5 Tips for making a Car Purchase

This is a sponsored post from Cars.com.

 

Who doesn’t love a brand new spankin car? I’ve bought a few in my lifetime and learned a few tips along the way. Buying a car and buying a house are one of the largest purchases you will make in your lifetime so making the right decision is so important. Check out my 5 tips for making a car purchase whether used or new.

 

 

 

Do your research- Knowledge is power in everything we do in life including buying a car. You can find out just about anything you want to know about a car online. Cars.com is a great place to start researching cars in your price range.The more you know the better you are able to negotiate when that time comes. Find out the invoice price, not the MSRP, you want to know what the dealer paid the manufacturer for the car.

 

Budget- Set a budget you know your monthly income and what you can afford don’t let a dealer talk you into a more expensive car. Remember you will be paying on this car for the next five or six years. You will also need to factor in gas, insurance, and maintenance.

 

Avoid Impulse Buying- Being very honest here I’ve done this, I saw a car I wanted I had my heart set on it and purchased it at night. I was not able to see the flaws in it when I bought it and after I drove it off the lot well they were not too eager to help me. Research the make, model and style of the car is this going to be something you will enjoy driving for years to come.

 

Negotiate terms- Stick to your guns. You’re looking for something that will suit you for years to come, the dealer wants to make money too. Don’t be afraid to walk away. Do everything you can to negotiate terms and knock down the purchase price. Use Cars.com price comparison tool you may find cash back, special financing offers that will sweeten the deal.

 

Test drive- It may be a cute car but is it comfy, does it handle well? Do the kids fit and have enough room for their sports equipment. Bring the whole family along after all this is a huge purchase and everyone needs to be involved.

In the end, buying a car is a major purchase, and it’s important to research each and every aspect of the process. Educate yourself so you can go into negotiations well-prepared to get the best deal possible on a new or used car.

 

 

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CUJO Bring Security to the Home Network

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.  

How often do you consider how secure your internet connection is? Many of us just hop online to pay our bills, check on friends and family through Facebook, and maybe watch a movie. But are you putting your information at risk?

 

We all know the importance of a firewall. With so many wonderful devices to choose from chances are you’re using a wireless device to connect to the internet most of the time. This can leave your device vulnerable to a number of viruses, hacks, and even malicious sites. That’s why I was excited to discover the CUJO SMART FIREWALL from Best Buy.

 

 

The CUJO SMART FIREWALL is basically antivirus protection for all your network devices. You don’t have to worry about your connection being slow either. The CUJO SMART FIREWALL features 1G ethernet capabilities to allow you to enjoy all the activities you do online without a lag.

 

 

As a mother, I obviously care about keeping my financial information safe. I also care about keeping all my family photos and personal information for my eyes only. However, the most important feature to me is the ability to keep my children safe when they’re online.

 

The CUJO SMART FIREWALL has amazing parental control capabilities. You can set parental controls for all the devices on your network. There’s an internet filter to block questionable sites. Social media sites can also be monitored so you can see exactly what your kids are posting. You even have the ability to set time limits and pause internet use. Best of all though, is that you can setup profiles for each person so that parents are not blocked from the sites they want to visit.

 

If you’re a parent, I highly recommend the CUJO SMART FIREWALL from Best Buy. Being able to keep our children safe when they’re online and also limit the amount of time they spend online makes internet use so much easier. With this firewall, you won’t have to babysit your children whenever they go online, which gives you more time and your children a better sense of independence.

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September 23rd Is National Declutter Day: How To Tackle The Clutter In Your Home, Room By Room

 

 

 

 

Everyone is talking about decluttering.  In fact, decluttering is so important it now has its own day: September 23rd is National DeClutter Day.  Why declutter? The answer is easy: Decluttering saves you time and saves you money. It also improves your health and happiness.  Being cluttered eats up a lot of time: Time looking for your keys, looking for the mail to pay the bills or trying to find an outfit to wear to work that day.  

 

And think about the real cost of clutter.  How about all the clothes in your closet with the tags still on them?  Or the pantry items you buy again and again cause you can’t find the mustard you bought the last time you went to the store?  And let’s talk what you are paying for off site storage spaces: $100 a month? $150 a month? It’s no wonder everyone is talking about decluttering!

 

Ahead of National DeClutter Day on September 23rd, there’s no better time to share some of my favorite tips to tackle the clutter room by room, and in turn, living a happier and healthier life:

 

 

  • Kitchen

 

      1. Tackle Tupperware (or all food storage).  Pull it all out and make sure every top has a bottom and every bottom has top.  If not … Out.
      2. Spices. Contrary to what my grandmother believed … spices do not last forever.  They eventually lose their flavor.  Ground spices 3-4 years and leafy spices 1-2 years.  And here’s a quick tip … write the year the spice was purchased on the lid.

