Gasoline prices can swing wildly from month to month, even day to day. We’re all at the mercy of the oil companies, but you aren’t helpless. You can take steps to make your car more fuel efficient and save money, without switching to electric. In many cases, you can improve your mileage per gallon with both new technology and old tricks.
1. What You Drive
Your car is the biggest factor in fuel efficiency, so newer, lighter cars with better technology will usually get you a better MPG. You can trade up for bigger gains, or start small by making changes to your current ride.
Book your rental car with these five easy steps and you can rent one for as little as $10 a day. Don’t procrastinate! You’ll need to book far enough in advance to get the best deals.
Step 1 - Join a Loyalty Program
Are you a member of a major car rental company’s loyalty program? If not, consider joining. Most are free to join and members enjoy internet only deals, discounts and upgrades.
Shop the programs carefully. Perks vary and some companies offer very little to their members. National's Emerald Club is among the most generous programs available allowing members to choose any car on the lot, enjoy free and expedited rentals. Hertz #1 Club Gold offers comparable perks, but charges an annual fee.
There are two reasons Americans own car insurance; to protect assets and to help pay for repairs in the event of an accident. Structuring your automobile insurance policy can ensure that you don’t pay too much for the coverage you receive.
Follow these 5 tips the next time you’re in the market for car insurance or when reviewing your policy.
Step 1: Don’t buy more insurance than you need
Understand the components of car insurance policies and don’t buy more than you need. Review your policy annually for errors and to make sure that it is still suitable for your aging vehicle.
The three main components of your insurance policy are liability, collision and comprehensive coverage.
The goal of every hotel is to have 100% occupancy. They do this by providing an assortment of deals for their customers. A room that usually costs $150 a night can be had for $75 if you know how to play the game.
Here are five simple steps to help you get the best rate at the hotel you want.
Before traveling overseas make sure you have the right plan for exchanging your hard earned cash for foreign currency. By following a few simple tips you can avoid the exorbitant currency exchange fees that are charged to unsuspecting travelers.
Follow these steps to save money while you travel:
Step 1: Use a card that does not charge a foreign transaction fee
Most credit cards charge as high as a 3% fee on top of foreign exchange rates. The good news is that some of the best travel rewards credit cards do not charge this foreign transaction fee. As a rule, Capital One cards do not carry a foreign transaction fee and they are also among our favorites when it comes to accumulating rewards. You can read more about our reviews of travel rewards cards here.
Buying airlines tickets 21 days in advance will usually get the you same price as buying them 6 months in advance. As a rule, domestic fares will fluctuate more than international ones (which tend to be more fixed in price). You need only buy your tickets six months in advance if you’re going to travel during peak travel times.
What are the Peak Travel Times?
Peak travel times are summer (for Europe especially) and holidays, like Christmas and Easter break. If you need to travel during these times you should book as follows:
Airline reward cards fall into one of two categories.
Branded airline card - offers the perks of working with one airline
General travel card - allows you to collect travel reward points on all spending
Always, read the fine print. Sometimes points aren't valid if you book through a discount broker - make sure you check. If you need to travel at a certain time of year, look fort blackout dates that prevent you from using rewards mileage to travel during that time.
Here are ConsumerFu's top picks for general travel cards. We also give a full rundown of branded cards in the table below.
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