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The shortest month of the year is here after what felt like the longest month ever (yes I know January is the longest month). The stupid groundhog saw his shadow so we may be in for several more weeks of winter too, if you believe in such nonsense.

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RVshare, the largest community for RV owners and renters, recently unveiled their 2023 Travel Report that indicates another blockbuster year for travel. As work flexibility continues to evolve and become a permanent lifestyle for many, RVshare is predicting it will ultimately affect the way  Americans approach travel this year.  RVshare insights highlight that remote employees […]

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Wow, what a fulfilling experience completing the motorsports-focused LEGO Technic M 1000 RR, conceived directly in partnership with BMW. After snapping together 1,920 intricate pieces and following 699 steps and 366 pages over two weeks, the 1:5 scale motorcycle came to life while bringing me satisfaction and hours of brain exercise. Specified as a collection of LEGO builds for adults, this particular Technic model #42130 is the perfect gift for yourself, auto-aficionado friends, or creative family members. It retails for $249.99 at Lego.com.

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After more than a year of overheated prices, the used-car market cooled by several degrees in December. The trend brings some relief to car buyers. But inventories have yet to reach pre-pandemic levels, and consumers still miss the buying power they had in 2019.While experts say this year’s used-car market will continue to improve, consumers need...

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Snow in the forecast can send winter sports enthusiasts flocking to the mountains for some fresh powder. But unpredictable weather doesn't always make for the easiest travel. Inherently, ski trips might be one of the riskiest to book since you can spend big bucks on ski lift tickets, lodging, airfare and equipment rentals, only to...

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Save more, spend less and pay off debt are popular New Year’s resolutions — and perhaps the ones most likely to fall by the wayside a few weeks into the year when reality sets in and expenses derail plans. But an early-in-the-year setback, like paying your health insurance deductible or the credit card bills after...

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Mortgage rates could decline in February as the Federal Reserve writes the next chapters of its inflation-busting campaign. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit its January peak in the first week of the year and fell thereafter. It's too early to conclude that the 30-year mortgage has already reached its 2023 zenith, but it's...

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Andrea E. McHugh You’ve packed the high tech tent, rented the cabin or reserved the RV, mapped out your trek, and reserved the campsites – now comes the fun stuff! For a successful pack in/pack out that ensures you’ll leave nothing but footprints behind, start with a checklist. A first aid kit, hiking day pack, […]

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When it comes to wellness travel, who better to turn to for inspiration than the wellness experts themselves?  We tracked down some of the world’s leading mindfulness experts and authors, fitness professionals, celebrity advisors, and researchers to discover their favorite places to visit and unwind. And, where they want to go — next. Dr. Jud […]

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Back in the good ol’ days if you wanted to travel in luxury and had the bank to do so, Cadillac was one of three choices available besides Lincolns and Chrysler Imperials. Oh sure, there were occasional Mercedes and a Jaguar or two on the streets now and then, but for the most part it was the flagship models of the big three that garnered the bulk of the luxury car sales during the mid-20th century. And this was well before Cadillac offered compacts, SUVs or crossovers.

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Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions. In this episode we continue our series about managing your money in 2023 with a discussion about managing uncertainty in the new year. 

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The investing information provided on this page is for educational purposes only. NerdWallet does not offer advisory or brokerage services, nor does it recommend or advise investors to buy or sell particular stocks, securities or other investments. In investing terms, a “glide path” describes how a mix of investments changes over time. Typically, the mix gets more...

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The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, a Hyatt resort on 15 beachfront acres in Hawaii, is far more than a place to sleep. There are multiple pools, including a lagoon and three infinity pools. As part of the resort fee, you can also take a stand-up paddleboarding course, use the resort’s snorkel equipment and GoPro...

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Andrea E. McHugh Between multiple headline-making airline industry disruptions and severe weather events from coast to coast, many Americans are looking forward to hitting the road in lieu of the less than friendly skies this summer for that much-anticipated family vacation. In fact, a 2023 Travel Trend Report by RVshare, the largest community for RV […]

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With explicit BMW Motorsports identity bred from the M3 Competition with M xDrive, the limited-edition, high-performance 2024 BMW M3 CS is ready to burn up tracks and streets. The German coupe is small yet its physicality is immense, producing 543-horsepower and 449 lb-ft of torque from a TwinPower Turbo inline-6 engine paired with M xDrive and an 8-speed M Steptronic gearbox. Exclusive V-spoke forged M light-alloy 19” front rims and 20" rears outfitted with mixed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 performance rubber combine with the powertrain for a blistering 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds. US production begins March 2023 with an MSRP of $118,700. Are you ready for the new BMW M3 Competition Sport?

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Andrea E. McHugh Whether you’re looking to continue your Dry January streak, or simply sober curious, a New Year often brings new goals, which might include cutting back your alcohol intake or becoming a full-fledged teetotaler. Today’s breadth of mocktails and spirit-free concoctions are more interesting and diverse than ever, with revenue in the nonalcoholic […]

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A little optimism can help propel you when things get difficult in the homebuying market. But if you’re feeling too good about your chances of buying this year — good in ways simply not justified given the current economic conditions — you could find yourself disappointed, at best, and unsuccessful or overextended, at worst. About 28...

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This year’s St. Louis Auto Show was bigger and better than ever. It featured more manufacturers, and the “dome” section returned, bringing a test track for electric vehicles from several manufacturers. Also in attendance was master drifting champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his team, tearing up the street and smoking up the air just outside the center.

