Nov 172017
 
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Black Friday Shopping

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Black Friday Shopping

When you go Black Friday shopping, keep these guidelines in mind for making your best decisions.

Buy Discounted Gift Cards

The website Raise sells gift cards at a discount, which gets you free money that you can use during your shopping trip. Stock up and take full advantage.

Sign Up for Mailing Lists

The best coupons get sent out behind the scenes to subscribed customers. By signing up for mailing lists, you not only get in on the ground floor for exclusive deals, but you’ll be the first to get the best deals with coupons.

Make a Shopping List—And a Plan

When you make your shopping list, make sure you’re also prioritizing which gifts you need the most, have backup plans in case they’re sold out, and know where to get the best deals on what.

Price Check Before You Buy

While you’re out on Black Friday, have your list in one hand and your phone in the other so that you can quickly and easily check the prices of the same product in other stores. Online retailers may often offer the best prices, and some stores will even provide price matches if you can compare their in-store price to that of an online outlet.

Shop Online

If you’re not one for the Black Friday rush, stay home and take advantage of deals online instead. Cyber Monday is becoming every bit as big a time to grab deals as Black Friday, and you don’t even have to leave your couch to save.

Watch for Late-Shopper Deals

Are you a late sleeper? Retailers want you shopping all day long, so many will offer new deals later in the day.

Use Reusable Shopping Bags, Not Carts

It’s hard to maneuver with bulky shopping carts, so make use of reusable bags instead. This makes you more limber and less cumbersome, like a lean, mean shopping machine.

Follow a Budget

This is a big one. No matter how good a deal is, you should be staying under budget. Don’t let your eyes get bigger than your stomach or you will have a heck of a credit card bill to reckon with at the start of 2018.

Black Friday shopping can be overwhelming, but if you have a plan, like Hurlbert Toyota suggests, you’ll feel much better about your decision to brave it.

Aug 162017
 
Back-To-School Tips In Epping, NH

Kids Are About To Go Back To School

Back-to-School Tips

A new school year is almost upon us. Now is the time to buy school supplies, figure out drop-off times, and handle the unavoidable dread from the children. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help streamline heading back to school. Take these back-to-school tips from us at Hurlbert Toyota and get ready for a new school year.

Join Afterschool Programs

Check out what afterschool programs are available in your area. Find a few that might interest your kids, then allow them to pick which one (or more) they would like to take part in. Afterschool programs offer kids the chance to socialize, develop, and potentially find a new hobby. If your area doesn’t have any afterschool programs that interest your kids, it never hurts to inquire about starting something new.

Go to Sleep Earlier

Kids are notorious for wanting to skirt around bedtime, but that won’t go over well once school starts. Get your kids on the right sleep schedule a few weeks before school starts to avoid any struggles with getting the kids into bed.

Set a Schedule

Setting aside blocks of time for your children to do homework, study, handle chores, and relax is pertinent to their success. Organizing a set schedule will help streamline day-to-day activities before, during, and after school.

Apr 182017
 
Fixing A Car

Spring Car Maintenance

Spring car maintenance is an important part of getting your vehicle back to tip-top shape after the rough winter months. There are a lot of tasks you should consider doing, but we’ve put together the most important ones.

First of all, check your fluids to see if any need topped off or even flushed and refilled. You should get an oil and filter change, and while you’re at it, have your tires inspected and rotated to ensure they wear evenly. You should also have your battery tested to see if it needs recharged or replaced, since winter can be seriously draining on it.

Next, gear up for summer by testing out your air conditioner. If no cool air is coming out, you might have a leak or need to recharge the cooling system. If there are problems, take it to your mechanic soon to get it changed—you don’t want to go without AC when it gets hot!

One of the most important things you can do is clean your car inside and out. Mud, snow, and salt get stuck to the outside of your car during the winter, and they get tracked inside. Prevent rust by thoroughly rinsing off your car, especially the undercarriage, and improve your safety by cleaning the interior of the windows and wiping down the floor mats.

