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Watch My Spending - Track the cost of items you place in your cart at the grocery store or other retail shops

iPhone / iPad
  • Utilities
  • Finance
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If you shop at grocery stores or other retail shops and need to stay on a budget, this app is for you!

Watch My Spending allows you to do just that—watch how much you’re spending as you shop to make sure you don't blow your budget.

Has this situation happened to you?

Have you ever gone to the grocery store or some other retail shop and loaded up your shopping cart with more items than you could afford to pay for at the checkout register? Did you gaze at the register display while the clerk scans each item, anxiously watching as the total cost figure creeps up, hoping you’ll have enough money to pay for it all? And when you saw the total was too high and you blew your budget, did you shamefully pull some items back out while everyone standing behind in line was watching and waiting? How embarrassing! Or did you simply use a credit or debit card and privately admitted defeat with intent to do a better job at watching your spending next time.

What if you could see that checkout register display as you shopped? Could you better manage what you put in your cart, what you keep in it, and what you might have to put back on the shelves BEFORE going to the checkout register? That’s what this app is designed to do.

A better way to shop

Watch My Spending allows you to take the checkout register with you while you shop. It provides a simple and efficient way to use your phone to add up the cost of the items you intend to buy. The display shows how much the items in your cart are going to cost when you checkout. And if you see that you’re going to blow your budget, you can remove some items BEFORE entering the checkout isle, avoiding that embarrassing situation of doing so in front of other shoppers anxious to make their own purchases.

What makes this app different?

Unlike general-purpose calculators, Watch My Spending has a user interface designed specifically for quick entry of common item retail prices. It uses implied addition when adding items, and implied subtraction when removing items, making price entries very efficient. And unlike more sophisticated apps that tie into your iPhone’s camera and require you to scan bar codes, Watch My Spending provides a much simpler way to process items into your cart that serves most shoppers' needs.

If you shop at grocery stores or other retail shops and need to stay on a budget, “Watch My Spending” is the app is for you!

Key features:

• Provides convenient and efficient way to enter precise or rounded cost of items you place in your shopping cart
• Operates in two simple modes: "Adding items" and "Removing items"
• Simple user interface with large price entry buttons to avoid entry errors

The paid version of Watch My Spending adds the following functionality:

• Additional price entry option called "Direct Entry" which allows you to enter the exact or approximate price of an item using a numeric keypad. This entry method works well for higher-priced items where the incremental method requires too many taps.