parking http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7986/all en-US 10 Sneaky Vacation Costs That Add Up Quickly http://www.wisebread.com/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_75848571_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="sneaky vacation costs" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all love going away on vacation, but we don't love the costs associated with it. Usually, the big costs are taken into account before leaving the house &mdash; the hotel, the flight, the attractions, even the rental car. But what we often forget about are the little costs that can eat into the budget before your plane even takes off. Here are 10 of the biggest offenders, with a little advice on cutting down these last-minute expenses.</p> <h2>1. Check-In Fees</h2> <p>Most of us check-in way ahead of time to avoid lines at the airport. However, more airlines are starting to charge for different aspects of this service, knowing that you would rather pay a fee than leave it to the last minute. In some instances, you will be charged for the convenience of checking-in online. Amazingly, there may even be a cost for printing a boarding pass (currently Spirit charges $10 if you have one printed at the check-in counter), so look for options that are free (like printing yours at home, or using an app). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-airline-miles-secrets-only-frequent-flyers-know?ref=seealso">5 Airline Miles Secrets Only Frequent Flyers Know</a>)</p> <h2>2. Checked or Carry-On Luggage Fees</h2> <p>If you've flown anywhere in the last few years, you probably noticed how insanely full the overhead luggage compartments were. That's because people got wise to the checked baggage fees, and started bringing even more carry-on luggage instead. In fact, you'd often see flight attendants asking for carry-on bags to be checked free, due to space issues. However, recent carry-on fees (which are usually more than checked baggage fees) have reversed that trend. Now, there's plenty of room in the cabin, because once again, people are looking for the cheapest option. So, even if you have a bag that's carry-on-sized, look at the prices. It may be cheaper to check it.</p> <h2>3. Overweight Luggage Charges</h2> <p>This one can really bite you at the last minute. If your bag weighs more than 50 pounds, you will pay a penalty, and this can vary depending on the airline. For instance, Frontier will charge you $75, whereas American Airlines tacks on a whopping $200! Sometimes, you can do some quick swapping between bags to get them all under 50 pounds, but if that's not an option, you may find it cheaper to leave some items at the airport (give them away, trash them) rather than pay the hefty fee.</p> <p>A good way to avoid this is to buy a luggage scale and weigh your luggage before you ever get to the airport. Bring it with you, too. You may also want to pack a light extra bag that you can use in an emergency. Usually, the additional bag fee is cheaper than the overweight bag charge. Or, try <a href="https://www.luggageforward.com/excess-baggage-fees/">Luggage Forward,</a> which ships your bags to and from your destination.</p> <h2>4. Seat Selection</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/seat_selection.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>If you're happy with any old seat on the plane, you usually don't have to worry. But if you would like to choose your seat (and if you're not traveling alone, you will most likely want to sit next to the person you're flying with), you'll be faced with a variety of costs. These costs get much higher as you move toward the front of the plane, where there is extra legroom, or if you want to sit in an exit row. Some airlines, like Spirit, will charge you for an advanced seat assignment, no matter where it is on the plane, so you may want to wait until you get to the check-in counter.</p> <h2>5. Food</h2> <p>When you're on vacation, you don't think much about food on the way to your destination. But remember, you're a captive audience in an airport. And when you're hungry or thirsty, you'll pay big bucks. Airport food is always more expensive than it is elsewhere, and when you're traveling as a family, those costs add up quickly. On the plane, it's even worse, with in-flight meals now costing upward of $10 for something quite meager. So before you leave, try and eat a good meal to keep you going through the airport and flight.</p> <h2>6. Parking</h2> <p>If you park at the airport, you won't be paying for this until you return. But make sure you budget for it, because it can really add up (especially at a garage parking, which can run over $20 a day). Instead, look at off-airport parking, which is cheaper and can be paid for in advance. These places offer valet, and covered and uncovered parking, with free shuttles to and from the airport. Most offer coupons and discounts as well, so do a little research before you book. You can get your parking down to $5 a day if you're smart.</p> <h2>7. Car Transportation</h2> <p>If you decide to take a taxi to the airport, you will save on parking fees, but you'll replace them with cab fares. An airport run is often a standard fee for most cab companies, and usually comes with the &quot;airport access fee&quot; tacked on. Depending on where you live in relation to the airport, you can easily spend $75 on a one-way trip, and that does not include the tip. Services like Lyft and Uber are cheaper (although watch out for the surge pricing with Uber), and you can also find car services that specialize in airport runs.