Personal Finance Round-Up: Hitting the Road This Summer

summer pink carSummertime is finally here. It’s time to load up the minivan or SUV and hit the road on your family’s annual summer vacation. This year, you can expect to pay less in order to get to your destination, according to AAA – that’s because the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is a full $0.15 less than it was at this time last year.

But how low could gas go? Gone are the predictions of $4.00 per gallon national average we saw earlier this year. Now, the Energy Information Administration says gas prices could fall below the $3.50 mark nationally, although if you live in some locations – such as California or Hawaii – you could pay more than that.

If today’s falling gas prices don’t save you enough, Small Steps to Health and Wealth has some tips in the article, Save on Gas by Changing How You Drive that can help you save even more.

Here are some other articles that can help you save some money during the long, hot summer:

Summer Credit Cards Reward Strategy [Mortgage Free by 30]
This post might not save you money on gas costs, but it will put more money back in your wallet. For instance, if you are a Discover Card holder, you could end the summer with up to $75 cash back.

8 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer on a Budget [Mango Grove]
Want to stay cool and below your budget during the year’s hottest months? Mango Grove has eight tips to help you beat the heat and the electric company.

Homemade Windshield Washer Fluid [DIY Natural]
If you’re looking for ways to both stay green and save green, look no further than DIY Natural’s tutorial on how to make your own windshield washer fluid.

Understanding the Basic Types of Auto Insurance [Faith and Finance]
I have to admit, when my car insurance bill comes due every August, I sigh, mull over the idea of searching for a new (cheaper) provider, and send in a check anyway. Darren at Faith and Finance helps us navigate the different types of insurance options out there, including the hazy world of uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage.

5 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Your Insurance Agent After an Accident [Best Rates In]
What’s the worst part of getting into a car accident? No, it’s not the hassle of getting your vehicle repaired – it’s knowing a rate hike is likely in your future! “Don’t estimate. Don’t guess. Only share the facts you are sure of,” Miranda warns us. A must-read for drivers.

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