For seven or eight years I've used a Palm to organize my life. Calendar, contacts, to-do lists, it's on there--if I lose the thing I'll be toast. Doomed--do you hear me? Doomed.
But you'll rejoice when you hear about one of the terrific pieces of software I have on this thing, it's called HandyShopper. It's a program that organizes all the items in the grocery stores you frequent so you can create shopping lists and estimate your expenditures with a mere touch on the screen.
When you open HandyShopper you can create a shopping list for each store you might visit. Me? I've got my Costco, Walmart and Fred Meyers lists. Then you can enter each item that you might buy along with the price and the aisle where it is found and the program organizes all the items by aisle and then alphabetically. When you wish to create a list, you select "All" and all the items in the store are displayed by aisle and you merely scroll down the list, selecting the items you need. When you've finished and your list is complete, if you touch the dollar sign at the top of the price column HandyShopper displays the exact total of the selected groceries.
When you're ready to shop you merely change the setting from "All" to "Need" and it gives you your composite grocery list, store by store. As you place each item in your cart you can "cross" it off your list by gently touching the item on the screen and it crosses off, moving to the bottom of the list.
No longer do you have to go to the store with your grocery lists written on the backs of napkins or envelopes, no more will you wonder how much your groceries will come to. If you use HandyShopper (and stick to it) you'll always stay on budget.
Oh, and by the way, the software is free. My husband found it for me years ago and it was free, they might now charge $10-20 to download it but I've used it so long and have become so attached that I'd pay any price to have it on my Palm. I can't live without it.
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