# During the day, Sam spent $4.85 on lunch. He also bought 2 books for $7.95 each. At the end of the day, he had $8.20 left. How much money did he start with?

##### 1 Answer

Dec 20, 2016

Sam started the day with $28.95

#### Explanation:

Let's call the amount of money Sam start with

Now, taking each phrase one at a time we can build an equation for solving

He spent $4.85 on lunch so we know:

Plus, he bought 2 books at $7.95 each or

And finally, we know he had $8.20 left at the end of the day so we can add this to our equation:

Now we can solve by doing the necessary arithmetic: