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Tips On Negotiating The Best Car Price

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Tips On Negotiating The Best Car Price

Almost more dreading than deciding on the car you want is the negotiating process at the dealership. We have 2 older boys and my husband and I can’t hold onto cars for long so we are typically in a car dealership a few times a year. Not only are we in a dealership for ourselves but because friends and family ask my husband to come car shopping with them because they know how much my husband loves the process of negotiating the best car price. It is a bit of a weird obsession he has as a negotiator. So I had him help me gather our thoughts into 3 (proven by us over and over again) negotiating tips when buying a new or used car.

Do Your Homework

You have searched cars galore and now you have narrowed it down to a model or 2 you may be leaning towards. This is where you begin your pre-dealership visit homework. When you hear the words from finance at the dealership “We’ll make you a great deal”, do you really know what a great deal on that car is? Not if you haven’t done your homework. We like using Cars.com to search for fair market values on the exact cars we want to look at.

Grab a notepad and pencil and write down the make/model of cars you want to see. List the fair market value that matches the exact features/series for that car. Do this for all of the cars you wish to see so it is handy in a moments notice. Make sure you keep Cars.com or the Cars.com apps available incase you find yourself liking a different model than you anticipated. Now, you have a number and a “great deal” will be that number or below.

Note Your Bottom Line

You know the fair value so now you can find your best bottom line! This will be what you want to pay after your trade in or down payment, etc.. Here is an example of the tone you can use in negotiation (right away) when it comes to fair value and your bottom line. For this example I plugged my car into Cars.com – 2016 Honda CR-V Touring Edition. I then clicked on comparison tool and see that the lowest it has sold for is $34,156 and the highest is $35, 139 with an average price of $34, 648. That gives me a good start to find my bottom line.

“I have a … to trade in. My bottom line is $34, 700 (a nice number between low and high recent sales as mentioned above). I know that fair value is $34, 735 so I am not asking for too much to come in at my bottom line. I don’t care how you work the numbers. You can discount the car or change the trade-in value on my old car but I need that bottom line to be $34, 735 (after registration fees).”

They may try and say you need to put more down (hence, the price becomes more than your bottom line), but you can tell them to please go back and rework the cost and trade in to get you to that number you gave. You may have to come up with a down payment especially if the car you trade in is a lot lower in value but that down payment is part of your bottom line number. Know your comfortable down payment mark and if they are close-get them closer!

Another thing to consider is turning in any junk cars you have. With businesses like JunkCarMasters you can free up yard space and make some money on cars you never thought you’d sell because they buy your junk car.

Be Prepared For A few Hours Time (and no kids)

Most dealers play a game of wearing you down. You come in with a fair value, a bottom line and down payment and they will still try and stay away from your mark. Be prepared to send the dealer back to the sales manager again and again and be prepared for the finance guy to be “busy” and make you wait for a response. This wears you down fast. You just want to accept and go home. We have never walked out of a dealership because we allowed them to break us down-ever!

Keep the kids at home or with a sitter and most importantly, be prepared to walk away with no car! We have done that more than once. When they play hard to negotiate we turn to a phrase something like this,

” Listen. We don’t NEED this car today. You are our first dealership stop. It looks like we are too far apart so we will be taking off. Thank you so much for your time” (leave nicely)!

If you have to walk away it is most likely because that truly is going to become your best deal. We have done it and we have been called back with the deal we wanted. We have also used it as leverage for the next stop by explaining to their team that we walked on place one for being too far off. It is a process and you need to be prepared to spend hours and even walk away and start again. In the end, it is your money and your monthly payment that will become your reward for taking the proper time.

So, head on out. Cars.com is truly a must visit before you head to the dealership. My note above says this is a sponsored post, but I am serious when I tell you that we never head out to shop before using their website to do our homework. I am honored now that I can team up with them for this post. We use it to browse cars, read reviews and find fair values. Plus, when you tell a dealership you found the fair value on Cars.com it is hard for them to argue with you. Hold your ground, it will work out for you and your wallet.

I’m curious, did you learn something new here? Are you less intimidated to car shop now?

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Day after Thanksgiving Sausage Recipes

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Johnsonville Naturals


How motivated are you the day after the big dinner? Chances are you don’t want to cook a full course meal until next year and that fridge is full of leftovers so what to do with those? For many you may be housing guests still and you need to be prepared on meals for the day after! How about using up that stuffing and cranberry sauce for breakfast and making some not-so-boring sausage dogs for lunch with leftover cheeses and veggies? What if you could do all of that with all natural sausage? Johnsonville has your day after meals taken care of with the new Naturals Sausage products. I found mine at my local Safeway.
Sausage Stuffing Breakfast Biscuits

These are as easy as they look!
  • 1 package of Johnsonville Naturals Maple or Original sausage links
  • 2 packages of crescent rolls dough
  • Leftover stuffing
  • Leftover Cranberry sauce (optional)
  • 1 Egg
Cook sausage according to package directions. Separate the crescent dough into their triangles. Drop a spoonful of stuffing on largest end of dough, top with cooked sausage and roll. Do this until all sausage is gone-makes 14 crescents. Brush tops of rolled crescents with stirred egg. Bake 375 degrees 11-12 minutes. Add some cranberry sauce for dipping (optional)
My son and husband could not get enough of these and they heat up well if you have extra.

