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Despite my frugal bent and my focus on saving money in everything I do, I resisted the advice to track cash expenditures for a very long time. Now I understand how important it is to keep track of every penny. And, frankly, it is impossible to keep track of those pesky pennies unless you have a decent system set up to do so.
My first financial memory is from my early teen years when I got my own bank account. When that first statement arrived, I sat down with my check register and tried to reconcile my account as my mother had taught me to do (yes, this was back in the dark ages when both the statement and register were paper, and the only tool I had to help me was a calculator). At the end of the process, I was off by two pennies. Close enough, I thought. My mother thought otherwise. She made me go back over (and over) the numbers until I had those documents reconciled to the very last penny.