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10 Fuel Efficient Cars in 2013

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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

Nissan_Leaf

    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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                    2009-Honda-CMX250CRebel250b

                      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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                      33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

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                      33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

                      In a difficult economy, most of us are looking for ways to put more money in our pockets, but we don’t want to feel like misers. We don’t want to drastically alter our lifestyles either. We want it fast and we want it easy. Small savings can add up and big savings can feel like winning the lottery, just without all of the taxes.

                      Some easy ways to save money:

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                      1. Online rebate sites. Many online sites offer cash back rebates and online coupons as well. MrRebates and Ebates are two I like, but there are many others.
                      2. Sign up for customer rewards. Many of your favorite stores offer customer rewards on products you already buy. Take advantage.
                      3. Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs. The extra cost up front is worth the energy savings later on.
                      4. Turn off power strips and electronic devices when not in use.
                      5. Buy a programmable thermostat. Set it to lower the heat or raise the AC when you’re not home.
                      6. Make coffee at home. Those lattes and caramel macchiatos add up to quite a bit of dough over the year.
                      7. Switch banks. Shop around for better interest rates, lower fees and better customer perks. Don’t forget to look for free online banking and ease of depositing and withdrawing money.
                      8. Clip coupons: Saving a couple dollars here and there can start to add up. As long as you’re going to buy the products anyway, why not save money?
                      9. Pack your lunch. Bring your lunch to work with you a few days a week, rather than buy it.
                      10. Eat at home. We’re busier than ever, but cooking meals at home is healthier and much cheaper than take-out or going out. Plus, with all of the freezer and pre-made options, it’s almost as fast as drive-thru.
                      11. Have leftovers night. Save your leftovers from a few meals and have a “leftover dinner.” It’s a free meal!
                      12. Buy store brands: Many generic or store brands are actually just as good as name brands and considerably cheaper.
                      13. Ditch bottled water. Drink tap water if it’s good quality, buy a filter if it’s not. Get 
                          a reusable water bottle and refill it.
                        • Avoid vending machines: The items are usually over-priced.
                        • Take in a matinee. Afternoon movie showings are cheaper than evening times.
                        • Re-examine your cable bill. Cancel extra cable or satellite channels you don’t watch. Watch the “on demand” movie purchases too.
                        • Use online bill pay. Most banks offer free online bill paying. Save on stamps and checks, and avoid late fees by automating bill payment.
                        • Buy frequently used items in bulk. You get a lower per item price and eliminate extra trips to the store later on.
                        • Fully utilize the library. Borrowing books is much cheaper than buying them, but in addition to books, most local libraries now lend movies and games.
                        • Cancel magazine/newspaper subscriptions: Re-evaluate your subscriptions. Cancel those you don’t read and consider reading some of the other publications online.
                        • Get rid of your land-line. Do you really need a land-line anymore if everyone in the family has a cell phone? Alternatively, look into using VOIP or getting a cheaper plan.
                        • Better fuel efficiency. Check the air pressure in your tires, keep up with proper auto maintenance, and slow down. Driving even 5MPH slower will result in better fuel mileage.
                        • Increase your deductibles. Increasing the insurance deductibles on your homeowners and auto insurance policies lowers premiums significantly. Just make sure you choose a deductible that you can afford should an emergency happen.
                        • Choose lunch over dinner. If you do want to dine out occasionally, go at lunchtime rather than dinnertime. Lunch prices are usually cheaper.
                        • Buy used:  Whether it’s something small like a vintage dress or a video game or something big like a car or furniture, consider buying it used. You can often get “nearly new” for a fraction of the cost.
                        • Stick to the list. Make a list before you go shopping and don’t buy anything that’s not on the list unless it’s a once in a lifetime, killer deal.
                        • Tame the impulse. Use a self-enforced waiting period whenever you’re tempted to make an unplanned purchase. Wait for a week and see if you still want the item.
                        • Don’t be afraid to ask. Ask to have fees waived, ask for a discount, ask for a lower interest rate on your credit card.
                        • Repair rather than replace. You can find directions on how to fix almost anything on the internet. Do your homework, and then bring out your inner handyman.
                        • Trade with your neighbors. Borrow tools or equipment that you use infrequently and swap things like babysitting with your neighbors.
                        • Swap online. Use sites like PaperBack Swap to trade books, music, and movies with others online. Also, look for local community sites like Freecycle where people give away items they no longer need.
                        • Cut back on the meat. Try eating a one or two meatless meals every week or cut back on the meat portions. Meat is usually the most expensive part of the meal.
                        • Comparison shop: Get in the habit of checking prices before you buy. See if you can get a better price at another store or look online.

                        Remember that saving money is not about being cheap or stingy; it’s about putting money into your bank account rather than giving it to someone else. There are many ways to save money, some you’ve never thought of, and some that won’t appeal or apply to you. Just pick a few of the ideas that sound doable and watch the savings add up. Save big, save small, but save wherever you can.

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