Consumer Savvy



Consumer Savvy is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Consumer Savvy.

Consumer Savvy 1
What you can do in this project: learn your shopping style; use the yellow pages to find goods and services; know the difference between wants and needs; write a savings and spending plan; start a savings account.
Grades: 3-5
Resource: 08030, The Consumer in Me

Consumer Savvy 2
What you can do in this project: identify your personal spending values; understand advertising appeal and its affects; see how peer pressure can influence your purchases; understand the risks of shopping on the Internet.
Grades: 6-9
Resource: 08031, Consumer Wise

Consumer Savvy 3
What you can do in this project: define consumer responsibilities and ethics; understand your consumer rights; use comparison shopping techniques; understand the costs of owning a vehicle.
Grades: 10-12
Resource: 08032, Consumer Roadmap

Consumer Savvy Leader
Resources: 08033, Consumer Savvy Helper’s Guide
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?



Want to learn more about being Consumer Savvy? Try the links below.

Consumer Savvy Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including consumerism. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.


Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Consumer Savvy Project. Just follow these links!

Better Business Bureau
Guidance on what to look for before and after you buy, and what to do if you have a complaint.

Cotton Incorporated
At Cotton Incorporated, one can find all one needs to know about today’s most frequently used fabric as well as its latest research and promotions.

Learn about fabrics, apparel and clothing care.

Iowa State University Textiles and Clothing Extension
Source of research-based information to help you make decisions on textiles and apparel.

McCall Patterns
Information on how you can make your own clothes.

National 4-H Online Consumer Savvy Project
Activities and links to consumer savvy sites for youth, volunteers and educators.

Sewing & Craft Alliance
Provides educational information and creative resources to the sewing and crafting enthusiast.

Site for free sewing and craft projects, learn to sew articles, SEW-lutions Guidelines, and the My Sewing and Craft Room section – a place to share your creative space.

Simplicity Patterns
Information on how you can make your own clothes.

Soap & Detergent Association
Tips on sorting, cleaning and caring for your clothes.

Textile Industry Affairs
Tips on stain removal, washing and drying, reading care symbols, and more.

UW-Madison Steenbock Library Resource Guide: Consumer Science
Guide to links for many consumer-related sites.

Project Support

For more information on 4-H Consumer Savvy Project, contact the following:

Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several consumerism resources.

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.