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Everyday Maths: Calculating year-end discounts for your shopping spree

Everyday Maths: Calculating year-end discounts for your shopping spree

Amidst all the festive cheer and twinkling lights, there's another reason to look forward to the holidays - year-end discounts that we have all been waiting for! As you and your children gear up for a well-deserved break (and even if you are in the midst of one), it's the perfect time to indulge in some practical lessons in everyday Maths!

Whether it’s your child eyeing that new video game or you contemplating a wardrobe refresh, understanding how to calculate savings can turn the season of giving into the season of smart spending. 💰

1. Percentages

For students, the allure of year-end discounts often revolves around the latest video games, gadgets, or tech accessories. Let's say your child’s dream game is priced at $60, but there's a 25% year-end discount. How much can you save? To find out, multiply the original price by the percentage discount and subtract that result from the original price.

Original price = $60 Percentage discount = 25%

Savings = $60 × 25% = $15

Subtract the savings from the original price: $60 - $15 = $45

Congratulations! Your child will be able to unlock a $15 discount, bringing their dream game within reach. This simple percentage calculation is a valuable skill that students can apply not only to gaming but also to various aspects of their lives, from school supplies to clothing. This can also apply to your purchases on clothes, furniture, dining experiences, and more.

2. Multiplying savings with multiple discounts

The excitement doesn't stop with single discounts. Many stores offer additional savings for buying multiple items or spending a certain amount. Let's say you're shopping for clothes, and the store offers a 20% discount on the total purchase for spending over $200. If your total bill is $250, how much can you save?

Original total bill = $250 Percentage discount for spending over $200 = 20%

Savings = $250 × (20%) = $50

Subtract the savings from the original total bill: $250 - $50 = $200

By combining the discount for spending over $200 with the individual discounts on each item, you've maximised your savings! This multi-discount strategy can be a game-changer, allowing parents to optimise their spending during the holiday season.

3. Balancing discounts and needs with budgeting

While discounts are enticing, it's crucial to strike a balance between wants and needs. Adults and children alike can benefit from creating a budget to manage their expenses. Identify priorities, allocate funds accordingly, and leverage discounts to maximise savings on essential items.

In a nutshell

Year-end discounts present a golden opportunity to impart valuable lessons in everyday Maths. Whether you're a student eyeing the latest tech or a parent navigating the holiday sales, understanding percentages and strategic budgeting can transform your shopping experience. So, as you navigate the aisles and online carts, remember – the joy of savings is not just about the discounts; it's about the empowering knowledge of how those discounts work in your favour. Happy calculating and happy holidays!

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