Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My Arsenal

Are you ready?

This is a biggie.

I have been grocery shopping and coupon cutting for eons!  And as we have moved rapidly into the holiday season, I have been cutting our budgets a little bit here, a little bit there in order to give more and save more for this little trip to Africa that I am planning on going on in February.  With that being said, I have a new tool of the trade so to speak.

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A handy dandy CALCULATOR.  Of course mine is not as pretty as these are.  I have a plain ol' black one. 

Something so simple and obvious yet for whatever reason I have never really shopped with a calculator.  Funny, huh?  I am so conscious about our grocery budget but not enough obviously because I found the last couple trips when I have actually used my handy dandy calculator I have spent about 25% less on groceries YET still got everything we needed.  Too many impulse buys apparently.

So now I have my coupon organizer, my scissors (for those last min coupons from the grocery inserts I sometimes pick up while at the store), my grocery list itemized by aisle (makes it much quicker), my calculator and maybe a mocha in hand.  I am armed and dangerous!

Now of course, it takes a little bit longer for my grocery trip and I would not recommend using a calculator with kids in tow.  Tried that and didn't work to well.  What I would really like is a bar code scanner of some sort to be able to scan the items as I am putting them in the basket. 

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Does the iPhone have an app for that?  I know they have one that you can take a picture of an items bar code and it will compare prices of the item but nothing I can find like this.  Anyone?  Anyone?  Maybe I should create an app for that.  Wait I don't even have an iPhone (yet).  I am getting a hand me down from my daughter this week.  She just bought the 4s so I get the 4.  Oh well, beggars can't be choosers right and it is better than what I have now so I am not complaining.

Anywho....back to the point of this post. 

Do you use a calculator when shopping?  What else is in your money saving arsenal?

2 comments:

  1. Your trip to Africa is so close!

    I don't use a calculator when shopping, but it sounds like a great idea. I used to price match though lately I've been lazy...and poor.

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  2. Gees I used to be so good and on top of all this. Calculator, list etc.

    Now that we're not struggling on one wage with three young children, I find that I've got really lax and probably waste a lot of money.

    Okay I feel a little guilty about that. There's probably my trip to Phuket in what I could save, so maybe I need to get my act together.

    Yes Kath is still in Woodburn and while I wish I could get over there, I don't think it will be in the near future. Pity because I think we'd get on really well too

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