car stuff

What Does That “New” Car Smell Even Smell Like?

June 26, 2017
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What’s up, budgeters! Got two things to talk about today: How I’ve never bought a new car or house or almost anything big* brand new before, and why. A special offer USAA has for its members who go through their car buying service** That second one won’t matter much if you’re not connected to the military and/or not in the market for a car and/or […]

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Financial Confession: I Bought a Used Honda for $45,000

June 2, 2017
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[Really excited to bring you this guest post by Carl of 1500Days.com today. It’s such a breath of fresh air when all you hear from $$$ experts these days is to save save save and hold off on the fun fun fun! And while this post is technically about a car today, try reading it with your own dream swapped in as it’s about the […]

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Thoughts on Owning a Lexus After 9 Months

March 22, 2017
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Ever wondered what type of cars us financial bloggers drive? If so, you’re in for a treat today :) My man MP from MustachianPost.com just collected data from over 20 different bloggers on what they’re riding these days, and why, and was kind enough to let us debut it on Rockstar Finance yesterday. Check it out when you get a chance! The Cars of Personal […]

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Net Worth Update: $494,758.25 (-$9,000, Ugh)

July 6, 2016
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Whelp, it was fun being a half-a-millionaire while it lasted! Unfortunately with some major changes coming about though, especially in the car department, we took a big hit this month and for the first time in quite a while I’m actually pretty embarrassed about it all… Not enough to stop sharing our net worth with the world, but it definitely doesn’t help when you don’t […]

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Bye Bye Frankencaddy, Hello Car Payments!

June 27, 2016
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I just did something exhilarating, and I’m pretty sure half of you are going to unsubscribe from this blog as soon as you hear about it ;) But before you do, please join me in saying goodbye to one of the best cars I’ve ever owned – Frankencaddy! Such a fun car to drive over these past 8+ years, and one I really wasn’t expecting […]

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How Money’s Handled Around The World (Fascinating!)

May 30, 2016
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Heyo! Ever wondered how people save money around the world? Or take out loans/mortgages, get credit scores, pay for college, or even invest in retirement? No? Oh, wrong blog sorry… Here you go. For all others, feast your eyes on these financial factoids spanning from Singapore to Denmark, Brazil, Guatemala, Germany, New Zealand, to the oui sexy France! Some of this is awesome, and some […]

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It’s Just a Monthly Payment!

April 18, 2016
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The other day I saw a headline that said something like “The downsides of owning a beater car” and I didn’t have to read it ‘cuz of course we all know what those are. Any time you rock something old – a vehicle or otherwise – you’re bound to need to give it some tlc over the years else you’re living in frugal denial. As […]

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More Inductions To The Saving Hacks Hall of Fame!

February 8, 2016
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When I was a kid, I used to sneak in double cheeseburgers off the dollar menu for snacks every time I hit up the movie theater. My friends would laugh at me, but my wallet wouldn’t when it saw them drop $20 for tub of popcorn and $30 for a bag of skittles. I also used to call my parents collect from payphones whenever I […]

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The thing about parking tickets…

September 30, 2015
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Raise your hand if you’ve ever gotten a parking ticket? Raise your hand if you then complained about it on Facebook or to a friend? Raise your hand if it was your fault? :) At one of the meetups I go to every week, there’s always some chatter in the background on how horrible the parking is and how many tickets someone has now racked […]

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Car Insurance Challenge Rocked: I Now Pay $20/mo :)

July 30, 2014
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15 Minutes can save you 15% on your car insurance? Pshhhh… Try 47%! Yup, in continuation of our Challenge Everything mantra, I am now officially saving money on our car insurance now too :) Now dropping my already low premium of $39.54/mo down to $20.99/mo with USAA. For literally making a 15 minute phone call. (Actually a 14 mins and 59 seconds call to be […]

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Franken-Caddy: The Car That Keeps Making Money!

June 27, 2014
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As some of y’all might remember, two weeks ago someone slammed into my (parked) car causing some pretty nasty damage and rendering my Caddy non-street legal for the 2nd time in 12 months. It was a pretty whacky story to say the least, but in a nutshell it came out of nowhere and I was scared I would finally lose my beloved car once and […]

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The 5 Biggest Purchases of My Life

June 18, 2014
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Sometimes I like to stare at my investment accounts and watch my dollars work hard for me. Other times, I’m a glutton for punishment and choose to focus on all the places my money runs off to instead. Today I choose the punishment ;) And since I’ve never consciously made a list of the all-time largest expenses of my life, I thought – why not […]

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That Time I Got in (Another) Car Accident… And Other Money Musings.

June 13, 2014
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Remember how last year around this time I hit a car that jumped out in front of me? And my car was considered “totaled?” But I took the money and ran (was other driver’s fault) and then two months later I backed into another car? Because I slammed on reverse instead of forward? Those were the days… And now, we add yet another car accident […]

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The Exact Amount to Maximize Happiness

May 21, 2014
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I started writing this post over three weeks ago, and right smack in the middle of it I got the call that we were gonna have the baby the next day. I had to stop writing it, of course, against my hustling nature (though I did sneak on to share the 2-week early surprise! ;)), but interestingly enough I’ve thought about this article almost every […]

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