It was a week before September 22nd, the date Ms. Kitty has been patiently awaiting. This day is the birthday of Mr. Toad and Ms. Kitty, along with several other close friends is throwing him a surprise party. For months Ms. Kitty has been ironing out the details – decorations, food, games, and a present. Ms. Kitty had saved up $100 to pay for the party because she wanted to give her best friend the greatest party ever. A few days before the party, Ms. Kitty went to the store to purchase the decorations and a present. She wanted everything to be perfect, so she spent two hours looking through the assortment of decorations. In the end, she had bought streamers, balloons, party hats, and table arrangements, as well as decorative cups, plates, napkins, and silverware. The next stop was to find the perfect gift for Mr. Toad. When Ms. Kitty returned home with her purchases she realized she had spent $60 on the decorations and eating utensils, and $35 on the gift. This left $5 in her budget to buy food. She was devastated because she had planned to have a cake and little sandwiches. She called her friends, Mr. Turtle and Ms. Skunk, and explained her situation. After hearing Ms. Kitty's devastation, Ms. Skunk said she could make a cake and Mr. Turtle volunteered to bring sandwiches. Without the help of her friends, Ms. Kitty wouldn't have been able to give Mr. Toad the perfect party, but it all worked out and the party was a blast!
Moral: Plan for all parts of the overall project when dividing up the budget in order to have enough money to complete the project.
These stories are adapted examples written in my class, IS 6840 (formerly MSIS 488).
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