Three Steps Towards Saving Money for the Fun Stuff

There are certain things that you want to save money on, and some things that you don’t. Buying cheaper versions of some items and going high quality on others can help you save money in the long run that you can use for all of the really good things that you want to acquire, whether it is a house or an international vacation. Listed here are three things that you can save cash on so that you can spend that money on the things that really matter.

1. Cut the Cable


A lot of people spend thousands on cable and it really isn’t necessary anymore for several people. With many exceptions, almost all of what you would watch is available online with one website or another. Most people have these types of services, especially Netflix or Amazon Prime, already, meaning that there would be no additional monthly expense. All kinds of other shows you can legally buy when the appear. For those that you can’t get online, or live sports activities, just get a friend that will let you watch it at their place.

2. Purchase a Used Car

A pre-owned car, like the ones you see at used cars anaheim, doesn’t mean a car that is certainly run down or planning to die. Most used cars now are only a couple of years old, with many just coming off from a lease. These cars may have low mileage and also have been maintained well, which means you will save money on your monthly installment and turn out paying less in insurance. Find a great selection of used cars and find one that you love by going to

3. Ditch The Restaurants


How many times a week do you follow a meal out or get coffee coming from a coffee shop? Most likely it is a lot and it most likely can add up to a lot of money every week. Even if you bring a couple of lunches per week with you to function or produce a few meals at home rather than order take-out, you will be spending less. Same goes for taking your coffee along from home as opposed to wasting money and time getting it from the shop. Find a couple of good recipes, make lunches before hand and invest in some great coffee beans and you could save thousands a year.

Here Are Train Horns That Honk


As we cautiously approach a railroad crossing, there’s this primary signal that we are extremely vigilant for. No, this is not the red and green warning lights. I am talking about the sound that has been blaring over the railroads all across the country for over a century now. We all know this my fellow drivers; this is the sound of the train horn.

Now all along I thought that train horns are just for trains, right? Well I was wrong. You see friend of mine started to, from his own words, “pimp out” his old mini-vans with locomotive horns. It’s kinda cool you know, when he installed the horns onto his Chevy Astro. It looked vintage but with a twist. He said he would also install a megaphone and take the van to the Superbowl next year. It’s an awesome idea. Now imagine what the horns would like in a Ford F-150 on a stadium parking lot. Sweet.

Aside from the aesthetic value of train horns, these honkers do their work real good. A long sound blast could definitely gain the attention you need. Just be careful when and where to blast these horns. Better not cause inconvenience and attract unwanted attention.

I would like to do an installation myself and as soon as I do one, I’d post a tutorial here. I checked online and found this online store carrying super loud Train Horns. The site, offers free shipping on all purchases, so if ever you’re planning to get one better check out their website. I plan to get one just before New Year’s eve.

BMW Runs On Winter Snow And Ice

Why Are BMW’s Rubbish during winter?


How come the world’s best car is rubbish, dangerous and useless when some snow and ice appears?

This informative article explores some of the reality of BMW winter driving, studies reasons for their poor performance, and considers the solutions.

It is written from a UK perspective where we have occasional snow, winter tyres are an unfamiliar concept and the four wheel drive BMW is a rarity rather than the norm.

“”Brother Gary’s Beemer is stuck in the M25 in a single inch of snow but he hopes we have a good supper””

“”Brother Gary’s Beemer is stuck on the M25 in one inch of snow but he hopes we have a good supper””

Source: mark

If I’d bought her a 4 x 4, it’s all the fault of that One Series””, “”She wouldn’t have left me””

If I’d bought her a 4 x 4, it’s all the fault of that One Series””, “”She wouldn’t have left me””

Source: Mark

Tyre-Grip – Spray to enhance tire traction on snow/ice

Tyre-Grip – Spray to boost tire traction on snow/ice

Amazon Price: $23.95

Two disappointed owners

First of all, a number of experiences of your lunacy a BMW on ice represents.

My neighbour tries to drive for the shops in the BMW One Series.

She gets stuck on the camber of the road with the car sliding all over the place. It is going sideways as opposed to forward, and cannot overcome the massive incline that the normal road camber suddenly represents.

