To mail a package, the rate is *x* cents for the first pound and *y* cents for each additional pound, where *x*>*y*. Two packages weighing 3 pounds and 5 pounds, respectively, can be mailed separately or combined as one package. Which method is cheaper, and how much money is saved?

A. Combined, with a savings of *x* – *y* cents

B. Combined, with a savings of *y* – *x* cents

C. Combined, with a savings of *x* cents

D. Separately, with a savings of *x* – *y* cents

E. Separately, with a savings of *y* cents

**Correct Answer:** A

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