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Welcome and why math is important…

on October 21, 2011

This is my first post on my new blog.  My last blog was created for a class and I felt like it was too constricting for my new identity.


Seven weeks ago I had a beautiful daughter named Grace.  She arrived into our world 8 weeks early and spent the first 42 days of her life in the NICU and Special Care Nursery.  During this time, I had a bit of an identity crisis.  She was born September 1st, which meant that my colleagues were heading back to the classroom.  My baby was not at home with me.  I found myself living between being the teacher and the mom.  Hence the inspiration for the name of this blog.


So, on this blog, you will find posts related to motherhood, teaching, education in general, books, and whatever else happens to inspire me to write.


This morning, it was a commercial selling a power tool.  The power tool itself is not really important in the equation, so I won’t go into details about it.  It was the sales pitch and price that caught my attention.  This commercial was selling the item in question for three payments of $49.99 plus shipping and handling.  The fine print on this was roughly $20.  Now, my mathematical mind immediately came to roughly $170.  Since I know nothing about power tools, I accepted this as reasonable…  This is until they said “This item retails at Lowes for $155 or you can get it at this special offer by calling…”  Now, I’m pretty sure that $155 is less than $170.  Granted, three payments of $49.99 is less than $155, but not by much.  I suppose that since they never ever mention the total in the commercial, $49.99 seems like a lot less than $155.  This is why having a basic grasp of numbers and facts in math is so important in life… so you don’t get fooled by a commercial.


Take care all.  See you when the next inspiration hits!

One response to “Welcome and why math is important…

  1. Kathy says:

    I often laugh at the way they will combine things to make it sound like a better deal. Like at a wedding they’ll say drink tickets are $2 each or 5 for $10. In the World Vision catalogue you can buy 2 chickens for $25, a goat for $75, or 2 chickens AND a goat for $100. We actually went to a restaurant in Montreal one time where they had an à la carte menu or a table d’hôte menu (where you get an appetizer, entree, and dessert for a fixed price.) Problem was, if you ordered those same items off the à la carte menu, it was about $7 cheaper than the fixed price menu!

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