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    keep a running total

    Hi teachers!

    What does "keep a running total" in the following sentence mean?

    ...I kept a running total, but didn't worry about the amount too much...

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    Re: keep a running total

    a total that is continually adjusted to take account of items as they are added.

    If you are on a budget, then you need to keep track of your expenditure as you buy. So each time you buy something, you re-calculate the total you have spent so far.

    A running total allows you to keep track of how much you are spending; or that the other person owes you as they buy from you or run up some other debt to you.

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