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7 tips for a frugal, hassle-free road trip

Secure your house
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Before you leave on your road trip, make sure your home looks lived in.

Jerry Davies, spokesman and assistant vice president of media and public relations for Farmers Insurance in Los Angeles, suggests the following:

  • Ask a friend or family member to remove fliers and pamphlets on your porch or in your driveway.
  • Place a hold on your newspaper and your mail.
  • Leave a light on inside the house.
  • Set your alarm system.
  • Turn off the gas.
  • Switch off water in rooms that could potentially flood your home.
  • Make sure all the windows are locked.
  • Store valuables in a secure location.
  • Don't change your answering machine message to one saying you're on vacation.




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