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How to solve percentages word problems in real life

Updated: Aug 6, 2023


GCSE Exam style Percentages word problems
Solve GCSE Percentages word problems

Percentage in real life


Shop A:


Step 1:


Cost of one coffee maker is $80


Buy one get one free:


Therefore, you'll get two coffee makers for the price of one, so the cost for two coffee makers is still $80.

Shipping fees: $7.50


Step 2:

$80 + $7.50 = $87.50


Shop B:

Step 1:

Cost of one coffee maker: $100

Discount: 20%

This is 20÷100 x $100 = $20 discount.


GCSE Exam style Percentages word problems
GCSE Percentages word problems


Step 2:


So $100 - $20 = $80.


Total cost: $80


Shipping fees: Included in the price.


Now comparing the two options:


Total cost at Shop A: $87.50 for two coffee makers.

Total cost at Shop B: $80 for one coffee maker.

Explanation:

If you need 2 machines, Shop A is better.


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