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5 Used Car Salesmen You Won’t Find at DriveTime

Let’s face it, buying a used car can be stressful. After all, there are a whole host of things that could go wrong—you could overpay, end up with a car you can’t truly afford or get stuck with a lemon of epic proportions. And, with all of your work and responsibilities, you don’t have time for that, right?

Fortunately, DriveTime is here to help. With a no-questions asked 5-day return policy, simple financing and easy, online approvals, you can rest assured that DriveTime has your best interest in mind.

But, with all the perks, there’s one thing DriveTime doesn’t offer—a used car salesman that you see in comedy movies and sketches. Here are a few types of salesmen you’ll never see anywhere near a DriveTime showroom.

The “Pushy” Salesman

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Dude, When’s My Car Payment? 4 Foolproof Memorization Techniques

We’re all guilty of forgetting important dates, especially after a fun night!

Events like anniversaries, birthdays and even car payments, can slip through the cracks when you’re juggling a million other things. However, the majority of people who actually do remember important dates, usually rely on other methods to aid their memory.

So if you sometimes feel like the dudes from “Dude, Where’s My Car,” here are four foolproof memorization techniques to help you remember your car payment date (as well as what you did last night).

Mark It on Your Calendar

Instead of forcing yourself to remember an important date (why would you want to put that extra stress on yourself?), get it out of your head and on paper. Our hectic schedules force us to write everything down (whether it’s on paper or digital), but this is a time tested way to remember everything.

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5 Car Shopping Tips for Independent Women

Are you up in the club, just broke up and doing your own little thing?

If those Beyonce lyrics describe your life, you’re probably busy focusing on “Me, Myself, and I” to worry too much about what your man is doing. At least, that’s what most of the single ladies would say.

Maybe you have a man, but don’t want to rely on him for everything. After all, you’re an independent woman, right?

You don’t need anyone paying your bills and telling you what to do. That’s why you need your own car and your own independence—because having your own car means having the freedom to do the things you want, when you want. And, no matter who you are, there’s no better feeling than knowing you can jet at any time.

But, buying a used car isn’t all fun and games. You have to know what to look for, what to avoid and how to make your new car payment work with your existing monthly budget. You also need to look cute. And let’s face it, you would rather hoof it than drive around in something embarrassing.

This is a guest blog post by Holly Johnson, founder and author of Club Thrifty

Trust me, I understand. Here are five tips to help you conquer your car shopping experience:

1. Put Your Game Face On

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Fake It Til You Make It: 3 Reliable Used Cars That Scream Success

Who said you have to break the bank to ride in style?

Depending on your personal taste, a new luxury car could set you back $1,000 or more per month, and that doesn’t include the cost of maintenance, repairs, gasoline and insurance. In some areas, that’s more than the monthly rent on a luxury apartment.

Fortunately, there’s a loophole to help you avoid the exorbitant price tag and still look like a million bucks while cruising down the highway. And that’s a used but reliable, upscale vehicle! What’s even more appealing is most owners tend to take great care of their luxury ride when it’s fresh off the lot, leaving you in good hands once you take possession.

This post is contributed by Allison Martin, personal finance writer and contributor on Yahoo! Finance and BadCredit.org.

Here are 3 used cars that will turn heads and keep your hard earned money in your pocket.

1. 2010 BMW 3 Series

BMW3 series

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DIY Wine Bottle Crafts

Make More Money: 5 Ways to Boost Your Supplemental Income

You’re busy building a career and doing your best to get ahead. Your goal is to boost your income so you can afford more and enjoy life.

But, you also enjoy the simplicity of things and don’t want to complicate your schedule with too many jobs or become overworked.

So, how can you make more money without investing a ton of time? Here are five ideas to boost your income without using all of your free time.

This is a guest blog post by Carrie Smith, contributing writer at Yahoo! Finance and The Huffington Post and editor at Careful Cents

Sell Wine Bottles
After spending a hard day working and traversing through traffic during your commute, you deserve a glass or two of wine to unwind. Once you’ve consumed the contents you can make money by reselling the corks and bottles.

A good place to start is by selling them directly on WineCommune or eBay. In order to get the most value, be sure to clean out the bottles thoroughly with a little soap and water.

Flip Thrift Store Finds for a Profit
We all love finding a good deal, so why not turn your deal-hunting into something that makes money? Peruse thrift stores, yard sales and consignments shops for big sales or deals on items that can be resold. This is a fun project that can be done on weekends, so it won’t conflict with a regular working schedule. Plus, if you are interested in fashion, this could be a great place to show your good eye by starting a blog or using social media to display your finds.

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