Tuesday, September 13, 2016

GETTING A NEW CAR

Getting a New Car

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Take a look around you may be able to find your "Dream Car"!


Fall is my favorite time of the year, soon everywhere you look, you will see smiling orange pumpkins and scarecrows popping up.  Looking in the yard I can already see the leaves on the tree's have started changing to bright reds, yellow and orange.  I take a sip of iced tea and plump up the pillows in the lounge chair and take a deep breath and relax. It's a beautiful Saturday morning and I am going to take every bit of it in! I just might make a loaf of  pumpkin bread for the husband who has been feeling older lately, although I don't think 61 is old! Maybe this will give him a boost! I head back inside and start gathering all my supplies for pumpkin bread. It's just what this "older" couple needs is comfort food, I giggled to myself. 
Soon hubby comes running into the house and smells the bread cooking and smiles. Smells good, it takes me back to my Mom's house at the start of fall, she would always keep the house smelling of pumpkin and spices all September and October. He gives me a kiss on the cheek and heads out the back door, I wonder where he is headed to, he usually tells me, but he had that certain twinkle in the eye this morning. I couldn't help but wonder what he was up to, but whatever it is, seems he is back to his happy self. 
Buying a new car can be exciting, but it's also a huge purchase, and for some can be worrisome.  Today dealerships have tried to take away the stress of buying your dream vehicle, Now you can, in the comfort of your own home, pull up the web site for your dealership and locate your make and model of car and even find your favorite color. If they don't have what your looking for, you can contact a salesperson on the net and give him/her the specifics and he/she can help you find that particular dream car, You can even go over the price and check to see if any extras have been added on to increase the price, now when you get to the dealership you will not go into price sticker shock. Soon the salesperson calls to let you know your dream car has been located and you can come down to the dealership and pick it up. 
While taking the last loaf of pumpkin bread out of the oven I hear a loud motor, which almost sounds like a race car passing by the front of the house.  Little did I know this is what put the happy twinkle in my husbands eyes.  He comes in the back door and remarks how wonderful the house smells, but he needs me to come look at something for a minute, if I have the time. Sitting in our driveway where the old "family car" sat, now sat a shiny new blue sports car. I look over at my husband and ask if this was his surprise and he nodded his head and pulls out two sporty looking hats one for each of us. Next think I know I am riding down the road in our new car! My husband pulls up to the red light and hollers over the motor do you feel old now? I yell back, no I feel like a teenager again! Amazing what a new car can do for your morale!

Author Note: Tammy is the owner and author of the Frugal Southern Mom Blog. Visit her on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter!
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Cleaning the Family Car

Cleaning the Family Car

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Your wife keeps telling you it's time to look for a new car. Of course, you ask her what is wrong with the one we have and she shakes her head. Obviously you haven't driven it lately. Remember the family car gets driven everyday to work, kids to activities and school.  So you agree with her and tell her you will look into it. 
Looking for a car for a growing family can be tough, you know what you want, but sometimes what you want and what is available in your price range doesn't always mesh together well. The next morning you pour a cup of coffee and head to the garage to check out the family car. The van looks pretty good on the outside, but the inside isn't so great. You shake your head and go back into the house in a bit of shock.  So you devised a plan; you would send them on their Saturday morning errands in your car, and this way you can get the family car looked over and cleaned out and fumigated! 
You hand your wife your keys, she gives  you a smile and tells you they will be back later this afternoon. You climb into the stinky car and brush away some papers off the seat and head to get it cleaned, afterwards you couldn't believe it yourself that this was the same car you had driven in. Heading to the dealership you wanted to make sure everything was mechanically sound, afterwards the service manager tells you that given the age of the car,  your van is in great condition. 
When you drive into the driveway the kids run up to the new car in excitement, Mom hears all the commotion and comes out and see's the new car and runs up to give hubby a hug!  They loved the color and couldn't believe it came with a DVD player! You step back and take in all the happiness and think to yourself should I tell them this is the same family car but it's been cleaned and tuned up and you bought the new DVD player? 
There are several ways to keep your car cleaned up before it reach's the state of a confused, stinky and messy state. 
1. SHAKE AND VAC - Once a week take the car in to have mats vacuumed and cleaned and the car washed. Be sure to wipe down all seats and dashboards. 
2. STOW TO GO - If you have to have CD's, sunglasses, movies and first aid kits, buy some organizers and use them. 
3. DOUBLE UP - You have kids, you will always have tons of sports equipment, library books, and toys. Pick up a laundry basket to hold everything and stash it the back of the car or in the trunk. 
4. BE PREPARED - Head off trash accumulation: Make sure you have a waste bag available at all times and remember to use it.


Author Note: Tammy is the owner and author of the Frugal Southern Mom Blog. Visit her on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter!
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