Antique Automobiles

The automobile has a long and exciting history–from the very first contraptions outfitted with wheels down to today’s impressive range of motor vehicles. Through the years, the automotive industry has produced automobiles that have eventually become classics. These antique cars are symbols of bygone eras–a testament to the spectacular evolution of the automobile.

Generally, an automobile can be considered a classic or an antique if it is over 25 years old. The term “classic antique” usually indicates that something possesses lasting significance.

Owning an antique automobile is a mark of prestige. It is the dream of many automotive enthusiasts to own a valuable piece of automotive history. To be the owner of an antique automobile is to have something of great worth.

Obviously, antique cars are very valuable. And, like any antique object, the worth of an antique automobile appreciates as time goes by. Most antique cars are now extremely rare, with only a few intact models to be found. Such rarity means that restoring, maintaining and refurbishing an antique car may prove painstakingly difficult as well as expensive.

Antique automobiles are vestiges of the illustrious past of the automobile. They serve as a constant inspiration for the future directions of the automotive field. Although owning and maintaining antique vehicles require a lot of effort and money, mainly because of the dearth of replacement parts, the fulfillment of owning these vehicles far outweighs the disadvantages.

When investing in an antique car, it is recommended that you consult with the leading authorities in the field. There are also a number of enthusiast clubs and communities where members can share their inclination and love for antique automobiles. Remember, an antique car is not just any old car. It is a piece of glorious heritage that should be preserved for future generations.

4 Reason Why Art Socks Are a Great Idea

Socks designed by artists have seen a significant increase in popularity in the last few years. They are being created with inspiration from true artists, as well as actors, sports stars and other personalities. The ability to blend creativity and artistry has resulted in the type of socks that have become a fashion statement and will brighten the day of everyone that wears them.

Let’s take a look at a few reasons why these socks have become a fashion trend:

Unique designs

The socks are designed with the help of an original work of art to create the design that can easily accessorize any outfit. Artists are given the opportunity to create an inspired print that is entirely based on their preferred style and color choices. Many of the socks combine something that is original, bold and bright to really stand out. They may include the unique design that includes characters, stripes, shapes, patterns, coastal landscapes or abstract floral creations.

Great accessories

The unique design and style of these socks make them a perfect accessory to complete an outfit. A well-chosen pair of socks can help to seamlessly bind an outfit to create the truly harmonious look. The unique concepts, styles and colors used in the designs make it possible to really show your individuality when wearing the socks.

High-quality

The high-quality nature of these socks means they are made with superior materials that keep the feet warm and comfortable. Many of the socks are created using the latest knitting techniques to make it possible to fully capture the fine details of a particular design. However, they are still kept at an affordable price to make them available to anyone that wants to enjoy the unique look.

Gift idea

Any serious sock wearer will appreciate a stylish pair of socks designed by artists. They are a wonderful gift idea with the classic to modern print ideas that make them a lot more interesting than a typical pair of plain socks. Also, they can make a great conversation starter and perfect for any special occasions, holidays, or weddings.

Whether you are looking to dress up or dress down, these captivating and inspiring socks are essentially timeless works that make it possible to literally wear art. They are certain to be a great addition for any sock drawer and with plenty of color choices, they can easily complement your individual fashion preference.

Financial Skills – Writing Checks & Paying Bills

I was surprised when I asked parents to tell me the life skills they wish their kids knew, and there was a resounding request for a few topics:

How to open a bank account
How to budget & balance accounts
How to write checks and pay bills
And how to start saving for retirement

It seems some of the things we take for granted are, as a result, missing from what we teach kids.

In the last article, we focused on budgeting & balancing accounts. We even looked at games and contests you could set up for your kids. This article is the third article in the four-part series and will look at how to teach kids to write checks and pay bills.

Paying Bills

I was a bit surprised when several parents recently reported they had teens that were going to pay a bill by sending cash. I guess the obvious isn’t so obvious.

Paying bills is often done online, so it’s important to teach kids how to protect their identity online and store their login information where it can’t be stolen or accessed.

However, there are still quite a few companies that don’t offer online payments, and the only way to pay their bills is via check in the mail.

All kids should know why you NEVER send cash, and how to write a check specifically for paying a bill. For example: putting your account number and any other required details in the memo.

This brings us to the next topic: writing checks.

Writing Checks

When I was 12 years old, I went to outdoor ed. Oddly enough, part of the experience was that we could only write checks to buy goodies there, and our parents put a certain amount in our accounts so that we would also have to budget and balance our register.

Most of the kids were nervous! They weren’t sure how to fill out a check, and it was a great learning experience. I remember being nervous because we were required to fill out the amount in cursive, and I had trouble fitting it into the space.

These days, many kids never even think about writing checks because there are so many other means of transacting much more common; however, I’ve still found myself in need of checks for bills, paying contractors, and even helping me out of a pinch when I’ve forgotten my wallet.

Additionally, in my previous articles, I’ve expressed the dangers of using and relying on a debit card.

So how do you get your kids to learn how to write checks, and why would they care?

Getting Kids Involved

The best and most interactive way to teach kids to work a checkbook is to come up with a reason for them to write checks.

Here’s how it’s done:

Give your kids an old checkbook, play checkbook, or make your own (complete with a register). Then tell them in order to get certain things around the house, they’ll need to write checks. For example, to use their electronic device, there’s a rental fee that requires them to write you a check.

In addition, you can also give them a budget for the month to help them balance and budget their spending. You should balance a separate register so you can compare at the end of the month for accuracy.

Kids absolutely love this game.

Here are a few things you can charge for:

Using electronic devices
Watching TV (by the hour)
Special snacks or treats
Bicycle rental fee
Getting out of a chore (limited usage)

At the end of the month, if your kids keep a positive balance they get a prize. If you have more than one kid, whoever is the most accurate in balancing their register can also get a prize.

A variation is to cut off the privileges if they run out of money. Some think this is harsh, but it does mimic the real world.

Writing checks is simple, and most kids love to learn because they feel more like an adult in the process.

In the next article, we’ll discuss how to start saving for retirement. It could make the difference of over $200,000!