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Road trip: Living large in the Lone Star State
  Texas. A state known by many different identities and nicknames including The Lone Star State, The Banner State and the “Don’t Mess with Texas” state. This land of the longhorns also lays claim to being the place where everything is bigger. Evidence backing up this statement is easily found during one of the best ways to experience all Texas has to offer…a road trip. Cruising the many roadways, you’ll find the world’s largest honky-tonk (Billy Bob’s), world’s largest mechanical talking cowboy (Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas), world’s largest high-definition video board (Texas Motor Speedway), world’s largest… Read More

Buying a Car with Bad Credit
  Are you looking to replace your dinged-up car, and trying to do it with dinged-up credit? You're not alone. Buying a car with bad credit is something that many people have to face. If you need a new car, you've generally got two options: Buy outright with cash or get a loan. There are pros and cons to each of these. The obvious reason for buying an older, used car is that the total price tag may be lower, at least to acquire it. However, according to Edmunds.com, one of the problems with buying a used car is that… Read More

10 essentials for a road trip back to that college campus
The middle of August marks the end of summer for college students and the annual road trip to campus. But before students get back to the land of parties, tailgating and (hopefully) homework, there is some packing to be done. No one wants to arrive on campus only to realize they left an essential sitting on their nightstand. While there are multiple student checklists on the Internet, most are aimed more toward the practical (shower caddy) than the truly important (wireless speakers). Here are the 10 things you shouldn’t forget when packing the car for the pilgrimage back to school.… Read More

Road trip: A Letter from Camp Rockmont
Being from Texas, I always thought that the Hill Country was pretty nice. The rolling slopes that pave the way between Waco and Austin seem like a big to-do when you’re used to the flatlands of Dallas. But the Hill Country is nothing compared to what awaited my son and me in Black Mountain, North Carolina. It was my nine-year-old son’s first sleep-away camp. He and a classmate registered to attend Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, near Asheville. I had done a little research on the camp, but didn’t really put any time into researching the area. I knew that… Read More

Cars for college students: top picks
With college students champing at the bit to get into the groove of fall semester, it's time to look at cars that fit a student's dynamic lifestyle. Today, we're bringing together top picks from some of the most respected auto websites, all in one place. The results are in, and we're going to make some projections. Buyers, sellers and thought leaders seem to think that the perfect vehicle for a master matriculator is: efficiently sized in footprint and storage, energy efficient, fun, fully featured with modern electronic capabilities, and competitively priced. And the cars that fit this description and made… Read More

Road Trip: Beaucoup bats and battered dishes in Austin, Texas
Bats. Thousands of bats flew over my car as the Austin skyline materialized in front of me on I-35. After the bats welcomed me to Austin, it was only a short drive to my friend’s apartment near the west side of the University of Texas campus. I arrived at 9 p.m. on the dot, three and a half hours after I departed from Frisco, Texas. If you’re looking for a scenic drive with multiple lookout spots, I would not suggest the trip from Dallas to Austin. While there are beautiful sunflower fields and some surprisingly tasty Czech food along the… Read More

What Does Your Car Say About You?
What does your car say about you? Are you a fashion diva or a man's man? Did you get your car for the daily commute or did you pick something out to haul loads and go off-roading. Maybe you saved up to get something brand new and super classy, or maybe you bought a junker so it doesn't matter if you get a scratch or dent—heck, take out a bumper, whatever. Maybe you named your car and take really good care of her, and maybe you call it “the car” and your idea of… Read More

Something to think about if you’re shopping for an affordable car
Looking for a car that won’t break your budget? Then here’s something you may want to consider and may ease your new-car sticker shock. Eight different automakers are represented on the Cars.com’s new list of the 10 most affordable cars to buy and own, with two manufacturers – Nissan and Toyota – represented by two models each. The most affordable car? The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage DE automatic, costing $15,015 with options and destination fee, plus $7,000 in five-year fuel costs, for a total of $22,015. The Mirage was almost $2,000 more affordable – which is to say, less expensive to… Read More

Minivan accessories maximize your family adventures
The beginning of August also means the beginning of school, and with that, tons of driving for parents. Ferrying children back and forth from practices, recitals and a multitude of other after activities can be exhausting, but car companies are working to make it easier on parents. Features like pop-down DVD players and three-row side curtain airbags are now standard in almost all minivans and SUVs. However, other features are unique to their brands and oftentimes just a particular model. For example, the now defunct Swivel N’ Go seats on the Chrysler Town & Country. With that in mind, we… Read More

Road trip: A view from the top
I love the beach. I love summertime. But there is something so breathtakingly beautiful about the mountains…I can’t describe it. (And I’m a writer!) So, when I, a Texas girl, found a quaint Colorado cabin, about halfway up Pike’s Peak, I knew THAT was my summer retreat destination. Vacation week finally arrived and off I went, tackling the 781-mile drive that was mostly Texas. Relieved I made the decision to leave early and get there before sunset, I determined there was no way I could have found the cabin in the dark. Besides, the views were SPECTACULAR. It was a… Read More

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