10 Best Family Road Trip Essentials

When you are packing up for an impromptu road trip, there are a few things you shouldn’t forget. Whether you’re heading all the way down Route 66, road tripping through the Smokey Mountains or simply heading to a far-off campsite to get away from the hubbub of city life, here is a simple list of the things you won’t want to forget before you leave.

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Save to splurge

We wrote a couple of weeks ago about a tactic to avoid frivolous and impetuous purchases that can wreck your budget. And we write often about saving and being thrifty. But we want to remind you that sometimes it’s also OK to treat yourself to a special item or activity that you love. Allowing yourself an occasional treat is necessary to keep you from feeling deprived by your budget. Learn about how – and why – you can splurge without wrecking your budget.

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Getting the Best Car Deal

NerdWallet shares tips on purchasing a new car, including financing, choosing a dealership, timing your purchase, deciding on add-on features and the difference between invoice price, base price and sticker price.

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Home prices barometer, August 2014

Nationwide, U.S. home sale prices increased by 9.3% in May 2014 compared to May 2013. From April 2014 to May 2014, the price of sold homes rose by 1.1% while the overall number of homes for sale also increased. Since bottoming out in March of 2012, the Case-Shiller Index, which measures markets including approximately half of American homes, has risen 27.3%.

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