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Girl Math

Girl+Math
Olivia Chen

Girl Math is a trend spreading mostly on TikTok which justifies random, sometimes unnecessary, purchases humorously. It’s all meant to be funny just bad math used to explain our spending habits.

As proud members of the spending community, we have accumulated a list of our favorite Girl Math “rules.” Our first rule? Spending enough to unlock free shipping because, let’s face it, otherwise, you’re essentially throwing money away, aren’t you? Picture this: you’ve devoted hours to perusing online stores, finally narrowing your selection down to that one coveted item. However, at checkout, you discover that free shipping is just a mere $5 beyond your grasp. In this era of exorbitant shipping fees, you find yourself back on the website’s homepage, scouring for a modest purchase to meet the free delivery threshold. After some contemplation, you settle on a bundle of hair clips priced at $7.99 as the optimal solution. With a sense of triumph, you add it to your cart and proceed to checkout, relishing in the satisfaction of securing free shipping along with your impending purchases. Sure, you may have splurged a tad to reach that minimum, but it undeniably feels like a victory. Now, with two spoils in hand and no shipping fees to fret over, it’s almost as though you’ve scored a bargain by snagging that extra item just to unlock free shipping.

Another beloved payment strategy in our spending repertoire? Cash, free from pesky additional fees. We’ve all been there, staring at our bank balance in disbelief, only to find it dwindling faster than anticipated. For in those moments of fiscal distress, there’s nothing quite like reaching into your pockets and discovering a little nugget of change. With cash in hand, you realize a simple truth: your bank balance remains untouched, unscathed by your indulgence. It’s a small victory in the grand scheme of things, but one that reinforces the value of paying directly from your pocket rather than risking a blow to your bank account. After all, in the game of spending, every little win counts.

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Madeline Awad, Staff
Sophomore Madeline Awad is a writer on Panorama. This is her first year on staff. Madeline spends her time playing tennis and hanging out with friends.
Mason Eastman, Staff
Sophomore Mason Eastman is a writer on Panorama, and this is her first year staff. Mason likes to spend her time playing soccer and hanging out with friends.
Olivia Chen, Art Editor in Chief
Senior Olivia Chen is the Art Editor in Chief and it is her third year on Panorama. She loves music and movies.

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