Sticking-To-Your-Budget Tips If you're always spending more than you'd planned, take our advice for trimming costs.

You plan and you budget, but somehow, you always end up spendingmore than you thought. And it's invariably those pesky littleoverlooked expenses that throw you off-things like office supplies.Sure, items like pens, pads and tape may seem insignificant, butthe costs add up and can have an impact on productivity andprofitability. Office superstore Staples offers these tips to helpyou manage your office-supply expenses better:

Monitor how fast you go through supplies. This will help youknow how often to shop and when it's best-and moreaffordable-to buy in bulk.

Store supplies where they're accessible and easilytrackable. But don't leave them out for everyone to see-andtake.

Even if you prefer to shop in person, use a catalog to compareprices.

Don't overlook the office-supply store manager. Her or shecan be a valuable resource who can help you take advantage of thevarious products and services available.

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