For more spring cleaning tips, give us a call at Hurlbert Toyota!

Sep 022016
 

unique uses for honey - smore's with honey marshmallows

Honey is a delicious, wonderfully sweet, natural food that is a great addition to a cup of tea, bowl of oatmeal, and other foods. But, did you know there are a lot of other ways to use honey? Here are five unique uses for honey for you to try during Honey Month in September.

  1. Sore throat remedy. Instead of taking traditional cough syrup, try a concoction of honey, fresh lemon juice, and hot water to soothe an aching throat. Aside from the soothing effects, honey has natural antibacterial qualities to help boost your immune system.
  2. Baking alternative. Swap out refined sugar for honey. You’ll need less honey to make your dish just as sweet, and you’ll gain its natural antioxidants.
  3. Boost before a workout. Take down a tablespoon of honey before a workout to help boost your performance.
  4. Preserve fruit. Mix one part honey with 10 parts water to create a “honey sauce.” Fill a jar with your favorite summer fruits, add the honey sauce, seal the jar, and open in the winter to enjoy a preserved summer treat.
  5. Make marshmallows. Yes, you can make your own marshmallows. Use this recipe for fluffy goodness sweetened with honey.

What is your favorite way to use honey?

Jun 172016
 

Summer is in full swing. If you’re a parent, this means you are probably spending a lot of time in the car heading from one summertime event to the next. Here are a few summer essentials for your car to make sure your summer rolls smoothly on.

summer essentials for your car

Vehicle Must-haves

  • Sun protection. The summer rays from the sun can be brutal. Keep a stash of sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats in your car to prevent you and the kids from getting burned.
  • Window shade. Nobody likes climbing into a sweltering car after a hot day in the sun. Use a window shade in your front window to block some of the heat and help your car cool off faster.
  • Water bottles. Keep a stash of reusable water bottles in the car to keep everyone hydrated. Add a few cardboard juice boxes in case you can’t find a water fountain.
  • Heat resistant snacks. Kids seem to be perpetually hungry, especially when they’re running around playing all summer. Keep snacks, such as graham crackers, granola bars (without chocolate), nuts, and other foods that won’t melt in your car.
  • Paper towels. You’re going to need to clean up a spill at some point, so be ready by keeping a roll of paper towels in your car.

What are some of your summer essentials that you keep in your car?

May 062016
 

blown engine - summer car preparations

The summer heat is right around the corner and that means any small problems your car has are likely to get bigger. The last thing you want interrupting your summer vacation is a mechanical problem. By starting your car preparations for summer now, you can reduce the risk of a breakdown. Here at Hurlbert Toyota, we have some great tips for summer car preparations.

  • Air Conditioning – The last thing any driver wants is to be stuck in a hot car with no air conditioning. Having your system looked at by a professional could keep you cool all summer long. If you have a newer car, check your owner’s manual to see if you need to change the cabin air filters.
  • Oil – As one of the primary functions of oil is to carry away excess heat produced by the engine, an oil change is highly recommended. Check your owner’s manual to see your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. If you plan on taking long trips, an oil change is a good idea.
  • Windshield Wipers – If your wipers survived winter and made it through the heavy spring rains, now might be a good time to replace them. While summer isn’t notorious for harsh storms, getting caught in the rain is the last thing anyone wants. Replace your windshield wipers and stay safe!
Mar 182016
 

man washing car - spring car cleaning

Now that spring is nearly here, it is time for spring car cleaning. Getting your car spotless after a long winter can increase vehicle resale value and extend the life of your car. Helping you to avoid corrosion and other damaging results of winter driving, spring car cleaning is great for any driver.

According to Fox News, cleaning your car’s underbody is especially important, as it removes salt, dirt, and grime that have built up over the winter. While many car washes have an underbody option, if you can’t find one, simply hose off the undercarriage with plain water. No need to use soap—simply jack up your car and rinse.

