Only take a certain amount of money with you. When it's gone, it's gone. Park your car and walk a distance to get where you're going. Leave extra money or credit cards locked in the trunk. You never know when you might need something for an emergency on your way home.
Use the calculator on your cell phone, if you have one, so you don't get in trouble! You most likely won't want to walk back to the car until you're ready to leave. Make it clear to everyone that you're on a tight budget and can't spend any more than you take with you.
By Sharon from Silver Spring, MD
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