How to Connect Your Phone & Your Car to Save Hundreds on Gas

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I just found out about a cool little tool called Automatic that allows you to connect your car and your phone providing you a lot of very cool information like: How much fuel you are using and tips to improve your driving Where your car is located – great for when you get lost in […]

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75 Gas-Saving Driving Tips

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Remember the good ‘ol days when you could fill up your gas tank for about $10? Well, since those prices don’t seem to be ever coming back again, we might as well figure out how to not use as much! To give you a little head start, I scoured the internet looking for the best […]

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How to Rent a Car Without a Credit Card

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There is a common misconception that in order to get a rental car you must pay with a credit card. In reality, there are at least two ways to rent a car without a credit card. One is by using a debit card – and you probably already knew this – but the other may surprise you.

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The Most Reliable Used Cars for Under $10,000

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If you’ve been around for a while, you know that I am a big fan of Consumer Reports – particularly for their car reliability ratings. I purchased a 2007 Honda Fit based on it’s very high ratings with them and after 150,000 miles the only issue I’ve had is a few lightbulbs burning out too quickly – not too bad…

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JunkMyCar.com Review: A Fast Way to Sell Your Clunker

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So that old jalopy of a car has finally called it quits. You don’t want to spend a lot of time placing an ad and then waiting for the prospective buyer to show. You just want to junk the piece and maybe make a few bucks in the process. The car served you well – but it’s time. There’s a website that can help.

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Borrowing for a New Car vs. Paying Cash for a Used Car

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This is a debate that’s been going on for as long as people have owned cars, do you buy a brand new car—with a brand new car loan—or pay cash for a used car? In the best of both worlds we can buy a new car, pay cash and not have a loan with its annoying monthly payments. But most of us either don’t have that kind of cash, or don’t feel comfortable tying up $20-40,000 in a car.

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How Cars Affect your Financial Freedom

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I had a revelation about cars that has caused me to not really care what mine looks like. It’s not that I don’t want a really fast car, it is just that there is something I want a bit more: financial freedom.

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How We Saved $530/yr on Car Insurance

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Saving another $200 a year on car insurance: She emailed me about a week ago asking me if I would be open to her getting me a new quote with a few other insurance companies. Of course, why not? So, she ran it and she seemed to be very excited to tell me that she could get me the exact same coverage for $200 cheaper per year than Geico.

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You Won’t Believe Who Makes The Most Reliable Cars

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Honda and Toyota have always been easy car makers to default to for reliable cars (on average). So maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise to find out who topped the list this year as the maker with the highest predicted reliability…

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Early Auto Loan Payoff Calculator

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The other day I got an email from a reader looking for some sort financial spreadsheet that would help her calculate how early she would be able to pay off her auto loan…

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6 Tips for Helping Your Child With That First Car Purchase

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Having raised four children, we have done a few things right and several things wrong in helping them get that first car. Hopefully, you can repeat our “rights” and avoid our “wrongs” as we explore the issue of helping your teen with his/her first car purchase.

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How Do You Save Money for a Replacement Car?

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One of the biggest financial responsibilities people face is car ownership and the associated costs. I would gather the majority of folks don’t save up enough cash to go out and pay for their first car straight from their wallets. Rather, they find the best used or new car deal they can and settle in for 4-5 years of payments. After the car is paid off, they either repeat the process…

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Average Car Insurance Rates by Age

I recently saw this chart from Insurance.com that shows car-insurance rates by age and thought it was interesting, so I thought I would pass it along…

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