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  • How To Deal With A Hangover

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    If you should ever wake up with a massive hangover, here are some great tips to make it easier for you to look fresh, all day long.


    1. Water

    As soon as you get out of bed, drink the largest glass of water that you can find. Make sure it’s room temperature or warmer, and add juice from half a small lemon to help remove the toxins you’ve taken in.

    2. Eat a green breakfast

    Reach for organic foods to counter the acid-forming alcohol you drank.

    3. Take a warm-to-cold shower

    Take a warm shower and allow the showerhead to run over your lower back for a few minutes, alternating to cold water for a few minutes.

    This stimulates the adrenal glands of your kidneys, and helps to flush out the booze.  

    4. Face First

    To fight off the puffiness in your face, fill the sink with cold water and throw in a couple of trays of ice. Next, dip your face in for as long as you can hold your breath, then remove it and take a few deep breaths. Repeat this ten times.

    5. Moisture plus Radiance

    Combine your regular moisturizer with an energizing ingredient that  contains things like ginseng, vitamin B5, vitamin E, magnesium, copper and zinc, to bring life back into your skin.

    6. Bright Eyes

    You may wish to douse them with Visine, depending on the level of redness, and apply a soothing, de-puffing eye cream.

    7. Take the red out

    Tone down the red in your skin with a high SPF sunscreen that has a slight tint.

  • Two men watch a woman give birth...lol

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    Two men recorded reactions as they watched a four-minute video of a woman giving birth for the first time.

    Opinions on the video is split.   Some viewers finding their ignorance funny, while others argue their reaction is offensive.

     

  • Hell Hath No Fury...hahahaha

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    A woman got back at her boyfriend by posting a video of him on Facebook crying and begging her not to leave. 

    The video shows the guy crying throughoutm and at one point, he lifts up and cuddles a teddy bear.

    He promises to change and tells his ex that she is the only girl he loves. 

    She didn’t take him back and decided to embarrass him by posting the video on Facebook.

     

  • Brad Paisley

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    Brad Paisley appears on the cover of this Sunday's "Parade" mag.

    Brad gives a Nashville tour during the article, with stops including the Grand Ole Opry house, Artisan Guitars and the Frothy Monkey. 


    Paisley on “Those Crazy Christians,” about religion from the viewpoint of a nonbeliever:
    “This is what I would consider a gospel song, the most important one I’ve ever done. … I wrote it shortly after my cousin-in-law passed away in 2011. … To play the part of the skeptic … is a much more powerful argument to me—in favor of [belief] as well as looking at things that are baffling.”

    On struggling with work-life balance:
    "It is tough and frustrating sometimes. When you're a creative person, there are just times when you're not listening. You know, I could be looking right at you and thinking about something else."

    On meeting his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, when he cast her in a video after spotting her in Father of the Bride:
    “I used the video as a way to say hi, and it worked well. I did not think, she would end up as my wife.”

    On why he hasn’t done a cameo on ABC’s musical drama Nashville, in which his wife has a role:
    “They’ve asked, but it’s a little odd, having Kim on there playing somebody else. … I can’t watch it. It is really good, but it’s disturbing to me, too close to what I do.”

    On whether he’s afraid his fans won’t like the edgier material on Wheelhouse:
    “Maybe I’m naive, but I give them a lot of credit for having been with me a long time and knowing me really well. So it’s not like with one album I’m a whole new guy.”

     

    I LOVE HIM..Wheelhouse is out in stores, Tues April 9th

    ~Charli 

  • LOVE Tom Hanks..look at what he did!! LOL

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    This is hilarious! The dude in the white doesn’t know Tom Hanks, never met him never will!! Tom was sitting at a bar with his friend having a drink, when he noticed this guy passed out. He went over to see if he was ok and noticed the guy’s smart phone on the table. So he shot off a few pics and put the phone in the guys pocket!! Imagine waking up the next day and checking your phone! 

     

     

  • $45,000 engagement?!??!?

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    People are now spending thousands of dollars for extravagant marriage proposals--  hiring planners to help them pop the big question. 

    Some folks are using flash mobs and even naval ships.... also paying to have the proposal captured on video or film. 

    One man spent $45,000 to ask his girlfriend if she would marry him last year… $3,500 of which went to a proposal planner.

