Vintage Car Exhibitions – A Fun Hobby

If you are a true car aficionado, you must surely appreciate cars built in days long gone. I have always thought there is a certain charisma to cars that were built many decades ago that modern cars don’t have. That is not to say that modern cars aren’t beautiful. Old and new cars are both great to drive and look at. In their own way, they both have beauty. I don’t have the financial means to support a large collector car collection of my own, which is too bad. I also wouldn’t know where to store them. Luckily, I can still visit classic car shows to have a look at other people’s cars.

A vintage car exhibition is great fun and you should try one out some time. If you live in or near a large city, then there will be plenty of car show opportunities. Check the newspaper or any other local magazine for organized car shows near you. At one time, a school yard near me was used for a car show. The organizer of the show couldn’t find any other space. So you see, true car lovers can’t be stopped by a lack of display space. But if there are no shows being organized in my local neighborhood, then I’m more than willing to travel a few miles.

Lots of websites on the Internet will give you plenty of info on upcoming automobile exhibitions. It helps to know where and when they are going to be held. Ofcourse, you also want to know what kind of cars will be on display. If the displayed vehicles aren’t your cup of tea, then you might want to skip the show. Not every car show will have an entrance fee, so figure out if yours does. If it does, how high is that price and how long will you have access? You’ll have the most value for money when you leave early so you can stay longer.

Check an automotive magazine to see if they are advertising any classic car displays near you. There are always lots of advertisements in those magazines and some of them will display car show info. But even the magazines don’t always show you everything there is to do in your near vicinity. The best option you have for locating classic car shows, is to ask a collector car owner himself. These enthusiasts always know about every event related to classic cars. The more collectibles he has, the better your chances are of him being able to tell you all about upcoming shows!

Saving Money For Your First Home

For many people, buying their first home is only a dream. They simply can’t come up with the money for a down payment. But if they really looked at how they spend their discretionary income, there may be several areas where they could adjust or cut back and still enjoy life.

Everyone will have their own methods of changing their spending habits. It will still take time to save, but it can be done. Here are some ideas for saving money, one bit at a time towards the big picture – your new home.

Many of these tips are as old as time, but if they are followed, you will see the numbers start adding up in your savings account.

- If you have a gym membership and don’t use it regularly, cancel it. You can buy inexpensive DVD’s for home workouts.

- Stop buying specialty coffees every day. Choose a small or medium size of regular blend or bring a thermos of your favorite coffee from home.

- Take the bus to work. This may get you lower rates on car insurance.

- Collect and use coupons. It really works!

- Take your lunch to work.

- Ask for a reduced rate on your credit card.

- Pay off your credit cards every month.

- Pay for basic cable channels only.

- Rent movies instead of going to the theatre. Homemade popcorn is better anyway!

- Read magazines online, at the library or your doctor’s office.

- Find a bank that offers no fees on checking accounts, without requiring a minimum balance.

- Pay car insurance semi-annually, or annually to avoid extra charges.

- Stop smoking! This can add up to hundreds, if not thousands of dollars every year.

- Choose a slower Internet service that is less expensive.

- Sign up for free customer rewards programs. This saves money and gives you free goods on a regular basis.

- Write a shopping list and stick to it. Do not go grocery shopping when you are hungry.

- Invite friends over instead of meeting at a restaurant.

- Make your favorite dish and freeze portions. This also helps when you don’t have time to cook.

- Shop at consignment stores for clothes and household items.

- Your local dollar store has everything from greeting cards to socks, and sometimes food that you buy regularly.

- purchase cards, wrapping paper and gifts for the following year after the holiday at half price, even Mother’s day and Valentines Day.

- buy generic or house brand products. It is often made by the same manufacturer as the name brand, but costs less.

- become an expert at mix and match wardrobe purchases.

Another trick is to set up a Finance Journal and record your spending every day. You may be surprised to see where your money goes every month. How much of that could have been put in your savings account to buy your first home? It doesn’t take long, and soon you’ll be picking out new paint, or furniture for your very own home.

Identify the Best Classified Category and Sell Your Toy Car For More

If you’re going to place an ad in the local newspaper or online then do a little research first to ensure that you put it in the right classified category. Don’t just mark it to go in a generic “toys” category. Do a little research first and you’ll find that you can raise your earning potential considerably.

First of all take a look through a few back issues of a classified ad magazine, or go through a lot of pages at an online classified ad site. Look at what people are selling and where they are selling it. Take a look at the index page and note the number of classified category sections there are under each general heading.

The reason for this is that if you are selling a toy car, then it may look as if it’s worth a couple of dollars. Even if you state that it’s in mint condition or new in its box, anyone who sees that in the generic “toys” section is not going to think of that car as anything special. It may have a good brand name, but if you’ve put it in a general section you won’t find it attracting much attention.

However, place it in the right classified category, perhaps under “collectible” or “1960s” or perhaps under a section for the TV series/movie the car was a merchandising item for, and suddenly you have a different ballgame. Collectors really do scan these classifieds looking to add to their collections, but they don’t all take the time to go through the thousands of “regular” toys looking for the extraordinary ones. Instead, they go to the classified category that’s most likely to have items in it that they are looking for.

If you have collectors looking at your toy car, you can be sure that you are going to get more or it than someone just looking for cars to add to their son’s toy box. So another thing you should do before placing the ad in the correct classified category, you should do a little investigation to find out what your car is worth!

You can usually do a search online for the kind of model car you are going to sell. You should find a current auction value for it, and perhaps a specialty store value. Keep in mind that the store/auction are likely to be a higher value than you will get because the sellers have to make a profit on what they paid for their toy car. However it does give you an indication of the kind of price you should ask for it.

When you place the ad (in the best classified category remember), don’t fix the price at whatever you believe to be a good rate for the item based on your research. Instead give the price you’d like, which shouldn’t be the lowest you will accept, and note that you will consider offers from interested parties. Depending on the rarity of your toy car you may find it sells immediately at your asking price, on the other hand you may find that you are contacted by collectors who will try to negotiate a better price. Whether you accept it or not is up to you – but one thing’s for sure, you probably wouldn’t be getting those offers at all if you hadn’t taken the time to identify the right classified category in the first place.