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
This week, I bring you a wacky tech product that really serves a purpose. I mean, I've gone through twenty-seven years without an LED license plate holder…but I'm really not sure how. It's been such a deprived life, I now realize, as all this time I could have been putting up funny and nerdy custom messages on the back of my car. This simply must be remedied!
For those of you equally out of the loop and deprived in your lives, I give you: the LED License Plate Holder.
Greetings from sunny California where today it was about 80. I used to be like you, I used to live in the Great White North, and I'm here to help. Unlike you, I've never gotten my car stuck in the snow or ice. Sure, I've lost traction and had the tires spin and been unable to proceed momentarily, but never was there a time when I had to give up and call the tow truck or walk home.
What does this have to do with saving money? Well, it may save your life, it could certainly save your job, and at the very least it will save you time. If I can help you avoid damaging your car, then that is an extra benefit. I promise the few minute you spend reading this in the warmth of your house will be worth it when time is ticking and your wheels are spinning in the snow.
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:
I was planning on writing about toilets that run on after you flush them, but something came up. I walked out to my truck this afternoon, turned the key and...nothing. So, this is the perfect opportunity to talk about the other big "car trouble" issue still with us today--other than flat tires.
We have banished vapor lock to the junkyard of history when we got fuel injection. Modern ignition systems and computer controls have eliminated fouled spark plugs and flooded engines. Computer designed cooling systems and electric fans have practically eliminated overheating issues. But batteries still go dead like mine did today. One minute everything is normal, then you come out of the grocery store and nothing happens when you turn the key.
Your car's battery is a simple device made of mostly lead and acid, first invented around 1860. There are new, slightly different formulations of the acid--and different configurations of lead plates--but the batteries we have today haven't changed much since the days of the Model T.
Here's more info than you ever could want about car batteries.
So besides my usual "miser" like tendencies, I have been lucky to
score a good deal on my last auto purchase (over 15 years
And no, this new car isn't even for me (I'm still driving
around in my 1994 Honda Civic EX Coupe), it's for my wife,
LOL. Anyway, chalk this up to a little research and knowing
the right people.
We went shopping for cars for a few months and ended up with a
great new Mini Cooper (it's actually on order now, but you can
see how sweet it's gonna look).
The bottom line here is definitely consult some online shopping
tips on buying new cars. I used the information I learned
online to get about $800 off MSRP (on a Mini, that's
great). I also found out I had a friend who's dad ran a
local Mini dealership, so that saved us another $500.