A new ride
Did we mention gas is about 80 cents more expensive per gallon than at this time last year? Or that the average $3.60 a gallon Americans are paying is only going up this summer? Yeah, you may want to do something about that. A new car is slightly cost-prohibitive -- especially the hybrid models that are being held up because their essential parts are made by Japanese manufacturers still recovering from that country's earthquake and ensuing tsunami -- and a used car isn't guaranteed to get you much better mileage than your current vehicle, especially for the price of a tax return.