I learned that it is important to have some kind of plan or budget. Well...that is what they TOLD me, but I pretty much had to figure it out for myself once I get out on my own, but they at least warned me ahead of time that I would soon be learning what it was like to truly be poor once I went to college. I had to teach myself the difference between spending money wisely and blowing it on useless things. I have taken care of myself pretty well I think.
They gave me my first checking account when I turned sixteen and helped me to keep up with it and taught me how to balance bank statements and such. I would have never known how otherwise but no one else would have taken the time to teach me.