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I am using SQLite and need to store prices. SQLite's REAL data-type says it uses floating-point which is unacceptable storage for prices. Is there a data-type besides TEXT that I can use to store prices numerically so they sort correctly?

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Use an integer & store the prices as the lowest common unit. So, for dollars and cents you'd store it in cents. EG: $1.00 would be stored as 100.

In my experience it's standard practice.

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It's extra work but this is the way to go - you also need a currency type field to store with the value so you know how to convert back. You need to pay attention, too - most currencies use 2 decimal places, but some use three. Check out ISO 4127 for the full list. – lonstar Oct 1 '13 at 17:51

Certainly, use integer

You will have to decide how many decimal places you are assuming and be consistent at the application level.

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