There are two versions of this activity included, with one involving more challenging algebraic expressions applications/situations than the other. The more challenging version of the activity is the version with the * symbols in the title. The activity presents students with four shopping tasks to complete, all based on the idea that they are shopping for the holidays. For each task they are at a store, and need to represent their purchase or the situation with an algebraic expression. Then, they need to use the expression to solve a problem for that store. The situations include percent concepts, combining like terms, and properties of operations as well. An answer key for each of the two versions is also included. This activity can also be used as an assessment, if all students are given the same version.