Should Gas Prices Influence Your Next Vehicle Purchase?

February 2015

Over the last few months, falling gas prices have made drivers a little giddy. Just the other day, a friend who drives a compact noted cheerfully that she had filled the tank for just a little over $20, something that hadn’t happened in years. Since gas prices peaked in mid-2014, sales have increased about 8% for large pickups and SUVs while they’ve decreased about 1.5% for small cars (Edmunds.com). Lower gas prices are probably just one contributing factor to this trend, but as an easy-to-see and ongoing cost of driving a car, lower gas prices may tempt you to put that 20 mpg SUV or 18 mpg pickup at the top of your choices as you shop for a new vehicle. Before you sign for that bigger set of wheels, however, think about—and compare—several other costs of owning a car. You could save hundreds at the pump in the short term and spend thousands more long-term.

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What Will You Do With The Old Devices You Replace?

Whenever you get a new electronic device such as a TV, smartphone, game console, computer, or tablet, what do you do with the old one? Throwing it away usually isn't a good option and in some places is illegal. Electronic equipment contains toxic materials such as cadmium, lead, arsenic and needs to be disposed of carefully. Consider the following options instead.

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Spotting Money-Flipping Scams on Social Networks!

As if the lack of privacy on social networks isn't bad enough, there is something else that may be worse. You could lose a lot of money if you are caught in a "money-flipping" scam.

How, you ask? And what is a money-flipping scam?

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