Eighteen years ago next month, my husband and I bought a new Chevy Silverado. For 14 of those years, it was our only vehicle. Our goal from day one was to make it last longer—maybe even twice as long. We still have it and as I write, it’s closing in on 250,000 miles—and still running […]
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A message showed up in my inbox that made my heart sink. I couldn’t help imagine what it would be like to lend my car to someone, only to have it come back to me with a little something I’d not counted on—that noxious odor of gasoline! Worse, what if that condition were permanent?!
Thankfully, I have good news for at least one desperate reader …
Only a few months ago I paid $1.75 a gallon for gas in Thornton, Colo. That’s nearly a dollar cheaper than I paid this past week at the same location—$2.72 per gallon! What’s going on?
All I know about that, I read in the news. And all I know about how to beat the system and keep my fuel costs down I’m sharing in today’s post!
See you there and Happy Saturday, everyone! Love, Mary xo ⛽️ 🚗 ❣️
If you are a member of AAA, it’s likely that you depend on it to get you out of an automotive bind with a roadside jumpstart, a gallon of gas, or a tow.
And so you know, they also come to the rescue should you ever lock your keys in the car. Or a sleeping baby. Let’s just say that AAA has saved my bacon on more than one occasion. All that and a lot more in today’s post.
See you there! Love, m xo
I’ve always thought that a car should come outfitted with some kind of incinerator that sucks the accumulation of trash and garbage right out of the car and into a holding tank somewhere that magically converts it into purified drinking water. Or gasoline. 😂
While waiting for that kind of invention to appear, I’ve tried plastic bags, plastic tubs, and every kind of frugal trick and tip you can imagine to handle the annoyance of car trash.
I’ve tested and tried. Some ideas are better than others, but nothing has ever proven 100% satisfactory. Until now … !
Let’s say that tomorrow morning you wake up to discover that overnight—gulp!—your car was destroyed beyond repair. You’re not covered and you’re devastated. You can’t live without a car. But you have no money—not a nickel in savings. So what do you do? If you’re like most people in that situation, you head to the […]
I love my overflowing inbox filled with questions from my dear readers. What I don’t love is not being able to respond personally to each and every one!
So today, rather than trying to decide which ones to answer, how about I just reach in and let’s see what comes out.
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Do you know what I love? Learning insider secrets. I’m not talking tabloid headlines or conspiracy theories, which I work hard to avoid—but solid, authentic, and realiable insider trade secrets.
And boy have I got one for you today! I’m pretty sure you’re going to enjoy this. See you there …
Well, you’ve done it again! You clever readers have come up with another batch of fabulous ways that all of us can save time and money doing stuff like cleaning the annoying, cloudy film from your car’s headlight covers—and lots more.
An automobile is a major purchase and the consumer purchase most likely to throw a major kink into your fragile financial situation. But it doesn’t have to be that way. What’s required is a little radical thinking and forethought. Here are the three rules to follow when buying a car: RULE 1. Pay cash. Hang on. […]
Dear Mary: We have an aging car that is a lemon. We are keeping it going with bailing wire until we can afford a different car. When that time comes, besides our temptation to shove it over a cliff, what should we do with our lemon? In good conscience I cannot even donate it to […]
There is nothing quite so expensive as a brand-new car. There are times, rare though they be, when financing a new car might be advisable. But generally speaking, the cheapest way to own a car is to buy a late model, used, domestic car with cash. How can you possibly do that when you don’t have […]