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The investing information provided on this page is for educational purposes only. NerdWallet does not offer advisory or brokerage services, nor does it recommend or advise investors to buy or sell particular stocks, securities or other investments.When inflation rises, child care expenses do, too. If you’re a parent, you may be hoping to get a little...

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The investing information provided on this page is for educational purposes only. NerdWallet does not offer advisory or brokerage services, nor does it recommend or advise investors to buy or sell particular stocks, securities or other investments. Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions. In this week’s episode, we continue our series...

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The investing information provided on this page is for educational purposes only. NerdWallet does not offer advisory or brokerage services, nor does it recommend or advise investors to buy or sell particular stocks, securities or other investments. After years of being in debt, Rachel Kramer Bussel came to a realization: “If I don’t become proactive about it,...

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After years of promotions and offers from airlines desperate to keep their most valuable customers, the world of elite status is set to return to something like “normal” in 2023. That doesn’t mean the travel landscape is normal. Although passenger numbers have almost returned to where they were in 2019, according to data from the Transportation... 

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Knowing if you're being paid fairly for the work you do is a mystery shrouded in a lack of information. That may be changing, though, and pay transparency may be the catalyst. It's a growing trend for companies to reveal what a job opening or current position pays — whether voluntarily, or because governments mandate...

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Avoiding peak travel season is one of the best ways to save money on your next vacation. Yet visiting Norway in January isn’t everybody’s idea of a good time — however cheap the airfare. That’s where traveling during shoulder seasons comes in: These tourist seasons that fall on either side of peak travel dates have fewer...

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A new year is a time for resolution-making, and in 2023 you may be especially determined to get control of your finances. For many, that means eliminating high-interest credit card debt. Credit card balances were up 15% in the third quarter of 2022 compared to the same quarter in 2021 — the largest increase in 20...

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Remember when the Toyota Camry used to be the darling of the auto industry. It regularly held the title of best-selling car in America. Well, in this era of crossovers and EVs, sedans like the Camry are more passé. But that doesn’t mean the Camry can’t remain relevant in such a world.

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From curly or straight locks to rock shags and an imperfect finish. Hair trends continue to evolve  — and we rounded up some of the industry’s top stylists and beauty pros to share what hair trends will be rockin’ in 2023. Warmer Tones “Blondes are going to be more of a pearl champagne so, a […]

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The investing information provided on this page is for educational purposes only. NerdWallet does not offer advisory or brokerage services, nor does it recommend or advise investors to buy or sell particular stocks, securities or other investments. Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions. This week’s episode is all about investing in...

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Ford truck brochures for 1940 proclaimed: “A touch of elegance — properly applied to your delivery units — can do worlds toward building the prestige of your business.”

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Privacy seems to be an increasingly rare commodity. How often do we hear about security breaches that reveal our personal information to some bad actor somewhere? It feels as if it's almost daily. LastPass, the password security app (ironically enough), Chick-fil-A and Twitter have all recently (like in the past couple of weeks or so) had...

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I'm not one for superstitions or horror movies, so the fact that this Week in Review column falls on Friday the 13th means very little to me. In fact, the big news from the auto industry is all positive as the prestigious North American Car, Truck and SUV of the Year Awards (NACTOY) were handed out.

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The investing information provided on this page is for educational purposes only. NerdWallet does not offer advisory or brokerage services, nor does it recommend or advise investors to buy or sell particular stocks, securities or other investments. By now, you’re probably familiar with the more obvious ways inflation affects your finances. Your money doesn’t go as far...

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The investing information provided on this page is for educational purposes only. NerdWallet does not offer advisory or brokerage services, nor does it recommend or advise investors to buy or sell particular stocks, securities or other investments. Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions. In this week’s episode, we discuss the newest...

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The Walt Disney Co. is set to turn 100 years old this year, and the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, is celebrating with new shows and a Mickey-themed attraction across its two theme parks: Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Both parks will also be decked out with new decor. Festivities officially begin on Jan. 27. And...

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You know how you book a room that’s initially advertised at under $100 per night and then it has suddenly ballooned to more than $150? That’s partially because of taxes, but another huge chunk is likely from resort fees. Some hotels have more offensive resort fees than others, and — while resort fees tend to run...

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Digitization has always been a keystone of BMW’s engineering and technology philosophies, emphasizing the sustainability and human connection of mobility. Thus, as we move into a future ripe with alternative realities and artificial intelligence, the German automaker has innovated a Consumer Electronics Show (CES) car of the future that is fully connected, fully digitized, and fully electric. In proper fashion, BMW invited us to its hometown of Munich to witness the vehicle in person ahead of the 2023 CES debut in Las Vegas.

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The advancements in digital technologies, EV development, and forward-thinking by Mercedes-Benz were on full display at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. With incontrovertible electrification innovations -- both current and on the horizon -- the automotive manufacturing and software company from Stuttgart, Germany is nobly playing its part in ascertaining that the electrification of mobility is progressive, efficient, convenient, and widespread. Aptly, M-B took advantage of the fanfare at CES 2023 to launch its global branded, high-power charging network which will debut in North America in 2023.

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It’s my job to be objective and critical of these vehicles I’m privileged to drive. And while some of you may think I take it too easy on vehicles the fact is it’s hard to be critical of brand new vehicles. But yet still I try and hopefully you find me objective in my thoughts as I try to represent the average consumer.