Trunk or Treat

Trunk-or-Treat! 15 Last Minute Halloween Costumes for Your Car

Halloween is one of the best holidays. Think about it: you don’t have to decorate eggs or lug a live tree right into your living room, nor do you need to spend all day cooking a gigantic turkey or act surprised when your grandma gives you an ugly sweater—again.

All you have to do is dress up like your favorite character and hand some candy out to all the neighborhood kids. Oh, and you totally need to decorate your house and car, too. In case you are stressing about what to dress up as or how to decorate your car, here are a few epic ideas.

Scary Teeth Car

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Because, trust me, no one will try to break into your car if it’s wearing this costume.

Batmobile Car

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Scared of scratching that shiny paint job? Dress your car up with these bat ears and protect that radiant glow. Continue reading…

Baby and Pet Costumes

Beware: Halloween’s Cutest Puppy & Baby Costumes Revealed

We’ve put together a cute and totally adorable list of the best costumes for puppies and babies this Halloween. Just be sure your heart doesn’t melt from all that cuteness.

Luigi and Mario Take on the World

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Best friends usually start out as the best enemies.

Don’t Mess with This Justice League

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Get in their way, and this justice league will take you down. After their morning nap. Continue reading…

Rebuild

5 Simple Ways to Rebuild Your Credit

Are you reminded of your less than perfect credit at the most inopportune moments? Maybe you’ve encountered a few bumps in the road or made a few poor decisions that sent your FICO score tumbling down what seems like the steepest cliff of Mt. Everest, but the damage won’t last forever.

Here are some simple ways to revive your credit score.

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

Dispute Errors
When was the last time you retrieved and analyzed your credit profile for errors, omissions or inaccuracies? If it’s been awhile, you should retrieve a free copy from a resource like AnnualCreditReport.com. This is important because the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that 5 percent of consumers had an error on one of their three major credit reports. This could lead to paying more for loans or insurance.

So, if you spot any discrepancies, immediately notify one of the three credit bureaus and the creditor in writing. The letter should include your name, address, the item in dispute and a formal request to have it removed. Also, include copies of any supporting documentation and a copy of your credit report that clearly identifies the inaccurate items. The credit bureaus have 30 days to issue a written response indicating their decision. If they don’t rule in your favor, simply request that a statement of dispute be added to your credit profile detailing your claims.

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Budgeting

How to Budget Your Money: 9 Budgeting Tips for Shopaholics

So you want a new (or new-to-you) car. Join the club!

The gorgeous paint job, spotless interior and new car smell are enough to make anyone sign on the dotted line whatever the cost. Fortunately, you’ve decided to do things the right way. You don’t want to end up car-poor like your friend who can only afford to eat Ramen, right? So, how do you afford a new car without selling a kidney to keep up with the monthly payments?

Budgeting.

The good news is, there are plenty of ways to alter your spending habits in a way that can help you save over time. The bad news is, most of them require some sacrifice. Even though you hate what I’m saying, it will all be worth it when you drive away in your new ride without a care in the world. Trust me.

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

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be ready to upgrade your ride in no time!

1. Spend Less Than You Earn
This tip should be obvious. The easiest way to save money is to figure out exactly how much you earn and find a way to spend less. Look at how much you are spending on extra things or activities like eating out or shopping. Once you cut these out, you will be able to see how much more you can save.

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marlow-heights

DriveTime Enters Washington D.C. Market, Dealership Opens in Marlow Heights

DriveTime Automotive Group is pleased to announce their expansion into Washington D.C. with a new dealership in the Marlow Heights area. The used car dealership opens Friday, October 31 and is located at 4601 Saint Barnabas Rd., Suite B, Temple Hills, MD. This will be the first DriveTime dealership in the Washington D.C. area.

This new location expands more than 56,000 square feet on six acres of land and currently holds over 105 vehicles.

As the nation’s largest dealer helping people with credit issues find and finance their perfect vehicle, DriveTime continues to work for our customers. This expansion to the Washington D.C. area is an exciting step for DriveTime and brings a haggle-free and no-pressure automotive buying experience to the community.

DriveTime offers incredible benefits for used car buyers with less than perfect credit, including:

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