Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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 filterwiper blades and even motor oil.

Learn more on Kiplinger.com.

Are you single and ready to mingle? Maybe it’s time to make a move to one of these best cities for singles:
10) Milwaukee, WI
9) San Francisco, CA
8) Trenton, NJ
7) Boulder, CO
6) Baltimore, MD
5) Austin, TX
4) Columbus, OH
3) Iowa City, IA
2) Ann Arbor, MI
1) Santa Barbara, CA
Learn about what makes these cities so great on Kiplinger.com.
(Photo: Visit Baltimore)

Are you single and ready to mingle? Maybe it’s time to make a move to one of these best cities for singles:

10) Milwaukee, WI

9) San Francisco, CA

8) Trenton, NJ

7) Boulder, CO

6) Baltimore, MD

5) Austin, TX

4) Columbus, OH

3) Iowa City, IA

2) Ann Arbor, MI

1) Santa Barbara, CA

Learn about what makes these cities so great on Kiplinger.com.

(Photo: Visit Baltimore)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ways to Save Money in Paris

Paris may be the City of Light, but too bad it’s not exactly light on the walletSo to help those with dreams of seeing the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées on a budget, here are 11 money-saving tips.

  1. Book hotels outside the city center. Generally speaking, the closer you get to the center of town, the more expensive real estate becomes.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 

Visit Kiplinger.com to see even more money-saving tips!

Filing a state tax return can be tricky for same-sex couples. Use our map to determine which states require married same-sex couples to file as married and which states still mandate single returns. 

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Filing a state tax return can be tricky for same-sex couples. Use our map to determine which states require married same-sex couples to file as married and which states still mandate single returns. 
Learn more: http://mykip.co/1gvmMGD
Friday, January 31, 2014 Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Vegetables in bulk? Get your fill of veggies every month straight from a local harvest at a healthy discount with a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program.
Here are some other surprising things to buy in bulk:
1) Airline tickets
2) Train tickets
3) Season tickets
4) Prescriptions
5) Gift cards
6) Child care
7) College degrees
8) Expedited shipping services
9) Burial plots
Learn why these are such great bulk buys on Kiplinger.com.

Vegetables in bulk? Get your fill of veggies every month straight from a local harvest at a healthy discount with a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program.

Here are some other surprising things to buy in bulk:

1) Airline tickets

2) Train tickets

3) Season tickets

4) Prescriptions

5) Gift cards

6) Child care

7) College degrees

8) Expedited shipping services

9) Burial plots

Learn why these are such great bulk buys on Kiplinger.com.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Do not buy these at the drugstore:

1) Batteries

2) Cleaning products

3) Eyecare

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

Surprised? Learn why on Kiplinger.com.

Friday, January 24, 2014
In the market for a new camera? How about new golf clubs? Good news: They’re probably on sale. 
Many big-ticket items go on sale this time of year. Here are 17 things that that you’ll find at their lowest prices of the year in December, January and February.

In the market for a new camera? How about new golf clubs? Good news: They’re probably on sale. 

Many big-ticket items go on sale this time of year. Here are 17 things that that you’ll find at their lowest prices of the year in December, January and February.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Feeling like chicken for dinner? Good news: The price of legs and thighs may drop to as low as 60 cents a pound this year. 
Here’s what else will be cheaper in 2014:
1) Gasoline2) Used cars3) Gold 4) Ultra-high-def computer monitors5) 3D printers6) Computer data storage7) College tuition
Learn more on Kiplinger.com: http://mykip.co/1f9LPOS

Feeling like chicken for dinner? Good news: The price of legs and thighs may drop to as low as 60 cents a pound this year. 

Here’s what else will be cheaper in 2014:

1) Gasoline

2) Used cars

3) Gold 

4) Ultra-high-def computer monitors

5) 3D printers

6) Computer data storage

7) College tuition

Learn more on Kiplinger.com: http://mykip.co/1f9LPOS

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
We asked individual investors on Kiplinger.com to forecast the best-performing stock from our list of recommendations for 2014. Here’s what you had to say: http://mykip.co/L28Om6

We asked individual investors on Kiplinger.com to forecast the best-performing stock from our list of recommendations for 2014. Here’s what you had to say: http://mykip.co/L28Om6