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Is Paying Over Time a Smart Move?: Let's Make a Deal

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When Joe buys electronic appliances, such as dishwashers, computers, and televisions, he is often offered two payment choices:

  1. pay one price up front
  2. defer full payment by paying a smaller amount each month for a number of months.

Before Joe chooses an option, he always computes exactly how much the appliance will cost under each plan.



Help Joe compute the costs in this offer. How much will the computer cost if he pays over time? Use a calculator if necessary and type the answer in the box.

Brand name PC Computer: $1099 or $33/month for 45 months

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