Avoid Typing Your PIN at the Pump to Reduce Your Chances of Fraud

We've discussed when to use credit versus debit when shopping, and usually at the gas pump, credit is your best option if you're not paying cash. If you have to use debit though, Consumer Reports suggests processing it like credit—as in, don't type your PIN—to reduce your odds of getting your card stolen. » 12/26/13 10:07am 12/26/13 10:07am

Money Saving Phone Calls: How to Optimize Your Car Insurance Rate

How many times have you logged into one of your credit card or bank accounts and seen a bogus charge or late fee appear out of nowhere? You wanted to call the company right away and have them refund your money, but you had no idea what to say to get the fee waived. So you just let it slide. Time after time. » 12/05/13 9:21am 12/05/13 9:21am

The Preventive Maintenance You Need to Do On Your Car (and When)

Regular preventive maintenance is probably the single thing you can do as a car owner to keep your ride happy and save money on repairs in the future. However, not everyone agrees on what preventive maintenance is, what you should do, and when you should do it. Let's clear that up, and give you some tips that'll apply… » 9/26/13 9:21am 9/26/13 9:21am

Five Ways to Save Serious Money on Car Repairs

If you drive, there's probably little you hate more than getting your car repaired. It's usually an expensive, time-consuming hassle no one looks forward to. Even so, it doesn't have to be so bad. Here are some solid ways to save as much money as possible on your car repairs, and hopefully make the whole process a… » 9/19/13 8:37am 9/19/13 8:37am

How to Start a Side Project Without Quitting Your Day Job

You might love working as an employee, but is your position stable? It's almost impossible to have guaranteed stability in the workplace, which is why I always suggest finding another form of career insurance—aka your "side hustle." This is a gig that you dedicate time to away from work, and one you can fall back on in… » 7/23/13 11:21am 7/23/13 11:21am

Book Certain Flights on Weekends For Cheaper Fares

While a lot of airlines will offer sales at the beginning of the work week, if you can't find a special deal, you might save some money by booking your flight during the weekend. » 6/22/13 3:23pm 6/22/13 3:23pm

Should I Repair or Just Replace My Old Car?

Dear Lifehacker,
I love my car, but it's getting on in years. It's paid off, which is great, but even routine maintenance now runs me a few hundred bucks, and the mechanic is always upselling me on additional repairs that are hundreds more dollars. Is it time to just retire my ride and buy a new car, or should I stick… » 4/29/13 1:22pm 4/29/13 1:22pm

Elon Musk Is So Rich He Says He'll Pay to Widen Public Highways

PayPal billionaire, electric car zealot, and one man NASA Elon Musk has had it with his L.A. commute on the 405. But instead of just bitching about it like the rest of us plebes, he says he'll pay out of pocket to get a massive lane-expanding project over with. » 4/25/13 2:26pm 4/25/13 2:26pm

ForbesAutos Whips Out List Of Cheapest Billionaires

We've got to give ForbesAutos some credit. They're most often known for their lists of the most expensive and most prestigious car lists around. This time they've gone a bit sideways, looking for the players with the most bank, but with the least prestigious cars. That's right — there's a great number of folks with the … » 3/09/07 9:45am 3/09/07 9:45am