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.
If you live in southern California, you've no doubt heard about next weekend's "Carmageddon," when a 10-mile stretch of the 405 freeway will be closed for construction. From July 15th through 17th, the 405 North will be closed between the 10 and the 101.
A brief plateau in gas prices has done nothing to alleviate our
concern that fuel prices may climb even higher. Gas cost less than
$3.25 a gallon mere months ago, but it's only now dipped below $4.
As consumers struggle to adapt to higher gas prices, a number of
long-term suggestions crop up: buying hybrid cars, investing in
public transit and bike lanes, drilling on our own soil. In the
meantime, though, such investments are impractical. While taking
public transportation or walking will certainly reduce fuel costs,
you can also save quite a bit by using the right credit card.
Gas credit cards, in particular, reward you
for paying at the pump. Some of them are tied to a specific
company, while others will give cash back anywhere you fill up.
This weekend, the 2011 NASCAR season starts with the one of the biggest races in the world: The Daytona 500. On my list of great motor-sports races, Daytona ranks up there right next to the Indy 500, the 24 Hours of LeMans, the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco, the Monte Carlo Rally and the Isle of Man TT motorcycle races.
(Monaco gets two of the greats because historically it was full of rich playboys with fast cars, and they liked to find out who was fastest.
But, if you aren't a rich playboy you may find it hard to see these events, except on the TV.)
Tickets for the Daytona 500 race start at $55 per person. Have a small boy who loved the Pixar movie Cars? Be prepared to spend as much for a day at a NASCAR race as you would at Disneyland. Ticket prices are about the same, the prices for food and souvenirs are similar--but Disney is slightly less commercial, and much more tasteful.
People waste lots of money on things they don't need. Depending on how many miles you drive a year, any dollars wasted on car maintenance can really add up over time. Here are three of the biggest and a funny picture of what not to do.
Expanding on Woody's "Vampire
Diaries Dental Plans and Other Long-Term Money-Saving
Strategies" blog post, it's good to look at the long term.
Buying a house versus renting an apartment for about the same
monthly payment seems like a no-brainer. But when it comes to cars,
dealers often push leasing when you really should be buying.