How to Save on Auto Repairs
Follow these steps to lower the cost of routine car maintenance and major repair work:
Don’t neglect routine maintenance. One of the best ways to avoid costly repairs is to follow your vehicle manufacturer’s maintenance schedule. That means getting your oil changed regularly, keeping your tires properly inflated and having them rotated, replacing wipers when they get streaky, and so on.
Take advantage of free services. Several auto repair shops offer free battery testing, and some provide free tire rotation. For example, Advance Auto Parts will perform a free electrical test on your starter, alternator and battery.
Look for coupons and discounts. You can find coupons for services at most of the major auto repair chains on their Web sites. If one shop is offering a good deal but you prefer to have your car serviced at another, ask about price matching.
Shop around. You likely compare prices to find the best deal when you purchase big-ticket items. You should do the same when getting your car repaired. You can get a good idea how much common repairs cost in your area by using sites such as AutoMD.com and RepairPal.
Ask a lot of questions. Say you take your car to a repair shop because you know something is wrong with the brakes. But then the mechanic tells you that your car needs several other repairs. Instead of asking how much it will cost, ask why so many repairs need to be made.
Learn how to DIY. You can save a lot by learning how to tackle minor auto maintenance tasks, such as replacing the air filter, wiper blades and even motor oil.
Ways to Save Money in Paris
Paris may be the City of Light, but too bad it’s not exactly light on the wallet. So to help those with dreams of seeing the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées on a budget, here are 11 money-saving tips.
- Book hotels outside the city center. Generally speaking, the closer you get to the center of town, the more expensive real estate becomes.
- Buy a multiday metro pass. A one-way ride on a metro train or RER train in Zone 1 will cost about $2.30 (€1.70.) But if you expect to ride multiple times per day, a Passe illimité (unlimited travel ticket) or Navigo Découverte card will be the way to go.
- Rent a bike. Get some fresh air and get around town in mild weather with the Vélib’ bike share program. You’ll be able to rent a bike from any of the 1,800, 24-hour, self-service kiosks.
- Skip the top of the Eiffel Tower. Want to get a view of Paris from on high? Do so from the steps of the Sacré Cœur at the top of Montmartre — it’s free.
- Young? You’re in luck. Paris is extra wallet-friendly if you’re under 26 years old. You can find youth discounts on everything from food to museums to transportation.
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Do not buy these at the drugstore:
2) Cleaning products
4) Greeting cards
5) Office and schoool supplies
6) Over-the-counter medicine
7) Photo prints
8) Pregnancy tests
9) Prescription drugs
10) Toys and games
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