Every year I plan for things to be different. I think I am never going back to that place, only to go to another place to have the same over-priced experience. If you are like me, when it comes to buying car tires you want quality at a great price. My expectation is to purchase the tires and not to be hit with 3 more additional fees. I have a few tips that can save you a pretty penny.
- Research which tires are best for your car– The factory tires are not necessarily the only option for your car. Each of us live in various conditions and use our vehicles for various things. Snow tires are not needed where I live because it only snows once every few years for 10 minutes. If you are doing routine things like driving to and from events and never loading or hauling anything, then you would not need tires that were made for heavy load capacities. Lastly, unless you drive for Nascar you likely will not need tires for higher speed ratings. There is no sense paying extra for a tire that is made to exceed 140 miles per hour when the fastest you drive is only 70 miles per hour.
- Comparison Shop- If you have membership to wholesale retailers such as Sam’s Warehouse and Costco, then you definitely want to start there. For well-known tire retailer like NTB and Discount tire search online for coupons and promotions. They likely even have a promotion in your local Sunday paper. Lastly Shop online, since you know your tire size and needs try online retailers like Amazon. It has been my personal experience that you can get a very competitive price from Amazon. In addition to a great price depending on the area Amazon also has and installation service that you can pay for that will come to your home to do the install. The installation service in not necessarily a money saver but it is a great time saver for sure! There are lots of lesser known online retailers like onlinetires.com, tirerack.com & tire easy.com that are also have very competitive pricing.
- Purchase and Installation can be separate– Much like my post about how to save on eye glasses, your new tires can be purchased at one place and installed at another. There are lots of little mom and pop tire shops that will install and balance the tires at a nominal fee. Smaller tires shops tend to be able to give a better rate for tire installation because they control what they want to charge for labor. On the other-hand a smaller shop will not likely be able to give you a great deal on four new tires. Please read my post called The Money Saving Secrets Businesses are Not Going to Tell you, to see how to get the best deal.
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Before your know it summer time will be upon us. With summer time comes running the air conditioner which means elevated electricity bills. With a little preparation this summer can cost you less electricity-wise than last summer. First would be to contact your electricity company to see if they have programs that may balance your billing for the summer months. Lots of electricity companies give a balanced billing rate if you enroll before summer officially starts. During the winter you may have noticed a few cold drafts in your home, whether they were near windows or door those drafts are also locations where heat will have the opportunity to enter your home. Now is the time to make sure proper weather stripping is in place. If you have rooms that will not have lots of activity you may also want to look into insulated curtains. Just as you want to keep the heat out of your home, you also want to keep the air conditioning in. If you use timers on various items such as lighting be sure to adjust them. Lights do not need to come on as early in the summer since we have more hours of daylight. If you are not using timers I highly recommend them, they are a great way to have items run for a limited amount of time rather than all day. No matter the time of year if you can replace your older appliances with energy efficient one, you will see the pay off in the long run. What’s you summer saving tip? We wanna hear from you. Happy Savings!! Happy Health!!
None eyeglass wearers may be clueless of how much a pair of glasses can cost. The rest of us that either wear glasses or purchase them for family members know how expensive glasses can become. For many, new glasses are purchased every other year, and others may wait even longer to delay the expense. Whether… Continue reading Money Saving Monday: Don’t Break the Bank on Eye Glasses
I have spoken to numerous people that talk about wanting their money to go further. I noticed there is a general pattern. Although they may not be tight on funds they are seeing their money disappear at alarming rates. Even after doing a list of monthly bills, there are unaccounted for funds. After further inspection… Continue reading Don’t Eat Yourself Into Debt
I know there are a lot of us that are brand junkies. I will admit there are some things that I do not compromise on. My cornflakes have to be Kellogg’s brand, but for the most part I try to be pretty flexible. Being brand loyal can become very costly. There are lots of manufacturers… Continue reading Money Saving Monday: Don’t be Brand Loyal
This is season of more traffic to our homes than normal. Speaking as person with very light colored living room furniture, I am constantly inspecting it after people leave. Sometimes I quickly forget about the others options that I have to protect my furniture. Furniture covers!! That’s right people, furniture covers are not just for those times you want to switch up the living-room’s appearance. Furniture covers are great way to protect your living room furniture. Now I will admit a very nice pair of furniture covers can cost a pretty penny. I have to admit though, they are totally worth the money. Furniture covers are an investment that will protect your larger investment.
Think of it this way, some of us spend quite of bit of money purchasing phone cases like the oh so popular OtterBox covers for our phones in order to protect them, why not buy furniture covers to protect your living room furniture that you paid thousands of dollars to purchase? When it comes to our living room furniture sometimes we need a little extra piece of mind, especially when children are involved. The great thing about furniture covers is that they can be removed and machine washed. Continue reading “Money Saving Monday: Protect your Investment, Buy Furniture Covers”
When it comes to shopping, it is easy to allow things to get out of hand. Especially during the shopping season. It is so easy to get to checkout and see a total far greater than we expected. It is easy to have shopper remorse after the fact. I must admit it is the worst… Continue reading Money Saving Monday: The Basket Audit