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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

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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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5 Reasons You Deserve the Pickup Truck of Your Dreams

Pickup trucks are quintessentially American. They are our pride and joy, and millions own them and are obsessed with their capabilities.

They aren’t solely geared toward outdoorsmen who like to embrace nature, either. Career professionals from the inner city are also intrigued. Besides, if you work hard, don’t you deserve to play harder?

Here are five reasons you deserve the pickup of your dreams.

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

1. You Can Go on Weekend Adventures

Looks can be deceiving, so don’t let the appearance of a pickup fool you. The more recent models have polished interiors with the same toughness and power you need to take on the rugged campgrounds, snowy mountains or any rough terrain you encounter on your excursions. In essence, you’ll be granted an all-access pass to the places you can’t go in a car without fear of a heavy rain shower or snow storm ruining your plans.

2. You Can Tow
Planning to take the boat out for a weekend of fishing with the boys? No problem. Just hitch it to the back of the bed of the truck and you’re all set.
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Rescued! Duo Tina & Tara Return in DriveTime’s 2015 Commercials

Lewis and Clark. Will Smith and Carlton Banks. Macaroni and Cheese.

Throughout history, there has always been a phenomenal duo who stole the show, as well as our hearts.

When the 2014 DriveTime commercials were in production, we set out to create 30 seconds of advertising bliss that was a departure from the sleazy SALE! SALE! SALE! TV commercials that plague our television sets. We introduced the RESCUED! series, starring the latest phenomenal duo in American pop culture: Tina and Tara.

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