Forget Putting Trees in Your Car

Reprinted with permission from No-Debt Living Newsletter, copyright 2000 No-Debt Living. Written by Robert Frank, the editor of No-Debt Living Newsletter which provides financial and time-management news with a Christian perspective.

Tired of buying strange-smelling little cardboard trees and other expensive gizmos to make your car smell pretty? Here's an inexpensive solution that's actually longer lasting and - according to several people we've talked to - more pleasant smelling. Simply tear off one of your clothes-drier sheets and throw it under the front seat of your car. One sheet lasts for weeks and seems to provide better results.

Percentage-wise, the cost savings is significant. Those little trees cost $2 for three (or 66 cents each), or you can get fancier air fresheners (shaped like cowboy hats or propellers) that range from $2 to $4 each. The auto parts salespeople we talked with said those items normally last about 4 weeks.

Or, you can buy a box of Bounce drier sheets (120 count) for $4.99 - about 4 cents a sheet. Each sheet lasts about 3-4 weeks. Even if you put one in every week, it would only cost you about $2 a year.

Estimated savings per year: Between $7 and $47.50, depending upon how much you drive and how "fresh" you want your car to smell. Give it a try and tell us what you think.

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