# ‘I Had 2 Dollars’ Riddle: Answer to the Viral Puzzle Explained

A new form of an old riddle is making the rounds on social media. This riddle starts out by talking about someone who has two dollars and then continues with additional information. The riddle then asks how much money you have at the end. It’s actually trickier than you might think, and it’s pretty similar to another riddle that was circulating last month.

The riddle typically reads like this:

I had \$2.00. My mom gave me \$10.00 while my dad gave me \$30.00. My aunt and uncle gave me \$100.00. I had another \$5.00. How much did I have?

If this sounds familiar, it’s because a very similar riddle was circulating in June, except that one started with your having \$5 rather than \$2.

The answer to the riddle is \$7, which might be a little confusing to some people.

A common answer that people give is \$147 because they try to add all the numbers presented in the riddle. \$2 + 10 = \$12. Then \$12 + \$30 = \$42. Then \$42 + \$100 = \$142. And finally, \$142+\$5 = \$147. But that’s not the right answer.

As you know, most riddles have a trick and this one is no exception.  They aren’t asking you how much money you have now. The riddle is asking: “How much money did I have?”

Because of this, you’ll need to look for both times in the riddle when the person said “I had,” rather than talking about money that was given to them.

In the very beginning, the riddle says: “I had \$2.00.” It then later adds, “I had another \$5.00.” Of course, 5+2=7. So you “had” \$7, in addition to the money that was later given to you in the riddle.

Some people might suggest the answer is \$2 since that’s what you started with when the riddle began. But the riddle later mentions that you had \$5, and it doesn’t say you got that money later. So it’s safer to assume you started with \$7, which is the traditionally accepted answer.

Of course, the answer would be different if the riddle ended with the question: “How much money do I have?” In that case, this really would have been just a simple math problem. But riddles are never that easy.

## Additional Riddles You Might Enjoy

This is just one of many riddles that are circulating on sites like Facebook and Instagram during the coronavirus pandemic. If you’ve seen the “How Many Ducks Do You See?” riddle and were stumped, check out Heavy’s explanation here. If you ran into the “I Met a Man on London Bridge” riddle and have no idea what the man’s name is, you can find the answer in Heavy’s story here. The answer to the “You Enter a Bedroom” riddle is here, and the answer to the “Can You Open the Lock Using These Clues?” riddle is here.

If you’re looking for the answer to the “Hotel with 100 Rooms” riddle, it’s here. The answer to the “State Without an A” riddle is here. The answer to the “How many letters are in the answer?” riddle is here. And the answer to the “Penny Has 5 Children” riddle is here.