</p> <h2>8. Currency Exchange</h2> <p>If you're traveling out of the country, you'll want to turn your dollars into cash you can use when you arrive. And that costs money. Depending where and when you do it, the service fee and poor exchange rate could really cost you. <em>Do not</em> exchange your money at the airport. It's the worst place to do it because it's the most convenient. Instead, order the cash from your own bank way ahead of time, or use a reputable online service. If you can, bring a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=travel">credit card with no foreign transaction fees</a> with you. It'll really help.</p> <h2>9. Visa Fees</h2> <p>Depending on your destination, you will have to purchase visas to enter the country. For instance, right now U.S. passport holders are required to pay a <a href="http://www.mychinavisa.com/rates/">$140 fee per visa to enter China</a>. That's almost $600 for a family of four, which really adds a lot onto the cost of the vacation. You could choose to visit a country that does not require a visa. There are currently 38 countries in the Visa Waiver Program, so if you pick one of those, you don't have to worry about this fee.</p> <h2>10. Carry-On Friendly Items</h2> <p>If you're planning to bring toiletries and similar personal items on the plane with you, get ready to go shopping. The restrictions are quite clear: You can bring a quart-sized bag of essentials, but each liquid, aerosol or gel is <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/liquids-rule">restricted to just 3.4 ounces</a>. If you bring expensive perfume or cologne, and it's bigger than 3.4 ounces, it will be confiscated.</p> <p><em>What are some other sneaky vacation fees to look out for? Share with us!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%20Sneaky%20Vacation%20Costs%20That%20Add%20Up%20Quickly.jpg&amp;description=10%20Sneaky%20Vacation%20Costs%20That%20Add%20Up%20Quickly" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Sneaky%20Vacation%20Costs%20That%20Add%20Up%20Quickly.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Flyers Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-reasons-you-should-check-your-luggage">7 Reasons You Should Check Your Luggage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-fool-proof-ways-to-stay-within-your-travel-budget">7 Fool-Proof Ways to Stay Within Your Travel Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-budget-for-summer-vacation">7 Easy Ways to Budget for Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-all-inclusive-vacations-and-cruises-worth-the-money">Are All-Inclusive Vacations and Cruises Worth the Money?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Travel air travel expenses fees flying Food luggage parking travel budget vacation vacation costs Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:30:12 +0000 Paul Michael 1773244 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Surprising Things You Can Rent for Extra Cash http://www.wisebread.com/13-surprising-things-you-can-rent-for-extra-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-surprising-things-you-can-rent-for-extra-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_wedding_dresses_000022803729.jpg" alt="Woman earning extra money renting her wedding dress" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Okay. So you're intrigued by the whole idea of renting your stuff to make some extra money. But what exactly should you rent and how exactly do you rent it? The list of stuff you can rent for cash is so vast that your imagination is your biggest limitation. From the ordinary to the outlandish, here's what you should know about what to rent &mdash; and how to rent it successfully.</p> <h2>What Should You Rent?</h2> <p>It depends. What do you have? Where do you live? How much are you charging? Like everything else, your success as a &quot;stuff renter&quot; will depend on supply and demand. For instance, renting your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-11-best-parking-apps-for-your-city">parking spot</a> or driveway will work better in densely populated areas like cities, college towns, or during special events. Renting a high-end baby stroller can work well in tourist areas, because people prefer to not lug theirs on a plane.</p> <p>But no matter how great your product, no one will rent if it's not priced right. Why would someone rent your private vehicle when a better price can be had at the auto rental place?</p> <h2>How to Rent Successfully</h2> <p>The biggest peer-to-peer marketplace is probably Craigslist, where people have had successful and lucrative experiences. Facebook is up there too with groups dedicated to connecting owners with people who want to rent their stuff. However, if you're looking to widen your scope and increase your options, you might try one of the websites below. Most of them are free to join. Some are even free to use, while others earn a commission when a rental transaction is completed.</p> <h2>Rent Anything</h2> <p>These marketplaces cast a wide net.</p> <h3>1. Craigslist</h3> <p><a href="http://www.craigslist.org/">Craigslist</a> is a huge market for renting anything and everything. It's free to list, there are no commissions to pay, and you set all of the parameters. Since there is no intermediary, take extra precautions when it comes to meeting prospective renters, and developing rental agreements to cover yourself against theft or damage.