June 28, 2010

Car Buying? New/Used, Don't Go it Alone

Buying a new or used car can be stressful enough just trying to find the car you're looking for, whether it be new or used. Buyers don't need the added stress of haggling with a dealer, so why not help ease some of the stress?

How can you do that? The power of knowledge. Do your homework before heading into a dealership. Have a general understanding of what you're looking for in a the make and model you're looking for. Read up on the vehicle(s) that best interest you. Get to know the car before you enter a dealership for that test drive.

There are many web sites out there that you can find where you can read about a car's values, safety ratings, consumer ratings like Car and Driver and Consumer Reports. Some of these web sites may require a subscription. Not only will this research give you a better understanding of what to expect during your car search, it may even open your eyes as to whether the make and model you selected is the right car for you.

You may want to put together fact sheets on your findings, keep notes and arm yourself with information that a dealer may try to overcome. Again, having this knowledge gives you the power to be and stay in control. There is a lot of information out there and there are many dos and don'ts. Don't fall into any traps. Here is a good article from Edmonds.com on Dealership Don'ts, great information we can all use.

Web sites like Edmonds.com are your friend. Here are the top 3 that will give you the most information for what you will need when buying a car. The most important is the cost/pricing you should expect when making an offer. Use these web sites to your advantage:


It will help to print out the pricing of a vehicle's new or used invoice cost/pricing or trade-in information from these web sites. Stick by your research. Don't let a salesman talk around the facts you uncovered. You will have it in writing with you and it doesn't hurt to show the dealer the information you have. You may also want to talk to more than one dealership for the same make/model. Many times a dealership will add some extras and even beat the price you received at another dealership. You will see it works in your favor.

The dealership wants your business, you don't necessarily need theirs. When working with a dealership, don't forget to ask them for your free CARFAX. Most, if not all dealers, should offer you the CARFAX, which is the vehicle history report of the vehicle you're interested in.

The same holds true for vehicle financing. Do your homework. You do not have to use a dealerships financing department to buy your vehicle, unless the manufacturer is offering a lower promotional rate than you can get at your bank or AAA. AAA is a great resource to do your financing research. Also, it's been known that credit unions offer lower interest rates than traditional banks.

It's your money. Don't let the pressure of a dealer push you to make a decision you're not ready to make.

Have fun and enjoy your car shopping!


June 16, 2010

FREE Phones With Family Plan Offer From T-Mobile

This Saturday, June 19, T-Mobile is planning a one-of-a kind offer that will be hard to pass up. For one-day-only, EVERY phone in T-Mobile stores across the country will be free. Yes, you read that right, FREE. Just in time for Father's Day.


Of course there is a catch. To participate in this offer a family plan is required. Or, you may add a line to an existing family plan. This offer does not apply to individual plan subscribers. You can add up to five lines per plan. T-Mobile has some of the most coveted phones as of late. The likes of myTouch 3G Slide, HTC HD2, the Garminfone-Android and the 3G Blackberry Bold 9700. There is more information on T-Mobile's web site.


Plan your voyage to T-Mobile early! Doors open at 8 A.M. If you're unsure of their family plans, don't fret. Do your homework and you will see that you really do "get more" with T-Mobile. If you comparison shop before you venture out, you will find you will be saving over other carriers, will get more minutes and the savings add up each month compared to other plans out there. Adding a line to an existing plan is a low, $5.

Earlier this spring, J.D.Power and Associates ranked T-Mobile highest in customer satisfaction with the wireless retail sales experience.

June 6, 2010

Boston Pride Week 2010

Boston Pride, New England's largest gay pride, kicked off its 40th year with a flag raising at Boston's City Hall on Friday, June 4. The theme of Boston Pride 2010 is, "Riots to Rights - Celebrating 40 Years of Progress."

Pride in Boston 2010 is a 10-day span of events celebrating human rights/equality, with the culmination of events on Saturday & Sunday, June 12 & 13.



Here are some quick links to help navigate your way to fun. I've called out some events going on during the week:


Here are other links you will find useful:

Have fun and Enjoy - Happy Pride, Boston!

Rajon Rondo Joins Twitter

It's true, Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo is now on Twitter. He joins the ranks of Paul Pierce, Nate Robinson and Ray Allen to name a few. I understand it's part of an effort to give back to the fans via prize giveaways.

Rondo has teamed up with Red Bull for The Finals Giveaway that will send Celtics fans on a wild goose chase that will reward them with autographed basketballs, t-shirts and Red Bull products. The madness begins on Monday, June 7, 2010 when the Celtics return to Boston.

All you have to do to get involved is follow @RajonRondo on Twitter and watch for #LooseBall alerts. You can share with your friends on Twitter, tag your tweets with hash-tag #LooseBall. The overall winner of the basketball is the first person to the drop-point. If you're not the first person, you still have the chance at a free t-shirt or Red Bull products.

You can also keep up with Rondo on Facebook where he's posting about giving away tickets to future games of the NBA Finals in Boston. Rondo also is also linked on Four Square. Don't forget to pick up your Four Square Celtics badge by posting a shout out: "Go Celtics!" Viola, you'll be a hip NBA follower with the Four Square Badge to prove it!

Let me know if you partake in this madness. Go Celtics!

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Hello and welcome to my personal blog. Here I will talk about everything and anything. I was originally going to have a fashion blog but why not combine both? The fashion blog was going to set out and talk about fashion and the savings tips to get today's fashions at discounted prices.

So watch out for when I am on my fashion kicks from anything of just talking about fashion to saving money, shopping (which is big with me, until my money runs out) also the gamut; from work, family, the internet, pop-culture and what is going on with the world. Things that I want to have a voice about, I will most-likely blog. If I'm chatty it will be longer, if it's just a quick snippet to share links, pictures, a sale, so be it.

A little bit about me, I am second generation American as I grew up in a big Italian family in the Boston area. I've worked in many sectors from the govnerment/IRS, to a world renowned consumer packaged goods company, to high-tech and right now I work for a Fortune 500 US Retailer that has over $10B in annual sales.

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