All sweaters are 30% off of the original price. You, being the clever shopper you are, also have a coupon for 15% off any item, including sale items. How much does a $75 sweater cost? | |

Now you might be tempted to combine these two percentages and say that the sweater is 45% off, but that won’t work. You can’t combine discounts. First take 30% off to find the sale price, *then* take 15% off the sale price to find the amount you’ll pay, including your coupon. 30% of $75 | |

cross-multiply and divide This is the amount *off*, so we need subtract this amount from the original price. | |

Now we need to take 15% off of this price. 15% of $52.50 Cross-multiply and divide. Now, round to the nearest cent. | |

Finally, subtract this amount from the sales price. So, that sweater that was originally $75 is now only **$44.62**! | |

**How NOT to solve it:**
*If you had combined the discounts and taken 45% off the original price, the sweater would have cost:*
*What a steal. Bummer it doesn't work that way.*
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