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Pep Boys Oil Deal includes oil and filter – $10.99 after rebate

5 quarts Castrol GTX Motor Oil & FRAM Oil Filter*
After mail-in rebate
Not valid with any other offer or discount.
No substitutions.  Limit 2 offers per customer.
$14.99 – $4.99 = $10.99
5 quarts of oil and oil filter purchase after mfg. mail-in rebate
Oil filter up to $4.99  Expires 8/29/2009
Click HERE for more information.
Other good deals:

Combine the above deal with this coupon if you need an Air Filter!!!
$2 off any Air Filter with 5 quart oil purchase with coupon
K&N or Purolator
Not to be combined with other offers.  Limit 2 offers.
Must present coupon.  Expires: 10/31/09

$.99 Champion Spark Plugs each after mail in rebate
$2.49 – $1.50 mail in rebate = $.99
Reg. $2.59 each

At the bottom of the ad they mention a Pepboys Auto Rewards club.  Now Earn Points with every purchase.
Membership is FREE
$10 Rewards when you earn 200 points
Exclusive money saving offers for members only
SIGN Up today!  Ask a sales associate for details.

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Antique Car Show 5/16/09

For a fun filled May afternoon go the Fairfax City Antique Car Show.  My family has gone to these type of events in the last couple of years and they are a lot fun.  The best part is it is FREE to attend.   Plus, you can watch a Model T be put together in front of your eyes!  Kids of all ages have fun and learn a lot too.

Saturday May 16, 2009
10:00 AM–3:00 PM

City Hall (Between Rt. 123 and University Dr
10455 Armstrong St. • Fairfax, Virginia

Click here to learn more!

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Free Oil at PepBoys – Great Deal!

Click on the image above to take you to more details.

If you buy 5 quarts of Peak Oil and get 1 ProLine Filter it will cost $9.99 plus tax.  The rebate is for $9.99.  You can do this rebate twice.  (Not sure if you have to fill out 2 rebate forms.)

Now, The Thrifty Mama mentioned that there is a $10/30 coupon right now at PepBoys.   The coupon says you can’t combine it with the rebate.

On Sunday, 4/5 my husband and I went there picked up the oil, filters and a hitch (he needed).

Subtotal $31.97  tax $1.11

-$10 coupon

OOP $23.08

The transaction goes like this:

10 Peak Oil $2.99 each

-0.52 Item discount each

-1.32 Store coupon each

2 ProLine $2.89

-0.51 Item discount each

-1.27 Store coupon each

1 Ball Chrome $11.99

-$3.75 Store coupon

OOP $23.08

My husband mentioned that this oil is a great price so using the coupon with the oil is a great.   He is interested in going back this weekend and stocking up on some more and without the coupon and using the rebate.  We are going to pick up an extra rebate form.

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Part 2: Car: True Cost of a Vehicle

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How much does this 1999 Isuzu Rodeo cost us?

Right now we have put over 3,000 miles on it and it has cost us 51 cents a mile!  Not too bad!

How to calculate the true cost of a vehicle and why it makes sense to buy a used vehicle. Plus, this is the time to buy used vehicles because they are the cheapest.

In a strange way the more you drive the lower the cost per mile because the originial purchase price will spread across more miles.

Here is a spreadsheet you can download and use to calculate your cost per mile.

Click here to download car-cost-gas-log.ODS Spreadsheet

Fill in the grey fields and the yellow fields will calculate for you.

If you have car payments include them as separate transactions each month so you can see the money you have put into the vehicle.   As we all know cars depreciate and rarely appreciate, so it is a great way to see the actual cost of having the vehicle.  Remember to also include taxes and insurance.

Why calculate the true cost of the vehicle?

If you don’t drive the vehicle that much and the vehicle costs you about $30 + a day to drive it plus keep it because of car payments it might make sense to look for a cheaper vehicle.

How to find cheaper vehicles?

One of my all time favorite places to find cheaper vehicles is Craigslist and your local paper. That way you are either working with an owner or a local dealer.  I prefer owner.

Always have a mechanic look over the vehicle before buying.  This checkup can cost about $50 to $75 and is worth every penny because a mechanic can find out if the vehicle had been in a really bad accident.  A great place to learn about mechanics is at Car Talk.  Click here to visit Car Talk Mechanics Files. Your local mechanic can recommend cars that they are comfortable working on and that they know are reliable.  They also might know of owners interested in selling or dealers that have good deals too.

The next place is EBAY motors as long as you can see the vehicle before purchasing it and you are comfortable with that format. We have had a great luck selling and buying on EBAY.  I recommend looking for vehicles in your local area only.

Next look at dealers in your area but be aware that they will try and get the highest price out of you.  Right now they want to sell cars and especially with financing so you can get some good deals if you look hard enough and work a deal with them too.

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Part 1: Car: $200+ SUV! Talk about saving!

Think about this?

How much do you spend on a vehicle?

Have you ever thought about how much your transportation costs you per year?

Do you calculate the payment + fuel + maintenance?

Part 1

I’ve been reading a lot of blogs recently about how people save money and what they have been doing about their savings for 2009.  I want to share how my husband and I have saved a lot of money.  We own used vehicles.

Some of the blogs talk about saving money to buy a new car or update a 10 year+ car.  Which is perfectly fine but I want people to think about it very carefully and realize they can save by buying or repairing a used car.

First let me mention a couple of things.  My husband loves to play with vehicles.  He started to learn how to play with cars and trucks when he was 5 years old.  Over the years he has owned different types of vehicles including cars, and SUVs.  We’ve learned over the years that used older high quality cars or SUVs are the most cost effective.

Here is a wonderful example that I want to share.   My husband loves Isuzu SUVs.  They are very good vehicles.  We’ve had very good luck with them and each of them are older and have lots of mileage on them, however,  you wouldn’t know it by riding in them.

Our neighbor had an accident with a deer over a year ago and left is Isuzu Rodeo in his driveway.  He felt it couldn’t be fixed.  This fall he and my husband talked about it and he offered my husband the truck for $200!  I’m not kidding.   Here is more information about how my husband fixed it on his forum.  Click here.

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We estimate this 1999 Isuzu Rodeo would have cost anywhere between $2000 to $5000 for buying off the street.  With the basic repairs and maintenance it cost us about $1200 plus time to put it together.

Would this be cost effective for someone that doesn’t do repairs? We estimate that would be.  We also know that not everyone has a great mechanic available either, but there are ways to find good mechanics. Thanks to the internet!

How much does this 1999 Isuzu Rodeo cost us?   Right now we have put 3,000 miles on it and it has cost us 73 cents a mile!  Not too bad!

In Part 2, I will talk about how to calculate the true cost of a vehicle and why it makes sense to buy a used vehicle. Plus, this is the time to buy used vehicles because they are the cheapest.