Category Archives: Cars

It’s Electric: Can an electric car actually save money?

As of this writing, many places across the U.S. are experiencing low gas prices not seen since before the Great Recession. A gallon of gas hovers between $2.15 and $2.50, and this makes for happier drivers. Throw in discounts from coupons or supermarket cards, and those with small-tank cars can fill up for around $25 or $30. A far cry from the $50 or $60 they paid at the same time last year.Continue Reading

Car Troubles: Avoid the Repair Shop With These Simple Car Fixes

Everyone who owns an car dreads the little yellow engine light that appears on their dashboard at the most inopportune time — usually when driving your young family somewhere. At the sight of this warning light thoughts turn toward the repair shop and high service costs which can deplete your emergency fund. Or, perhaps, the repair costs are so huge the car needs to stay in the driveway until enough money is accumulated. Or, perhaps, this is not the case at all.Continue Reading

Fossil, Hybrid or Electric: What Car is Right For Your Family

To quote Mr. Bob Dylan, the times, they are a changin’. The zero carbon movement is in full swing. People are switching to wind or solar for their electricity, recycling and composting their trash, walking or biking to their destinations and trying to live as environmentally conscious as they can. You and your young family are doing so as well…at least to the best of you ability. You eat fewer processed foods, bike to your destinations with your kids and keep the air conditioner at 78 degrees or higher. You think you’re doing well, except for the type of car you drive.Continue Reading

The Do’s and Dont’s of Car Shopping

A car is needed. You realize this after you have to tie a string to the windshield wiper in order to see during a rainstorm. Plus your young family is growing, which means you require additional space and comfort. The problem is you’re unsure about the whole car shopping experience.Continue Reading

An Auto-Free Zone: Can You Live Without a Car?

Let’s get down to the brass facts — owning a vehicle is expensive. Repairs, general maintenance, and constant refueling can cost a young family thousands of dollars a year. Throw in auto insurance, and a large percentage of your household budget can be taken up by one or both of your cars. There are probably moments where you sit in front of your paper or virtual spreadsheet of numbers and absently wonder if you actually need a car. This is followed by a chuckle and a resumption of the budget process.Continue Reading

Satellite Radio: Is it Worth the Cost?

Face it, commercial radio isn’t what it used to be when you were younger. Once filled with personality and music for varying tastes, today’s radio stations sound very similar, caustic, and somewhat boring. This is a problem for you and your young family, especially on a long ride in the car. You’re looking for something else, besides a built-in DVD player, to keep your and your kids awake while driving.Continue Reading

How to Find the Right Auto Insurance for Your Family

You and your spouse have been fairly satisfied with your current auto insurance policy. However, with the two of you now transforming into a young family, you’re now reconsidering your decision, which means it’s time to shop for a new policy. Thing is, looking for a new insurance company isn’t as simple as choosing a new brand of peanut butter. There are numerous factors to consider in order to get the most coverage for the least amount of money. To help, here are a few things to examine before you make the switch to a new company.Continue Reading

How to Buy the Right Car for Your Family

The purchase of a new vehicle for your young family can be more nerve-wracking than buying a home or selecting the right college for your children. With so many options to choose from, picking your next car is overwhelming, which may lead to a regrettable choice in the end. Like any other big decision, the purchase of an automobile should be done with clear head and a good deal of information collected ahead of time. Here are a few items to consider.Continue Reading

Four Debunked Financial Myths

Fables, fairy tales, urban legends, hogwash – whatever synonym you use, myths have been around since the first Neanderthal painted an initial image on the rough-hewn walls of his cave. Vaguely referencing a truth, myths are in every segment of our society – including finance. Though filled with mathematical equations and statistical formulas, there are a number of myths within the financial world that have stuck around and, in many cases, influence those who make purchases up to the present day. Here are four such myths, debunked for your gratification.Continue Reading

Is Buying a New Car Worth The Higher Costs?

Buying a new car is always a tough decision as the amount of money that you are parting with tends to be extremely high nowadays. Assuming that you are able to comfortably afford a new car and therefore a second hand equivalent, there are a couple things you need to consider to ensure a new car is the correct decision.Continue Reading