</p> <h3>2. Loanables</h3> <p><a href="https://www.loanables.com/">Loanables</a>, like Craigslist, offers the opportunity to rent things from multiple categories. Also like Craigslist, people post what they want to rent, decide on the price, and how the payment transaction is handled. Loanables does provide both parties with a rental agreement. While it is free to post a listing, Loanables takes a 10% fee for any transaction completed.</p> <h3>3. Zilok</h3> <p><a href="http://us.zilok.com/">Zilok</a>, which originated in France and has expanded to the U.S. (among other countries) is another site where people can list and rent items across multiple categories. While some locations are hot and have a lot of listings, others are non-existent. It is free to list your items, and Zilok is paid a commission when your stuff is rented.</p> <h2>Rent Your Vehicle and Parking Space</h2> <p>Your car can be a twofer &mdash; rent your car and then rent the space you park it in.</p> <h3>4. Getaround</h3> <p><a href="https://www.getaround.com/">Getaround</a> is a peer-to-peer carsharing service that is available in California (Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco) Portland, OR, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, IL. They will be coming to NYC soon. Getaround has safeguards in place like insurance coverage and identity verification processes to help you feel secure. They also offer 24/7 support. You set the rental amount and the dates that your vehicle will be available for rent. There are no membership fees and it is free to list your vehicle. Getaround receives 40% of the rental fee and you keep a 60% cut. They advertise some users earn hundreds a month and thousands per year using their service.</p> <h3>5. ParkingSpotter</h3> <p><a href="http://www.parkingspotter.com/">ParkingSpotter</a> is an app that lets you list your parking space for extra cash. You can rent your space short term or longer term. You choose your price, though there is a guide with suggested rates. It's free to list your space and ParkingSpotter is available in multiple big cities across the U.S.</p> <h3>6. RelayRides</h3> <p><a href="https://relayrides.com/">RelayRides</a> is another peer-to-peer system that helps owners rent their vehicles for extra money. Their market is much larger than Getaround's as there are literally hundreds of cities across the country available for owners to rent their vehicle. Listing your ride is free with their app and when your vehicle is rented, you take home 75% of the rental fee. You decide the length of time it will be available to rent and the rental price. Payment is received three days after a reservation is completed.</p> <h2>Rent Your &quot;Residence&quot;</h2> <p>The term &quot;residence&quot; is sometimes used loosely based on some of the sleeping arrangements available. Think tricked out van or a tent in someone's backyard. Whether yours is eccentric or more traditional, consider one of the sites below to make some extra cash.</p> <h3>7. Airbnb</h3> <p>It's free to list your space on <a href="http://www.airbnb.com/c/kimo25?s=8">Airbnb</a>. It's probably the most liberal site out there in terms of the type of space you can rent (igloo or van with a bed anyone?). They do charge a 3% service fee when your space is rented and guests pay a guest fee. Reservations and payments are made through the site. While the site does not provide rental agreements, individual renters can supply their own if they wish. Airbnb also offers a $1,000,000 &quot;Host Guarantee&quot; against property damage.</p> <h3>8. HomeAway</h3> <p><a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10784590-1438817078000">HomeAway</a> specializes in &quot;whole spaces,&quot; so think in terms of entire houses, apartments, boats, barns, etc., not rooms. There are three listing choices. List for free and pay a 10% commission when your space is rented, pay a $349 annual fee and pay nothing when your space is rented, or pay a professional to list your space for you and pay a 13% commission when your space is rented. Owners provide their own rental agreement and payments can be handled through their website. HomeAway also owns other websites including&nbsp;<a href="http://www.travelmob.com/">TravelMob</a> (for people who live in Asia),&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/cg66p-85-7NVRPPQRSNPOVPRSSWNPSRWWPVSUSOOO">VRBO</a> (Vacation Rentals Only), and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.vacationrentals.com/">VacationRentals.com</a>.</p> <h3>9. Roomorama</h3> <p><a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-12325506-1440752446000">Roomarama</a> is for people who are interested in renting out a room, apartment or condo, or house. It's free to list your space and Roomorama does not earn a commission when someone books it. Instead, Roomorama collects a fee from the guests. Roomorama collects the rental fee and sends it to you through PayPal, which deducts a 3% transaction fee.</p> <h2>Rent Your Photography Equipment</h2> <p>Camera and gear gathering dust? Put it to work.</p> <h3>10. Cameralends</h3> <p>Are you a photography buff with lots of equipment that you wouldn't mind renting to others? Well even if you only have a few pieces, you could turn your equipment into passive income. <a href="https://www.cameralends.com/">Cameralends</a> specializes in connecting owners with people who want to rent everything from cameras to lenses, lighting, video recording equipment, and more. It is free to join the site, and they take 10%&ndash;30% of the profit from successful rentals. Payments are handled online, and security measures are in place to ensure the safety of your equipment.