One simple way to save money on your grocery bill is to always bring a calculator with you when you shop. I’ve done this for years and it’s been a huge help.
Why You Should Always Shop With a Calculator
1. You can keep a running total to make sure you’re not going over budget.
Since I use cash when I shop, it’s important to keep a tally of how much I’ve spent so far so that I don’t get up to the register and not have enough money to pay for my groceries. Keeping a running total also encourages me to carefully evaluate all purchases as I put them into my cart–and it helps ward off the temptation to make impulse purchases on things I don’t really need to buy.
2. You can easily compare the cost per ounce.
Some grocery stores have the cost per ounce right on the price tag, but many stores don’t. This is when a calculator is your best friend. Instead of trying to stand there and work out the equations in your head or scratch them out with a pen on your grocery list, whip out your calculator and you can quickly figure out which product is a better deal to purchase.
3. You can quickly tell if you were incorrectly charged at checkout.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been overcharged at the checkout lane because something didn’t ring up right, they didn’t scan all of my coupons, or my coupons didn’t deduct the right amount. If you keep a running total of how much you’ve spent, you’ll instinctively know if something’s amiss at checkout and you can immediately check the receipt to figure out the issue and get it corrected.
Do you use a calculator when you shop?
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