Some of the Best Beaches on the East Coast

When it comes to beaches on the East Coast, to say there are a lot is a serious understatement. We all have our favorites, but sometimes it’s nice to try something new or mix it up. In the spirit of discovery, we’ve highlighted a few of the best beaches on the East Coast.

If you get a chance, check out Edisto Beach State Park in South Carolina. Fodors describes the beach there as “less costly” and having a “down-home” feel. The park also offers a lush and beautiful forest and marshland.

There’s also Nag’s Head in North Carolina, featuring Coquina Beach. There’s lot for the kiddies to do, like climb the sand dunes in the state park nearby.

In New Jersey, at Cape May, there’s Sunset Beach. Fodors explains how this beach is believed to be the oldest beachfront resort in the country. It’s definitely a National Historic Landmark. One very special feature of Cape May is that “pebbles of pure, rounded quartz” wash up on the shore regularly.

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Reasons Why a Used Car Is a Good Buy

If you are in the beginning of your car shopping process and still waffling between whether you should buy used or new, perhaps we at Mama’s Used Cars can offer some insight as to why a used car is a good buy.

  1. Depreciation: When you buy a new car, you will lose a sizeable chunk of your financial investment to the vehicle’s decrease in value. That decrease begins as soon as the car leaves the lot and continues through the first couple years of the vehicle’s life. If you buy a used vehicle, you get to skip the initial bulk of that decrease in value.
  2. Reliability: New cars often offer new-fangled technology and engineering that seems appealing. However, if you purchase a used vehicle, there’s a much greater chance the kinks have been worked out of that cutting-edge technology, leaving you with a much more reliable product. That’s what we call letting someone else be the guinea pig.
  3. Interest Rates: Not only is the purchase price of a used vehicle less than buying the fresh-off-the-assembly-line model, but it’s likely your interest rates for a loan will be lower as well. The same can be true for your insurance, providing monthly savings that will add up over time.

Remember, buying used isn’t synonymous with “clunker.” In fact, most people likely won’t be able to tell the difference—except for you and your wallet. Happy shopping; we hope to see you here at Mama’s soon!

Traveling with your Furry Friend: Quick Safety Tips for Traveling With a Dog

It’s been a cold winter, and you might be due for a road trip! Break up the monotony of February and enjoy Responsible Pet Owners’ Month by taking your furry friend out on the open road. But be sure to make the wellbeing of your K9 companion a priority. Here are some quick safety tips for traveling with a dog.

Don’t leave home without confirming you have updated shots and ID tags for your best buddy. Also, it’s a great idea to have a current picture of him handy in the unlikely event he gets separated from you.

Make her feel at home. Pack plenty of water and her favorite blanket or toy. But don’t let her wander all over the car as this could cause driver distraction. Either bring a kennel in which she can travel, or purchase a seat belt strap to ensure she is safely secured while traveling.

Be sure to take plenty of rest stops while traveling with your pet. However, while walking in a winter wonderland looks nice, watch out for the ubiquitous road salt and antifreeze puddles. Salt can dry out your dog’s pads, and antifreeze may be a tasty treat for your pet, but is actually as poisonous to dogs as it is to humans. Keep him on a short leash and wash off those feet with water and towels or baby wipes.

Wherever your adventures may take you, we at Mama’s wish all of our readers a safe and happy Responsible Pet Owners’ Month!

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Car Cleaning Tips That’ll Increase Your Vehicle’s Resale Value

Car Cleaning Tips That’ll Increase Your Vehicle’s Resale Value

Besides making your car look nice, cleaning the interior and exterior can also increase the resale value of your car. That’s why we’ve put together a list of car cleaning tips to ensure that your car is worth every penny.

Start on the inside and move to the outside, so as to avoid dragging water and soap into the recently-cleaned interior. Electrostatic dust cloths are great for cleaning, and can be used to wipe everything down—from the dash to the doors—with a simple all-purpose cleaning. For no-streak windows, try a solution of one part white vinegar to two parts water.

According to Popular Mechanics, one of the best ways to keep that new car smell is to get a portable compressor and really blow the dust and dirt out of heating and AC ductwork. High-pressure air will dislodge anything behind vent grilles that causes musty odor.

As for the exterior, it’s important to always rinse your car before washing it. This will help activate any soap you have, as well as remove dirt and grime that could scratch your pain while scrubbing. Last but not least, dry your car with towels as soon as you’re done to avoid water spots.