Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

7 Easy Thanksgiving Recipes to be Thankful For

We all have our own reasons to love Thanksgiving. There’s getting together with our friends, seeing our families for the first time in forever and our favorite foods that we’ve waited all year for. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned chef or new to the kitchen, these recipes are sure to be your new favorite holiday meal.

One-Pot Meal

There are two steps for this slow cooker turkey dinner. Step 1: put the ingredients in the slow cooker and Step 2: enjoy! This meal allows you to make your main dish and side at once. All you need to do is peel and chop your carrots, slice your onion and cut your potato before you put it in the crockpot with your turkey for about 7 hours. For all the details, check out the full recipe here.

Green Bean Casserole

If it’s your family tradition or first friendsgiving, this easy green bean casserole recipe is sure to impress everyone. All you need is one baking pan to mix the ingredients and bake your casserole in. You probably already have most of the ingredients in your cabinet. For all the steps and instructions, check it out here.

Mashed Potato Casserole

This is a fun twist on an old favorite and it’s so easy to make that it’s almost impossible to mess up. All you need are potatoes (use instant if you’re short on time), sour cream, bacon, cheese and chives. There is a long list of different ways you can spice up this dish, like adding jalapenos or grilled onions — it’s up to you! Check out the full recipe here.

Potato Skins

It doesn’t matter if you’re 1 or 100, everyone loves potato skins. This is a great go-to snack during the football game and great as a side around the dinner table. After scooping out the extra potato from the skin, set it aside to use for mashed potatoes! Read more about how to make this side dish here.

No-bake Cranberry Pie

Besides the ingredients, all you need to make this delicious dessert is a whisk and rolling pin. Start with graham crackers in a gallon plastic bag and roll over it with a rolling pin. When combining the wet ingredients, use a whisk instead of a hand mixer if you don’t have one. For exact measurements and detailed instructions, check it out here.

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin-flavored desserts are a thanksgiving staple. Pumpkin pie is a classic, but when you add cream cheese filling it becomes a favorite. This recipe looks complicated, but it’s actually super easy and delicious. And, it tastes even better when you have it in your fridge overnight. For all the details on this dessert, check it out here.

Stuffing Ring

We all ask the same question every year — what do we do with all these leftovers? Well, this recipe is the perfect way to revive that day-old turkey. All you need are your leftovers like mashed potatoes, turkey, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce and some prepackaged crescent ring dough. Combine all your holiday dinner favorites by following this recipe here.

It doesn’t matter if you’re cooking for 2 people or 200 people, these recipes are tried and true crowd favorites that anyone will love. We hope you have a great Thanksgiving celebrated with all of the people, things and foods you’re thankful for.

How To Use The Advance Financial Mobile App

How to Use the Advance Financial Mobile App

How To Use Advance Financial Mobile App

How do I install the Advance Financial App?


You can install the official Advance Financial app on your iOS device through the App Store or on your Android device through the Google Play Store.

1. Open the App Store or Google Play

2. Search “AF247” in the search bar

3. Tap on the app icon “AF247 – Advance Financial”

4. Click “get” or “install”

How do I log in?


You log in with your email and password used for your online account. To use the app, you have to already have set up an account with us online or over the phone.

You can give the app permission to remember your email address by clicking the “Remember Email” button on the login page. If the button is green, it should remember your email. This will only save your email and you will still have to enter your password to access your account.

How do I create an account?


If you do not already have a loan with us and would like to apply, you can tap either “Apply Online” to apply on our website or “Apply by Phone” to speak with a representative.

Or, you can create an account on our online page to get started.

How do I view my account details?


After you log in to the app, you will be able to view how much credit you have available, your credit limit, outstanding balance and principal balance. You can always go back to this page by clicking “Account Summary” on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen.

How do I make a withdrawal from my line of credit?

1. Type the amount of cash you want to withdrawal in the field under “Enter amount to advance.” This will be located on your account summary page.

2. Click on the “Get Cash” tab located at the bottom of the screen.

3. Select how you would like to receive your cash.

  • “Instant fund to your bank account,” this will prompt you to enter the required card verification details and a one-time passcode that will be texted to your device at the time of the withdrawal. Once verified, the money will be deposited to your bank account.
  •  When picking “1-2 business day funding to your bank account” money will be deposited to your bank account on file. Money will be deposited into your account in 1-2 banking business days.

4. Click Submit to initiate your transaction.

How do I make payments on the app?

1. After logging in, select the “Payment” icon in the bottom right of the screen.

2. Select your payment option, you can choose to pay the minimum amount due, pay off your loan or enter how much you want to pay.

3. Select “Pay By”

4. Click on “process payment.”

How do I reset my password?

Tap on the “forgot your Email or Password?” below the Login button and you will be redirected to our website where you can reset your password.

How do I add a new card?

Please contact our customer care team to save a card to your account. Feel free to contact us anytime at (800) 295-5147.

How do I update my account information?

Please contact us anytime at (800) 295-5147 to update your email address, bank information or if you are having problems after trying to reset your password.

For additional support, you can tap the “Call Us” tab to get in contact with a representative or “Email Us” and someone will reach out to you regarding your questions or concerns. And, if you’re liking the app, give a review on the App Store or Google Play Store.

