Practice!

Sample Problem

A store purchased two kinds of t-shirts for the same cost. The store sold one of them at a profit of 20% and another one at the cost price. If the store collected $88 altogether, what was the cost of each t-shirt?

dollars

Solution

Set the cost of each t-shirt as 100%.

The selling price of the first t-shirt: 100% + 20% = 120%

The total selling price of the two t-shirts: 120% + 100% = 220%

Then, use the formula: Whole = Part ÷ Percentage

Thus, the cost: 88 ÷ 220% = $40.00