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  • Gifts, Holiday

    Great Gift Ideas for Family

    With Christmas coming up fast, it’s always a good idea to get a head start on shopping for your loved ones. We know that it’s hard to show everyone how much they mean to you in a creative way, while also not breaking the bank, so we have compiled a list of some ideas for just some of the important people in your life. Let them know how much you love them this holiday season with these ideas!

    For Your Brother

    Socks are a necessity for every boy, and you can make them individual to your brother by customizing them to fit his personality. Does he favorite football team or food? You can find socks with either! You can find all kind of funky socks especially for your brother at Happy Socks in Birmingham.

    For Your Sister

    Shopping for sisters can either go extremely right or extremely wrong, depending on how well you can judge your sister’s taste. However, a simple but powerful gift that is sure to please any sister are the Giving Key necklaces. There is a plethora of different words that you can find imprinted on the different jewelry pieces. There are necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more all emblazoned with words like “create”, “love”, and “strength”. Pick the perfect word for your sis and watch her smile. You can find these online, or at boutiques in Birmingham, like Lizard Thicket.

    For Your Mom

    Your mom finally learned to FaceTime, and now she won’t forget to have her charger on her always with the Lightning Cable Key Ring. It fits right on her keys and you’ll be so thankful she’ll be able to FaceTime you all the time! These are easy to find online to purchase.

    For Your Dad

    Do your parents like to entertain a lot? Then a perfect gift idea for dad is a serving board in the shape of his home state. Whether that be Alabama, Michigan, or any state in between, your dad could serve up his favorite cheeses and other snacks on his favorite state. If your dad happens to be extremely patriotic, you could choose a serving board in the shape of the United States instead. These are also easily found on Etsy, or a similar website.

    Have fun shopping for your loved ones this holiday season!

  • Articles, Holiday, Tips

    Holiday Gift Giving on a Budget

    As a teen, it can be tough to shop for friends and family, especially when income is low. Here are some tips for gift givers who are on a budget:

    • Find a way to make some extra money. Reach out to parents who may be in need of a night out so you can do some babysitting. Dog walking, pet sitting, or selling handmade greeting cards are also other options for some money you might need to buy gifts.
    • Make a budget. Set aside an amount of money you will be willing to use for gifts. Write this number down. Next, make a list of the people you want to give gifts to. Consider a dollar amount you will want to spend for each person and write it below the name of each person. For example, you might put a larger number by a family member than by a teacher or friend. Then, add up the numbers. If you find that you are over budget, see the next bullet point.
    •  Make gifts. You can make gifts for everyone on your list or just a few in order to save money. Some homemade gift ideas include bath salts, baked goods, potholders, sachets, or art. Use your talents to your advantage. Many people love homemade gifts because they are so unique and cannot be found at a store.
    • Split the cost of a gift with a friend or family member. This option is great if you want to buy someone a gift you might not be able to afford otherwise. It is also beneficial to the person you split the cost with because you both get to give the gift for less money.

     

    Remember, the fact that you are giving someone a gift means that you care about them a lot, and the thought is always what counts the most! Have confidence in yourself and your gift-giving abilities. You’ve got this!

  • Articles, Money

    What Teens Should Know About Taxes

    What Teens Should Know About Taxes

    If you have ever gone shopping then you know about sales tax, but do you know about every other tax under the sun? When you buy a house, rent an apartment, buy land, buy a car, pay for license plates, get a job, or have dinner, you are bound to pay some sort of tax. For some reason, general education does not focus enough on things that are relevant to students once they graduate high school, such as hidden tax fees.

    I recently purchased a car from a private seller and knew a little bit about taxing and that I should expect to pay it heavily on my new car. Yet, when I arrived at the dealer, I was met with a smaller amount to be paid than anticipated. Why was that, you may wonder? I was under the impression that sales tax (being around 9% or 10% in my state) was the average amount of taxes taken out of everything. I had been working multiple different jobs since graduating high school and never once stopped to ask what the percentage was being taken from my paychecks. I just accepted that the money would be automatically withdrawn and moved on.

    If someone had never purchased a car before (I.e. a recent graduate of high school or college), then finding out a tax needed to be paid at all might come as a shock. Fortunately, I had bought a car prior to this instance with my mother and had to pay taxes on it. The only problem is that the first time I bought a car, the tax was 10%, but this time it was only 3%. I asked the lady at the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) why the tax was different, and she explained to me that the state I live in only does a 3% tax on vehicles, and this was a recent change. I accepted the information, paid the due, and once again moved on.

