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When To Buy Used? PDF Print E-mail
By Melissa Tosetti
 
We all know that on average, new cars lose value 60 seconds after they drive off the lot. According to Edmunds, in that one minute, a $29,873 car drops in value by $2,559.  That's a vacation to Disneyland for a family of four!
 
But cars aren't the only thing worth buying used.  The San Francisco Chronicle's article 15 Things You're Better Off Buying Used, offers a valuable rule of thumb for used purchases. 
 
I'm especially a fan of purchasing used... 
  • Kid's Clothes
  • DVDs and Video Games
  • Books 

The article specifies text books, but buying used books overall is my rule of thumb.  I say that even though I'm an author who receives royalties on just the first purchase of Living The Savvy Life

Another item I've become fond of purchasing used is jewelry.  I love antique jewelry and have found gorgeous pieces at antique stores for a fraction of what I can purchase new.  To qualify, I do still buy new pieces if I really fall in love with them, but the hunt for affordable antique items is half the fun! 

 

 
Pantry Challenge Helper PDF Print E-mail

By Melissa Tosetti

You may love the idea of taking The Pantry Challenge, but you have no idea what to do with the...

  • 6 cans of tuna
  • 8 cans of corn
  • 3 bags of rice 

...staring at you from the cupboard.  If that's the case, SuperCook is your answer.  Supercook was  created to help consumers save money by coming up with ideas for how to use what they already have on hand.  To use the free website, simply type in an ingredient and it will list dozens of recipe ideas based on that ingredient plus staple items just about any kitchen has on hand.

 
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Tosetti Family Adventures PDF Print E-mail
By Melissa Tosetti
 
In November, Paul, Dante and I are going to Italy! 
 
We chose to go in November rather than during the summer because Paul and I hate crowds.  We also hate the heat and in keeping with the savvy theme of our lives, Italy is so much more affordable in the off season. 
 
I booked our trip via Groupon and am looking forward to writing about the experience on TheSavvyLife.com when we return.  But to give you a teaser, I managed to get everything listed below, for all three of us, for $5,300.
  • Airfare flying out of San Francisco
  • 3 and 4 star hotels in Venice, Florence and Rome
  • Train transportation to get us from one city to the next
  • Breakfast every morning
  • Insurance for the trip
Once there, all we will have to pay for will be meals, museum admissions, a rental car for two side trips we’re taking to Bologna and San Gimignano, souvenirs and gelato every day because we promised Dante.
 
With such a big trip coming up in 4 ½ months, we’ve decided to keep our summer entertainment spending to a minimum.
 
We have an extraordinarily light calendar this summer and plan to take full advantage of the time to take care of a handful of large projects around the house including redoing our backyard and building Dante a fort, well, actually, it’s a castle.  We’ve been saving for these projects so the money has already been set aside for them.
 
We don’t want to be complete homebodies this summer so we plan on visiting family including Paul’s dad who lives in Healdsburg, literally on the Russian River.  It’s all kinds of awesome when your family members live in resort towns!
 
We also want to take Dante to a few local destinations that we never seem to have time to visit including the California Academy of Science that reopened a few years ago after a long renovation.  With the admission price of $29.95 for adults and $24.95 for kids, that will be one of the more costly outings we take on this summer.
 
Dante and I made a great discovery last night that will impact our summer activities.  During our visit to the library, we saw a postcard about free museum passes that you can get with your library card.  The program is called Discover and Go.  There are over 30 museums listed that you can get free or greatly discounted admission to including the Asian Art Museum and the Tech Museum of Innovation. 
 
It’s likely that your library has a similar program.  It’s worth asking about! 
 
 
 
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