Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Use a Calculator while Shopping

As an aid to sticking with our $50 a week grocery budget, I've started taking a calculator to the grocery store.

This is an old-school calculator, not an iphone! It's actually the calculator I used in junior high, high school and college.

I add up the cost of items as I shop for a running total of how much I spent. This helps me stay under the $50 limit and use my cash budget.

If I just estimated in my head instead of keeping a running total, it would be too easy to slip over the limit and pay with my debit card instead of cash.

In addition, my running total lets me know if any of my coupons were missed by the cashier.

For example, I went to Harris Teeter Super Doubles to pick up just a few items. This trip comes out of my weekly budget, so I was careful to buy just the loss leaders and not splurge.

My calculator total at the end of the trip was $6.58 but the register said $8.62. I knew that something wasn't right and I had the cashier check the coupons.

One $1 coupon had not rung up, which would have doubled to $2. She fixed the error and corrected my total. (The other$.04 was for tax on the incorrectly charged amount.)

Yes, I sometimes get some funny looks from other shoppers who think the calculator is odd, but they probably think coupons are odd too! That isn't going to stop me from using them.

If you haven't tried it, take a calculator on your next trip and see if it helps keep you honest on your grocery budget.

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