The Highlights of the 2017 Chicago Auto Show

Last Friday I was invited to preview the Chicago Auto Show by SheBuysCars.com. I was super excited to see all the cool things that was in store for the car lovers in Chicago!


The Auto Show brought the heat this year! New colors, features, technology, and environmental friendly options were just a few of the things I noticed when gazing the whole expo floor.


Hyundai really stole the show when they introduced their 2018 Elantra GT. It’s the hatchback that has your back! The Elantra has lots of cargo space, safety features, Bluetooth capabilities, sunroof, and a beautiful dashboard. As a mom certain things are important to me like gas mileage, safety, and storage space. It seems like Hyundai really had me in mind when making this hatchback. 


Remote start has enhanced in this ride with heated seats, rear defrost, and side mirrors…a plus for those Chicago winters. Hyundai’s “Blue link” connects your Hyundai car to your “cloud” devices like your Amazon Echo. Safety perks include blind-spot monitors, auto emergency braking, lane keeper assistance and rear cross-traffic alerts. Smart car and it’s a beauty too! 


The Auto Show showcased so many cars. Some brands I had never heard of and some concepts were so new it was hard to wrap your head around the fact that it’s 2017 and cars are becoming smarter. I think this year’s Auto Show is a must attend. You will get your steps in walking that expo floor, but you will definitely be impressed. 

Preparing for Christmas in the Fall! 

I know Fall just got here, but I’m mentally already in the Winter season preparing for Christmas. Since Dereon is 9 and pretty mature his Christmas list has slowly started to change and he started asking for less items, but now the few things he does list is pretty expensive And since Baby Chance is only 1 we will get him a few little things for him to open up on Christmas morning, but nothing too major. So to be proactive this year I told him to write his Christmas list a little earlier than the traditional November time frame. He came up with 10 things and half of them were very inexpensive so I smiled with glee, but then as the list continued I saw more tech savvy items like a Drone which isn’t cheap. I sighed. A drone? Really? The wheels in my head started to turn and I realized that I could get the Drone and the few other items he requested if I started knocking them out now. No reason in waiting until December to shop when you already know what you are getting.

I made a few calls and found out that Walmart’s Christmas layaway is in full force and that I can start shopping now and making payments to pay my total off. How awesome is that? But wait it gets better! Kmart has a layaway too and it’s active throughout the year. 

Not only is Layaway a good way to prepare early for Christmas, but here are a few other tips to get you ready for the season to be jolly.

1. Make a list of everyone you are buying a gift for and come up with a budget.

2. Stick to your budget! 

3. Look online for the items on your list. I’ve seen huge price differences from online prices and instore prices. 

4. If you shop at a certain store for your Christmas shopping then start buying gift cards for that store now. $5 here…$10 there…adds up. If you do this a few times in October alone you could have a $100 gift card balance by November to help tackle Santa’s long list.

5. Be realistic! If it’s something on your list that you can’t afford, don’t fret. For example your hubby wants a 50″ 3D TV and it’s not in your budget try to see if you can get him a pair of those virtual reality glasses & game bundle packs. Or give him some cash or a gift card on that big ticket item in a cool card. Don’t stress or go into debt for a Christmas gift because then you are missing the real reason for the season!
Happy Shopping guys! I’ll be back with more money saving tips, holiday gift guides, and giveaways for this Christmas season.