Explanation of Messages - Personal Finance (VB Essentials)

Modified on Mon, 08 Apr 2024 at 11:02 AM

Below is a list of some of the messages that your students may receive in the Personal Finance simulation, along with an explanation of why they are receiving the message and if necessary how to resolve the the issue causing the message.


Messages can be found by going to Reports > Messages in the simulation.


Message:Cause:Resolution:
You tried to eat, but there's no more food in the fridge!You have no meals available.Purchase meals from the supermarket.
Your nutrition is very low. Buy food and eat before you pass away! Your nutrition level has reached a critical level.You must do one or more of the following ASAP:
  • If you do not currently have any meals, purchase meals from the supermarket.
  • If you do have meals, check your schedule to make sure that you are eating twice a day.
Because of some unhealthy habits, particularly your lack of exercise, you have become sick and cannot leave home for the next 24 hours.Your nutrition level has dropped to low and you have become sick.Do one or more of the following to increase your nutrition level:
  • If you have no meals, purchase meals from the supermarket.
  • If you do have meals, check your schedule to make sure that you are eating twice a day.
Because of some unhealthy habits, particularly your lack of exercise, you have become sick and cannot leave home for the next 24 hours.Your exercise level has dropped to low and you have become sick.

Do one or more of the following to increase your exercise level:

  • If you do not have time to exercise on your schedule, add it.
  • Increase the amount of time you have scheduled to exercise.
  • Purchase items to help you exercise.
Because of some unhealthy habits, particularly your lack of relaxation, you have become sick and cannot leave home for the next 24 hours. 
Your relaxation level has dropped to low and you have become sick.Do one or more of the following to increase your relaxation level:
  • If you do not have time to relax on your schedule, add it.
  • Increase the amount of time you have scheduled to relax.
  • Purchase items to help you relax.
You are out of bus tokens. You had to walk. Buy some tokens at any bus stop.Your mode of transportation is set to 'Bus' and you are out of bus tokens.Purchase more bus tokens from the Bus Station.
You were X minutes late to work yesterday. Check your travel schedule. You need to allow more time to travel or use faster transportation.Due to conflicts in your schedule you were late for work.Do one or more of the following: 
  • Check your schedule, and adjust tasks accordingly to allow enough time to travel to work.
  • If your mode of transportation is set to 'Bus', make sure that you have bus tokens available.
  • If you own/lease a car, make sure that you have gas and the status is showing as 'Running'.
(Note:  These are not all of the possible solutions to resolve this message).
You haven't been paying your rent or past lease obligations on time. You may be evicted. If you are evicted, it's sim over for you!The bill for your rent or lease is not being paid on time or at all.
Do one or more of the following:
  • Go to your bills and pay your rent.
  • If using online banking, make sure scheduled payment is for the full amount of rent/lease.
Your car payments are behind. Make your account current or your car will be repossessed.
You are more then 3 months behind on your car payments.
Go to your bills and pay your car payments.
You have unpaid insurance bills! If you don't pay them, your credit rating will decline and your insurance coverage may be suspended!
Your car insurance is more then 3 months behind.
Go to your bills and pay you car insurance.

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