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How to get the best hotel stay

Posted on November 14, 2021 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)


How to get the best hotel. A great highlight of any vacation is staying in a luxurious hotel. There are a lot of people that will pass on this option and stay in an economy room because of the potential cost of a luxury hotel. But with some work, research and planning you can get one of these upgraded hotel rooms at a price that will not break your budget.

Right Time

It does not matter what hotel you are looking at, weekends are the busiest time of the week. Try to get a hotel during the week because they will cost much less than those during the weekend. Find out the least busiest time of the year for the hotel that you are going to stay at. Figuring that out will give an opportunity to get the best possible price available to you so that the hotel has as few empty rooms as possible.



Like before, always check any membership club that you have signed up for. Are you a Veteran or Active Duty? Are you a senior of disabled? There can be extra discounts that can be used if you have access to them. Contact the Hotel and find out it they have any current promotions, ask them while they are on the phone what the lowest price they can offer for a stay. Now go online and compare the prices quoted and see if they can be beat or if it is the best you can get.

Check out our travel page to get some tips and help so that you can save money. 
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#Save big time on your TV bill

Posted on May 29, 2017 at 9:14 AM Comments comments (0)
There is a avenue that you can take that will help you save tons of money on your cable bill. Buy the Roku® receiver hook it to your TV and you gain access to thousands of movies and channels no extra unless you want the paid channels. You must have a newer Television that accepts HDMI and access to the internet. We have one of these units and save 100 dollars a month on our cable bill!

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Auto Body Long Block #Automotive

Posted on December 22, 2016 at 9:18 AM Comments comments (0)
Using a 15" x 2-3/4 to 30" Sanding Board on your car will help make the panel (fender, quarter panel, door, hood.....) that is being repaired look as strait and flat as possible. The trick is using the longest block that you can for the size of the repair so the whole area is sanded at once. This takes any little divits or waves in the finish sanding them and making the side of your car look as flat as glass.
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Why Warm your car when it is cold?

Posted on December 17, 2016 at 6:17 AM Comments comments (0)
Find more automotive tips hereWarming up your automobile it’s not just for your cheeks
I have seen articles lately on “popular” websites that claim that starting your automobile and warming it up will harm the engine. That this is a practice that went away with carbureted engines. The claim is that gas is a solvent and it will wash the cylinders of the engine and there for cause damage because of lack of lubrication. For those of us that live up north where the temperatures sometimes never get above the doughnut it is quite the opposite. There are other components in an engine that need oil so that it does not cause damage (main bearings, rod bearings, crankshaft and the list continues on and on they are all important for the engine to operate). When oil is cold it does not flow as it does when it is warm, this can cause the other components to suffer catastrophic failure. If you would like see for yourself what oil does when it is cold you can purchase some Lucas oil additive at your local parts store or Walmart. Place the Lucas in the freezer and compare the difference to when it was at room temperature versus how thick it is at freezing temperature. This experiment will show you the extreme effect cold has on oil because Lucas is naturally thick, this however does not take away from the result cold has on oil. I know that it is always sunny in California but as for those in the north where the weather can be a little less forgiving warming up your vehicle is not just about getting into a warm car. Getting into a cold automobile and taking off after you start the engine is hard on the rest of the engine and transmission. Yes fuel injected engines are more efficient but that does not mean that the oil has now taken on a whole new form because of the engines new efficiency. “Old guy story lol” back in the day we used to change the viscosity of the oil in our vehicles to thinner oil for better lubrication at start up (ie. 10-30 summer to 10-40 winter). As for longevity I have run many automobiles over 200 thousand and I have one that had hit almost a half million before I laid it to rest. With that said warming up a car has nothing to do with making sure your fingers and checks are warm. Over revving an engine when they are cold could still cause a connecting rod to fail because oil not engine efficiency is still the same.

P.S. a choke always kept the vehicle running rich until either it turned off because it was warm or it was disengaged. So the argument that the article used is a little irreverent.

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