She gives up, car is in the middle of the road, and asks me for help. I am confident – I am a seasoned (and rather good in my opinion) driver, and she is a girl. I don’t say that obviously.

I don’t drive a rear wheel drive.

After five or ten minutes of gently trying to persuade this piece of utter crap on wheels to navigate the icy road I give up. I reverse it into a passable imitation of the deliberate part of parking – it’s off to the side of the road, no more blocking it – and there is no hope of driving it anywhere or putting it back on her drive.

When I use my front wheel drive Toyota, no worries at all. Any skidding is purely for fun – I like doing handbrake turns as soon as the roads are iced up. Yeah OK, I’m just a big kid – however, when no ones about, and the roads are sheet ice – it’s an opportunity to practice controlled idiocy.

Winter weather warning for BMW drivers

Winter weather warning for BMW drivers

Source: mark

“”Learn how to recognise the sort of person that doesn’t buy winter tyres for a rear wheel drive car””

“”Figure out how to recognise the kind of person who doesn’t buy winter tyres for any rear wheel drive car””

Source: Mark

The million mile driver

A colleague of mine has driven about 1 million miles over thirty years.

He would be it if I were to point to a few things i would call an experienced driver.

He has had a variety of company cars – one every three years for thirty years – and does thirty thousand odd miles each year.

Two years ago he got a BMW 3 series – good mileage, low CO2 and all sorts of round ticks the boxes for company taxation benefits.

He says he will never get a BMW again. In winter it is an absolute menace with loss in grip, a no goer in the ice and snow – he sees it dangerous.

His company won’t stump the extra money for winter tyres so he will suffer this car until it is time for the next model.

If only you could potentially test drive a rear-wheel drive BMW in the snow before buying…

Before choosing.., if only you can test drive a rear-wheel drive BMW in the snow.

Source: mark

BMW Sales Spiel

“”Yes Sir, these represent the best cars money can purchase. A drivers precision, machine and engineered expensive. Winter driving? Oh well, you’ll need to buy another car if you want to accomplish that””

“”Yes Sir, these represent the best cars money can purchase. A drivers precision, engineered and machine expensive. Winter driving? If you want to achieve that””, oh well, you’ll need to buy another car””

Source: Mark

Exactly what is that juddering sound?

That sound is the noise made when the automatic anti-slip systems come into play.

In case a wheel loses grip – either when braking or accelerating – the power or brake will likely be temporarily interrupted.

This enables the worst of the slipping to get controlled.

It really is a sign you are driving too much or the roads are particularly slippy. Regardless you should bring it as a warning and be as gentle as you can.

What’s the trouble?

I can’t believe that BMW’s are rubbish cars. They can be desired by a lot of drivers, plus they are great to operate.

So why do they really turn into a physical object of ridicule over winter?

The BMW driver is the one parked up. Alternatively, sliding across the road – whilst the theoretically crappy 1.1 Panda sails serenely along – unaffected by a certain amount of snow or ice.

BMW drivers are badge obsessed morons, who don’t realize how to drive properly,. That’s one theory.

Well, OK, that’s a theory, but it doesn’t help much when you have gently tried to negotiate a road camber from the ice using years of driving experience.

Let’s ignore that and put it right down to the opposite of badge obsession – badge jealousy.

The key problems are…

Rubber – the compound for summer tyres is useful down to about 7 degrees Celcius. Below that it hardens rapidly. The winter tyre silica rubber mix is optimised for lower temperatures.

Rear wheel drive – an eye opener for someone just like me who drives a front wheel drive. I could not believe how much harder to manipulate a spinning back wheel is in comparison to a spinning front wheel.

Weight distribution – the perfect 50/50 of the BMW’s is not just like the engine over the front wheel drive arrangement for winter conditions.

Tyre width – you will find complex (in my opinion) arguments about grip distribution and the actions on snow. I’m not a physicist.

Run flat tyres – I am just dubious about these anyway. They seem similar to a compromise for me, or maybe I’m just being old fashioned.

Performance – the BMW tends not as a gentle car to drive, it is a power machine.

One of the important elements, and one that may be hard to get round, is that in cold weather the rubber of the summer tyre hardens. It becomes naturally less grippy, at a time of the season with leaves, ice, wet and snow when you need it most.

