I'm a little frustrated at the moment with the users of Craigslist, and by that I mean the entire population of this country. Its bad enough that when placing an ad we all have to worry about the flood of spam we know is going to come, and don't want to list our phone number lest we get robocalls. Then when the shoes on the other foot we have to call and call or email again and again and get no response. So I figured I'd set out a few guidelines, and also vent my frustrations.
With the Holidays just weeks away, many of us are mapping out our travel plans. With airfare on the rise and TSA regulations becoming more and more invasive, some of us will opt to hit the open road instead of flying. A road trip does not have to tax a budget that may be already stressed by gift purchases. Road trips, even if they include an overnight, can be greatly reduced in price--and even include a gift or two with some careful planning.
By JANISSAVESGuest Blogger
Money Saving Tips
Last time we talked about increasing fuel efficiency I gave you a whole lot of advice about how to adjust your driving habits in order to maximize your money. This time I've got some concrete suggestions about how to make whatever you drive more efficient, no matter how you drive it. Put these things together and you should be able to get 25% better mileage than someone doing everything wrong in a car that's not been set up properly.
And I proved it yesterday, besting the EPA highway rating in my truck while driving a course of mostly surface streets.
People ask me for car care advice all the
time. I think it has something to do
with the grease under my fingernails. But unless you are going to describe a specific noise your car is
making, or some weird symptom you've noticed, I can't be of much help. I can carry on long conversations with other
car guys about problems and repairs and improvements and modifications, but it's doubtful I can fix your car around the water cooler in the office. Though there was one time I was able to tell
my wife how to fix her car after two minutes on the phone, and she was able to
drive to work, it doesn't happen often.
I can give you advice--and may even be able to diagnose and tell you the solution to your problem,
but if you aren't the type to do it yourself or don't have a
mechanical aptitude, you're going to need to find a mechanic. If you want to save money on your car
repairs, you need to find a GOOD mechanic. One you can trust to diagnose what's wrong quickly, only fix what
needs fixing, do things right the first time, and actually do what they charge
Some good news on the gas guzzler front. This Memorial Day, drivers can expect cheap gas prices. This is may not be a long term thing, but it's good news for holiday travel: "Gas prices have tumbled almost every day this month, dropping
Friday to a national average of $2.749 a gallon, according to auto club
AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service.A gallon of
regular unleaded is 12 cents cheaper than it was a month ago, 8 cents
cheaper than just a week ago. The timing couldn't be better for holiday
Chances are that you're glued to your car--there's no way for you to get to work or get around town without it. Some people effectively use the bus or subway, but most people need a car, which means automobile expenses are a big part of most people's budget.
So how can you save on driving costs? It's been estimated that people spend an average of around $8,000 a year for 15,000 miles of driving. If you've got a guzzler, your gasoline consumption will drive that figure even higher. The thing is, this is in your control. Short of riding a bike to work, there are ways to save on your car year to year.