This activity is a great, real world application of percent and money. Students use advertisements (paper copies from stores, online digital copies, etc) in combination with task cards and worksheets to determine total cost of purchases after sales and sales tax. There are three varieties of tasks:
1. Set one includes practice factoring sales prices (40% off, 35% off, etc) and the figuring sales tax to find the cost of a total purchase. The scenarios are all different in this set.
2. The scenario with set two is presenting students with a situation where they have an option to use three different coupons. ($25 off $100, $10 of 50, or 20% off a total purchase) They must determine which coupon leads to the best deal. The scenarios are the same in this set.
3. The scenario with set three provides two situations: an in store purchase with 20% and a sales tax rate of 7% or an online purchase with 30% off and $10 for shipping. Which option is the better deal? These scenarios are all the same.
Copies of the advertisements are not included with the set. Students are encouraged to find real-world products that they are interested in purchasing for real world products. PDF versions of all majors stores' ads are available for free online.