Will not overdo the additional weight in the rear or affect front-wheel steering

Will not overdo an added weight within the rear or affect front-wheel steering

Source: mark

Danger! BMW! Ice and Snow!

Danger! BMW! Ice and Snow!

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Snowblower Tire Chains 410-350-4, 410X350X4

Snowblower Tire Chains 410-350-4, 410X350X4

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Solutions – Cheap

There are a few short cuts which can improve things. Alternatively, will make your car more dangerous.

They are purely down to you, along with your experimentation.

Driving technique. Each of the old boring stuff about starting in second gear, being gentle, leaving a great deal of space, anticipation. All very well and good, however, if the car cannot negotiate an icy camber on a road, it doesn’t really matter how skilled a driver you are.

Weight in the boot. Sandbags, cement, kerbstones – anything that provides a degree of additional weight over the rear wheels probably will help traction. At first I was thinking that would be recommended until I read about weight distribution and also the need in order to steer in addition to move forward!

When you overload the back weight, you might compromise the steering in the other end.

Deflate the tyres slightly. It could help, but it is not an area I would want to get into. You buy a perfectly made balanced driving machine, and then fiddle about along with it to persuade it to operate ‘safely’ in winter conditions. I don’t believe this is a sensible or safe solution.

Wheel gloves. They are emergency, help you get home, solutions for some snow. They are doing not offer months of safe winter driving, they are going to last for a few miles that’s all.

A set of winter tyres for the BMW is astronomically expensive

A set of winter tyres for the BMW is astronomically expensive

Source: mark

Solutions – Winter Tyres – Expensive

I believe a set of winter tyres for the One series comes in at about one thousand pounds. That includes wheels as well, mainly because they have different dimensions towards the usual wheels.

Note. I’m not sure in regards to the dimensions being different. It can be because they are run flats, see below.

At first that seems ridiculous, as well as it is, however you get used to an amount of excessive pricing with BMW. It’s how they make their money.

Costly, even though winter tyres would appear to be the correct solution.

In Germany, they can be required by law to change to winter tyres for several months. Overall the tyre wear is half as much as normal, because you change twice a year, and so the total cost is not much more than just using one set of normal tyres.

There is no such law in the UK, and winter tyres continue to be a bit of a rarity. Unless you happen to be struggling with your BMW over the last couple of hard UK winters.

It might be possible to pick up some second hand winter tyres to your model, or cut a much more reasonable take care of a local garage.

In my opinion, having read the maximum amount of information as I can bear on the subject, winter tyres are the only option to help keep running through the bad winter periods.

Obviously some salesmen are really honest…

Of course some salesmen are very honest…

Source: mark

Other Less Likely Solutions

Get rid of your BMW and purchase something else. Following the experience of winter driving it is really an attractive idea. But it’s costly to alter for a thing that should just work.

Buy a winter runabout – a secondhand front wheel drive anything – that works in bad conditions. In every seriousness, a piece of ‘crap’ such as a 1.1 Fiat will out perform your Beemer. Five hundred pounds and up, plus road tax, insurance, and so on.

Don’t go anywhere. “I won’t be in today, I have got a BMW” – an incredible excuse (not) for avoiding work and social engagements during the winter season.

There must be two inches of ice in that bump. I mean what kind of car might actually get over that?

There must be two inches of ice in that bump. I mean what kind of car could very well get over that?

Source: Mark

Run Flat Winter Tyres

A little bit more information about these.

Why do you have to buy steelwheels and steels, when it would seem all you need to do is swap the summer tyres with the winter ones and after that back again?

It’s because run flats are special. They ‘might’ come off and back on again perfectly well. Or they might not.

So the proper way to do it is to obtain a spare list of wheels with all the winter tyres on, and swap the full lot come spring or autumn.

The price these tyres are anyway who would want to risk having a few fail in terms of putting them back on?

Traction Tip

From Dom in the comments.

If you need extra wheel grip to get free from a stuck situation, try turning off of the traction control.

This should offer you more control over what the wheels are doing.

“”It handles worse than a BMW 3 series””

“”This thing handles worse than the usual BMW 3 series””

Source: Mark

One Neat Trick

By using the handbrake, if you are stuck on an incline with lack of traction it ‘might’ be possible to gain extra traction.