</p> <h2>Rent Yourself</h2> <p>You are your most valuable resource.</p> <h3>11. Bridesmaid for Hire</h3> <p>I suppose we shouldn't be too surprised that this is an option, but it is.&nbsp;<a href="http://bridesmaidforhire.com/">Bridesmaid for Hire</a> is a newish option that lets those in need hire various bridesmaid services such as virtual support and wedding planning, all the way up to acting as a bridesmaid or maid of honor on the big day. Prices start at $199 to over $1000. The business is expanding and they are looking to add more bridesmaids (mother of the brides, etc.) to their network. If you think you'd enjoy renting yourself out as a bridesmaid&nbsp;<a href="http://bridesmaidforhire.com/become-pro/">consider applying</a>!</p> <h3>12. RentAFriend</h3> <p><a href="http://rentafriend.com/index/">RentAFriend</a> is a &quot;strictly platonic website that allows you to rent friends from all over the world.&quot; The type of friends available range anywhere from dinner/movie companions, to being a tour guide for out of town visitors, teaching a language, sharing art or cooking skills, and more. It is free to list a profile and set your own hourly rate, which is usually between $15&ndash;$50 an hour. The site claims that some people earn several hundred per week and keep 100% of the proceeds. RentAFriend earns money through membership fees paid by those who want to rent friends.</p> <h2>Rent Your Wedding Dress</h2> <p>You looked great in it &mdash; and the money it earns will look good in your savings account.</p> <h3>13. Borrowing Magnolia</h3> <p><a href="https://www.borrowingmagnolia.com/">Borrowing Magnolia</a> is a website is for people who want to make some extra cash by renting their wedding dress to others. It's an easy and stress-free way to make an extra buck because the staff does all of the work for you. Interested parties will complete a &quot;submit a dress&quot; application which consists of question about the dress, along with some pictures. If your dress is accepted, you'll work directly with the staff regarding the rental price and how much you'll earn per rental. Shipping, cleaning, and maintaining the dress is taken care of by them.</p> <p>Renting your belongings can be a great way to bring in some extra income. You can do it around your schedule, control what you rent and to whom, and set the price and length of time. But first, take a little time to conduct some due diligence about rental guidelines, laws, and of course taxes in your area. Once you know, you'll be limited only by your creativity. Good luck!</p> <p><em>Have you rented out your stuff before? What was it like? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kim-owens">Kim Owens</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-surprising-things-you-can-rent-for-extra-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-easy-ways-retirees-can-earn-extra-income">9 Easy Ways Retirees Can Earn Extra Income</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-simple-plan-for-saving-up-a-2000-fun-fund">A Simple Plan for Saving Up a $2000 Fun Fund</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-amazon-pay-you">7 Ways to Make Amazon Pay YOU!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-sell-your-body-to-science">6 Ways to Sell Your Body to Science</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/got-extra-space-make-money-and-meet-travelers-with-short-term-rentals">Got Extra Space? Make Money and Meet Travelers With Short-Term Rentals</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Extra Income Cars earning money loaning parking peer-to-peer renting renting house wedding dresses Thu, 10 Sep 2015 21:00:26 +0000 Kim Owens 1553392 at http://www.wisebread.com Skills That Can Save You Money Part 1: Parallel Parking http://www.wisebread.com/skills-that-can-save-you-money-part-1-parallel-parking <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/skills-that-can-save-you-money-part-1-parallel-parking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3646338176_0daf5604e3.jpg" alt="bad parking" title="bad parking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It may at first seem odd that a driving lesson would appear on a blog about saving money. But read on and you&rsquo;ll see why something as basic (well, to some) as parallel parking can be a ticket to big savings.</p> <p>I passed my test late in life. I was 26, and I did it here in America. It lasted roughly 15 minutes, and it basically involved driving around the block for a few minutes, getting on and off a highway, and stopping at a few stop signs and traffic lights. There was no test for parallel parking, which is good because I&rsquo;ve never really had to do it.</p> <p>I was fortunate enough to work and live in places that always had free parking lots. Only recently did I move to a new job downtown, and when you move to the city, you are presented with a severe lack of free parking lots.</p> <p>For instance, in downtown Denver the parking lots run from $4 for the day (if you get in by 7am) to $20 a day. And that&rsquo;s what you&rsquo;ll have to pay if you&rsquo;re parking for the duration.</p> <p>But if you&rsquo;re only looking to park for an hour, say to grab lunch or run an errand, some of these places charge you $2 for every 20 mins! Contrast that to the parking meters that max out at $1 per hour and it&rsquo;s a significant saving to park at a meter.