Price of furniture handles

Difficulty:
foundation

Rating:
4-stars

GCSE Marks:
2-marks

GCSE Text:
Patrick wants to buy 12 furniture handles as part of a DIY job at home. Handles can be bought for £2.43 each, or in packs of 6 for £13.06 per pack.  How much money will Patrick save by buying 2 packs of 6 instead of buying 12 individual handles?

Suggestions:
A simple arithmetic question that could be asked as part of a Foundation GCSE paper. There are multiple ways to solve this – students sometimes choose to find the saving per 6 and then double it, whilst others compare the prices for 12 straight away. Either is fine of course.

Extension Ideas:
Teachers could extend the learning by considering:

  • At a discount hardware store, the same handles are sold in packs of 15 for £26.00.  Is this a better deal? Explain your answer using Maths and showing all workings.

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