Archives for April 2017

Candy Popcorn Recipe

easy candy popcorn recipeTry out this easy, yet sweet popcorn travel snack!

This might be the easiest, least restrictive recipe you’ll ever make. The amounts of ingredients are pretty much up to you. Here’s what you’ll need:

Popcorn (popped)
Almond bark (white or dark work)
Your favorite cookies, candy bars, or cereal (crushed into small pieces)

Toss the popcorn with melted almond bark. Sprinkle crushed candy pieces on popcorn before almond bark cools. Allow to cool and dry completely. Gently break apart and store in an airtight container or plastic bag. Take with you on your next road trip for the perfect travel snack.

Looking for a free old tire?

free old tire

If you’ve been inspired on Pinterest to create something new out of an old tire, you might be in search of a free old tire to use. Maybe you need a tire for your dock up at the lake. 

Stop by the TireZoo, and get a tire. We love to see unique furniture, dog beds, boat docking stations, tire swings, and more inspired by the durable qualities of a old tires.

However, it’s important to responsibly recycle old tires. If you have old tires to get ride of, we accept them for a small fee. We make sure old tires are recycled.

If you are looking for a free tire for a project, it’s best to call ahead to make sure we set one aside for you. All we ask is if/when you are ready to get rid of the tire, you do so responsibly.

Check out our Pinterest board dedicated to repurposing tires.

Student Discount on Tires

student discount on tiresNeed a GREAT graduation gift? Why not a set of new or quality used tires? Any high school graduate heading off to work, college, or travel will appreciate the gift of tires! 

Not only can we help find a set of tires, we can help you get the tires on fast and without any appointments necessary. Just stop in and we’ll help you find what you need very quickly. Then, make sure you remind the students in your life that the TireZoo offers student discounts

Stop by either location; Anoka or Bloomington, MN and our tire technicians will be ready to help get you what you need!

Ways to Save Money on Your Upcoming Road Trip

Save money road trip

Save Money: Road Trip Tips

Your expenses on a cross-country road trip are mainly food, gas, lodging, and incidentals. While you can’t control all costs, you can reduce your expenses by planning ahead and taking a few extra measures to insure incidentals are less likely to happen.

Food

Obviously eating out at restaurants can take a toll on the pocket book, especially if you are on the road for most of your trip. One of the advantages of driving over flying is the ability to pack food and beverages to eat along the way. 

  • Coupon and shop deals ahead of time to plan out snacks and meals for the road.
  • Clip coupons for restaurants and grocery stores that you can use along the way.
  • Take some time to scout out deals ahead of time and plan your route to take advantage of foods in season, family/friends along the route, and events offering great food at low prices like community celebrations.
  • For a bunch of foods that travel well, check out our Travel Pinterest Board

Lodging

Finding nice place to stay and relax along the way is important, especially when driving. You need time to rest so you are safe on the road and prepared to deal with yet another “are we there yet?”.

  • Visit the websites or call ahead to the Chamber and Visitor’s Buearu’s along the way to see if they have any coupons, discounts, or specials they know of from Chamber member businesses.
  • Check your credit card company for additional perks or points that could be used that you forgot or may not even be aware exist.
  • Check other memberships and associations that may offer lodging discounts or have agreements with certain hotel chains. 
  • Don’t rule out Airbnb or other lodging options that can be cheaper and offer completely different advantages and amenities.
  • Is there a family or friend who is interested in taking a vacation at the same time that you could swap homes along the way?

Gas & TraveL

There isn’t much you can do about the ever fluctuating gas prices, but you can be proactive. Scheduling your trip at less “peak” travel times might help. Gas is typically less leading up to elections, so fall trips can save on gas too. 

  • Maximize your fuel efficiency by making sure your tires are under inflated or over inflated. Properly inflating your tires and making sure they are in good condition, will help your gas money stretch a little further.
  • There are apps for checking gas prices, such as GasBuddy. You can look ahead and plan to fuel up where gas is less, as well as find discounts and coupons along the way.
  • Don’t forget to plan for tollways or route around them. Most are minimal, but some can be several dollars each. If your road trip route as quite a bit in tolls, you’d want to budget for that.

Incidentals 

Incidentals are things you don’t anticipate happening, but know could. It’s good to plan for incidental expenses, but take as many precautions as possible to avoid unwanted “extra” expenses.

  • Proper car and tire maintenance is a must before a long road trip. Make sure your vehicle has a solid “thumbs-up” before heading out.
  • Avoid tourist seasons for where you are headed. Prices tend to be higher around peak tourist seasons.
  • While you can’t plan for all construction and detour areas, you can look ahead for any major re-routes such as bridges or interstates that might slow you down or cause extra delay.
  • Know local laws, pay parking meters, and obey speed zones, especially in construction zones. Tickets and fines are something you can hopefully avoid.

 

If the crew at the TireZoo in Anoka or Bloomington can help get your tires ready for a long road trip ahead, stop in and see us. We’re here to help you save money, get on the road fast, and find affordable tires.