</p> <p>Therein lies the problem for some people though. The sheer horror of trying to parallel park will have them lining up for the expensive lots. From having to reverse into a space, to doing the deed in front of an audience and looking foolish, it puts some people in a cold sweat. And if you have to run errands once or twice a week, you&rsquo;re blowing a ton of money for the convenience of pulling into a space rather than maneuvering into one.</p> <h2>Parallel Parking 101</h2> <p>For those of you who are expert parallel parkers, this will bore you to tears. From my experience and a few surveys of friends and relatives, at least 50% of people aren&rsquo;t confident with this at all. So, if that includes you, stick around.</p> <p>Now, there is actually a science to this, as I found out when I had to start parking like this over the last few months. It&rsquo;s not just &ldquo;hit and hope,&rdquo; you really can do it well every time if you follow a few simple steps. I have included a few how-to videos at the end, but for those of you who like to follow written instructions and diagrams, the following is for you. Of course, if the free parking space is at the beginning or end of the row, you simply pull up or reverse into the space. These instructions are for a spot between two cars.</p> <h3>Step 1: Align Front Bumpers</h3> <p>First, pull alongside the car in front of the space you want to park in. You want about two feet between the side of your car and this one. Now step on the brake and put the car in reverse.</p> <h3>Step 2: Brake Off, Hard Turn</h3> <p>Now you take your foot off the brake, apply a tiny bit of gas if needed, and turn the wheel hard towards the curb. You want to go in at around a 45 degree angle.</p> <p><img alt="" style="width: 479px; height: 205px;" src="http://imgur.com/wX57J.jpg" /></p> <h3>Step 3: Back of Seat to Rear Bumper</h3> <p>This is the stumbling block for most people attempting to parallel park &mdash; when do you start straightening out? As you can see from the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5UadowSWlM">video</a> below, most people do it too late or too early, often with funny results.</p> <p><object width="480" height="385"> <param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/W5UadowSWlM&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" name="movie" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><embed width="480" height="385" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/W5UadowSWlM&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;"></embed></object></p> <p>It&rsquo;s simple enough though. Once the back of the driver&rsquo;s seat is aligned with the rear bumper of the other car, start turning the wheel away from the curb. Just remember, your back, rear bumper.</p> <h3>Step 4: Fine Tuning</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;ve done everything right, you should be about six inches from the curb and nestled between the two cars. Usually, you&rsquo;ll have to move forward a little just to increase the gap between you and the car behind you. After that, just get out of your car, pop some change in the meter (if there is a meter), and lock up your vehicle.</p> <p>The videos below go into more detail on parallel parking. As some people prefer visual aids, this may be a better for you.</p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kbmVXWKCQk">Parallel Parking Instructions &mdash; Example 1</a></p> <p><object width="480" height="385"> <param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/7kbmVXWKCQk&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" name="movie" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><embed width="480" height="385" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/7kbmVXWKCQk&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;"></embed></object></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=TMrO_-bsooQ&amp;feature=related">Parallel Parking Instructions &mdash; Example 2</a><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kbmVXWKCQk"><br /> </a></p> <p><object width="480" height="385"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/TMrO_-bsooQ&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed width="480" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/TMrO_-bsooQ&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And if you get REALLY good, you could always try this<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7Eqn_BiQus"> more advanced technique</a>. Well, maybe not. Look for another money-saving skill soon.</p> <p><object width="480" height="385"> <param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/P7Eqn_BiQus&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" name="movie" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><embed width="480" height="385" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/P7Eqn_BiQus&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;"></embed></object><p><span style="font-family: &quot;Times&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: black;"></p> <!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><p> &nbsp;</span></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/skills-that-can-save-you-money-part-1-parallel-parking">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-you-know-how-to-use-a-parking-meter-serious-question">Do you know how to use a parking meter? Serious question.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/keys-locked-in-the-trunk-heres-what-to-do">Keys Locked in the Trunk? Here&#039;s What to Do</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-used-car-salesman-reveals-dirty-tricks-and-how-to-beat-them">A Used Car Salesman Reveals Dirty Tricks (and How to Beat Them)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-your-new-tires-really-6-year-old-ticking-time-bombs">Are your new tires really 6-year old ticking time-bombs?