Money Saving Tips: Use Synthetic Oil In Your Car

Using synthetic oil in your carRecently I wrote about bringing your own oil when you take your vehicle in for an oil change and how to save money on synthetic oil in the process. Essentially by bringing your own synthetic oil that you can buy for $20 or less in the United States or for about $35 on sale in Canada you can save a bundle because most garages mark up a synthetic oil change by $50 to $70.

That said, there are many more merits to using synthetic oil that will save you even more money. The exact amount is hard to calculate but I can at least give you a rough idea why it is worth it.

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Significantly Reduced Engine Wear

The whole point of synthetic oil is to lubricate the fast moving components of your engine so the metallic parts don’t chafe next to each other causing friction, high heat, expansion, and sheering off of little metal bits into the engine oil that can potentially cause even more damage later. I’m no expert on this, but I’ve read that oil breaks down in addition to getting dirty over time which is one of the main reasons it needs to be changed often. Synthetic oil breaks down much more slowly in addition to lubricating better and generally causing your engine to run smoother.

There are large internet communities dedicated just to car oil, one of the biggest being Bob Is The Oil Guy. The enthusiasts on those forums regularly compare oils and send their used oil in for a used oil analysis which tells them exactly what is in the oil so they can really see how well the oil is working. They will know if there is any sheered metal, dirt and gunk in the oil and if the oil started breaking down or if it was still in good shape and ready to go more significantly more kilometers. All of these enthusiasts recommend synthetic oil based on their findings and I’m now a believer as well. I think you should be too.

Of course, this will save you money on costly engine repairs in the long run.

Fewer Oil Changes

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Money Saving Tips: Bring Your Own Oil For An Oil Change

Bring your own oil for an oil changeMost people think the only reason to buy their own engine oil for their vehicle would be if they wanted to change the oil themselves to avoid paying someone else to do it. The truth is most garages and dealerships will allow you to bring your own oil if you simply ask. They will even charge you less for the oil change because they typically remove the cost of the bulk oil they would normally be putting in your car from the bill.

Changing your own oil can be a huge pain because you have to learn how to do it first of all, then buy the oil, filter, and other necessary stuff, then get dirty doing it, and finally find an environmentally responsible way of disposing of the oil. When a standard oil change can be as cheap as $30, it hardly sounds worth all that hassle to me!

Related: Car Parts And Repairs For Up To 90% Off!

However, simply buying your own oil and bringing it with you to the oil change is so dead easy that anyone could do it. But, the real question is: will it save you money?

If you are using standard engine oil and buying it at the regular price at Canadian Tire, then the answer is almost certainly no. If you are using synthetic oil on the other hand and getting it at a good price, then the savings can be huge. Keep reading » about Money Saving Tips: Bring Your Own Oil For An Oil Change

Netflix Canada Doesn’t Suck

Netflix Canada doesn’t suckAbout 2 years ago, shortly after Netflix was launched in Canada, my good blogging friend Simon from Sustainable Personal Finance proclaimed confidently to the world that Netflix in Canada Sucked after trying out the service for a short while. Conversely, I have been a subscriber to the service paying the $7.99 a month faithfully almost since the service launched. It can’t suck that much to have me be a customer this long, can it?

So, Does It Really Suck?

At first, I was almost inclined to agree with Simon because the Netflix Canada selection was severely limited and nowhere near the calibre of movies and TV series that Netflix USA had. Not only that, but there was also no way to efficiently browse their entire library and save titles you were interested in watching when you did happen come across a good one. The movies displayed on the front page when you log in were always changing so it was easy to lose track of something you wanted to watch and never find it again. Fortunately, things did improve quite dramatically over time and there was just enough good stuff to keep me interested and stay on as a subscriber.

Did It Have Anything Going For It At Launch?

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Free Money: $100 Gift Card And Up To 5% Cash Back On Gas & Groceries

It’s time for another one of those posts where I talk about some company giving away practically free money for doing something that requires very little effort. Last time it was Aeroplan and it worked out VERY well! This time it’s time it’s in the form of a free $100 gift card for signing up for a credit card with no annual fee that I heavily endorse all the time and that is a great addition to your wallet anyway.

Anyone who has spent any time on my site knows that I highly recommend the Smart Cash MasterCard by MBNA because it was the best cash back credit card in Canada for a long time. It used to give 3% cash back on your gas and grocery purchases (5% for new cardholders in the first 6 months) and 1% cash back on all your other purchases, which is a great deal. Unfortunately, MBNA recently announced some changes to the card (you can read about them here) so it isn’t quite as good anymore. But, it is still well above average as far as credit cards go and I currently have two of them in my household and still use them for all our gas and grocery purchases.

How To Get The Free $100 Gift Card

Our friends over at are putting on a holiday promotion where if you apply and are approved for the Smart Cash card I mentioned above, they will send you $100 gift card to your choice of, Toys R Us, Futureshop, or Boston Pizza. Here’s how it works: Keep reading » about Free Money: $100 Gift Card And Up To 5% Cash Back On Gas & Groceries