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10 Fuel Efficient Cars in 2013

10 Fuel Efficient Cars in 2013

Fuel is expensive these days. With a shrinking economy and government incentives aplenty, purchasing a fuel efficient car is a necessity in life. Here are 10 fuel efficient cars and other vehicles to look for in 2013:

1. Nissan Leaf

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    106 mpge city, Price: $35,200

    Consumer Reports is calling the Nissan Leaf “excellent.” The older versions still hold up mechanically. Electric hybrids are reaching levels of fuel efficiency never before thought possible. The Leaf has a decent amount of room for road trips. It’s responsive, cheap, and durable

    2. Tesla Model S

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      90 mpge hwy, Price: $49,900

      Tesla looks good. The Model S is an amazing sedan. There’s no record of reliability yet, and we don’t know whether they’ll be a burnout, but I’d bet money on this car. Even if the company goes under, it’ll remain inexpensive to maintain and parts will be easy to find for a few decades after. This is one of my dream cars.

      3. Ford Focus Electric

      Ford Focus Electric

        110 mpge city, Price: $39,200

        Ford is a company you either love or hate. Most Ford owners stick by them. There’s a reason for that. The Focus is a great car. It’s cheap to keep and retains value decently. With so many Ford Focus Electrics on the road these days, finding cheap parts will never be an issue. This is a great ride for singles, couples, and starter families.

        4. Honda Fit EV

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        Honda Fit EV Lifehack

          132 mpge city, Price: $36,625

          Honda is known for reliability. The mileage and space on the all-electric Fit EV makes it a great traveler for one to two people comfortably. If it breaks, there’s usually a Honda certified mechanic nearby who can fix it fast, and cheap.

          5. Smart fortwo Electric Drive

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            122 mpge city, Price: $25,750

            The fortwo from Smart is exactly that: smart travel for two people and not much else. I wouldn’t use it for long distance travel or camping, but as a city commuter, it’s amazing. Just don’t get hit in one, because you’re a bit smaller than everything else on the road.

            6. Lexus ES

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            2013-Lexus-ES

              40 mpge city, Price: $40,475

              If luxury is what you’re after, Lexus delivers with the ES series. It may not be a full electric, but 40 mpg is a small price to pay for the luxury and comfort a Lexus brings to the table within its ambient lit leather interior.

              7. Ford C-Max Energi

              Ford C Max Energi

                44 mpge city, 41 mpge hwy, Price: $33,745

                This Ford Hybrid isn’t quite as stylish as the Lexus ES, but it has a few comfort features of its own, such as the innovative SmartGauge with EcoGuide in the dash. Park Assist, Post-Crash Alert, and Heated seats make this gadget car worth checking out. 

                8. Toyota Highlander Hybrid

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                Toyota Highlander Hybrid

                  28 mpge, Price: $40,815

                  For certain environments, an SUV is necessary. BP, DHS, and rappers all heart SUV’s. Even if you’re a soccer or LAN mom, the Highlander is a great choice. With a decent factory sound system and plenty of room, the Highlander is your best option for family road trips.

                  9.Vespa GTS 300 ie

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                    52 mpge, Price: $2,000

                    The Vespa is a stylish choice for coastal areas. You can pull one off in some coastal cities like Miami, LA, NYC, Boston, etc, but Phoenix or El Paso is probably not the place for them. The gas mileage is great, the body trim is stylish. If I were to buy a scooter, I’d buy a Vespa.

                    10. Honda CMX250C Rebel

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                      95 mpge, Price: $4,300

                      If you want a cruising motorcycle that’ll get you started and last, the Honda Rebel is the bike you want. This baby reaches speeds of 85 mph, and is perfect for starter road trips warriors. If you have an RV, this is a great alternate mode of transportation to carry along with you if you have room.

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                      How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

                      How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

                      Many people will suggest that the best thing to do with your credit cards during these tough economic times is to cut them up with a pair of scissors. Indeed, if you are already in huge debt, you probably should stop using them and begin a payback strategy immediately. However, if you are not currently in trouble with your credit cards, there are wise ways to use them.

                      I happen to really love my credit cards so I will share with you my approach to how I use mine without getting into deep financial trouble.

                      Ever since about 1983 when I got my first Visa card, I continue to charge as many of my purchases as possible on credit. Everything from gas, groceries and monthly payments for services like my cable and home security monitoring are charged on credit. Despite my heavy usage, I have maintained the joy of never paying any interest fees at all on any of my credit cards.

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                      Here are some tips on how best to use your credit cards without falling into the trap of paying those nasty double-digit interest fees.

                      Do Not Treat Credit Cards as Your Funding Sources

                      Too many people treat their credit cards as funding sources for major purchases. Do not do this if you want to stay out of trouble. I use my credit cards as convenient financial instruments so I do not have to carry around much cash. In fact, I hate carrying cash, especially coins. When you buy things on credit, the purchases are clean and you will not get annoying coins back as change.

                      I do not rely on my Visa, MasterCard or American Express to fund any of my purchases, large or small. This brings me to my golden rule when it comes to whether I will pull out any of my credit cards either at a retail or online store.

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                      I never purchase anything with my credit cards if I do not have the actual cash on hand in my bank account.

                      If I really cannot pay for the item or service with cash that I already have at the bank, then I simply will not make the purchase. Remember, my credit cards are not used as funding sources. They are just convenient alternatives to actual cash in my pocket.

                      Make Sure to Always Pay Off Balances in Full Each Month

                      The next very important part of my overall strategy is to make absolutely sure that I pay the balances in full each and every month no matter how large they are. This should never be a problem if the cash has been budgeted for my purchases and secured in the bank. I have always paid my full balances each month ever since my very first credit card and this is why I never pay interest charges.

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                      Using Credit Cards with Rewards

                      Most of my credit cards are of the “no annual fees” type, including one MasterCard on a separate account I keep at home as a spare in case I lose my wallet or incur any fraudulent charges. However, I do use a main Visa card which does have an annual fee because all purchases on that card reward me with airline frequent flyer points. For me, the annual fee is worth it since I do travel and I get enough points to redeem many free flights.

                      You have to decide for yourself if you will charge enough purchases on credit each year without paying interest charges to warrant a credit card that rewards you with airline points (or other rewards). In my case, the answer is “yes” but that might not be the case for you.

                      I occasionally use a MasterCard or American Express card on small purchases just to keep those accounts active. Also, I have been to the odd retailer that accepted only a certain type of credit card, so I find that having one from each major company is quite handy. Aside from my main Visa card which earns the airline points, the rest of my cards are of the “no annual fees” variety.

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                      So this is how I use my credit cards without getting into any financial trouble with them. This strategy is recommended only if you are not in debt, of course. In fact, it is worth keeping in mind once you’re out of debt so that you can keep your credit cards active and treat them responsibly.

                      What are your credit card usage strategies? Let me know in the comments — I’d love to hear what methods you use.

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