Apparently it is actually possible that one rear wheel can be slipping, while the other is not doing anything because of the slip differential (whatever that is).

Gently, by using the handbrake! , it can reduce the spinning wheel and divert some power towards the non moving wheel.

In theory this could enable both rear wheels to put some effort in.

I am prepared to be very impressed if someone masters it, even though i haven’t tried this, it appears a bit ‘rally’ style to me.

Emergency Supplies

A lot of cat litter was sold this past year. And salt.

Buy now while stocks last.

If you are, er, stuck without a toilet – it’s for scattering under the rear drive wheels to get some quick grip and get moving, the cat litter is not really for use in your car.

I’ll add to this list once i get stuck and remember the things I should have brought with me.

Winterdrinks and coat, something to wee in, torch, charged phone, keep that fuel topped up, and so on.

Could It Be Snowing Near Me?

#uksnow Map – UK Snow Twitter Mashup

This useful link from Twitter is built by people tweeting in their local snowfall. When it is actually snowing or not, handy if you are considering a trip and never sure. Better picture than the official weather maps.

UK Weather Note

For overseas visitors.

The UK doesn’t normally get a lot of snow.

We are unable to deal with it.

One inch is sufficient cause absolute traffic chaos.

I believe we had two whole inches a while back and drivers were stuck in their cars for twelve hours overnight.

It would be madness to drive out when there is an inch of snow on a lawn

It would be madness to drive out when there is an inch of snow on the ground

Source: mark

Stay at Home When It’s Snowing

You won’t be expected to come into work. That’s the great thing about owning a rear wheel drive car.

Every one knows these are lethal inside the snow and ice. And nobody wants to be stuck behind one as the owner tries to drive in a straight line.

So, do yourself, and everyone else a favour, and take a day off.

The benefit of owning a rear wheel drive car when it’s snowing… no one expects one to come in to function

The benefit of owning a rear wheel drive car when it’s snowing… nobody expects you to definitely come in to work

Source: mark

Four Paw Drive – All Terrain Model

This guy doesn’t need snow tyres…

Now this guy doesn’t need snow tyres…

Source: mark

Some Winter Socks?

AutoSock Standard X20 Winter Traction Aid, For Passenger Tires

AutoSock Standard X20 Winter Traction Aid, For Passenger Tires

Amazon Price: $79.00

Some Hard Questions for BMW Dealers

You might like to wipe the smile off the dealer’s face in case you are lucky enough to be purchasing a BMW.

Ask him if they recommend winter tyres for their real wheel drive cars. Watch him squirm.

Ask him how much they cost and whether they will be thrown in in the deal.

When you have negotiated that part then ask the way that they plan to service your car – swapping the tyres out and in for the cold months of winter.

Where will they be going to keep the tyres?

They suggested to your friend she take the tyres store and home them in their garage!

Yes, four tyres and wheels in the back of a One Series – for a lady owner to manhandle inside and out of her car. Not what I thought the BMW owner image was about.

Question them if they think that is the sort of service BMW should be providing? In Germany the garage stores the tyres and swaps them at NO cost.

You would think, as BMW have some connection with Germany, which they would realize how to provide the same service in the united kingdom.

If you have just realised how poorly a rear wheel drive performs in the snow and ice you can also ask your dealer – why didn’t they share with you winter tyres being a necessity not a luxury?


Spikes-Spider 17.321 C3 Compact Series Winter Traction Aid – List of 2

Spikes-Spider 17.321 C3 Compact Series Winter Traction Aid – Pair of 2

Amazon Price: $480.00

List Price: $565.00

Source: mark

This is Some Traffic Lights Humor…

Humorous and Informative Guide to UK Traffic Light Signal Sequence

If you have had enough of me banging on about BMW and winter ice and snow – here are some funny traffic light graphics.

How to Protect Your Car in The Summer

If you are looking for a fiat dealership Los Angeles is not going to let you down . . . all with rows of beautiful shiny motors, paintwork gleaming and bright, clean interiors. Unfortunately the savage heat of the summer can soon put a conclusion to all that. The heat as well as the sunshine might cause lots of harm to a car both on the inside and on the outside. Consider about how hot it can get inside your car if it’s been parked in full sunshine for even thirty minutes – we’ve all sat down on a hot seat in shorts or short skirt along with to shuffle around somewhat until things cool down (leather seats are definitely the worst culprits for your). Steering wheels can also get too hot to handle in the heat of the summer.