  • WOW..What an act of kindess

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    A woman found an envelope taped to her car.

    Inside was $40 in cash and a note that said: “I noticed the sticker on your car. Take your hero out to dinner when he comes home. Thank you both for serving: him deployed and you for waiting.”

    The note was signed “United States Veteran” and “God Bless”.

    The woman was so touched she snapped a picture of it - and it has since gone viral on Facebook.

    After sharing the picture with her deployed boyfriend, he said he was also touched and intended to pay the kindness forward.

  • Things that are turning 30 this year...

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    1. THE MCNUGGET

    McDonald's executive chef Rene Arend created the Chicken McNugget way back in 1979, but it wasn't available in McDonald's restaurants nationwide until 1983 because there simply wasn't enough processed chicken to go around.

    2. D.A.R.E.
    Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) was established to teach school kids to avoid drugs, gangs, and violence.

    3. THE SWATCH WATCH
    The Swatch Watch was introduced in March, putting a decidedly '80s twist on classic Swiss craftsmanship.

    4. TCP/IP ON ARPANET ("THE INTERNET")
    On January 1, 1983, the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) switched its networking technology to TCP/IP, arguably marking the moment that the modern "Internet" came into being.

    5. "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC'S FIRST ALBUMS
    The year 1983 saw the first full-length album from "Weird Al" Yankovic. His self-titled debut featured "I Love Rocky Road" (a parody of Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n Roll").

    6. THE MOONWALK
    Michael Jackson introduced his signature "moonwalk" dance move during the TV special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever.

    7. PLINKO
    On January 3, 1983, the game show The Price is Right introduced its now-classic game Plinko.

    8. MAMA'S FAMILY
    NBC premiered the show Mama's Family starring Vicki Lawrence. NBC canceled the series in May 1984, but the show continued to produce new episodes through 1990 for syndication.

    9. STAR WARS EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI
    Return of the Jedi was the conclusion to the original trilogy of Star Wars films. It introduced Ewoks, a second Death Star, and gave us a peek of what Darth Vader looked like without his mask. Luke also learned that in The Empire Strikes Back, he'd totally kissed his own sister.

    10. SWEET VALLEY HIGH
    Francine Pascal and her merry band of ghostwriters launched the Sweet Valley High series for preteen girls, which ran for 20 years and 152 books.

    11. THE AMERICAN MINIVAN
    The Dodge Caravan was first produced in November of 1983, featuring a boxy design, seating room for seven, and a family-friendly amount of space.

    12. MARIO BROS. (ARCADE GAME)
    Nintendo released the original Mario Bros. arcade game, unleashing the Italian plumbers Mario and Luigi into the game-playing world.

    13. HOOTERS
    Hooters launched its first restaurant in Clearwater, Florida on October 4, 1983.

    14. SONY CAMCORDER
    In 1983, Sony introduced its first Camcorder for consumer use.

    15. AOL
    AOL was founded in 1983. Their first product was "GameLine," a modem-based game service for the Atari.

    16. THE APPLE IIE
    Apple released its Apple IIe personal computer and they produced it until late 1993. One of its banner features was the ability to display lowercase letters. (PREVIOUS MODELS USED ALL CAPS.)

    17. PET SEMATARY
    Stephen King's 1983 novel Pet Sematary was inspired by a real pet cemetery where the author's daughter Naomi buried her cat Smucky in 1978.

    18. CABBAGE PATCH KIDS
    Though Xavier Roberts's hand-sewn "Little Person" dolls were first available for adoption in 1976, the official launch (and the height of their popularity) came in 1983.

    19. THE DISNEY CHANNEL
    On April 18, 1983 at 7am, the Disney Channel launched with Good Morning, Mickey!, a 30-minute compilation program featuring classic Disney shorts and a brief fitness segment called Mousercize.

    20. READING RAINBOW
    Original episodes of Reading Rainbow ran from 1983 through 2006.

    21. THE A-TEAM
    The first episode of The A-Team aired on NBC on January 23, 1983. The series would end on December 30, 1986.

  • The things you are good at only when you are drunk

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    1. Socializing with others.

