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Consumer Decision Making

This is a learning event that teaches consumerism and confidence. Beginners ages 8-9, Juniors ages 10 as of Sept 1 to age 13 as of Dec 31 - 8 & 9 year olds may enter the junior division if they have experience in the contest, and Seniors ages 14 as of Jan 1 to age 18.

What is Consumer Decision Making??  It is a hands on visual contest that asks you practical questions that you answer and then decide what is the best for the situation given.  ANYONE can do it!! 

Every day you make decisions.  It might be what you are going to eat, what you are going to wear, or what to buy. Consumer Decision Making teaches you how to make decisions based on information that you have learned and studied and on facts that you have collected. It can also help you learn to defend your decisions.


The 4-H Consumer Decision Making Contest can help you practice making decisions by matching your knowledge, skills and abilities against those of others. You will learn to rank articles or products over others based on standards and quality.  This common sense experience will help you with everyday life, plus it is fun!!!

Come try it out!


2020 CONTEST  IS JUNE 14, 2020

Stutsman County Fairgrounds       Russ Melland Building

Registration at 12:30 pm                       Contest Starts at 1:00 pm

 Please follow all signs and directs as we have followed the safety guidelines set up by the state and health departments so we can have a safe and fun event!  Remember - participation is voluntary and NDSU Extension does not guarantee participants are fully protected from COVID-19 exposure. We will be following the guidelines and taking every precaution.

Stutsman County 4-Hers will all receive participation ribbons and a grand & reserve in

all 3 age divisions with ribbons and cash awards will be given.


Juniors & Seniors will do 6 situations and 2 reasons.  There is a group think section for BOTH the senior and junior teams (3 to 4 on a team).  THIS WILL NOT BE SCORED FOR 2020.  IF we do not have enough in one age group to have a team, we will combine and have groups work together for good practice. Beginners will do 4 situations and 1 reason.

Registration Deadline - June 8, 2020

 Online Registration Link

Paper Registration Form


Jr-Sr Study Guides and Sample Classes

Beginner Study Guides and Sample Classes

more good information below - links to some study guides

Stutsman County 4-H Consumer Decision Making 


* ANYONE can compete ages 8 to 18.

  • Beginner: Ages 8-9 before September 1 of the current 4-H year (or may choose to participate in the junior division if experienced)
  • Junior: Ages 10-13 (age 10 before September 1 and up to age 13 as of December 31 of the current 4-H year)
  • Senior: Ages 14-18 (as of December 31 of the current 4-H year)


Consumer Decision Making info link

This link has lots of information on what Consumer Decision Making is and practice sessions to work on.  CHECK IT OUT!!

How to do Consumer Decision Making - very helpful!!

CDM Help Sheet  - put out by NDSU State Office

Watch some NDSU learning videos here:   https://www.ndsu.edu/4h/videos/

Watch our county info zoom on our Facebook page - What is CDM

Be sure to contact the office if you have any questions  -  we would be glad to help!!


2019 Consumer Decision Making Participants

2019 CDM Results here

2019 Consumer Decision Making participants

2018 Consumer Decision Making Participants & Winners

 2018 Consumer Decision Making participants

Back - l to r - Kathryn Hetletvedt (grand senior), Logan Motter (reserve junior), Lance Kjellberg, Evyn Dick (grand junior), Madi Schauer

Front - l to r - Louis Kjellberg, Nate Kjellberg, Kylee Hofmann, Madison Hofmann






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