**Ricci saved $200 from her salary and spent the rest. She spent 1/9 of the expenditure on a blouse, $40 on a scarf and the rest on books. The amount spent on the scarf was $20 less than that spent on the blouse. What was her salary?**

**Solution**

She spent $20 less on the scarf than on the blouse.

Scarf cost $40, therefore blouse cost $40 + $20 = $60

(Blouse) is 1/9 of expenditure ----- $60

(Total expenditure) 9/9 ----- $60 x 9 = $540

Salary ----- $540 (total expenditure) + $200 saved =

**$740**

**Answer: Her salary was $740.**

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