Having fun this summer even if you have a job

girl drying her hairHaving fun this summer is not an impossible thing to do, even if you have a job that may take up a lot of your time. If you use your free time wisely, having fun this summer won’t be any more difficult from the summers you have had in the past. After all, there are twenty-four hours in one day, so even if you work, there should be plenty of time available in one day to make time to have some fun.

Even if you have a job, having fun this summer won’t be too difficult if you make the most out of your days off. Since you would normally know your scheduled days off from work, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to schedule something fun for you and your friends to do on those days. This will not only give them something to look forward to, but it will give you something to be excited about as well. You could plan for a barbeque at your house, a night at the drive-in, a day shopping at the mall, an overnight camping trip, or whatever might sound fun for you and your friends.

In fact, if you have a job, it may actually make it so that having fun this summer is easier than ever before. The biggest reason is because you will have your own money. This means you will be able to do a lot of activities you may not have been able to do in the previous summers. You will have plenty of your own money to do fun summer activities like going to concerts, movies, shopping, dance clubs or anything else you and your friends enjoy doing.

What is even better is that you won’t have to hope your friends will have money too. You may actually treat a friend or two once in a while to a bite to eat, or some ice cream cones to help keep you cool in the hot sun. So even if you have a job, it will actually help expand the number of things you can do during the summer to have some fun in the sun. You won’t have to wait until the next time your parents give you money, or the next time your friends have money. Your job will help you to enjoy the summer activities that might normally be too costly.

Another great way to having fun this summer, even if you do have a job, is to try to make some new friends with some of the people that you work with. Think about it! Some of your coworkers will be working the same hours as you do during their summer as well. Why not try to become better acquainted with some of those people? You may end up hanging out with them after work (once you get to know them enough to trust them of course). And, it will be much easier to make plans around your work schedule with some of these new friends because they will have the same work schedule as you do. Who knows, you might meet someone who will make having fun this summer a lot easier than you thought, without letting your job get in the way.

Most importantly, do your best to always stay in touch with your friends during the summer to make sure you are clued in on what is going on when you are at work. This will help you find out if anyone is doing anything that you might be able to make it to when you aren’t working.

This goes back to what was mentioned earlier about making the best out of your spare time. Use it wisely by keeping in touch, and finding out what everyone is doing. This way, you can try to make it if your work schedule allows you to do so. And, it will help your friends to remember that you are working so they may keep that in mind when they try to make plans.

Having fun this summer will not be hard to accomplish even if you do have a job. Just do your best to stay in the social scene, whether it is with your current friends, or with some new friends. Remember, summer is almost here. So focus on getting out often, and have some fun.

What teens should look for in a new car

dad giving son a car tutorialWhen a teen gets their first car it can be one of the most exciting parts of being a teen.  All teen guys want a sweet ride to drive around in with their friends or the hot blond from chemistry class.  However, buying a car is a big decisions, and believe it or not, appearances shouldn’t always be the deal breaker.  Here are a few tips teens should consider when purchasing their first car.

Gas Mileage

The three most popular types of cars that teenage guys seem to want are big trucks, SUVs, or supped up racing cars.  The problem, is all of these cars are not very efficient as far as gas mileage goes.  Since most teens would rather spend their money on girls, movies, and food, forking out money for gas should be a turn off.  Instead, teen guys should be looking for a car that gets a higher amount of miles to the gallon so they can save money for the fun stuff.  Besides, cars that get more miles to the gallon are friendlier to the environment also.

Price

Most teen guys dream about cars they can’t afford.  Everyone wants to roll around in a BMW or Porche.  However, even if a teen is able to cover the monthly payment on one of these types of cars, they might not be the best car for a teen.  These cars usually require expensive maintenance and cost more to insure.

It is also unwise to take out large car loans.  Large loans put extra strain and risk on teens.  Even if a teen has a good job while they are going to school, the amount they will need to work will require more time at work and less time with friends.  Also, if the teen no longer likes their job, they will be trapped until they can find something they like better.  If a teen is unable to pay the huge car payment they run the risk of defaulting on their loan.  This will slaughter their credit and make it more difficult to take out loans for other cars, a house, get a cell phone, or get loans for college.

Accessories

Everybody wants a car that is fully loaded.  But paying the high sticker price may not be worth it for teens.  It may be better to buy the basic version of a simple car, and spend the left over cash on custom accessory upgrades.  No matter what kind of factory stereo system the dealer has in the car, teens want something better.  Teens should just get the basic radio in their new car and then upgrade it to the stereo that fits their wants.  The same goes for interior color.  Seat covers are much cheaper than paying to have the interior changed.  Engine upgrades are also better to do after purchasing the car.  Sometimes buying the basic engine will allow a grease monkey more freedom to customize it.

Safety

Another important thing to consider when purchasing a car is its safety rating.  Purchasing a safe car is more important than purchasing a fun car.  Besides, the benefits are more than just safety.  Buying a safe car will reduce insurance costs which will save money for more important things like girls and concerts.

Teens have a lot more to consider when buying their first car than the exterior and the stereo system.  They must consider the practical aspects of the car as well.  Teens should consider the gas mileage, price and loan size, accessories, and safety when purchasing their first car.