 

  • Living Room

 

      1. Take a look around the room and see what items have homes they can be returned to.  Sometimes a quick returning of things to their proper homes will declutter a room in a very short time.
      2. Magazines.  The first item to make a room feel cluttered.  Last thing to be reread. Be honest about the time and interest you have and put magazines in the recycle bin.

 

  • Bathroom

 

      1. Start with under the bathroom sink.  That’s the first place to become a clutter catch all.  Cleaning products you longer use.  Out.  Bath toys the kids have outgrown? Out.   
      2. How about sunscreen?  It’s designed to last for 3 years but if it’s older than that, it loses it’s efficiency.

 

  • Bedroom

 

      1. Let’s declutter those nightstands.  Nothing gets the day off to a bad start than waking to a pile of clutter.  How many of those books stacked up there are you going to actually gonna read?
      2. We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.  So let’s get real about all the clothes spilling out of our closet.  Doesn’t fit?  Out.  Regret buying it and will never wear it? Out!

 

  • Garage

 

    1. Only 25% of American’s can park their cars in their garages.  Garages are the biggest offenders of clutter.  Let’s start with sports equipment.  Broken, worn out, no one plays that sport any more?  Out.
    2. Boxes of old paperwork?  Check with your tax advisor about what you really need to keep and shred the rest! If it’s a lot more than your little home shredder can held, consider calling a mobile shred company.

 


It is best to these projects up into manageable time chunks. Remember, Rome didn’t get cluttered in a day so it’s not going to get uncluttered in day. Use National Declutter Day as the day to kick off your decluttering.

 

Good luck!

 

By Tracy McCubbin, Founder, dClutterfly

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5 ways to save on a Summer Vacation

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Bestway and BraVoMark. All opinions are mine.

 

It’s summertime and everyone is posting pictures of their summer time vacations. It’s hard for me to plan a vacation with my family due to work constraints and kids that get sick more often than not. One way I’ve found is to be able to take mini vacations, a long weekend here or there. Check out how our family does mini vacations that leave us feeling rested and relaxed without spending a fortune.

Do your research– Is a few days away during the week going to cause hardship. Most places are cheaper during the week than they are on the weekends when everyone else is traveling. Sometimes if you work weekends like I do, it’s easier to get off during the week verse the weekend when they know they will get a lot of call in’s.. weigh your options and do your research.

 Bring your own food– Eating on a vacation can eat up a big chunk out of your funds. Find a place that has a continental breakfast or dinner or even better if you can prepare your own meals. You’re in a new place try having a picnic instead of a fast food restaurant, you’re still on vacation and spending quality time with your loved ones make the memories that last forever a picnic at the park.

 

Take a Vacation in your own state– I know it sounds crazy right, I live in West Virginia and I’ve only been out of the eastern panhandle maybe twice. I’ve never been north, south or West in the state. Taking a long weekend in your own state can be attainable, educational and save you loads in your wallet.

 

Travel during off season – Who says you have to travel in the summer? It’s nice but what’s wrong with Spring and Fall? There are a ton of deals in off season and prices are lower. Round trip tickets somewhere warm when it’s cold in your backyard might be right up your alley.

Stay with Friends or Family- Did family or friends rent a beach house? Ask if you can crash in a guest room or even the living room instead of paying full price at a hotel. Bring an air mattress like the  Fortech 17″ Queen Airbed with Built-in Alwayzaire Pump and 3 Preset Comfort Levels available at Walmart.

 

Fortech 17″ Queen Airbed with Built-in Alwayzaire Pump and 3 Preset Comfort Levels

  • This queen size airbed measures 80 in. x 60 in. x 17 in. (2.03m x 1.52m x 43cm).
  • Safety valve makes it easy to inflate. Includes built-in 110-120V~ electric AlwayzAire pump (ETL approved) that monitors and maintains air pressure continuously.
  • Inflates in 150 seconds.
  • Great for indoor use, with a canvas-feel fabric top, outside and bottom.
  • Unique rib and surround frame design offers advanced support and helps to eliminate roll offs.
  • Clear, user-friendly pump panel.
  • Easy one click operation.
  • Three options for airbed firmness.
  • Internal sensors detect air pressure continuously and silent pump engages to maintain constant firmness.
  • Soft back light easily displays the level settings even in a darkened room.
  • Designed with sturdy Y-beam construction, to be rigid and stable.
  • Includes one airbed and one travel bag.

 

 

BestWayUS is hosting a contest on their Facebook page.