There are other problems too – the sun can harm the paintwork of your car, make the dashboard to break into and the seats to dry out. The trim can become and fade brittle . . . it is really a recipe for disaster.

Here are a few tips about how to protect your car or truck from the heat and the summer sun.


• The first tip is unquestionably not too difficult, in fact it’s remarkably easy – look for a shady location to park. This will help to keep the temperature lower inside the car and prevent the dashboard from drying out and getting cracked – it will prevent burned legs when you get back in the car. When the car is in a safe location, if at all possible it’s also a good idea to leave the windows open just a little to permit the air to circulate and equalize air pressure – this isn’t always safe but is something you should think of.

• Windshield sun protectors are worth their weight in gold through the hottest months. They may not be the most attractive thing on the planet but are cheap to buy, simple to use and will help you to keep the temperatures lower inside of your car.


• Seat covers are another easy solution for protecting both leather and other types of fabric seats. They will help to keep them clean, in good condition and funky in the summer.

• Leather seats are particularly vulnerable in the hot sunshine and can quickly become dry and cracked. Applying a touch of leather conditioner will help to keep them in tip top condition which will prevent them from cracking and tearing.

On the Outside;

• Keep your car nice clean with regular dries and washes. heat and Sunshine can cause the paint to become dull and cracked but regular washes will remove the dust / dirt particles which may cause those tiny scratches on the paints surface and then make it appear dull.

• Waxing your motor can be another good idea which reaps benefits during the summer; the wax can help to protect your paintwork from the harmful rays in the sun.


• Keep an eye on tire pressures all year long but especially in the summer. Hot pavements crossed with low tire pressures are a recipe for disaster and can cause blowouts. Even good quality tires may lose up to a pound of pressure per month within the hottest weather. Check these regularly – it’s safer to be safe than sorry.

At, they’ve got an excellent selection of motors all new and shiny . . If you would like your new car to stay doing this through the summer you know what to complete about it.

Fall Is Here And You Car Should Be Ready

October is Fall Car Care Month. Why not take a little time to be car care aware and be sure your vehicle is prepared for the harsh winter weather ahead? Taking a few simple steps now can help you save the headaches and cost of an emergency breakdown later, says the Car Care Council.

Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, the Car Care Council recommends five proactive steps to make certain your car is prepared for winter driving.

1. Battery – Keep the battery connections corrosion, neat and tight-free. Freezing weather is hard on batteries, so it’s wise to check the battery and charging system. It is advisable to replace batteries that are greater than three years old, because batteries don’t always give signs before they fail.

2. Wiper, Defrosters and Heater Blades – Check that the air, ventilating and heating conditioning (HVAC) system are working properly as heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort as well as for safety reasons, such as defrosting. Fall can be another great time to confirm your air filters. Wiper blades which can be torn, cracked or don’t properly clean your windshield should be replaced. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months. When changing the blades, be sure to also check the fluid level from the windshield washer reservoir.

3. Tires – Check the tires, including the tire pressure and tread depth. Uneven wear indicates a desire for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. Consider special tires built to grip slick roads if snow and ice are a problem in your area. During winter, tire pressure ought to be checked weekly as tires lose pressure when temperatures drop.

4. Brakes – Have the brake system checked, including brake linings, rotors and drums. Brakes are critical to vehicle safety and particularly important when driving on icy or snow-covered roads.

5. Free personalized schedule and email reminder service – Registering for the Car Care Council’s free personalized schedule and email reminder service is a simple way to help you take better proper care of your vehicle now and all through the year. It is an easy-to-use resource designed to help you drive smart, spend less and make informed decisions.


“Getting your vehicle ready for winter while temperatures are still mild is a proactive approach to preventive maintenance which helps ensure reliability, safety and fewer unexpected repairs when severe winter weather strikes,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

What You Can Do To Lessen Expenes On Gas

Sure you do! Who doesn’t? Listed here are ten approaches to use less gas and keep your car running efficiently:

In good weather, ride your bike or take a stroll to any place that’s close enough.

