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Saving money on the day to day items is always important for being financially sound that is why we clip, download, screenshot and use rebates here on Science of Couponing. However, that is only part of staying in budget, we need to stay financially sound in our big purchases as well and one of the biggest purchases is a vehicle. Cars.com has several tools at your disposable just as Science of Couponing shares deals to help you get to where you & I need to be in that big purchase decision.
Saving money on your purchase while getting the right car for your budget will save you stress and make your decision better in the long run. If you are anything like I am you will want to be sure you get the best deal. I have recently been enlightened to the Comparison tool on Cars.com. It is simple enough that I can use it while my kids are causing a ruckus around me. For example, say I am currently looking for a Toyota Sienna you know the Glamourous mommy mini-van. Using the Price comparision tool I can look up Used one's in my area. It brings them up by distance to travel, price and I can compare them with however many others they have at the time and it's so simple I don't have to focus all of my attention on it as honestly what mom has 100% to devote to anything at any given time.
Cars.com also has a spectacular affordability calculator that you can adjust terms to see what you can pay a month to stay in your budget. I know personally it can be incredibly overwhelming going into a car dealership and having them "work you a deal" on whichever car you thought you liked. I have seen several people impulse buy themselves into cars they couldn't actually afford and then they struggle. Being an educated buyer can really give you the advantage when you head to your local dealer or find the car of your financial and vehicular dreams on Cars.com The affordability calculator also gives you a chance to figure out what you need versus what want. Say you need to stay under 400 a month or want to so that you can then afford to save an extra 100 a month toward a house or debt pay off, you can set the calculator to that and it will output what the value of that car would be. So maybe you can "splurge" on the bum warmers.