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Add It All Up With an Inexpensive Desk Calculator

Amazon CalculatorLet’s get a couple of things out of the way up front. Some of you will want to remind me there is a calculator app on the computer. Yes, I’m aware of it and do use it occasionally. Others may tell me there is a calculator app on their phones. Yes, I’m aware of that too. If either of those truly work for you, great. I prefer a good old fashioned calculator in my hand!

I remember as a kid that even a basic electronic calculator wasn’t cheap. Then in college I had to get a fancy scientific calculator and it definitely wasn’t cheap. Yet what I’m talking about today is just a very basic calculator that lets us add, subtract, multiply and divide. I use the one on my desk several times a day.

The good news is that the cost of such a basic calculator is about the same as a fancy cup of coffee. The AmazonBasics calculator pictured costs less than $6! It is solar powered, but also includes a battery for those times where isn’t enough light to power it. There is nothing fancy about it, it just does the basic calculations we all need to do daily.

About Foster D. Coburn III

Foster D. Coburn III
Foster D. Coburn III is the author of thirteen books on CorelDRAW, the latest being CorelDRAW X6 Unleashed. He has been a contributor to numerous magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site and many more, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics and Web conferences.

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  1. I use something even more basic, pencil and paper, and it does everything I need.

  2. I am not a numbers person…I always knew that they would invent cheap calculators just for me. I have a plug in calculator on my desk and a bunch of solar ones all over the place. When I need one there is alwasy one close by so I don’t have to hunt for one.

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