The Ways of Life

There are so many situations that we experience on a daily basis. The regular life issues that keep it interesting–and challenging. For all of the random stuff that a teen goes through, we have it covered. Maybe this will help make life just a little bit easier…

Making Your First Car Money Stretch


Driving is a big thing for teens, with 50.9% of teens behind the wheel. That’s good news for you, as a teen, as it means there’s a strong market in which to get the very best deal on the various costs of your first vehicles. How exactly do you save dollars, though? There’s a few ways, and a few you might not even know.

Value Of The Vehicle

Before you think about how to save your dollars and cents on, or after, the point of purchase, remember what your vehicle is going to do for you. Having a car opens doors (and no, not just literally) by giving you the opportunity to branch out and explore career opportunities – whether that’s easily being able to travel for a job interview, or picking up mobile part-time work.

Insurance

This is the biggie – there’s no way around it. Parents will find a 44% teenager insurance premium rising to 62%. The fact is, teen drivers are seen as the most likely to be in an accident and the cost of insurance reflects that. There are, however, ways around this.

The first is less of a trick and more of a good practice; look around. Take your quote elsewhere, and make sure you’re finding the best insurer you can; your insurance could save hundreds on a quote price you found elsewhere. Aside from that, there are several ways to reduce the premium by combining drivers and vehicles, and when you’re 18, taking out your own plan for long-run benefits. You can also take on small alterations, like a dashcam, that give insurers a sense of assurance that you’re going to drive well and be able to prove any claims that weren’t on your head.

Go Cheap!

Yes, every driver wants to be in the luxury Mercedes or BMW. If you’re lucky enough, or have put in the hard work, that means you can – good for you. Honestly. However, if you’re a first time driver and it feels like you don’t have a dollar to rub together, go for a cheaper car to save money. You don’t need that huge estate when you don’t have a family to lug around, and so long as the thing runs you’ll be more than happy with a smaller and/or older vehicle.

Driving is frequently considered a crucial part of the American teenager’s upbringing, but the costs can be prohibitive, even for those with a bit more spare income than the rest. It needn’t be, though, and with a little bit of guile and mindfulness over your options, you can stretch your dollars.



Getting More From The Internet For Millennials


The internet is unquestionably one of the greatest inventions known to man. However, it’s very easy to take its power to do good for granted. Despite having a world of possibilities at our fingertips, many of us fall into the common trap. Using it solely to connect with friends and watch the occasional cat video brings very limited results. But the world wide web is capable of so much more, and it’s about time that you started to appreciate this factor.   

Tapping into the internet’s full potential isn’t as difficult as you might think. Here are just six winning ideas that will transform wasted web time into productive online interactions.

#1. Learn More

 As far as educational resources are concerned, they don’t come any bigger than the world wide web. With over one billion active websites at your disposal, it’s possible to find info on any given subject in a matter of clicks. Frankly, dedicating all your time to Candy Crush is a wasted opportunity.   

Increased knowledge doesn’t only come from learning about history or science. With resources like acoollink.com, opening your eyes to a world of exciting new knowledge is easier than ever. Whether it’s discovering new art or learning about sports stories doesn’t matter. All knowledge is power.

Learning can also manifest itself in picking up new skills and languages.   

#2. Teach Others

Aside from improving your life, the internet can be used to enhance the lives of others. Raising money for charity is naturally a great idea, and this can be achieved in many ways. Then again, it’s possible to take positive steps far closer to home.

Older generations don’t always understand the internet as well as we do. This is where the things we often take for granted can come become useful. Teaching your grandparents to use social media, for example, can help them connect with friends and relatives. Given that global travel probably isn’t on their agenda, this can be a life-changing gift.

Alternatively, teaching your parents a few shortcuts may make their daily activities a little easier too.   

#3. Earn Money

 The main reason that the internet has grown at such a fast rate is that it can help people make money. As a computer literate millennial, it would be very foolish to ignore those opportunities.