Sausage Dogs with Leftovers


Ingredients:
The directions are as you choose! Cook sausage according to package directions. Top rolls with cooked sausage, veggies and cheese and stick under the broiler for 1-2 minutes. Top with your favorite sauces or toppings. On the side can be more leftovers!


Hint: Once the sausage begins browning, I slice in half lengthwise. It allows for the center to cook well and makes it easier to lay on rolls.
Hopefully that gives you some ideas for the day after! Just make sure you pick up your Johnsonville Naturals while you shop for the Thanksgiving Day ingredients so you are prepared. Learn more including where to find a retailer near you that offers these all natural sausage varieties at http://www.johnsonville.com/lines/naturals.html
What sausage recipes would you like to share?
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College Care Package Ideas & Printable

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BeHealthyForEveryPartofLife #CollectiveBias

The steps it took to get your child off to College was so stressful. Testing requirements, getting High School classes organized, admissions deadlines, college visits, choosing the dorm, registering for classes, getting financial aid and tuition plans started and now they’re gone! The bedroom sits empty and the Helicopter parent role you’ve been playing to keep them focused and stay on track until dorm move-in day has left you feeling taskless! One of the most popular and self-gratifying tasks you can do is send care packages. It allows you to still ‘be there’ for them when you can’t be beside them. You pack their favorite things because you know they miss home even if they aren’t willing to admit it and Mom and Dad always fixed everything by providing comfort and care products! Care packages fill their void.

Creating a College Care Package

When you are settling into the dorm room and moving items in and out, you have the best opportunity to leave some care packages. Pick up some sacs that maybe are of their favorite sports team and they will also use them for other events as well. Attach a note as to when to open each care package. Not only does this save you on shipping to leave them behind, you know your child has received them as mail can be confusing at first and you want to make sure these care packages are ready to go as soon as they need them.
College Care Package Ideas & Themes

We are sending our kids off to College right at the start of cold and flu season so make sure they are prepared with a sick package. In my package above I have items such as Robitussin CF Max SEVERE Multi Symptom Cough Cold+Flu in an am/pm package because it has a powerful relief for your worst cough and cold symptoms! Now available in a better tasting formula (compared to Robitussin Multi-Symptom Cold CF Max)! I also have the new ChapStick Total Hydration because not only is it 100% natural and smoothes and nourishes lips, but it contains an Advanced nourishing formula with argan oil, avocado butter and rose hip oil with Omega 6 & 9 for healthier looking lips. I threw in some tissue, a blanket from home and some Advil Liqui-Gels because when used as directed for headaches, muscle aches and joint pain, nothing’s faster on tough pain (among OTC pain relievers). I chose his favorite sports team cinch bag that was also at Walmart to pack it all in and attached a note instructing him to open when sick!
Chances are you will visit a Walmart for your dorm stock-up supplies, so add care package items to your list and create some themed bags you can sneak to the campus with you leave in their room as you are setting up their new place. Walmart is where I grabbed these items up for our care package.
Relax! You did good! They have entered one of the best chapters in their lives and with little notes from home, it will keep them as connected as they really do want to be! I’d love to hear your thoughts on if you have ever sent a care package or if you would send one, what is in it?
Healthy Living, Recipes, Sponsored

Vitafusion™ Lil’ Critters™ Vitamins are Gluten Free

This is a promotional post on behalf of Sverve for #gfwalmart. Any included opinions are my own

There are supplements for everything and within the different types of supplements, there are several brands and combinations to choose from. It’s tough enough to try and decipher the best brands for ourselves, but what about our children? I give my son a multi vitamin every morning with breakfast and I choose my brand based on what is in the vitamin and most importantly, what is NOT in the vitamin. I also need ones that taste great so that I don’t have to fight him to take his vitamins. He is 7 and since he was a toddler he has been taking the Lil’ Critters™ vitamins from vitafusion™. 
The recipe to a good children’s vitamin
Not only does my son like the gummy bear taste, I love the ingredients and it was by far the best choice sitting on the shelves and have just never thought to try any other brand since. Many vitamins at the mass retailers have added ingredients like aspartame, sorbitol and hydrogenated oils to name a few. These are just highly irresponsible ingredients to put in any product let alone a child’s vitamin in my opinion. You will not find these ingredients in Lil’ Critters™.
Lil’ Critters™ gives my son Vitamin A that is great for eye health, Vitamin B’s for cell support, Vitamin C & E as antioxidants, Vitamin D for bone support and other minerals. There is no gluten, high fructose corn syrup or synthetic dyes. A good vitamin considers every ingredient it uses to give the best vitamin and mineral support without using ingredients that can cause other health problems. 
They should also taste good and remain fresh. These vitamins do just that. The gummies are always moist until the last dose. The flavors are made naturally using cherry, berry and citrus and my son loves them. I never have to talk him into taking his vitamins. 
Staying stocked up on Lil’ Critters vitamins for my son is as easy as picking them up on my Walmart trips. I love that Walmart offers so many gluten free variety of foods and health products so I can afford them. No more driving across town and paying a fortune at health stores. The next time you are at Walmart take a look and you will find many gluten free products. If you are interested in recipes featuring some of these products, visit the Walmart Gluten Free Community Page.
Give your kids the supplement they may need without the glutens or sweeteners they don’t need. The kids will love the gummies of Lil’ Critters™ Gummy Vites from vitafusion™.