Watch out for deals on gas, and fill up your vehicle(s) along with your gas cans when the cost is down.

Share rides with other people when you can. By setting up car pools or picking up your neighbor’s groceries, you can all save gas and money while helping one another out.

Stagger the time you begin at work in order to avoid maximum traffic if you can. Working at home anytime you can can make a significant difference.

When you remove from a light, speed up slowly. Jackrabbit starts are damaging to gas mileage plus your engine. Sticking with the speed limit won’t hurt either.

Dump the excess load from your car. Is it really necessary to lug the entire football team’s equipment around all week long? We didn’t think so.

You don’t require the highest-octane gasoline if your car isn’t high performance. Stick with regular and pocket the difference.

Keep the tires inflated to the proper pressure. Don’t over- or under-inflate.

Try to use your air conditioning as little as possible, simply because it will hurt your fuel usage. On the other hand, driving at high speeds with the windows open isn’t good either, so juggle your AC use to gain the ideal mileage.

Regular tune-maintenance and ups checks keep the car in top running order, which means better gas mileage as well as a smaller bill at the pump.


Working with Your Salesperson


Everyone has had an experience by using a salesperson who had been just too pushy. And even though that’s not necessarily the norm today in the car dealership world, it will make going to a dealership an intimidating experience, especially for someone who’s quiet or who isn’t entirely certain for what they are looking for. When you’re looking for a new car, you’re likely to spend one or more, and probably several, afternoons working with a salesperson, so it’s vital that you know how to assist them.

Yes, they want to come up with a sale. In the event you aren’t content with what you’re getting, there won’t become a sale, but good salespeople understand that. So, don’t hesitate to inform them what you want. For those who have an idea of what you will be hoping to find, express it to them. You’re making their job much easier and increasing the chances that you just will end up getting exactly what you wish. Question them questions if you don’t know precisely which car you want to buy. You need to find out about the products before you could buy them, so don’t feel bad asking everything imaginable. What’s the gas mileage like? What’s the safety rating? If it’s a second hand car, so what can they inform you about this particular vehicle’s history? Never be embarrassed to ask your salesperson the things that are important to you. Everyone knows that there are no stupid questions.


And if you’re really not sure where to begin, have a look at a dealership’s website. As an example for dodge san juan capistrano, have a look at, you’ll be able to see what they have available, discern what you do or do not like then better explain to your salesperson some things that might interest you in a car.

Why Full-Service Oil Chance Is Really Important

People generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance: Colorado motorists don’t often apply the same idea of maintenance on their vehicles, though their homes, yards, clothes, teeth so on. You’ll become painfully aware of your neglect when investing in a big cavity if you never brush your teeth or go to the dentist. Once the damage is done, we learn our critical lesson and start to adopt better good care of things.

Unfortunately, Denver people too often find out the hard automotive lesson only after they bring their vehicle to Express Car Care on a tow truck. So, many times, just a little routine maintenance would have prevented an expensive breakdown.

So how do Denver drivers get into the habit of taking care of their vehicles? It’s so simple to forget it’s unlike cutting the grass that you can see every time you pull in the driveway.

Here’s something that will help: The real key to good vehicle maintenance starts off with the oil change. Ponder over it – when you are in for a complete-service oil change in Denver, your cheerful Express Car Care service adviser will check all your fluids. He could look for the reason why if one of those is low. He’ll see it and let you know if your serpentine belt is worn. Corroded battery cable – they’ve got you covered. And they’ll check to see in case your manufacturer has recommended any critical services at your current mileage.


The oil change becomes kind of a focal point, a means to check in to see what must be done.

The truth is vehicle inspection surveys consistently reveal that over 80% of vehicles have more than one needed repair or maintenance service that goes undone. Vehicles are generally very reliable and can take a lot of neglect and abuse – but you can only press your luck for so long.

When you come into Express Car Care for an oil change, you get a visual inspection of your own car along with a reminder for recommended services so you can avoid a total failure. Also keep in mind that your service professional can help you exercise a repair and maintenance arrange for your prioritizing, vehicle and scheduling the project to make sure your family are safe and enable you to avoid expensive breakdowns.