    2. Dancing.

    3. Playing pool or darts.

    4. Sending bold if inadvisable text messages.

    5. Thinking it’s a good idea to trim my own bangs.

    6. Eating all the mac and cheese.

    7. Booty calling.

    8. Telling my boyfriend I hope he finds love after I’m dead.

    9. Google stalking.

    10. Releasing all remaining sexual inhibitions.

    11. Getting mad at people who haven’t done anything wrong.

    12. Napping.

    13. Making bawdy, off-color jokes.

    14. Composing long, heart-felt emails to people I have unfinished business with.

    15. Karaoke.

    16. Making the first move.

    17. Scrubbing the kitchen floor.

    18. Crying in public.

  • 50 Best Dates in America

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    From outdoor adventures to cozy bed and breakfasts, and north to south, and east to west, these not-to-be-missed attractions demand a romantic tour of the US of A. REDBOOK.

    Alabama
    3…2…1…lift-off to the cutest nerd-date on the planet. Sign up for a tour at Space Camp in Huntsville and geek out on the largest collection of rockets and other space memorabilia in the U.S. Astronaut ice cream not optional.

    Alaska
    Venture to the far reaches of these here United States in one of the Northern Alaska Tour Company's seaplanes to Barrow, the northernmost city in the U.S. and the ninth northernmost city in the world. Make sure to dip your toe in the Arctic Ocean - but not for too long!

    Arizona
    You'll be singing "Cowboy Take Me Away" with a visit to the all-inclusive Tanque Ranch just outside Tuscon. The working dude ranch is set in the heart of the Sonoran desert and was the real-life setting for Nickelodeon's quirky teen show, Hey Dude. (We knew you'd like that.)

    Arkansas
    The Buckstaff Bath House is the only remaining operational bath house within the boundaries of Arkansas' famed Hot Springs National Park. The natural thermal mineral waters are known for their therapeutic value, and Swedish massages only enhance the complete relaxation experience.

    California
    Skip the Hollywood Walk on Fame and cheer on Los Angeles' real stunners. The Derby Dolls, SoCal's all-female roller derby league, let you experience the retro sport bruise-free.

    Colorado
    We don't recommend biking while intoxicated, but cyclist-friendly Fort Collins is home to more craft breweries than you can visit in a weekend. Rent a bike for free at the Fort Collins Bike Library , and spend a summer day sipping Imperial IPA at Fort Collins Brewery, Easy Street Wheat at Odell Brewing Co., and Sigda's Green Chilli Ale at CooperSmith's.

    Connecticut
    Mystic, Connecticut, is known for many things - amongst them a now-classic Julia Roberts movie set at a restaurant of the same name - but it acquired an extra sheen of romance when Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall picked the Inn at Mystic, which boasts sweeping views of the Long Island Sound and Mystic Harbor, as their honeymoon spot in 1945.

    Deleware
    The newly-launched Delaware Culinary Trail takes you to all regions of the First State to highlight 24 delicious Delaware restaurants. They've even launched a companion cookbook called First State Plates: Iconic Delaware Restaurants and Recipes so you can recreate your favorite dishes - like Walter's Steakhouse Bone-In Rib-Eye - back at home.

    Florida
    What began in 1970 as an art exhibition by a collective of gallerists in a small town uniquely situated on the border of France, Germany, and Switzerland is now a global event with three annual exhibitions in Basel, Hong Kong, and Miami Beach. Hobnob with top art collectors and experts as you peruse collections of well-established and emerging artists' work.

    Georgia
    With over 10 million gallons of water, Atlanta's Georgia Aquarium is the largest in the world. Set up camp, and snooze with the fishies at one of its adults-only sleepovers, which includes live jazz and behind the scenes and gallery tours.

    Hawaii
    On Oahu, take a scenic car-trip up Tantalus Drive, through vine-draped trees for breathtaking views of Honolulu from a place that seems worlds away from the big city.

    Idaho
    Located between Driggs and Victor, Idaho, the Spud Drive-In is one of only two theaters listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. The 1950's-themed concession stand is known throughout Idaho for their burgers and, of course (this is the spud state), fries.

    Illinois
    The Chicago Architecture Foundation and First Lady Cruise's architecture tour on the Chicago River is a must-do activity for tourists and natives alike. The tour highlights the city's historic and modern architecture as well as its growth from a small back-country outpost to a major U.S. metropolis in just 100 years. Don't forget to wear sunscreen (warns this tour-taker).