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation General Tips Cars city driving garage meters parking Wed, 17 Mar 2010 17:00:06 +0000 Paul Michael 5823 at http://www.wisebread.com Do you know how to use a parking meter? Serious question. http://www.wisebread.com/do-you-know-how-to-use-a-parking-meter-serious-question <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/do-you-know-how-to-use-a-parking-meter-serious-question" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2239581489_ae39f22f19.jpg" alt="Parking meter" title="Parking meter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="333" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="rteindent1">I thought I knew the answer to that. Admittedly, I&rsquo;ve only been driving for seven years and rarely park in downtown Denver, where most of our parking meters are located. But I had familiarized myself with the rules before I took my driving test. I thought I had it down. I guess I was wrong.</p> <p>My family and I decided to spend Monday doing a little shopping in a terrific area of Denver that has all sorts of funky old stores. Of course, old stores means no parking lots. Instead, it&rsquo;s street parking with plenty of meters. </p> <p>We found a meter, put in enough money for two hours and went on our merry way. We did some shopping, had a bite to eat, watched our two girls argue over a piece of battered fish, you know, the usual stuff. I looked at my watch and was worried we didn&rsquo;t have enough time to get back to the car, but when there was still 20 minutes on the meter when we opened the car door.</p> <p>We strapped the kids into the car seats, talked about our next destination and then I checked my mirrors before pulling out. That&rsquo;s when I noticed the obnoxious yellow envelope jammed into my left wing mirror.</p> <p>We thought it was a piece of crappy advertising at first, but sure enough, it was a violation. We couldn&rsquo;t figure it out. We had plenty of time left, we hadn&rsquo;t parked crooked or too far out into the road, we were genuinely puzzled. </p> <p>So, we called the toll-free number at the bottom and spoke to a representative of the city. She asked how much the fine was for and what the officer&rsquo;s notes were. Then she told me exactly what my violation was; my front bumper wasn&rsquo;t fully behind the parking meter. This was a violation of something called ordinance number 54-513. Here&rsquo;s the write-up:</p> <p><em>Improper Use of Meter Space, ordinance number 54-513, was enacted to ensure that citizens park in such a way as to occupy only one parking space. Your front bumper must not extend past the meter pole. </em></p> <p>A couple of things really bugged me about this. First, I was maybe a foot in front of the pole, due to the fact that the guy behind me wasn&rsquo;t obeying ordinance number 54-513 and I had to give him room to pull out. Second, and even more annoying, was that I was at the end of the street. There were no spaces in front of me, just 10ft of curb and a corner. So, I wasn&rsquo;t occupying anyone else&rsquo;s space anyway. </p> <p>However, I had violated ordinance number 54-513 and I now have to pay the $25 asap, or it becomes a $50 fine. I can, of course, take time off work and spend half a day waiting to see a magistrate so that I can dispute this violation, but I just don&rsquo;t have the time. </p> <p>Does ordinance number 54-513 apply in your city? I really don&rsquo;t know. It may have a different name, it may not apply at all. But I would definitely play it safe and make sure no part of your bumper is extending past the parking meter pole. You don&rsquo;t want to pay a silly fine, especially at this time of year. </p> <p>And, while we&rsquo;re on the subject of parking meters, here are some other basic rules and guidelines that we all should know. </p> <p>1: Most meters give you around two hours of parking. Some give you less. In really busy areas, it may be only 30 minutes. </p> <p>2: Rates vary according to the meter and location. Some give you way more time for your quarter than others, so check that out before you pull away.</p> <p>3: You shouldn&rsquo;t feed the meter: If the regulation allows for a certain amount of time, usually two hours, you are not supposed to run back to the meter and add more quarters. This is being a meter hog and it can get you a violation if the parking control officer is keeping an eye on your length of stay.</p> <p>4: There are NO free all-day parking passes. If you&rsquo;re at a meter that&rsquo;s broken, you can&rsquo;t claim ignorance and park for the whole day. In NYC specifically, you&rsquo;re allowed one hour at a broken meter, even if the meter allows longer stays. In your city, it may be longer. And if your meter is missing completely (a pole with no meter) don&rsquo;t take this as free all-day parking either. Usually, that missing meter means you can park for the allotted time on that street. Any more and you&rsquo;re risking the wrath of the meter maid. </p> <p>5:&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t park on someone&rsquo;s dime. Even if there's plenty of time left on the meter that was paid by a previous driver, you are supposed to add their own money on top of that. No free parking folks. </p> <p>6: Don&rsquo;t top up someone else&rsquo;s meter. Why would you, right? But if you see some old lady struggling to walk back to her car, and the meter has