but needs some help to make it happen.

Mambourin can guide Emily so she can make sure the new coat fits her budget.

We can start by finding out how much the coat costs. Knowing this helps Emily set a savings goal.

Emily can then learn how to make a budget. This is a plan that tells her how much money she has, how much she can spend, and how much she needs to save.

Understanding money is important too. We can show Emily different coins and bills, and tell her what they are worth.

And we can show her how to save money. We can discuss where to keep her money safe, like in a bank or a special box at home.

“I want to save money for a holiday”

David has a big dream – to save up for a holiday. But he needs help on how to save up for it.

To help David navigate through his journey to his dream holiday, we can teach him how to save money. This way he can start putting money aside.

We can also show David how to look at his bank balance. This will help him know how to track the money he has saved up for his trip.

Then we can teach him useful everyday money skills. For example, we can show him how to plan and stick to a budget, save regularly and shop wisely by comparing prices.

David will have his holiday fund ready before he knows it!

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Charlie enjoys shopping for books and DVDs

What are your money goals?

Of course, these are just a few examples. There are so many more goals we haven’t included here. Maybe you saw your goal in one of these stories or maybe your goal is entirely different.

No matter what your money skills goals might be, we’re here to help you with these or other life skills as part of your NDIS plan. So give us a call or drop us a message. We’d love to chat and go through your plan with you.

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