I am on an adventure to discover the benefits and joy of couponing. I do not plan or expect to become an extreme couponer. I want simple savings for my family in which I can translate that savings into family vacation time each year.

Use that calculator

I use to think a calculator was an inconvenient tool that just got in the way of my shopping. I have seen a huge difference between times of using one and not using one. I will way overspend when not using a calculator. After making this mistake enough times I use a calculator every grocery trip.

The calculator does a few things for me:
  * Keeps me on track with my budget
  * Helps me be aware at all times of what I am spending
  * Makes me think about purchases and whether they fit into my budget

Couponing is great for those budgets but if you can't stay on budget your hard work is useless. Buy an inexpensive calculator your next shopping trip if you do not have one. Use it each and every shopping trip. Keep it in your coupon organizer or your purse.

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