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.
Sometimes I think there must be a black hole in our budget where the extra money disappears, never to be seen again. Have you ever received a raise or finished paying off a big debt and thought you would now have extra money, only to find that within a few months you've gotten used to the additional funds in your budget? Now instead of it being an extra financial cushion, it is almost like it was never there. You know what they say, if you have it, you'll spend it.
This week's post isn't about saving money as much as it's about saving time. But if you aren't in the market for a new car at the moment, consider this a free form of recreation. General Motors "Main Street in Motion" is rolling into your town soon and it's a traveling circus of test drives.
Oh, and yes, the Volt electric/gas plug-in hybrid will be there.
Test drives are always free, but if you're like me after a while you start feeling guilty about wasting the salesman's time. And even though just about anyone can get a test drive of a Honda Civic or Accord, if the salesman doesn't think you are serious, you aren't taking the new Corvette for a spin.
Hybrids are a very attractive idea. You save money on gas and get to save the planet at the same time. On top of that, you get to participate in the cutting edge of technology. In addition, say some, you get to save money on your insurance. However, that may not necessarily be true. In May 2010, USA Today reported that, of the ten cheapest cars to insure, none are hybrids. Most aren't even cars.
As we've all noticed in the last few weeks (even out here in L.A.), winter is coming. The days are getting shorter, coats and sweaters are coming out of the closets, the leaves are falling, and the Christmas lights are going up. Soon there will be real rain and snow falling--and getting to work will seem even more like work.
So, here are a few tips to keep you rolling all winter long: