To be honest, this is one of my favorite times of the year, even since I was a kid. For many families, especially around the United States, Thanksgiving is a time of year that jogs so many memories: the smell of turkey, the sound of laughter and time spent with family, and the rustling of the newspaper as everyone looks through the ads for the best Black Friday deals. With that in mind, this week's newsletter is a suggestion to get your child(ren) involved in the process and bring math into the conversation as well.
For example, in the image above, how much could I save on the scooter by purchasing it on Black Friday?
Below are a few different ways to manipulate the numbers so that different types of chatter comes up when flipping through the pages.
What is the sale price of the guitar?
What was the list price of the nerf gun?
What would be a good sale price for this product?
What would a fair list price for this product?
How much markup would you have to have on this product to make a profit?
What is the demand for this product on the open market?
Clearly, there are quite a few different questions that can arise from shading out various elements of the prices on advertising. Tell your child that you also have a 15% coupon and it can be used on your entire purchase, a single item, or only on non-electronic items. Playing around with this idea gives way to a variety of responses for a variety of age ranges.
For a list of advertisements around the major companies, head over to this site. ***by the way, it's nice to have this if you're setting up a game plan!***
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on Twitter (@TableTalkMath) or reply to this email. It is my sincere hope that you have the best of times at Thanksgiving this year, no matter who you are with or what you are doing.