little thing that has saved us hundreds of dollars over the past 5 years is my pocket calculator.
I keep a small calculator in my purse where it's easily accessible. It's as an important a part of grocery shopping as my list and envelope of coupons.
Why, you ask?
It's simple. Keeping a running total of what I'm spending keeps me from just throwing things in my cart, thinking that I have plenty of money to pay for everything. Because we use primarily cash, the last thing I want is to come up short at the cash register and have to put a few things back.
Some people can keep a fairly accurate total in their heads. I am not one of those people. And on those days that I'm not keeping track, I always spend more.
Over spending by $5 or less may not seem like a big deal to some, but what if you overspend by $5 every week? That's $260 a year, my friends! I bet there's something else we could be spending that extra money on, right?
Wanna know how I came up with that number so quick? You guessed it... by using my calculator!
A former place of employment handed out pocket calculators in 1997. I used that little gem until this past December when it finally gave it up. I was so lost without him, my ever faithful shopping companion, that I asked for a new calculator for Christmas. My husband came through with a calculator like this one in my Christmas stocking. I love that man!
Shopping with a calculator may take a little extra time over just randomly throwing items in your shopping cart. But the money saved is definitely worth it in the long run!
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