Create A Cost Comparison Chart

A bar graph can be a useful tool in comparing costs.

A cost comparison chart is useful for conducting side-by-side comparisons of expenses of any kind, from business to personal. Running this kind of comparison is a helpful way to assess your spending habits and items you have purchased. There are many ways to construct a chart such as this, but using a bar graph is as an effective and easy method.

Instructions

1. Draw a set of axes on which you will construct your chart. Above the chart, label the x-axis “expense items” and the y-axis “price.” Draw tick marks about an inch apart along each axis. Label your expenses on the x-axis, each space made by your ticks.

2. Decide how you want to scale your y-axis and label your prices accordingly. Under each expense, mark the corresponding price along the y-axis. Draw a rectangle connecting each expense’s space and up the y-axis to its corresponding price.

3. Under each expense, mark the corresponding price along the y-axis. Draw a rectangle connecting each expense’s space and up the y-axis to its corresponding price.


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