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# Alice's take-home pay last year was the same each month, and

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Alice's take-home pay last year was the same each month, and she saved the same fraction of her take-home pay each month. The total amount of money that she had saved at the end of the year was 3 times the amount of that portion of her monthly take-home pay that she did not save. If all the money that she saved last year was from her take-home pay, what fraction of her take-home pay did she save each month?
A)1/2
B)1/3
C)1/4
D)1/5
E)1/6

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30 Apr 2008, 16:36

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30 Apr 2008, 16:51
This type of problem can best be solved by plugging in numbers.

Eg: Let the pay be \$5. In that case the saving is \$1.(1/5*5=1) and the amt not saved /month is \$4.
Amt saved per year=1*12=12 which must be equal to three times the amt not saved in the month

3times the amt not saved in the month=4*3=12.

These two entities need to be equal as per question.Hence 1/5 satisfies this.So is the answer.

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30 Apr 2008, 19:29
this is how i approached.

P = alice's monthly pay
S = alice's monthly saving

12S = total alice saved last year
P-S = money she did not save each month

12S = 3(P-S)
12S = 3P-3S
15S = 3P
5S = P
S = 1/5P

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01 May 2008, 05:50
japped187 wrote:
Alice's take-home pay last year was the same each month, and she saved the same fraction of her take-home pay each month. The total amount of money that she had saved at the end of the year was 3 times the amount of that portion of her monthly take-home pay that she did not save. If all the money that she saved last year was from her take-home pay, what fraction of her take-home pay did she save each month?
A)1/2
B)1/3
C)1/4
D)1/5
E)1/6

x= monthly pay.

xy/100 = savings per month.

12xy/100= 3(x-xy/100) (12xy/100)/(12x)=?

12xy/100=(300x-3xy)/100 --> 12xy=300x-3xy 15xy=300x y=300/15 y=20...

(12x*20/100)/12x ---> 20/100--> 1/5

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