This month’s blog sponsor is Allstate 21st Century Prosperity agent Shawn Spalding. Since I know that Allstate has dozens of years experience in auto claims, maintenance, roadside assistance, and that Shawn is probably an expert on saving money (since he’s a financial planner!), I asked him to share some of his best tips for summer adventures, whether you are on the road or not. It might seem a little early, but I asked him this because our family has already planned several road trips for our summer this year! How about you?
- Get your car checked!
A tune up is a good idea. Low tire pressure or dirty air filters can reduce a car’s gas mileage
- Save on Gas!
Use an online calculator, like GasBuddy.com’s Trip Cost Calculator, to help you estimate how much you’ll spend on gas: use your route and your car model’s gas mileage.
Then use Allstate’s Fuel Finder – fast, easy-to-use gas price locator can help you find low prices at nearby pumps. All the preparations add up to money that stays in your pocket.
Go easy on the accelerator when the light turns green!
Keep to the speed limit. Promotes safer driving and more fuel efficiency, but it also helps prevent you from getting a speeding ticket, which can put a dent in any vacation budget.
- Pack your roadside emergency kit
Items to include: snacks and bottled water, plastic trash bags for wind protection and car sickness, first aid kit, cellphone and charger, flashlight and batteries, blankets, waterproof matches and/or a lighter, properly inflated spare tire, jack and lug wrench, jumper cables, signal flares, pocket knife, atlas and state/local road maps, extra quart of high-quality motor oil, hand cleaner, and paper towels.
Can’t head out of town? Plan a Staycation!
Some of the benefits? Saves time (no traffic/no security check-in lines) & saves money (no expensive plane tickets/no checked bag fees).
Get the whole family involved. Encourage everyone to write down an activity on a slip of paper and choose out of a hat.
Activities that are eco-friendly and local
- Camp out in your backyard
- Take a walking tour or hike through a local park (I recommend Trinity Audubon Center!)
- Visit a museum or spot of cultural interest
- Use public transportation to see the attractions (saves gas and is good for the environment!)
- Plant a garden
- Build a composting bin (my post on composting)
- Organize a Taste Tour (check Dallas Moms Blogs best restaurants for kids here, here, here and here!)
- Cook new, destination or theme oriented foods at home. Make every evening an entirely different theme-inspired gustatory adventure! (try Central Market Cooking Schools for how-to: Plano or Dallas locations)
Note from Allstate 21st Century Prosperity: We gathered these tips from articles available on the Allstate Blog.