ran out, you can&rsquo;t go topping it up to help her avoid a ticket. In NYC, these random acts of kindness obstruct official business. By adding money, you&rsquo;re robbing the city of potential revenue. And the last thing you want to do is get in between a city and its cash. </p> <p>7: If you&rsquo;re in a busy city with lots of meters, keep plenty of change in the car at all times. You don&rsquo;t want to park, run and get change, and come back to a parking ticket. </p> <p>8: Some new electronic parking meters let you pay with change or a debit card. Miami is one city that&rsquo;s testing this out. </p> <p>9: Meters are free in my city on Sundays. Check your meter to see if/when the meter allows free parking. </p> <p>10: And if there are no meters, you&rsquo;re not off the hook. Unmetered parking has plenty of potential landmines to avoid, too. Here are just a few:</p> <ul> <li>Make sure there are no &ldquo;restricted parking&rdquo; signs or &ldquo;no parking&rdquo; signs on the block.</li> <li>On some days, parking is prohibited for street cleaning.</li> <li>Keep your wheels off the curb or sidewalk, for obvious reasons.</li> <li>Don&rsquo;t park next to a hydrant. Expect a ticket at the very least, or something worse if the fire department needs to use that hydrant.</li> <li>Some streets require that you move your car after two hours. Don&rsquo;t move, get a ticket.</li> <li>In parking lots, make sure it&rsquo;s not restricted to employees or pass-holders. You could get towed.</li> <li>Some sneaky towing firms will hide warnings behind trees or put them above your natural eye line. Look around carefully before parking.</li> </ul> <p>If you have any more tips or parking meter knowledge, let us know. And if you&rsquo;re a parking control officer, let us in on some of your fabulous inside info.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-you-know-how-to-use-a-parking-meter-serious-question">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/skills-that-can-save-you-money-part-1-parallel-parking">Skills That Can Save You Money Part 1: Parallel Parking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tis-the-season-to-get-a-speeding-ticket-are-you-next">‘Tis The Season To Get A Speeding Ticket! Are You Next?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/as-sure-as-night-follows-day-youre-going-to-get-a-traffic-ticket-soon">You&#039;re Going to Get a Traffic Ticket Soon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/safety-tips-for-holiday-driving">Safety Tips for Holiday Driving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-smart-ways-to-boost-your-gas-mileage">11 Smart Ways to Boost Your Gas Mileage</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation General Tips city driving fines meters parking violations Thu, 04 Dec 2008 18:03:57 +0000 Paul Michael 2623 at http://www.wisebread.com Chicago Wants to Keep the Change http://www.wisebread.com/chicago-wants-to-keep-the-change <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/chicago-wants-to-keep-the-change" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/parkingmeter.JPG" alt="parking meters" title="Parking Meters" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Chicago is testing a coinless parking meter system, The Tribune <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/chi-gettingaround_15oct15,0,4229240.column">reported</a> yesterday. You might think that would be great for consumers, eliminating annoyances like the hunt for coins and the need to pay for more time than you actually use.</p> <p>It&#39;s true, drivers would no longer have to plug the meter with change. But apparently the City of Chicago considers parkers&#39; tendancy to overpay more of a feature than a bug. In fact, the city is apparently so consumer-hostile that it plans to keep parkers&#39; overpayments <em>and</em> charge the next customer for the very same time.</p> <p> Here&#39;s how it works: You park at an electronic meter. Just like at a coin meter, you have to estimate how long you&#39;ll leave your car there and pay in advance. Even though it would be just as easy for the machines to debit your account for the exact amount of time you parked <em>after </em>you pull out. You pay for 30 minutes, you stay for 20, you leave and the city pockets 10 minutes&#39; worth of unused parking time.</p> <p>But wait, it gets better -- for the city, not for you. With a coin meter, someone else might come along and use up the time you paid for. But with the new meters, the slate is wiped clean when you leave, and the next customer pays.</p> <p>In his column, the Trib&#39;s <span class="byline">Jon Hilkevitch quotes </span>Chicago revenue director Bea Reyna-Hickey as saying the city loses &quot;countless thousands of dollars&quot; due to people &quot;piggybacking at the meter.&quot;</p> <p>Really? You are losing money because you&#39;re not able to sell the same parking time to two different customers? </p> <p>I&#39;d say citizens of Chicago -- and those who just park there -- shouldn&#39;t let the city keep the change.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chicago-wants-to-keep-the-change">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-you-know-how-to-use-a-parking-meter-serious-question">Do you know how to use a parking meter? Serious question.