• Purchase an ALWAYZAIRE bed from Walmart.com or Walmart (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Fortech-17-Queen-Airbed-with-Built-in-Alwayzaire-Pump-and-3-Preset-Comfort-Levels/104304279)

• Take a photo of yourself using the bed or next to it. (Be fun and Wacky)

• Post your photo under the comment section of @BestwayUs Facebook page contest post to be entered to win a SaluSpa Miami (retailed at $369.99)

• Bestway will be picking 5 Winners September 15th

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Strong Moms Raising Strong Kids

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hefty® Ultra Strong™ trash bags.

 

 

Let’s face it. As moms, we have all experienced those days where nothing seemed to go right. However, we managed to keep things together and be strong for our families. A good mom knows how to stay cool under pressure – just like Hefty® Ultra Strong™ trash bags can withstand whatever you throw at them.

The new Hefty® commercial featuring John Cena and his real-life mom Carol, show that moms know a thing or two about ultra-strength and ultra-savings. Remember, it’s what our kids see that they’ll remember, not what we tell them and this commercial certainly makes that point.

We are getting back to school ready and with that comes getting rid of the old and coming in with the new. My children accumulate so many toys, books and junk over the year and before school starts, I like to make a clean sweep so we are organized and ready to be on our A+++ game (literally) for the upcoming school year.

 

 

 

 

My girls love to hit the yard sales with me in the summer so they have filled up their toy-box with books and toys they don’t play with. Every year we go thru it all and donate what is still salvageable and keep what they still play with. It’s a little bit of a struggle but it’s also a great lesson learned that even preschoolers are old enough to learn about generosity, compassion, and the importance of helping others. Donating their old toys is a great way to begin that lesson.

 

 

 

Hefty® Ultra Strong™ trash bags are a go-to staple for many moms because they not only hold up to whatever you put into them, but they neutralize odors thanks to the ARM & HAMMER™ patented odor neutralizer.  They also come in a variety of wonderful scents including Clean Burst™, Tropical Paradise™, Lavender & Sweet Vanilla™, White Pine Breeze™, Crisp Orchard Apple™, Citrus Twist™, and Pomegranate Mist™. There’s even a scent-free version for those that prefer it. Something that moms will really love is that the bags grip the side of the trash can to prevent the bags from falling inside the can. Best of all, if you have any problems with the bags, Hefty® offers a 100% money-back guarantee.

If you’re looking for a trash bag as strong as you are, the Hefty® Ultra Strong™ trash bags are sure to become your favorite trash bags.

Also, check out the new commercial featuring John Cena and his mom, Carol.


 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hefty® Ultra Strong™ trash bags.

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How Amazon Prime saves me time and money each month. #AmazonPrime #IC #AD

This post was sponsored by Amazon as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Everyone likes a bargain. I mean who likes to pay full price, right? In this fast paced world, families are just too busy with work, practice, kids and so much more. Making it to a store to get the things you need or want doesn’t always come as the first priority for my family. That’s why I was so thankful to have discovered Amazon Prime so many years ago. All the services the company has developed over the years, which come FREE with my membership, make the service even better.

 

With just one click I can have what I need delivered to my home same day, with FREE shipping. If the item isn’t available at the nearest warehouse, the wait is only two days for regular Prime Shipping, which is also FREE. This saves me time and money and causes fewer headaches running in and out of stores with four crazy girls in tow who just happen to want everything in the store. Which means more car shows, and checking out fancy vehicles.

 

 

 

I love that my family can spend more time together rather than running to the store, but I also love that we can be entertained with our membership. We can watch movies, read books, and even listen to music. It’s all included in our membership. This is also why I’m so happy to see that Amazon is offering discounted memberships to those who are EBT card holders. The reduced price is only $5.99 per month for one year and you can qualify up to 4 times. You can also cancel at anytime.

Why is this such a big deal? It’s simple. The perks that come with being a Prime Member allows you to enjoy things that your family would normally have to pay extra for. When every dollar counts, you want to save money wherever you can. With the Prime Membership, you can say goodbye to other services you’re paying for and have everything consolidated into one monthly payment. You and your kids can even read books for free on the computer. You don’t need to have a Kindle to enjoy the books. There are other perks that allow for discounts off purchases, such as diaper subscriptions. You can also listen to a selection of audiobooks, podcasts, and audio series for free. There’s early access to newly released books and Lighting Deals (this offer is especially awesome during Black Friday). You can even store an unlimited amount of photos. All of this in addition to the awesome FREE shipping options I listed above. And, if that isn’t enough, depending on where you live, you can get FREE shipping in less than two-hours thanks to Prime Now.

 

 

 

At only $5.99 a month, what have you got to lose? Whether you’re a busy mom or someone who needs to cut their expenses, Amazon Prime is one of the best memberships you’ll ever pay for.

Sign up now for your Free 30 Day Trial at Amazon Prime

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