Math in Real Life

Updated July 31, 2022

While you may think that math is only for the classroom, nothing could be further from the truth.

If you take a look around you, you’ll see that math is acting in nearly every part of your life.

Math in the real world ranges from grocery shopping, playing a musical instrument, saving up for that video game, to even setting schedules and agreeing to meet a person at a certain time or date.

All of these things require the use of math.

Still have doubts? Check out this grocery example:

If you’re an avid grocery shopper, you know when the best sales are happening at the store, particularly if you have a larger family. 

If, as an example, a 8 oz can of beans is worth $1 each while a 64 oz can of beans is worth $6.99, you are going to need to calculate which deal is better.

Should you buy 7 individual cans or buy the larger 64 oz can?

That’s math!

Below are some great ways you can bring math into your everyday life so that your kids and students are more involved and can see all the different ways math can be found in their general activities.

Math in Real Life:
Table of Content

1. Spot the Math
2. Meals and Mealtime
3. DIY Projects
4. Exchange Rates
5. Budgeting

Spot the Math

Families can play a fun little game called “spot the math” where the person who wins is the person who has noticed the most math examples at a particular place.

Depending on just how much learning you feel is happening during the game, you could play this weekly or you could play it daily. In general, the least they like math the more often they should play it.

Meals and Mealtime

We’ve all been there when we’ve had to stretch a dollar to keep costs from going too high.

By having your kids help plan the meals with you, you can all do price comparisons so that you find the best deals.

By making it a game, not only will you help them get excited about math, but you’ll also more effectively save money on groceries!

DIY Projects

DIY Projects are certainly a great option if you’ve got energetic children running around.

Take a look at some simple things around the house you could need, like a bookshelf, small table, or chair. Is it better to buy it already made or to purchase all of the equipment and make it yourself?

This is a math problem that they’re going to have to use equations for, really getting them to understand just how relevant it is in life.

Exchange Rates

If your kids move around and they find themselves in another country growing up, this is an excellent way to learn math.

Even if you’re still at home, the world’s economy is in a place that you can get pretty much anything anywhere.

Check the price differences between the many different currencies with your kids and find which will have the best exchange rate. $10 in the US is not the same as $10 in Australia or $10 in Germany.

If you play this game right, you will find yourself constantly checking the exchange rates and seeing how strong your money is today in various countries as opposed to yesterday.


 Having your kids help with the budget for the month is another way they can get engaged with the prospect of using math.

So that they aren’t too overwhelmed, have them focus on one individual section (groceries, clothes, appliances, etc) where they can put their heads together and see just how much can be saved in an area.

As you can see, if you know what to look for, math is pretty much everywhere around us in our daily lives. Rather than just some silly stuff in a textbook, math is something your children will use every day in virtually every way.

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