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/skills-that-can-save-you-money-part-1-parallel-parking">Skills That Can Save You Money Part 1: Parallel Parking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-an-extra-109486-a-year">How to Save an Extra $1,094.86 a Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-gas-rewards-credit-cards">5 Best Gas Rewards Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-pay-as-you-drive-auto-insurance-worth-it">Is Pay-As-You-Drive Auto Insurance Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation chicago parking Tue, 16 Oct 2007 13:00:08 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1291 at http://www.wisebread.com How the rich stay rich; a lesson in lateral thinking http://www.wisebread.com/how-the-rich-stay-rich-a-lesson-in-lateral-thinking <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-the-rich-stay-rich-a-lesson-in-lateral-thinking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/223052548_9f5ff24797.jpg" alt="money" title="money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A friend recently told me the story of how a millionaire thinks. Not every millionaire of course, just one in particular. It's ingenius, as you will discover. But it really made me ponder about the decisions I make every day, and if I could make better ones just be exercising that underused part of my anatomy - my brain.</p> <p>The story goes something like this, and forgive me if I paraphrase but my memory is far from photographic.</p> <p><strong><span>The millionaire's loan...</span></strong></p> <blockquote><p><span>Our millionaire, let's call him Anton, walks into a popular bank in the middle of New York City and requests to speak to a loan officer. He doesn't alert the staff to his immense riches, he simply says he's going away on business for a few weeks, to another country, and needs to borrow a small sum of money - $5000. Banks being banks they immediately asked for security on the loan, after all they're not just going to let anyone walk away with a big wad of cash.</span><strong><span> </span></strong></p> <p><img height="204" width="272" title="Ferrari" alt="Ferrari" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/441031099_449aa9c187.jpg" /></p> <p>Anton then points out of the window to the shiny new Ferrari parked right in front of the bank. He took the title, paperwork and keys out of his pocket and slapped them down on the counter like a man on a mission. The staff went to work checking out the validity of his ownership and sure enough, everything checked out. And of course, which bank is going to turn down a quarter of a million dollars in collateral for a measly $5000 loan? This was a no-brainer (an ironic turn of phrase as you'll soon discover).</p> <p><span>Anton left the bank with his $5000 and the bank employee took Anton's keys and drove the brand new Ferrari down into the bank's underground garage. He assured Anton that it would be perfectly safe down there. Anton then left the bank and caught his flight to his faraway land, I think it was China.</span></p> <p>Anyway, two weeks go by and sure enough the bank opens Monday morning to see Anton stroll in and slap the $5000 he had borrowed back on the counter, plus the interest which was around $15. The loan officer asked that the car be brought round to the front of the bank and then asked Anton a question. &quot;Our bank prides itself in details and customer service&quot; he said &quot;and while you were away we did a background check, it's routine, and discovered you are actually one of the wealthiest men in America. Why on earth would you need to borrow $5000, it just doesn't make sense.&quot;</p> <p>Anton smiled, picked up the keys from the counter and said <strong>&quot;Can you tell me another way I could have parked my new Ferrari in the middle of New York for two weeks, for just $15, and still expect it to be in mint condition when I get back?&quot;</strong> With that, Anton walked out of the door and the loan officer smiled a bigger smile.</p> </blockquote> <p>My first reaction to this was &quot;cheapskate.&quot; But then I realized this man probably made his fortune by thinking in this way; by seeing a saving opportunity around every corner. Sure, he could have stashed his Ferrari in a high-quality garage for hundreds of dollars but his mind refused to accept that scenario. There was a cheaper way, just as safe, and he probably got a buzz out of finding a new way to buck the system.</p> <p>So, with this in mind, I ask all of you to think about ingenius ways that you can get exactly the same service or product for less in the coming weeks. I would love to know your stories, and I know they will help us all look at our world in a different way. The bottom line...the rich stay rich by thinking laterally. You can do it, too. We all can.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-the-rich-stay-rich-a-lesson-in-lateral-thinking">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dead-car-battery-give-it-a-glass-of-red-wine">Dead car battery? Give it a glass of red wine.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-live-better-without-spending-more">5 Ways to Live Better Without Spending More</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/learn-to-love-winter-with-some-simple-self-deception">Learn to Love Winter With Some Simple Self-Deception</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-moves-to-make-the-moment-you-decide-to-get-married">5 Money Moves to Make the Moment You Decide to Get Married</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-nfls-5-most-frugal-players">The NFL&#039;s 5 Most Frugal Players</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle budget car cheap millionaire parking save saving tips tricks Sun, 14 Oct 2007 18:04:03 +0000 Paul Michael 1286 at http://www.wisebread.com