3 Tips for a Less Stressed Car Buying Experience

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Switching gears to mommy mode today on the blog. How many of you are thinking about purchasing a new car? Spoiler: Keep reading to find out what time of year is best to buy car! Car searching can be extremely stressful and overwhelming, parent or not! We’ve purchased a few vehicles over the years as our family has expanded from 2 to 4. I can confidently say we have finally mastered the art of the car buying process while saving a ton of stress & money as well! Here are my top 3 tips for a less stressed car buying experience.

Research, Research, Research!

This one goes without saying. Research as if your life (credit & bank account) depend on it! First, consider your costs. How much can you afford to pay monthly for gas, insurance and routine maintenance? Don’t forget to factor in emergencies such as blown tires, engine trouble, battery hiccups, etc. Listen, life happens and insurance companies won’t cover everything. Next, if you’re not paying for your car in full, consider getting a car loan from a credit union. The rates are usually significantly lower than commercial banks. You also have a higher chance of being approved for a car loan by a credit union with a lower credit score. Credit unions are more apt to listen to it’s member’s needs and unique circumstances than commercial banks.

Size Matters

Do you need something spacious or compact? Will you have more than one passenger in your car at times? Do you park in a driveway or street? Will you be making lengthy road trips? 4-6- or 8 cylinder? Do you work at a location that has private parking or do you have fight to park on a busy city street? There a million other scenarios to consider but we’d be here all day. IMG_2308Just keep in mind, the bigger the car, the bigger the bill (monthly note, gas, etc). Figure out what size vehicle will work best for you on a daily basis.

Resources

With a million platforms and ways to gain insight on your big purchase, it’s easy to become inundated and overwhelmed with information. What you don’t want is to become blinded by all the bells and whistles on a new “shiny toy” and end up with buyer’s remorse. One resource we highly recommend to avoid all of that is Cars.com. IMG_2312 IMG_2309cars.com, best time of year to buy new car, car buying tips, car buying, mommy blogger We were able to check inventory on both new and used cars, gas mileage, recalls and every other spec you can imagine from the comfort of our couch. You can cut through the fluff an get straight to business on their site. This saved us a TON of time going to & from dealerships! Cars.com also has deets on service centers nearby, reviews on cars & dealerships and much more. It’s literally a one stop shop for all your car buying, selling & servicing needs! Did you know last week was Car Seat Safety Week? Cars.com techs underwent 40 hours of training and participated in car seat check events sponsored by the police and Department of Transportation in Chicago. Read more about it here!

Bonus Tip

We have found that the best time to purchase a car is around Columbus Day. Most dealerships are trying to free their lots & floors to make room for the following year’s models. I’ve purchased vehicles on or around Columbus Day twice and have managed to get sticker value or less on each purchase.

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Affordable Holiday Gift Ideas With Dick’s Sporting Goods (Giveaway)

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The holiday season is the perfect time to give back to our loved ones and communities. I’m happy to be partnering with DICK’S Sporting Goods this holiday season to share my experience shopping for Christmas gifts all for a great cause! Read on to find out how you can win a $25 gift card to DICK’S Sporting Goods.

I recently visited my local DICK’S Sporting Goods in search of new workout gear. As many of you know, I just gave birth to my second son back in September. There’s just something about having new workout clothes that motivates me ever more to get up and smash my goals. Do you agree?

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I usually have two issues when shopping for workout gear:

1) The good quality clothes are usually too expensive. 2) If I do find gear at an affordable price, I never find my size  (I’m 5’9 with a DD cup size..the struggle). dick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports, stocking stuffer, secret santa dick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports, stocking stuffer, secret santa dick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports, stocking stuffer, secret santa dick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports, stocking stuffer, secret santa

DICK’S Sporting Goods made the search EXTREMELY easy and stress free. Navigating the sales floor was a piece of cake.  They also had so much inventory to choose from.

Here’s the kicker…majority of the store was on sale! Many items had a minimum of 25% off. To my surprise though, many items were discounted even deeper than that!

Here are some gift ideas you can take advantage of to SAVE some major coins:

1) The ENTIRE Reebok section is 25%-50% off original price! Dick’s made the deal even sweeter with Reebok’s sports bras having either a 25% off or BOGO 50%.dick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports, stocking stuffer, secret santadick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports, stocking stuffer, secret santadick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports, stocking stuffer, secret santadick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports, stocking stuffer, secret santadick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports, stocking stuffer, secret santa

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2) Soffe yoga pants for a HUGE steal at 40% off original price. ($15 easy). Under Armour apparel is 25% off as well.dick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports, stocking stuffer, secret santa

Check out these cute head wraps and scarves! I never thought to hit up DICK’S Sporting Goods for winter accessories!dick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports, stocking stuffer, secret santa dick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports, stocking stuffer, secret santa dick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports, stocking stuffer, secret santa

I’m a sucker for scarves so this infinity scarf from Carrie Underwood’s line “Calia” was easily my fave! Check out the price, $17.97. Great gift idea for a Secret Santa at the office or a stocking stuffer for any scarf lover! dick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports, stocking stuffer, secret santa

3) BOGO 50% off deal for both guys and gals with Adidas, Nike, and Under Armour Athletic Slides.

