Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 5:00 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Cars from General Motors and Toyota top the list of vehicles that offer the best combined fuel economy and have high industry ratings, according to TotalCarScore.com, an automotive comparison website that compiles data from multiple automotive sources and creates a single score encompassing the vehicle overall. The two manufacturers had seven cars each on the

Saturday, March 10, 2012 8:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich recently pledged reducing gas prices to $2.50 gallon or less …

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 11:45 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

If you let out an audible gasp when you filled up your car with gas recently, you’re not alone. Gas prices have jumped 13 cents per gallon on average across the nation in the last week and nearly 30 cents per gallon on average from a month ago, according to the Energy Information Administration. The

Saturday, November 19, 2011 9:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

We all know that the Thanksgiving holiday is the busiest time of year at the airports, but the reality is that most Americans use a car for their Thanksgiving getaways — and this year, the roads are going to be even more crowded, despite higher gas prices. AAA expects that 38.2 million Americans will travel

Saturday, September 17, 2011 8:50 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

While gas prices are expected to drop over the next month due to the switch to winter fuel blends, U.S. drivers are on pace to spend the most to refuel their cars this year than ever before — and experts say gas prices will continue to remain high. Despite consumers using less gas and production

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 10:01 am
By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com

It’s common sense that the steadier speed you drive your car, the better your fuel economy — hence the reason why gas mileage at higher speeds is higher for almost all cars than city driving. One would think that it’s impossible to dramatically improve gas mileage in the city thanks to all the traffic lights

Thursday, May 26, 2011 1:17 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

If you’re planning a driving trip this holiday weekend, I hope you budgeted enough for gasoline. Gas prices continue to be near $4 a gallon around the nation and are likely to hold there throughout the summer vacation season. Taxes contribute to what we pay at the pump. There’s the federal gasoline excise tax, which