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8 ways to save $ on gas

MyCityMommy had some great ideas on ways to save you a little extra at the pump:

1. Use a STP Gas treatment: This much-lauded additive cleans your engine and fuel intake system while fighting fuel-line freeze and boosting your car’s performance and mileage. You should use it a few times to see full benefits, but you will: at least 10% improved mileage, all while protecting your engine.

2.) Inflate those tires: Countless studies have shown that cars with properly inflated and balanced tires get better gas mileage — around 3.3%, according to government stats.

3.) Change your oil, and put the right oil in: This is key for older cars especially, which in many cases will benefit from using 5W-30 motor oil.

4.) Buy low-octane gasoline: Unless your car specifically requires premium, skip it and go for low-octane fuel.

5.) Use MurphyUSA’s smartphone app to find the cheapest prices instead of driving around looking for the best deal.

6.) Gas Buddy or Gas Price Watch: These are both online sites that watch gas prices giving you the highest and lowest prices in your area.

7.) Car Pool or Walk...this seems obvious!

8.) Check the signs: Some places allow you to pay CASH for a discounted price


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Fed gov’t shutdown looms: How does this affect you?

The Washington Post has done an excellent job of summing up what is happening with the federal budget impasse. The link belows answers questions for people ranging from tourists to federal workers, about topics from passports to airline travel to Social Security checks. The site will be updated as new questions/issues arise.

Click here to find out more: Wash Post

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FREE $10 iTunes bonus from Coinstar

Cash in at least $40 worth of coins at a local Coinstar and you’ll get a bonus FREE $10 iTunes gift card!  That’s right, empty out that big jar you’ve been tossing your coins into, and get some free music with your cash! Here’s how to get your iTunes card:

  1. Visit a local Coinstar  (Click here for locations)
  2. Exchange $40 in coins or more and receive a iTunes gift certificate
  3. Locate the promotional code at the bottom of your certificate
  4. Enter the promotional code online
  5. Your FREE $10 iTunes gift card will be mailed within 1-2 weeks

The offer ends May 30, so get crackin’!

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Free: Personal finance newsletter for women

Interested in learning about self worth, net worth, saving, spending, earning, investing, taxes, entrepreneurship, financial feminism and more?

DailyWorth is a free daily personal finance email for women. It delivers practical tips, empowering ideas and the occasional kick in the pants. It’s FREE! Click here to check it out: DailyWorth

Thanks, KouponKaren!

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To read: “10 Things I Want My Kids to Learn About Money Before They’re Adults”

One of my favorite bloggers, FrugalDad, has written this excellent post about kids and money

I didn’t know diddly about money, credit cards, debt, etc., when I trotted off to college. My goal is to ensure my children are much more knowledgable and fiscally responsible when they grow up.

So, head over to FrugalDad’s website and read  “10 Things I Want My Kids to Learn About Money Before They’re Adults.” Check out all his other great postings, too. Recent postings include “Should I Pay Off My Mortgage or Invest?” and “10 Disney World Vacation Tips.”

Click here: FrugalDad

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FREE e-Book: The 1-2-3 Money Plan

Amazon has temporarily marked down ‘The 1-2-3 Money Plan: The Three Most Important Steps to Saving and Spending Smart’ e-book by Gregory Karp to FREE!

Click here to download: 1-2-3 

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11 tricks for cutting travel costs in 2011

Planning your vacation? The New York Times has a list of 11 ways to cut your travel costs, plus it lists some very useful web sites. It’s bad enough we have to battle through body scans, baggage fees and (eek) even bedbugs. At least let’s do it at a cheaper price!!

The Times’ #1 tip:

1. SHOP “PRIVATE SALES.” A growing number of Web sites, including, and have flash sales of 20 to 60 percent off hotel packages to travelers on an invitation-only basis. Another site,, works like Groupon for travel, meaning that the more people who book a deal, the lower the rate. At TripAlertz and, which offers last-minute getaways, all you have to do is create an account to access the deals.

To read the rest of the strategies and tips, click here: NYT Travel

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