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Turning Down the Upsell

I bought my very first laptop during the summer of 2000. There are cell phones today that have better specs than that laptop, but back then, it was a top-of-the-line machine. Another way to say this: I paid way more

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How Long Should You Keep a Car?

I’ve come to a fork in the road with my beat-up, 210,000 mile, 2004 Saturn Ion. I wrote about her awhile back, when I duct-taped the passenger-side door (I’ve had to tape ‘er several times since then – and the door is still

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20 Tips to Keep Your Car’s Value High

Your car is the second largest investment in your life (coming in right after your home). Yes, it’s an investment, not a commodity. In order to maximize that investment, you need to make sure you keep its value high. While

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How to Change the Oil in Your Car

This is a guest post provided by my (Aaron) 17 year-old step-son, Haäkin – who is enrolled in auto tech classes at school, loves riding motocross and is a “Thrifty Guy in Training”. Doing an oil change yourself is an

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My Dumbest Money Mistake

There she was. Sitting all shiny and looking brand new. “What do you think of it Aaron?” asked the salesmen. “Oh – that is sweet.” “Yeah – it certainly is. We just got ‘er in a few days ago and

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How to Get the Best Car Insurance Rates

I recently reviewed my car insurance policy with my local agent to see if we could get lower rates. It’s something I like to do at least once a year and would highly recommend doing it yourself. We were able

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What Printer Should I Buy?

I certainly wasn’t planning on being in the market for a printer a couple weeks ago when our new(er) one suddenly stopped working. I think we had it for about a year or so when she (though I really don’t

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Will You Buy a New Car in 2012?

A recent report by the Associated Press says that car sales were pretty strong at the end of 2011 and they look to be even stronger this year. My car Currently, I am driving a 2004 Saturn Ion – which

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How to deal with a car dealer

So my wife and I have decided to bite the bullet and replace my junker-of-a-car. It’s been a decent clunker. But she’s starting to leak oil like a sieve and it’s usually 3 or 4 turns of the crank before

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