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Cars, SUV's and Gas Prices…Some Practical Advice about What to Do.

I was watching the nightly news last night and another news program about SUV's and cars. We bought our Nissan Maxima in February of 2000 new off the lot.  We bought my husband's Nissan Frontier new off the lot in 1999.  We agreed that if we bought brand new vehicles we would keep them ten years.  We are coming through on our promise. 
I can think of the time back then when gas was MUCH cheaper and the trend for buying SUV's was just starting to pick up.  We had considered getting the SUV but the words that I told my husband that I still remember word for word was "gas is not going to stay this cheap forever, so I think a car that has enough room in it for our future children and has good gas mileage is important."  Thank goodness I could actually think such things about the future.  I have to say I would have never thought that gas prices would have ever gone this high. 
I was thinking to myself last night how convenient it is for everything to work together so well in the car manufacturing business.  First they are selling SUV's left and right and the small cars were hurting them because not many were selling so they have had overstock of them for years.  Now the rush is on for the smaller, more efficient car you can possibly buy.  I have to think to myself that when bigger vehicles were trying to come on the market gas was low.  Funny isn't it?  Sometimes I have to think we are all taken on a ride without knowing it. 
So the next time you are shopping for a vehicle, make sure it fits your lifestyle NOT the flow of what everyone else is doing.  You will have made a better decision.  If you feel like you have made a bad decision with having your SUV don't just sell it for a rock bottom price so you can go buy a smaller vehicle either.  You have to outweigh the effects of that as well.  Yes you would save money at the pump but if you still owe on your loan and will come out in the hole after the sale you won't be coming out on top. 
The best decision right now is really contemplate, especially when gas prices are highest during the summer, is to keep the vehicle you have because you will not get the money you need for it. 
If you are really concerned about the gas for a trip then consider renting a compact vehicle.  It may be cheaper to rent one and the pay for gas than fill up your own tank a few times!  And it would not be as expensive as going out and buying a new vehicle. 
Try being very selective of how much you drive!  I have done this sooo much in the last weeks and months.  In fact it has been good for me to take more walks.  Even though I live close to town I do not drive for just one errand anymore.  I have to have a full list of errands and a planned route I am going to take and only do this once to twice a week.  Yes, I get a bit stir crazy because I am used to get out and go mentality, but I am using that get up and go to take the kids on a walk around the subdivision or let them play outside more.  Use this time to have a few more magazines come to your house so you can read more out in the yard while the kids play. 
We all have wished at one time or another that we could not have such a hectic lifestyle.  Well, here is the perfect excuse to have that kind of lifestyle! 
Live Well Always,

posted on: 5/28/2008 11:30:00 AM by Triste Horrell
category: Finances

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If Your Money Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy

by Triste Horrell

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About Triste:

Being an organizing expert makes one want to be a "showroom" in all areas of life. However reality can hit hard when you're a mother of small children and a military wife and own an organzing business. Of course Triste would like to have a picture perfect Better Home and an even Better Garden. Throw a Pottery Barn in the backyard for exceptional creative time to become the wiz-woman for all the ideas and inventions that the world could not live without. But Triste has settled on the fact of telling herself "I can be perfect in my mind and no one can mess up my space there!" In reality Triste is very self-motivated and has true business accomplishments like having SYSTEMIZE since 1997, the first home and business organizing firm in the state of South Carolina. She has been repeatedly recognized in her Greenville, SC area for her organizing expertise and makeovers on local NBC and FOX news, Greenville News, local magazines such as Greenville Magazine and Upstate Parent and NPR radio. She has turned people's lives around by focusing on what she calls the "four building blocks of being organized" consisting of space, time, financial and personal. This is even represented in her business logo. "That's what I'm in business for, turning people's lives around!" Also applying her popular 3 Steps to Systemize have not only organized her clients but KEPT them organized for years.

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Downtime Activities

  • Reading Magazines
  • Spending time at our cottage
  • Keeping our Westie pretty
  • Putting tealights around after the kids are in bed
  • Adventures with my awesome hubby
  • Making microwave smores...just for me
    1 graham cracker, broken in half 1 small piece of chocolate 1 big marshmellow On one side of cracker put piece of chocolate and marshmellow on top. Place in microwave and heat for approx. 17 seconds (while cooking replace marshmellow on top of chocolate if needed). Put other half of cracker on top, eat and enjoy and watch out for oozing chocolate!

My Organizing Tool-Box

  • Time - Outlook
    This is a great way to keep papers off the desk and track where you need to go, task list, jot down quick notes on the virtual "post-its, keep up with contacts in the virtual Rolodex
  • Personal Finances - Quicken
    This simple yet practical program keeps your bank accounts in tact...did I mention simple?!
  • Business Finances - QuickBooks
    I have used this program for years and have set many clients up on it. It is a must for keeping track of business transactions and keeping tax time easy...push a few buttons and out come the reports, your done and your tax preparer loves you.
  • Space - turntables
    I love these things! You can put them in cabinets, the fridge, garage, and closets. They are inexpensive, easy to find and available at any discount store and you can even find fancier ones. If you are not sure what they are, they are the white (or other fancier kinds) and spin around like a lazy susan, you can have a single or double-tier one for spices.
  • Personal - Magazines and Internet
    I love to look at magazines and the internet for good articles on personal development, pictures for decorating inspiration and fun projects to do with my family. I keep my magazine subscriptions to a minimum (3) so I can read them and enjoy each one. I look for things on some of my favorite websites for whatever fancies me at that time.
  • Online Recipe Boxes
    Use these on some of your favorite websites, bring the laptop into the kitchen while the recipe is up and you never have to have the paper clutter. One of my and my husbands favorites is Williams-Sonoma.

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