Scrub the hard to reach places, including window channels and the bottoms of doors. These areas are often neglected. Also, consider cleaning your car’s fabric with a steam cleaner. If you have leather, treat seats with a special leather cleaner to ensure it lasts longer.

Finally, perform regular maintenance. Replace wiper blades, check and top off fluids, and check tires. Place a penny upside down in the tread; if you see above Abe’s head, it is time for new tires. You should also check and adjust tire pressure if necessary, as every ten-degree increase in temperature increases tire pressure one psi.

Jan 012016
 

empty gas tank

While you don’t have to fill up your empty gas tank when it is only about 25% full – but many responsible drivers do. Of course, most do this to avoid running out of gas entirely, which is a completely valid reason.

 

However – did you know that driving with a near-empty gas tank is actually specifically bad for your vehicle? It’s not just a matter of avoiding empty; filling up your tank regularly can prolong your vehicle’s lifespan dramatically.

 

When driving on a gas tank that’s near empty (perhaps anything from empty to a quarter full), your vehicle is forced to use gasoline from the bottom of the barrel. Unfortunately, this is where sediment and debris tends to accumulate over time.

 

Additionally, gasoline somewhat acts like a coolant for the electric fuel-pump motor, so when you run low, extra heat is created – which can cause the fuel pump to fail entirely, whether you’re out of gas or not.

 

For more driving tips and tricks, visit us anytime Hurlbert Toyota.

Nov 202015
 

Whether Thanksgiving will be hosted at your house or you’re travelling, it tends to be a stressful time of year. If you want to help lessen some of that anxiety, here are a few tips on how to have a stress-free Thanksgiving.

How to have a stress-free Thanksgiving

  • Play it safe. If you love to cook, you might want to try some adventurous new recipes, but everyone is expecting the classic dishes like mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and turkey. And, when cooking a new recipe, you never really know how it’s going to turn out. Just stick with what you know and everyone loves for a classic Thanksgiving feast.
  • Delegate. You really don’t have to do all the cooking by yourself. Ask guests to bring their favorite dishes, or you can even request a specific dish for them to make.
  • Work ahead. Make as much food ahead of time as you can. Bread and pie crust can be made weeks ahead and kept in the freezer, and you can always make your non-refrigerated pies a day or two in advance. Be sure to clean out the fridge and freezer so you have plenty of space.
  • Plan. Make sure you know how many people are coming and when, and make sure you make a schedule for what you need to cook, when.
  • Take a break/ask for help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a break. Thanksgiving will still be there even if you burn the rolls. And, don’t forget that there are plenty of people who are likely more than willing to lend you a hand.

How will you handle your holiday stress this year?

Sep 242015
 

Toyota Sienna

Most of us are guilty of speeding. It’s easy to do when you are in a hurry and oftentimes, it just becomes a habit. However, it’s a bad habit! Here are a few arguments against speeding on the road.

LOWERS FUEL EFFICIENCY

Although it can be different for each vehicle, most vehicles operate at ideal efficiency somewhere around 55 mph. Travel above that and you are using more fuel and getting less power exponentially. Try lowering your speed for a month and comparing your fuel costs. You may be surprised!

INTERRUPTS TRAFFIC

To be safe, traffic must be predictable. When you speed, you are creating a degree of unpredictability to those around you. People are more likely to change lanes in front of you because they are expecting the traffic around them to be predictable. Why not be responsible and contribute to a safe driving environment?

INCREASES STRESS

Speeding can increase your stress on the road. When you are going faster than everyone else, and traffic is heavy, this means you are having to constantly pass people. Some people are happy to get out of your way. Others may seem clueless. This can create frustration and annoyance. Why not go with the flow, put on the cruise control and relax?

Instead of having a “Let’s get this over with” attitude about your commute, try to enjoy it! Enjoy some peace and quiet or check out new music or listen to a comedy album. You might find that you don’t mind slowing down at all. Hurlbert Toyota wants to promote safe driving from all of our customers!