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Jennifer is planning on making a new dress. She will need 3(1/2) yards of fabric, which is on sale for \(\$2.50\) a yard. She will also need a zipper that costs \(\$1.99\), two packs of buttons that cost \(\$1.49\) each, and a spool of thread that costs only 89 cents.
How much will the dress cost Jennifer to make?

Explanation

Rewrite as the decimal number 3.5, and then multiply 3.5 by \( \$2.50\). Also multiply \(\$1.49\) by 2:
\(3.5 \times \$2.50 = \$8.75\)
\(2 \times \$1.49 = \$2.98\)
Add these two totals to the other two dollar figures:
\(\$8.75 + \$2.98 + \$1.99 + \$0.89 = \$14.61\)

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