I have been thoroughly enjoying the warm weather at my house, and as a result the blogging has been slipping. Now the temperature is climbing, and I’m back. Yay! I am even working on multiple posts so you never have to miss me again. Today, I am blogging about how keeping your car stocked with certain items could save you money on the road.
I am a huge believer in keeping a car well stocked with emergency and convenience items. And honestly I ebb and flow on this. I go for a long time keeping it up, then one day when we use some things, I slack off a bit and don’t replace it.
This happened to me, and wouldn’t you believe we got 2 flat tires within a week–different tires… three if you count the rotted spare! Luckily we were in safe locations and able to fix it easily, but it reminded me how important it is to keep my car stocked. Planning ahead pays off big here.
Not only is stocking a car great for emergencies; but it’s also an effective way to save big money.
Here are a few things to keep handy:
1. Food- this is probably the biggest one for me. I can’t count the number of times that errands have gone a little later than expected, or my kids claim they are starving even though I fed them 30 minutes ago (does this happen as much for you as it does for me?….). Keeping healthy snacks in the car saves us that trip through the drive-thru or into the gas station, (where the same snacks are marked up BIG TIME).
- Granola bars (gluten-free of course)
- Nuts/trail mix (without chocolate because I don’t like melting)
- High calorie bars (these are just for emergency).
3. DIAPERS & WIPES– when you travel with the ‘toilet-impaired’ folk. Having to buy them at a convenience store is just not an option.
4. BATTERY JUMP STARTER- you can always keep the traditional jumper cables, but I love my jump starter because it doesn’t require another car. You can save yourself — for anyone that knows, rescuers are expensive! We have a bigger one of these that we take on longer trips that also has an air compressor in it. You can also plug small appliances into it. **Battery starters hold a charge from the get-go, but we also take a solar panel for recharging.
5. MOTOR OIL/TRANSMISSION FLUID- definitely carry these (and a funnel) and check fluid levels regularly. A blown engine usually means a totaled car. Best to have on hand!
6. SPARE TIRE & JACK- we all know this one. Having someone come tow you is über expensive. We learned this past week that we should check and make sure our spare is in good condition as well. Ours blew after the tire change which made for a not so good day. We are getting a new one from a repo lot because man, those babies are expensive brand new!
These items, when carried, can specifically save you money. There are many more items we carry for emergency purposes which I may go into another time.
Is there anything you carry in the car that saves you money when on the go?