Aunt Sophie has 3p and 8p stamps only.
It will cost 73p to post a parcel.
How many of each type of stamp should she put on the parcel?
3p
8p
Aunt Ann visited the post office too.
She has many 5p and 7p stamps.
What's the largest whole number amount that can't be made with Aunt Ann's stamps?
5p
7p
Topics: Starter  Arithmetic  Investigations  Money  Number  Tables
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