Category Archives: Cars

Is Costco Gas Quality the Same as Exxon, Shell and Chevron?

There are many reasons to love Costco. They treat their employees much better than many businesses, and they have competitive prices when it comes to the things that they sell. While there might be some reasons that you wouldn’t want … Continue reading

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Gas Prices Inch toward $4 a Gallon: Ways to Save

Gas prices continue to inch toward $4.00 a gallon, although the increases have leveled off over the past week. According to AAA, gas prices have reached a national average of $3.67 a gallon. That’s an increase of three cents from … Continue reading

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Reasons to Avoid “Sign and Drive” Auto Sales Deals

If you’re in the market to buy a new car, you may be swayed by the “sign and drive” leases that many car dealerships offer. It’s tempting to show up to a car dealership and drive away in a car … Continue reading

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Smart Car Tipping Vandals: Why You Need Comprehensive Auto Insurance

It’s being reported that vandals in San Francisco spent the night tipping over smart cars for the fun of it. Clothed in black sweatshirts with hoods, the vandals tipped and damaged three cars between 1:00 and 1:30 AM in a … Continue reading

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Gas Prices Continue to Climb toward $4 a Gallon: Ways to Save Money

The price of gasoline continues to rise, reaching an average of $3.61 a gallon this week, up almost 5 cents from last week according to the most recent gas survey from Lundberg Survey Inc. This is the highest that gas … Continue reading

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Spring Gas Prices Rising toward $4 a Gallon: Steps to Save Money

Spring is in the air, but that also brings about the unwelcome news that gasoline prices are making their annual Spring climb toward the $4.00 a gallon mark. While this is happening all over the country, those in California are … Continue reading

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52 Week Save Money Challenge: Week Four

This week I was able to cross off the largest amount on the 52 week save money challenge sheet. It’s always a good week when you are able to save the highest number that you’re shooting for, so I’m pleased … Continue reading

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14 “Impossible” Money Goals That Aren’t

Whenever you bring up a large or extreme financial/frugal goal (particularly if you bring it up at a party populated by spendy people, as I once did and will never do again), the first response is often a dismissive snort … Continue reading

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The Cost of a Hilariously Wrong Grandmother’s Vanity Plate

While I tend to see vanity license plates as an extra, unneeded expense, there are a lot of people who think they are worth the money. If you happen to be one of those people, make sure that you have … Continue reading

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Week 1 Results for the 52 Week Save Money Challenge

The first week of my attempt for the 2014 52 week save money challenge this year had a slow start, but the good news is that it did begin. I decided to do this challenge from scratch, so I won’t … Continue reading

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Dropping Car Coverage Can Affect Rental Car Costs

Finance gurus will tell you that you should drop the “Comprehensive and Collision” coverage on your auto insurance once the value of your car drops to the point that the insurer would automatically total your car in the event of … Continue reading

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Gender Tax: 10 Things Women Pay More for than Men

Recently, there have been a number of stories in the news about how women pay more for certain items than men. If you’ve ever gone into a store, you might have noticed that similar products for men and women do … Continue reading

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90,000 Mile Car Service Shock: Day 135

I knew that there would be hiccups from time to time in the minimum wage challenge. It would be wonderful if spending was something that could always be prepared for and anticipated, but the reality is that unexpected costs will … Continue reading

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The 97 Month Car Loan

Lenders rolled out an extra-long-term car loan last week: The 97 month loan. (That’s eight years, folks.) The lenders claim that this is because the average price of a new car has risen to $31,000 and extra-long loans are the … Continue reading

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10 Lifestyle Investments to Avoid

One of the selling tactics that I have been hearing more and more these days is to make purchases as a “lifestyle investment.” The entire term bothers me in a number of ways, but the worst part is be bringing … Continue reading

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Paying More For Car Maintenance: Day 38

If I keep my eyes open for coupons, I can get an oil change and tire rotation for $19.95 in my area without a problem. That’s less than it would cost me for the oil and filter, not to mention … Continue reading

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Clicking Clutch and Ghost Redwoods: Day 21

If you haven’t noticed yet, I love the outdoors. One of the things that I wanted to make sure while attempting this minimum wage challenge was that I still got outdoors on a regular basis. With January 21 being a … Continue reading

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Risking Death To Save Money? Day 2

I learned today that if you want to save money by driving your car at a fuel efficient speed on the highway to get the most miles per gallon, you do so at your own risk. You will also have … Continue reading

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Car or Carless: Minimum Wage Challenge

The fact that I really dislike driving would seem to make the choice here rather easy. If I had my choice, I would not drive at all (and quite frankly, it’s ironic the amount that I do drive with this … Continue reading

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15 Inexpensive Car Security Tips

Your car is likely one of the most expensive investments you’ll ever make. As such, you want to protect it from theft and vandalism much in the same way you want to protect your house. You also want to make … Continue reading

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