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9 Advertisements Probably Made By 'Cool Dads'
Advertising is quite the competitive field. You've got to be a strong communicator, someone creative, someone who has their finger on the pulse of all the up-and-coming trends. But for every catchy jingle, winning slogan, or hilarious campaign, there's about a dozen horrible, cringe-worthy attempts at - frankly - trying to make 'fetch' happen. It's almost like the advertising world is overrun with 'cool Dads'. (No offense to Vingle dads, who are as cool as they come. Obviously.) To show you guys exactly what I mean, I've decided to share 9 different so-tryhard-it's-embarrassing advertisements. You homies better know what I'm sayin'. "It's the year 2015, guys. Let's update the name of our Meatlover's Pizza with something more current. You know, something that'll resonate with the kids today." "I know. How about... EPIC MEATZ?" "Okay, so, let's create a sign that tells people using our rec center where to put used towels. But in a way that, you know, really speaks to the kids." "I know! We'll use that song all the kids on Vine are twerking to these days." "The University of Cincinnati needs us, everyone. How do we get the kids off their Twitters and into their top-ranking business school?" "No one turns down the chance to be... MBAWESOME." "We've got a new client. Owns a taco shop. He's looking for a hashtag, wants to go viral. What do you think, Cool Dad?" "Uh... #TacosFTW. Obviously." I HAVE NO JOKE TO MAKE FOR THIS ONE. THE SECOND-HAND EMBARRASSMENT IS BURNING THROUGH MY RETINAS. "Cool Dad, Target is about to get a shipment of the 20th anniversary remaster of 'The Truth About Cats And Dogs'. How do we make Janeane Garofalo relevant again?" "Don't worry. I got this. LOL." "Alright, Smirnoff advertising team. We're losing the Millennial market to Ciroc. How do we show kids we can be cool too, but without breaking #NetflixAndChill's implied copyright?" "How's about a little #StreamAndHang, homie?" "Quick, Cool Dad. Taco Bell needs a hip and current package design that illustrates how delicious their chicken quesadillaz are." "TACO BELL. I CAN'T EVEN RIGHT NOW." "So, Cool Dad, I'm sorry you've been demoted to Fortune Cookie writer, but we think you've got a skill, sir. You really know how to speak to the younger generation." [Insert Cool Dad being too busy writing EPIC FORTUNEZ to respond.] I hope all my bruhs here on Vingle found this card funny AF. Have you seen any epically dank advertisementz lately?
Legos Are Now Worth More Than Gold.
Looking to invest your money somewhere safe? Well, you might want to head to your local toy store. According to a recent report in the UK's Telegraph, financial analysts are beginning to suggest that - when it comes to turning a profit - Legos are the new gold. Within the past 15 years, the FTSE 100 - an index of 100 companies on the London Stock Exchange - has increased in value by roughly 4.1%. And while gold investments have seen an increase 9.6% annually, LEGO sets kept in pristine condition have surpassed them with a 12% increase on average. Bottom line? Legos are an investment that packs one serious return. So what kind of LEGO sets should you be investing in? According to avid collector Ed Maciorowski (seen right, with lots of Legos), the money is in franchise picks - movies, TV shows, and even more specific product lines within the LEGO brand: "The neat thing is that all sets are retired at some point, and several hundred are retired each year a movie run ends, a licence expires or the Lego company wants to refresh its range. That means anyone with a set at home – large or small, it doesn't matter – could have quite an investment on their hands if it's in good condition, as this stuff appreciates very well in value." The most coveted LEGO set, for example, is the 2007 Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon - which originally retailed for $500 and currently goes for over a cool $4,000. However, financial analyst Laith Khalaf warns that 'trendy' investments come with much more risk than more traditional options: "The returns from Lego look pretty awesome, but investors need to beware that the value of collectibles can be vulnerable to fads. There’s absolutely no harm in buying some pieces as a hobby, and you may well make some money, but as a main building clock for your retirement, I would suggest sticking to more traditional shares and bonds." So what do YOU think? Would you take the risk of investing in LEGO sets, or would you stick more traditional options like gold? Let me know in the comments below, and for more WTF news, follow my WTF Street Journal collection!
