How to calculate a discount

By Alice T Breeze. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to calculate a discount

Many shops offer clients discounts as an incentive to buy more products. However, it's necessary to determine the price of these discounts, so you can calculate if you can afford the item. Discounts are generally depicted as percentages, that's why, first of all, you should calculate the discount amount and then subtract it from the original price.

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Steps to follow:

Divide the percentage discount by 100 to convert it into decimal. For example, if a shop offers a 40 per cent discount, divide 40 by 100 to get 0,4.


Multiply the decimal number by the original price to find the discount percentage. For example,if the original price is $120, 120 is multiplied by 0,4 to find the discount which is $48.


Subtract the discounted amount to the original price to find the actual price with the discount subtracted. For example, subtract $48 to $120 to find that the price with the discount is $72.

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