    Indiana
    California's not the only state with great vineyards. The Indy Wine Trail features seven distinct wineries all within minutes of downtown Indianapolis. If you visit all the stops and get your Wine Trail passport stamped at each one, you're entitled to a free gift. Wine and presents? Done.

    Iowa
    RAGBRAI, as the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa has come to be known, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across Iowa that's actually the oldest, largest, and longest bicycle touring event in the world. Since it's a ride, not a race, RAGBRAI participants have adopted a laid-back, celebratory attitude that makes the 468-mile tour of Iowa quite the event.

    Kansas
    Home to NASCAR and GRAND-AM races, the Kanrocksas music festival, and the Hollywood Casino, the Kansas Speedway can seat up to 72,000 thrill-seeking fans.

    Kentucky
    Go where the spirit (pun intended) leads you on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour of seven famous distilleries nestled in beautiful bluegrass country.

    Louisiana
    La Maison Marigny is the only bed and breakfast located on world-famous Bourbon Street. The inn sits in the more quiet, residential part of the street (so nighttime Nola noise won't disturb you) but is mere steps away from the French Quarter and jazz-heavy Frenchmen Street.

    Maine
    Acadia National Park's Cadillac Mountain is the first place the sun rises in the United States, so pitch a tent, snuggle up to your hubby, and take in the sights.

    Maryland
    Baltimore is home to the National Aquarium, which houses more than 16,000 animals including sharks, puffins, dolphins, turtles, parrots and more. The Aquarium is a non-profit organization, so you're also supporting vital conservation efforts and education programs when you visit.

    Massachusetts
    The coastal town of Marblehead has the makings of your perfect preppy date: beautiful harbor views, a picturesque lighthouse just right for picnics, and plenty of sailor pubs in walking distance from the most charming Federalist-Mansion Inn ever. We don't blame you if you come back covered in tiny little whale print.

    Michigan
    Get in the groove, and subject your hubby to a little girl-power when you visit Detroit's Motown Museum. The hot new exhibit, "Girl Groups: The Grit, The Glamour, The Glory" pays tribute to groups like the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, and the Marvelettes.

    Minnesota
    Sure, it's a shopping center, but the Mall of America is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Couples get a special date-night deal at the mall's theaters on Tuesdays, and - besides shopping at over 520 stores - you can play mini-golf, go on rides in Nickelodeon Universe, visit Lego Land and the Minnesota Aquarium, and even get married (over 5,000 weddings have been performed at the mall).

    Mississippi
    The Mississippi Blues Trail is a collection of nearly 170 influential places in the cradle of the blues. Couples should make it a point to stop at the Shack Up Inn, where the rooms are sharecropper shacks on the Hopson Plantation, the Ground Zero Blues Club, which is co-owned by Morgan Freeman, and the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretative Center in Indianola.

    Missouri
    STL's quirky City Museum may just be the coolest adult playground ever, complete with its own surrealistic treehouse/art installation/jungle gym named "Monstro." Continue the fun with a complimentary tour (and sampling) of America's favorite beer at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Finally, sample a starry night, St. Louis-style, at Chase Park Plaza, whose elegant rooms have been graced by U.S. presidents, rockstars and sports legends.

    Montana

    Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa sits in the heart of Paradise Valley, just north of Yellowstone National Park. The two open-air mineral pools average temperatures of 96 and 103 degrees Fahrenheit completely naturally, and the hot springs are known for their curative powers.

    Nebraska
    Little Lauer Lake Cabin is a quaint and rustic authentic log cabin situated on a fishing pond that also boasts 21st-century amenities if you prefer to "rough it" with satellite TV.

    Nevada
    Take a break from the Sin City of Vegas and visit the Pinball Hall of Fame, home to games from the 1950s to 1990s, for some friendly competition.

    New Hampshire
    A trip to Mount Fuji's quite the undertaking, so trailblazers would do well to hit the second-most hiked mountain in the world, Mount Monadnock. Stay at the nearby Harrisville Inn, which offers views of the mountain from its front porch.

    New Jersey
    You'll shed any association with Jersey Shore as you hike the Pine Barrens, a stretch of largely rural, undeveloped land that covers more than 20 percent of the state. But be careful - according to legend, the New Jersey Devil is said to inhabit the area.