    Here is some useful information to consider when making large purchases in Alabama:

     

    1. The sales tax in Alabama is pretty high compared to other states in the nation, and in the counties nearest me it is either 9% or 10%. This means that for every dollar you spend, you pay 10 cents in taxes. If you spend $10, you will pay $1 in taxes. This only applies when shopping.
    2. Do not assume you know the exact value of the taxes on your vehicle purchase. The state now assigns an estimated value for your vehicle and taxes it according to that. So, if you purchase a car for $5500, but it is valued at $6900, then you will be paying a 3% or 4% tax on $6900.
    3. Always, always research your local taxes before making large purchases, because taxes can change. Or there could be additional taxes that you may not have even known about.

     

    Here is a link for further knowledge of taxes:

    https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-offers-tips-for-teenage-taxpayers-with-summer-jobs

  • Photography

    5 Tips for Finding Your Perfect Prom Dress

    Snag must-have advice from Say Yes to the Prom Dress’s Monte Durham. And don’t forget to tune in to Say Yes to the Prom Dress Saturday, April 1, at 8/7c on TLC.

    Find your perfect gown with this advice from Say Yes to the Prom fashion director Monte Durham.

    Do your research

    Minimize dressing-room drama by having an idea of what you want before you hit the stores. (Tear out or print pictures of looks you like.) “When you go shopping, start by focusing on one color or style so you have a jumping-off point,” Monte says. “Once you walk into the prom department, the assortment can be distracting — and you want to stay focused. It doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind, but at least you have a game plan.”

    Bring someone you trust!

    You’ll want a second opinion, whether that’s from your mom, another relative, or your BFF (as long as you know you won’t compete over styles!). “You need this person to have your back and tell you the truth,” says Monte. Can’t resist a squad shopping trip? Consider it a test run. “Bring friends and browse, but come back with that one person you trust later and make a great, solid choice.”

    Make sure it fits

    Sure, you can always get a dress shortened or taken in a bit, but the length of the bodice needs to be correct from the start. “The bust should hit at your chest and the waist should sit right at your waist,” Monte says. “Those are key points that can’t be fixed with alterations.”

    Shake it up

    “If you love to dance, make sure the dress allows you to move,” he says. (Yes, you should dance around the fitting room.) “If you’re wild and crazy, you’ll need a full skirt or a flowy Empire fit — because if you’re in a skintight mermaid, you’re not going to be able to get very far.”

    Go with your gut

    You’ll know you’re ready to “say yes” when the dress feels right — even if it’s one of the first looks you try on. “Don’t second-guess yourself,” Monte says. “If it fits well, is the color you like, and is in your budget, hold on to it, walk the department one more time, and then go for it. Chances are, that’s the dress that’s perfect for you!”

    Everyone deserves to go to prom, right? That’s the idea behind TLC’s Say Yes to the Prom initiative, which has helped nearly 1,000 underserved and academically high-achieving students across the country get everything they need for a magical night. Tune in to follow several students as they meet with style pros (including Seventeen’s own Aya Kanai!) to create their perfect looks. You’ll get some serious fashion and glam ideas while you hear their inspiring stories. Tune into Say Yes to the Prom, Saturday, April 1, at 8/7c on TLC.

    A version of this story was originally published in the January 2017 issue of Seventeen Prom.

  • Articles, School

    Back to school gear

    Back to school gear by Ashley Mosley

    Yep, it’s that time of the year again, school mode is turned back on. As much as we love summer, we have to start getting school gear together. I found the best places for great backpacks, supplies, and cute first-day outfits!

    The first place to look for a new backpack would be Target, Kohls, and even office max had some really great backpacks! I would make sure it has enough room for all of your books and make sure it has a place to put your water bottle in.

    My go to store for all of my supplies are Walmart, Office Max or Office Depot. The trick is to go before the last minute crowd goes. Try going right after they re stock their shelves and go right when they open the doors. Sometimes back to school shopping feels like Black Friday at Thanksgiving!

    If you are anything like me or my friends we loved getting that new first day back outfit. We liked to get a new top that could we could re use next spring and summer. Our go to spots were Target and TJ Maxx. They had great end of the summer deals and such a variety of clothes!

    If school has to come early, why not take on the new school year with style!