Spent is a free online gameabout survivingpovertyandhomelessnesscreated by ad agencyMcKinneyfor pro bono clientUrban Ministries of Durham(UMD), whose mission "is to provide food, clothing, shelter and supportive services to neighbors in need".Playersmust make the difficult decisions necessary to live for one month on $1,000, often having to choose between equally disagreeable options. The dilemmas they face represent those that bring people to places like UMD: Do you make a healthy meal or keep the lights on? Cover the minimum on your credit cards or pay the rent? Hope your sick daughter gets better on her own or risk your job by leaving early to take her to the doctor? Let your son play in the after-school sports league or save the money needed for his uniform?
The game ends when players either run out of money before the end of the month or make it through with money left over.
Since its launch in February 2011, theinteractive gameSPENT has been played more than 4 million times in over 218 countries.