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Lexi and Maria had \$250 altogether. After Lexi spent 2 over 5 of her money and Maria spent \$40, they had the same amount of money left. How much money did Lexi have in the beginning?

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Lexi's amount --- x
Maria's amount --- 250-x

Lexi spent 2/5 of x, so she has 3x/5 left
Maria spends 40, so she has 250-x-40 or 210-x left

3x/5 = 210-x
times 5 to get rid of fractions
3x = 1050 - 5x
8x = 1050
x =131.25

check:
Lexi spent 2/5 of 131.25 , leaving her with 78.75
Maria spent 40 of her 118.75 , leaving her with 78.75
YEahhh

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