    New Mexico
    Find out for yourself if the chili really does contain aphrodisiac qualities in the heart of spice country - Santa Fe. Get your foodie fill on one of the three different restaurant crawls hosted by the city's own School of Cooking & Market.

    New York
    Go beyond the food truck trend, and visit Smorgasburg, where you'll indulge in gourmet street food on the Brooklyn waterfront. Typical offerings include hot dogs made of Chinese BBQ pork belly and onions, salted caramel macaroons, and peanut chicken stew. Staying open through winter for the first time, the food festival is running a pop-up at Whole Foods Bowery.

    North Carolina
    If your husband's outdoorsy, he'll love a trip to the U.S. National Whitewater Center, which is home to the largest man-made recirculating river. Get adventurous, get wet, and hop into that boat.

    North Dakota
    Animal lovers, rejoice. Tucked away in Bindord, ND is Prairie Isle Dog Trekking, which offers a two-hour dog sledding experience. So bundle up, and stare into those bright blue Husky eyes.

    Ohio
    Voted best amusement park in the world for 15 consecutive years, Cedar Point opens GateKeeper, a new wing coaster with the world's longest track, longest drop, most inversions of any wing roller coaster this May. When the ride hits 67 mph, we guarantee you'll be screaming with glee.

    Oklahoma
    Experience country living at its most authentic at the Hoot Owl Guest Ranch, a fully-operational cattle ranch built in the nineteenth century. Kick back and relax with activities like bird-watching, hiking, four-wheeler rides, and tours of the ranch.

    Oregon
    Can't get enough of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's hilarious send-up of the country's latest bohemian hipster mecca? Take a tour of Portland as seen through the eyes of Portlandia's wacky characters, and blend in with the natives by putting a bird on everything you wear.

 Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors, $10.98, Amazon.

    Pennsylvania
    Nothing spells more romance than an adorable B&B, and for one of the best selection in the country, try Bucks County, PA, which is home to more than 40, more than 20 of them in the one-square mile riverside town of New Hope. Our little secret favorite is Porches on the Townpath, tucked away on a quiet lane fronting the Delaware Canal.

    Rhode Island
    Both a work of art and a source of interactive entertainment, Waterfire suspends 80 bonfires above the three rivers of downtown Providence on select Saturday evenings between May and October. Stroll through the area holding hands, and you may come across a dance troop or live band performing.

    South Carolina

    Fans of low-country classics like shrimp and grits won't be surprised to hear how good the food is in Charleston, but thanks to an influx of some big name chefs, it's become a major foodie stomping grounds. Recently dubbed its Hottest Chef of 2013 by Eater, Chef Frank McMahon, of famous Hank's Seafood, reveals where you can find him after hours: grabbing a slice of pie at Monza, beer in hand at Closed for Business, late night at Butcher & Bee, at the bar of McIntosh ("The Mac") or the newly opened Rare Bit.

    South Dakota
    Take a historic lantern tour through Jewel Cave, the third-longest cave in the world. Park rangers dress up in 1930s garb to stimulate what exploration was like in earlier days, making the experience admittedly kitschy, but also an original way to explore one of America's natural wonders.

    Tennessee
    Relive the slip-n-slide experiences of your childhood summers at Zorb Smoky Mountains, where you and your hubby can sign up for a ZYDRO ride. You'll be enclosed in a water-filled ZORB globe and rolled down a hill for what's best described as a cross between a water-slide and a roller coaster.

    Texas
    The meandering paved walkway runs about five miles through the heart of the city and is home to many restaurants, cafes, bars and excellent shopping. Follow the famous canal to Bowen's Landing, a romantic spot known as Wedding Island, where more than 250 chose to tie the knot just last year. Hop back on one of the slow canal barges back to the centrally located Mokara Hotel. Kissing and cuddling will be impossible to prevent.

    Utah
    Aside from the few weeks it's celeb-packed with film festivalgoers, Robert Redford's Sundance Resort exudes rustic charm. Have a drink at the Owl Bar - the bar itself is the original 1890s one that Butch and Sundance used to visit.

