Car Care 101

Vehicles today are much more sophisticated and complex than the cars from ‘70s and ‘80s, more computer electronics, upgraded engines, and silicon chips. However, though they vary in parts, they still need the same basic car care to help extend life and durability. Here are a few simple steps in addressing your car’s needs.

Regular Check-up

Basic car care starts with taking a look at every part of the vehicle. It includes:

  • the tires, check if properly inflated
  • leaking fluids under the vehicle, including brake and power fluid, oil, transmission fluid and others
  • vehicle exhaust smoke, aside from the usual start up fumes and diesel emission
  • fluid warning lights and engine fluid, which should be addressed immediately before driving

Under the Hood

Under the hood maintenance does not require full mechanic skills. You just have to check and monitor the parts once in a while to avoid major repairs and alterations that only mechanics can do. Pay attention to special parts like the level of engine oil and its cleanliness, coolant level, power and brake fluid levels, transmission fluid, and the batteries.

Changing Oil

One of the major things to consider in car maintenance is the regular change of oil and oil filter. Professional mechanics highly recommend oil change every 3,000 miles, but you can still safely drive further. But keep in mind that it should not be beyond 5,000 miles before changing the vehicle’s oil and filter.


Consider other components of your car that may also need infrequent replacement like:

  • air filter
  • cables and spark plugs
  • turn signals, brake lamps and headlight
  • windshield wipers
  • engine timing belt

Though they’re rarely replaced, they still need regular check-up to ensure the vehicle’s good working condition.

Keep Your Garden Frugal

There are so many ways you can do to keep your garden green and lush without spending much on plants and labour. Just be resourceful and patient in handling your gardening needs and for sure you’ll have the perfect yard sooner than you expected. Here a few ways in keeping your garden beautiful and frugal.

Make a Compost Pit

Composting is an effective solution for turning wastes and kitchen garbage into healthy soil. Compost pits help improve the quality of the soil without investing on expensive fertilizers. Pile all your yard wastes and kitchen scraps into the hole and mix them evenly. Cover with soil afterwards.

Start Planting Seeds

Many people would like to plant semi-established shrubberies, which could be a bit costly. If you want to go cheap and wise, planting a seed could be your best choice. Spare some time and let it grow in your garden on its natural way. If waiting for years to see a sprout is not a good idea for you, there are so many choices of annual plants you can always opt to.

Never Pay for Planting Services

When buying trees, some nurseries will offer planting services for an extra fee. Yes, this could be convenient for you, but not necessary. Spare a little of your time in researching the best way to plant your new specimen. And don’t forget the root span measurement of the plant. You should be able to anticipate it before burying it to the ground.

Swap Seeds and Plants

Most probably, your plants will create more seeds than you need, or maybe you just bought more than enough. Why not swap the excess to your friends who have the same gardening interest? It’s a great way of expanding your garden without spending much.

Gift Ideas for Gaming Fanatics

Video games are the best gift option for people who are into video gaming. The problem starts to arise when folks who are not into computer and video gaming start looking for gifts for their gamer friends. Video games are not only the gift you can offer for gamers. Try to observe the system used in playing, details and accessories. By this, you will get an idea what gift to have for your favourite gamer.

Memory Sticks and memory cards

If your gamer friend uses older versions of gaming consoles like Game Cube, Playstation II or DreamCast, they may need memory sticks where they can save their games. Memory cards and memory sticks are not anymore as prevalent as before, so most probably you can get one on a cheaper price.

Video Game Chairs

When your gamer friend is in the midst of hunting for treasures, evading the cops, or fighting zombies, the last thing he would consider is his posture. Good thing several inventive companies come up with video gaming chairs that let you play and squat for longer hours without experiencing sore muscles and back pains. These are excellent alternatives to hard floors and bean bags.


Wireless controllers and controllers with vibrating features are nice perks when playing video games. And also, more controllers mean more friends can join the fun. Your friend will surely love company in playing his favourite video game.

Video Game Tapes

If you want to give video game tapes as gifts, check first the game rating to know whether it is appropriate to the recipient or not. Here are the rating definitions you should look for.

  • RP = Rating Pending
  • AO = Adults Only
  • M = Mature
  • EC = Early Childhood
  • E 10+, T = Teen
  • E = Everyone