Launching an online business is now more accessible than ever. Whether you become a blogger or a dropshipper doesn’t matter, this is a great tool for making money. Meanwhile, signing up for freelance directories like fiverr.com can open new doors. If it helps your career as well as your bank balance, you’d be a fool to miss out.

Even if those ideas don’t appeal, selling unwanted goods or completing surveys can generate a few extra dollars each month.

#4. Save Money

In addition to increasing your income, the world wide web can be used to cut your spending. Given that this can be achieved with very minimal effort, ignoring it would be very foolish indeed.   

It may be too early to worry about household bills, although not necessarily. Nonetheless, coupons can be used to save money on days out as well as food purchases. Moreover, online services can be used to locate the best deals on various tech purchases.

If this ultimately allows your money to work a little harder, taking advantage of those opportunities is essential. On a separate note, staying in control with spreadsheets and online banking can help.   

#5. Network

Communication lies at the heart of all online systems. While there’s nothing wrong with using it to stay connected with loved ones, you should also use if for creating new links with people who can aid your life.

This most commonly occurs on the career front. Platforms like linkedin.com enable you to build business connections in a wonderful environment. This may help you discover job opportunities, internships, or resources that enhance your career in other ways.

Networking can also be used for a host of other goals, such as finding love or tracking lost relatives. The power is truly in your hands.

#6. Gain Inspiration

The internet can be used for a variety of activities. However, there’s nothing using it for leisurely tasks. Even so, you can make this more productive by reading up on things that actually relate to your life.  

Whether it’s building long-term life plans or gaining ideas for outfits or party ideas isn’t important. It’s always good to inject a personal touch on those ideas. Nonetheless, those inspirations can be used to guide you towards quicker, better life decisions.   

Let’s face it; the experts have better ideas than your friends. Tap into that wealth of information, and even your leisure life will be improved thanks to online interactions.



Why You Should Sign Your Grandparents up For Facebook Today


Being on social media doesn’t mean that you have to be young, and the older generation is actually starting to get online as well. There’s more to Facebook and Instagram than just looking at funny photos, though, and for your grandparents, it could actually mean a gigantic health boost.

Not just in terms of mental health and the effects social isolation can have on us; loneliness puts us at an increased risk of various diseases. Get your older family members online right away, and give them the tools to connect with others – the Internet is, after all, for everyone.

Teach them to browse

If your grandparents have never set foot in an Internet browser before, they’ll probably find social media platforms a bit confusing as well. Start by explaining that the browser is similar to an open road; by plotting in an address, you’ll be able to find whatever site they’re looking for.

By comparing it with something else that’s familiar, you’re giving them a great foundation for understanding the technology – and feel a bit up to date as well.

A recent survey shows that about 66 % of seniors who receive a smart device never have anyone showing them how to use it. Some of them may, of course, be able to figure it out on their own – but the rest of them admit to being a bit intimidated by technology.

It’s not a good thing and completely unnecessary when they have younger people in their lives to teach them the ropes. Pair the technology with one of the lifesavers at medicalert.systems and you’ll all be able to worry a bit less.

Share content and include them

When you’ve signed them up for a Facebook profile and showed them how the news feed works, you may think your job is over? While having an online presence is great, it’s not easy to get involved without having someone include you – and that’s where those great photos of your family can help them.

Upload and share frequently, and remember that you can always opt out of sharing the family pictures with your entire network – a folder that’s available to relatives only is a great option.

These days, they’ll be able to enjoy video snippets as well as pictures and memes, so try to get them involved and interested in all aspects of it, and have a look at thethings.com for a good laugh before you get started.

Connect them with communities

There are quite a lot of grandparents online these days, and maybe even a few of their friends. Show them how to look up their old friends online who may have moved out of town, and show them how to look up communities they may be interested in getting involved in.

It could be a good idea to sign them up for a computer class, by the way, if you fear that you won’t have time to show them all the wonders of social media – or even if you notice that they’re especially interested in it, so that they can learn more about the Internet.

Before you know it, you’ll be checking out video snippets from your grandparents too or even receiving a hilarious snap all of the sudden. It’s good for your family as well as their mental health, so get started and create that account.



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