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# A family’s monthly budget allocates $3,600 for their home mortgage pay SORT BY: Tags: Show Tags Hide Tags Math Expert Joined: 02 Sep 2009 Posts: 95385 Own Kudos [?]: 656971 [1] Given Kudos: 87212 examPAL Representative Joined: 07 Dec 2017 Posts: 1048 Own Kudos [?]: 1816 [0] Given Kudos: 26 Board of Directors Joined: 11 Jun 2011 Status:QA & VA Forum Moderator Posts: 6046 Own Kudos [?]: 4819 [0] Given Kudos: 463 Location: India GPA: 3.5 WE:Business Development (Commercial Banking) Senior SC Moderator Joined: 22 May 2016 Posts: 5325 Own Kudos [?]: 35925 [0] Given Kudos: 9464 A family’s monthly budget allocates$3,600 for their home mortgage pay [#permalink]
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A family’s monthly budget allocates $3,600 for their home mortgage payment plus food and utilities in the ratio of 5:3:1, respectively. What is the dollar amount allocated for food? (A)$2,000
(B) $1,600 (C)$1,200
(D) $800 (E)$400

Sum the ratio parts
Find the multiplier, $$x$$, and
Apply the multiplier to FOOD

$$M : F : U$$
$$5x: 3x: 1x = 9x$$

$$9x = 3,600$$

$$x=(\frac{3600}{9})= 400$$

Food = $$3x = (3*400) = 1,200$$

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Re: A family’s monthly budget allocates $3,600 for their home mortgage pay [#permalink] Bunuel wrote: A family’s monthly budget allocates$3,600 for their home mortgage payment plus food and utilities in the ratio of 5:3:1, respectively. What is the dollar amount allocated for food?

(A) $2,000 (B)$1,600
(C) $1,200 (D)$800
(E) $400 Total amount : food = (5+3+1):3 = 9:3 = 3:1 Therefore, the amount allocate to food = 3600:3 = 1200 => Answer (C) Target Test Prep Representative Joined: 04 Mar 2011 Status:Head GMAT Instructor Affiliations: Target Test Prep Posts: 3036 Own Kudos [?]: 6814 [0] Given Kudos: 1646 Re: A family’s monthly budget allocates$3,600 for their home mortgage pay [#permalink]
Bunuel wrote:
A family’s monthly budget allocates $3,600 for their home mortgage payment plus food and utilities in the ratio of 5:3:1, respectively. What is the dollar amount allocated for food? (A)$2,000
(B) $1,600 (C)$1,200
(D) $800 (E)$400

We can create the ratio of home mortgage payment : food: utilities = 5x : 3x : x and create the equation:

5x + 3x + x = 3600

9x = 3600

x = 400

Thus, the budgeted amount for food is 3 x 400 = 1200 dollars.