Full-service style automatic car washes can be a big waste of money for families! For example, one local car wash offers "packages" ranging from $7-14. The expensive "Super Duper Wash" claims to give you 'triple foam, under body wash, wax and towel dry service.' However, the $14 wash lasts as long as the $7 wash and we can never quite tell the difference, can you? We think families can avoid expensive car wash facilities by staying home and washing their own cars. You could save more than $300 per year or more by avoiding automatic car washes. The do-it-yourself cost? No where near $14 - simply the cost of a bucket of soapy water and a sponge. You can get the kids involved and make it fun, too. If you're into the waxing you can pick up a can of wax for about $10 and it'll probably last you all summer. When it comes to drying, use a soft microfiber towel. Avoiding high-cost car washes is probably one of the easiest ways a family can save money.