    Vermont
    The best feeling on earth? Snuggling up with your hubby in front of a warm, toasty wood fire after a day of snow-shoeing. The romantic suites at Top Notch Resort & Spa in Stowe have their own fireplaces and sink-in-style beds, perfect for getting cozy after a bone-chilling day. The best part? Since the lobby's now undergoing construction, you can score these boutique style rooms at discount rates.

    Virginia
    Live out John Denver's famous ode to country roads as you drive leisurely along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which offers sweeping views of pastoral landscapes and the rugged Appalachian Highlands.

    Washington
    Perhaps best known for their appearance on Twin Peaks, Snoqualmie Falls, which actually rises higher than Niagara Falls, will give you a sense of peace you simply can't get in everyday life.

    West Virginia
    Snowshoe Mountain offers a ski village experience with both winter and summer activities. In the winter, you can ski, snowboard, and ride a snowmobile for two; in the summer, adrenaline-seeking couples can climb in a Green Zebra Tomcar to ride through 11,000 acres of wilderness and go mountain biking or clay-target shooting.

    Wisconsin
    This Midwestern state is home to two of the country's best summer festivals. Summerfest, one of the world's largest musical festivals, hits Milwaukee June 26-30 and July 2-7. Over Labor Day weekend, Taste of Madison showcases the college town's diverse culinary scene with offerings that will deter your notions of what fair food is.

    Wyoming
    Teton National Park is your own personal playground with over 200 miles of trails to explore. Take a hot air balloon ride, float along the Snake River in a tube made for two, or just take in the vast, open skies from the outdoor hot tub at the excellent Teton Mountain Lodge.

  • Best Days, Months, Hours to spend money

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

     

    We all want to spend our time and money wisely, and now a new book explains how to do both — how to get the most bang for your buck by simply timing our purchases right. “Buy Shoes on Wednesday and Tweet at 4:00” offers tips on various transactions, from leasing a car to getting a haircut.

    Shoes

    A girl can never have too many pairs and online retailers make it very simple to find whatever we want day or night. But sales tracker ShopItToMe.com says if you can hold off until Wednesdays to buy a pair that caught your eye, you’ll likely save about 40% off the regular price.

    Hair Cuts

    How about a new “do” to got with your fancy footwear? Well, you may want to think twice before getting a haircut on a Saturday. Stylists interviewed for the book say it’s their busiest day of the week and when they’re under the most pressure. Instead, schedule an appointment with your barber or salon on Tuesday, often the slowest day for business. Hairstylists say they’re less stressed and make fewer mistakes — plus you’ll get their full attention.

    Life Insurance Policies


    Timing matters here, as well. If you haven’t invested in a policy yet, the time to act is sooner rather than later. In fact, you’ll get the best rate on a policy before your next birthday, as monthly premiums tend to creep up with each passing year.

    Gym Memberships

    Managers at Fitness agree summer is actually the best time to become a member. By then, most of the news year’s resolution crowd has given up and gyms will often wave sign-up fees and offer a free month, just to get you in the door. Plus, with most people exercising outdoors, you’ll have your choice of equipment in air-conditioned comfort.

    Homes

    While summer may be the best time to get serious about exercise, winter is the ideal time to get settled into a new home. Not many people move during the cold season and even fewer do around the holidays. Building managers say that’s why they tend to offer tenants the lowest rent and best deals in December. For those moving in, don’t forget to ask for a lower security deposit or a free month’s rent.

    Cars

    Switching gears to the auto market, whether you’re buying or leasing a car, the book says it’s often best to shop at the end of the month. That’s when dealers will be eager to meet their monthly quotas, giving you the upper hand. Browse midweek when business is usually the slowest. You’ll have the full attention of the sales staff and more bargaining power.

    If you opt to lease, September is the best month because that’s when the newest car models start rolling out. Lease rates are calculated based on the residual value or worth of the car at the time the lease expires. That dollar figure should be high, so you want the car to be as new as possible at the time you drive it off the lot.

    Car Washes

    Finally, when you’re ready to wash your new set of wheels, avoid evenings and weekends. It’s better to go first thing in the morning to avoid the rush of folks on their way home from work or running errands. The machinery will be clean, there won’t be a line and workers will have more energy to spend on your car. Some car washes even offer discounts to lure in drivers before 9 A.M.