Percentages in Real Life

As you learn about using percentages in real life examples are available to show you precisely how they are used in everyday settings, from sales tax to more.

Calculating tips

If you've eaten at a restaurant, you've probably left a tip for your server. A tip is a small amount of money that you add to your bill when someone gives you service. The amount of a tip is usually a percentage of the total cost. For example, you might leave a fifteen percent tip at a restaurant for average service.

Let's say you eat at a restaurant with some friends. The bill comes to $12.04, and you'd like to leave a 15% tip. This means you'd like to leave 15% of $12.04. How much money should you leave total?

Click through the slideshow to learn how to calculate tips.

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Find the final price for each item, including the tip.

You have a pizza delivered to your house. It costs $19. You want to leave the delivery driver a 15% tip. What's the total?

You eat out at a restaurant with some friends. The bill comes to $47.50. If you leave a 20% tip, what is the total cost of your bill?

Your cab fare from home to the airport is $35. You'd like to give your driver an 18% tip. What's the total?

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