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4) The toddler section had a HUGE deal on The North Face & Columbia outerwear:dick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports, stocking stuffer, secret santadick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports, stocking stuffer, secret santadick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports, stocking stuffer, secret santa dick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports, stocking stuffer, secret santa

5) The kid’s section had deep discounts but even more savings in the clearance section. dick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports, stocking stuffer, secret santa
6) BOGO 50% off Stocking Stuffer/Secret Santa Alert: Aloe Infused Cabin Socks. dick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports dick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports, stocking stuffer, secret santadick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sportsWhat I Chose

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Reebok Women’s Never Quit Graphic Crewneck T-Shirt $14.98. Reebok Women’s 5” Compression Shorts. $9.97

I decided to stick with Reebok’s apparel because it was extremely affordable and had great quality. Their clothes also fit me really well. This was important to me since I just had a baby 10 weeks ago. I wanted to look good and feel good while working out and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?

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Reebok Women’s Compression Capri. 50% sale item. $14.
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Reebok Women’s Cold Weather Spacedye Print Half Zip Long Sleeve Shirt. 50% off sale item. $25

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 The Cause

While I was shopping I came across this Converse display for DICK’S Sports Matter Initiative and the Green Laces Project.

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As per the DICK’S Sporting Goods Sports Matter website, the following paragraph explains the campaign:

“Billions of dollars in funding have been cut from youth sports programs in recent years, leaving millions of students unable to play. The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation created the Sports Matter program because we believe that sports make people better. Sports build character, increase confidence, and motivate kids to stay in school and aim for higher education. Since 2014, the DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation has pledged over $50 million to give children the opportunity to play. Through these efforts, the Sports Matter initiative has raised awareness of the importance of youth sports and saved over 1,800 teams.”

By purchasing a pair of  Sports Matter green shoe laces, $2 of your purchase will be donated to the DICK’s Foundation to support young athletes across the country. These laces are priced at $2.99 so that makes it very easy to donate at check out. How awesome is that? It feels so good to be able to give back in such a meaningful way especially around the holiday season.

Win a $25 Gift Card to DICK’s Sporting Goods!

I know you’re itching to find out how you can win this $25 gift card to DICK’S Sporting Goods. To win, simply visit DICK’S (<—click here) and let me know what you’d gift yourself or a loved one from DICK’S. Leave it in a comment below!

Contest runs until December 21st, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST. I will notify the winner directly on December 22nd, 2017. Entrants must be residents of the US and 18+ only. Winner will be randomly selected from comments on this blog post.dick's sporting goods, yoga, sports, athlete, blogger, holiday gift guide, nike, under armour, reebok, women's sports

Thank you Dick’s Sporting Goods for a stress free shopping experience this holiday season!

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Savings For A Healthier You With Groupon

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One major factor in maintaining total wellness is to carve out time for yourself and relax doing the things that you love. Going through the motions of our daily routines can make it very easy to forget to do so. A visit to the salon for a haircut, manicure/pedicure or even a visit to the spa for a much needed massage can alleviate mounds of daily stress from our mind and body. Unfortunately, taking care of ourselves can get a bit pricey but that’s where Groupon comes in for the count.groupon, date night, spa, aroma therapy, bamboo, wellness, health, healthy living, yoga, zen, calm, blogger

I love using Groupon because there are an infinite amount of ways to save money on the services I want or need. Being that I’m pregnant with my second child, my husband and I are always looking for ways to fit the things we love into our budget. One of our favorite things to save on together is restaurants for much needed date nights! groupon, date night, spa, aroma therapy, bamboo, wellness, health, healthy living, yoga, zen, calm, bloggerWe have date night at least once monthly so Groupon really does comes in handy. We already have a massage date planned for our birthdays before baby makes his debut.

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I love saving on my weekend yoga classes!

With Groupon, you can find so many offers and deals for products and services from your favorite retailers as well. I literally don’t head out the door to shop until I check out my daily deals. What I love the most is that I don’t have to pay any membership fees. No red tape, no gimmicks, just pure savings in one click! Taking care of yourself couldn’t get any more easier or rewarding.

What do you like to save on with Groupon?

Thanks for reading!

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