Best Budgeting Apps

Apps to Keep You on Top of Your Budget

Best Budgeting Apps

Budgeting on paper is a thing of the past because the best budgeting tool is in your pocket: your smartphone. There are 100s of budgeting apps you can pick from but how do you know which one is the best for you? 

We’ve tried and researched them, so you don’t have to. Here are in-depth reviews of the four top-rated budgeting apps available to download:

Good Budget

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Making Budgeting That Works For You

Budgeting 101: Making a Budget that Works for You

Making Budgeting That Works For You

Budgeting can be very intimidating. Between spreadsheets, apps and banks there are endless ways to manage your money. Finding a budgeting method that works for you is essential in maintaining financial responsibility. The more you like and understand the way you budget, the more likely you are to stick to it. There is never a bad time to start budgeting, even if you’re starting from the beginning. There are a few things to consider when beginning to budget. Things like how much you get paid, your pay cycle and when your bills are due.

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Study Guide: Student Discount

The Best Places to Use Your Student Discounts

Just because you’re a broke college student, doesn’t mean you have to live like one. Student discounts are one of the perks you get when you’re a student. To take advantage of all your student discounts, download Unidays. This app not only tells you what discounts you can get in-store but also gives you codes to use online. Make sure to bring your student ID with you for in-store purchases. Here are some of the best student discounts on already affordable places:

Goodwill

Yes, this already affordable store offers a student discount. Ask a cashier at your local Goodwill what they offer, because it varies from store to store. Some stores only offer it certain days of the week, others will just take off sales tax. Either way, this will make those hidden treasures even better.

Spotify/Hulu

Entertainment for half the price? Yes, please! Spend 4.99 a month of Spotify Premium and get Hulu (with limited ads) for free. When it comes to free time during school, don’t compromise entertainment — you don’t get a lot of it. Here are some other streaming services that offer discounts:

  • Apple Music
  • Audible
  • Fanatics

American Eagle

American Eagle can be pricey, but like a lot of stores, it’s easy to workaround. Use your 20% off (in-store and online with Unidays) to discount your entire purchase. There are a lot of other stores that offer just 15% off your purchase, shop sales and outlets for an even better deal. Here are some other clothing stores with discounts:

  • Aeropostale
  • American Apparel
  • Champion/Hanes
  • Charlotte Russe
  • JCrew
  • H&M

Colourpop

Finding affordable makeup is difficult on its own, so finding a brand with a discount is awesome. Colourpop offers a 10% off discount for any online purchase (code available on Unidays). Find your new favorite product today at any of these cosmetic retailers that offer up to 15% off online purchases:

  • Bh cosmetics
  • Pixie
  • Too Faced

Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings is not only the place to be to watch the game, but they also offer a student discount. At participating locations, they offer a 10% off discount with your student ID. Here are some other restaurants that may offer 10% off your bill:

  • Dairy Queen
  • Waffle House
  • Arby’s
  • Burger King

Don’t pay full price when you don’t have to. Take advantage of these discounts for your wardrobe, home decor, dinner and self-care. School may be hard, but saving money doesn’t have to be.

Tax Free Weekend Tips- Hopping

Making the Most of Your Tax-Free Weekend

It’s like Christmas in July or your birthday for three days straight. July 26-28 is tax-free weekend in Tennessee — the long-awaited weekend to purchase clothing and back to school items without paying taxes. But there are lots of ins-and-outs you may not be aware of and things you can do to prepare. Here’s our guide to getting the most out of your tax-free weekend:

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Six Easy Steps to Start Saving Money

six tips to save money

When you think about saving money, do you feel like you might fly into a thousand pieces? It can seem like an insurmountable task. And you might be thinking at this point about what your saving habits have been in the past, perhaps even beating yourself up for not saving. But doing this serves no purpose. It actually perpetuates the same vicious cycle. So, put the proverbial stick down and just start.

Here are just a few tips to get the ball rolling:

  • Keep track of where your money goes.  Start by writing down everything you spend, right down to the penny. Awareness is the first step to change.
  • Open a savings account, even if it’s with just $10. It will make you feel better and give you hope that change is possible.
  • Set small, short-term goals. People tend to stick to their short-term goals. If your goal seems unattainable, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
  • Put back a portion of each paycheck. Have the money automatically deducted from your check and placed in your savings account. That way, you’ll never miss it. Even saving your loose change can start to add up.
  • Use the 24-hour rule. If you want to buy something, tell yourself you’re going to wait until the same time the next day before you make the purchase. That helps with impulse buying and may give you the needed cushion of time to ask yourself if your purchase is really necessary.
  • Talk to your HR manager at work to find out if there are discounts and/or incentive programs for which you qualify.  Some companies have 401(k) programs. There may even be a company match to what you put into your account.

These are just a few suggestions. Be creative, experiment, read books. Here are a couple of book suggestions you might pick up from the library (FREE): Why Didn’t they Teach Me This in School?: 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By, by Cary Siegel and The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke by Suze Orman. Figure out what works for you. The key is starting, where you are, today. It may sound corny, but the journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step, even if that is a single, baby step.