Screw Normal Houses, Give Me A Tree House
Since so many people loved my card about Tiny Houses I thought you might also be interested in another new and AMAZING way to live... Fully furnished and jaw dropping Tree Houses! You read that right. There is now a show called TreeHouse Masters that build beautiful and livable tree houses. So any of you who related to Tarzan on a level most people could not understand....well this guys does! The tree houses are not your run of the mill planks nailed together like you had when you were a kid (or at least saw in the movies). These tree house include - a working bathroom - a functional kitchen - running water and - the most amazing views So what are you waiting for? Sell that old house and hop on the coolest band wagon yet. Tree Houses: To recreate your childhood...only now you have money. Check out this tour of a recently finished tree house! Doesn't that just look stunning. And the host of the show is SO NICE! I can not get over how beautiful this tree house is. Here are just a few more pics of their amazing creations. Here is a tree house that's roof is a living part of it! Many tree houses grow plants and grass onto their roofs to great an even earthier feel. No size or shape is impossible for the tree masters as they create circle houses and even houses that take the shape of a pinecone! Just look at the inside of this house!! Its the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! Although I think building a tree house like this one is going to cost a little more then a tiny house.... Well, happy saving and let me know if you would be just as down to live in a tree house as I am! I thought you might like this card since you liked the last one !! @buddyesd @jeff4122 @JordanNash @marshalledgar
The Best Way To Live: Tiny Houses
Tiny Houses have become the latest craze for younger people looking to spend most of their time outside, enjoying nature. Buying a house is expensive and can take up so much space on land you would rather use to garden, farm, hunt, or just enjoy as natural as it comes. Which is why tiny houses are becoming HUGE (see what I did there). With prices usually around $40,00 for an entire (sometimes) portable house, couples or solo land owners are finding it much easier to be able to afford an actual place of their own. And yes they can be portable! The main thing you pay for with your tiny house is land, so when you want to head out just hitch up your house, by another plot of land, and plop yourself down. Its like having an RV but way more....homey. Tiny Houses are defined as livable houses under 400 sqft Small Houses are defined as livable houses under 1000 soft Both are pretty tiny, but when done right can be amazing! Check out these pictures of Tiny Houses and try not to head straight to the bank! Here is a tiny house that has some style! The point of these houses are to embrace being in the outdoors which is why some houses have outside add ons. This house is doing things right with an added hot tub! Small and Tiny Houses can look amazing and way more spacious with huge windows. These windows also help you still connect with nature, even when you are indoors. Told you some houses can be portable! Not feeling where you live anymore? Just hook your house up to a truck and you can be across the country in a day. With tiny houses you can get creative with the design. Some even look like a hobbits houses which is really cool! Not all tiny houses need to be made out of wood! There are a ton of modern tiny houses that are perfect for a couple that needs minimal space! On the inside the main goal is to go up! Most things are stacked so that there is ample room but still an uncluttered space. The bed is usually a loft which helps leave tons of room for the downstairs living area. Proof that tall people can still have tiny houses! This man is pretty tall yet looks completely comfortable in his little house. Tiny and small houses aren't for everyone. They can get cramped, especially when its time to cook dinner, but for those outdoorsy people who hate being stuck indoors, tiny houses offer the perfect solution. Why waste money on a house you don't care about, or force yourself to live in an apartment that is in a town or city? Tiny houses can give the nature lovers a place of their own to live, connect with nature, and limit their carbon footprint. And that is AWESOME. Check out this very informative and funny video about living in tiny homes and how it can and will save you time and stress in the long run!
9 Ways To Survive Being Broke
It's not easy to make money and keep it, and in your early twenties, when you're working for lower salaries and paying off college debts...net worth can be non-existent. Have no fear, because there are a few ways you can survive being broke, and even have a little fun too. 1. Get a mobile banking app Okay, this may seem like a nightmare, but always knowing how much money you have will come in handy It'll save you those inevitable, embarrassing "I'm sorry your card was declined" conversations, and it'll make you more aware of your current money situation. 2. Calculate how much you can spend per/day to stay above water. For instance: If I have 400 dollars in my bank account (after transportation, utilities, rent etc...) for living expenses to last three weeks, divide 400 by 14 to get 19.4, which means, by averaging things out you have around 20 dollars/day to spend before you run out of money. It's bringing consciousness to your spending, and can help when things get really tight. 3. When at the grocery store, never buy name brand anything. This is an extreme tactic, but it will cut your grocery bill by at least 20 dollars, just because you're going generic. Things like peanut butter, bread and juice can be spared. If you can't tell the difference, why not save the money? You can splurge for things you really love, but if you can ditch the name brand stuff, your wallet will thank you. 4. Challenge yourself to not to spend money at all. I did this for a while in college and it ended up saving me a lot! When things got tight, I'd give myself a little tally mark in my agenda for every day I didn't spend any money. It helps with progress and gives you a physical track to follow your habits. If you haven't guessed, lots of these tips are just based on consciousness of how much money you actually have. 5. Know when things are priced at their lowest, and NEVER pay full price for anything. You can google what stores put what things on sale, and when. So when you plan a big shopping trip where you have to buy an entire wardrobe for like...200 dollars, check out where you are going, and when the big sales are. If you get suckered into paying full price for something while you're feeling a little more wealthy, you'll pay for it later if you're broke, so always be conscious of if a purchase is realistically in your budget. 6. Avoid credit cards like the plague. If you're broke, applying for a credit card will be tempting, I'm sure you're like "Oh! They gave me a 500 dollar limit? I'll just make my purchases with that, and worry about it later." Don't. You'll end up paying 3 times as much because you'll run them up and never pay them. If you're broke, you don't have enough money to deal with fees and hassles, so just save yoruself the trouble and tough it out. 7. Evaluate what you really need, and what you can live without. Do you really need Starbucks today? Do you really need that candy bar? We make innocuous purchases that end up seeming pretty useless after we're left without enough money to live off of. If we calculate one 5 dollar cup of coffee per every work day (or god for bid two), we end up spending 25 dollars / week ON COFFEE ALONE. That's a lot! So just by putting things into perspective, you can really start to save yourself money, and also survive! 8. Happy Hour Only Buying drinks adds up. You can spend 50 or more in one sitting without realizing it. In order to avoid this, hit up a happy hour, where things are half priced. If that's not in the works, then you definitely need to buy your own alcohol, and drink at home before going out. Or...stop drinking and just save the money. It's not as fun, but being broke never is! 9. Long term: figure out what your money habits are, where you fail at saving, and put better choices in motion to conserve for the future! We don't always keep track of our money, spend it wisely or have the jobs to support the lifestyles we want, but with a little consciousness, some faith and some discipline we can put the steps into place to get better at the money thing! Also, remember, money isn't everything. You can have fun for free doing lots of things, so look up free events in your city and have a ball. Keeping it together is all about perspective.