Saving on summer travel

Trying to book a summer vacation? You want to plan early, and look at every option possible. It’s like a perfect storm of fewer flights and high gas prices. The result — sky-high airfares. Just what I don’t need for my guests at my destination wedding this summer. I’ve been checking the three major cities…

Automakers say warranties will be void with E15 gas

The debate over ethanol continues. In this round, the automakers are making their feelings known over the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to alert consumers at the pump that it’s safe to use E15 gas in 2001 model year cars and newer. In late June, the EPA finalized its regulations to prevent misfueling of vehicles and…

Tire test

Before you hit the road this holiday weekend, spend five minutes checking the tire pressure.  It will save you money, because properly inflated tires get you better gas mileage and can save your life. In advance of the Labor Day holiday in September, I worked with a AAA expert to see how many drivers along…

New fuel economy labels unveiled for cars and trucks

Don’t be surprised if you see a different looking fuel economy sticker on your next new car.  The government announced the most dramatic changes in the 30 year old program. The label will give you a better understanding of fuel efficiency, and it will be an interactive experience. The labels will have a QR code…

Consumer factoids: how we spend our money

Time put together an interesting list of random consumer factoids about how we spend our money.  They took all the facts and trends that are reported each year by various sources and compiled them into one fascinating list.  Some I agree with, and others I don’t — especially a recent survey that found owning a…

Gas ingredient causing lawn mower problems

Have you started your mower yet this spring? If it started, you’re lucky because I bet you didn’t the steps you should have to prevent costly repairs to it.  You may have escaped problems this time around, but it may not happen next time. Lawn mower repair companies are booming with business as consumers walk…