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Weird and Wacky Items You Need in Your Life

by Advance Financial | February 17th, 2017

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When it comes to online shopping, the sky is the limit for weird and wacky items available to purchase. Do you actually “need” any of these items? Probably not. They all would definitely add a little uniqueness to your life, though. Here is our list of some of the most interesting items available to order online.

 

USB Type Writer

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uncommongoods.com


 

 

Monkey Nail Dryer

 

 

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infmetry.com


 

Mini Donut Factory

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bedbathandbeyond.com


 

Singing Pasta Timer

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amazon.com


 

Webbed Swim gloves

Web-Hands

wish.com


 

Scary bottle squeezer

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blacklabproducts.com


 

Food USBs

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amazon.com


 

Chemist Spice Rack

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amazon.com


 

Bear Oven Mitts

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amazon.com


 

Splash Bowls

Splash-Bowl

amazon.com

 

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9 Nifty Knick-Knacks You Never Knew You Needed

by Advance Financial | January 25th, 2017

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It’s a rough world out there. Between forgetting to charge your phone and losing your keys, it’s a wonder anyone survives the day-to-day hustle called life. Sometimes, however, there is that one gadget that makes the most tedious stressors become nonexistent. It’s those nifty little knick-knacks that make being human enjoyable again and we have found 9 great ones that you never even knew you needed. Enjoy!

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Split, pit, slice and scoop! This gadget will make avocado preparation a breeze.

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Bed Bath & Beyond


 

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This credit card sized warrior has 18 tools ranging from a bottle opener to a fruit peeler. It’s extremely convenient to have for multiple situations and is super easy to carry.

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Keep your laundry room tidy with these attachable cups that catch excess drips from your detergent or fabric softener dispensers. The Tidy Cups fit most economy sized detergents.

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Amazon


 

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Made with heavy-duty aluminum, you can comfortably haul up to 110 pounds of groceries or other bagged items with the bag holder.

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Amazon


 

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This is a must have for those runners or music listeners who are constantly battling tangled headphone cords. The Curvyman allows you to easily tame the mess.

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 Amazon


 

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Extremely thin and discrete, the Tile Slim can be placed in any pocket book or wallet and can be placed on a laptop or tablet using an adhesive. The Tile is connected to an app on your phone that will locate whatever item it’s attached to.

Amazon


 

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1868 meet 2017; the new and improved tape measure. This gadget is rugged, durable, and weather resistant with a digital screen that tells you the exact measurement.

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Amazon


 

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This is a 12-Inch clip-able, twistable gear tie that you can neatly bundle and attach things of every shape and size to almost anything.

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Amazon


 

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No more searching of the correct measuring spoon. The Adjust-A-Spoon system replaces the outdated measuring spoons with one adjustable spoon.

Bed Bath & Beyond

 

Great items like the Tile Slim Item Finder, Digital Tape Measure, Clip-able Gear Tie, Adjust-A-Spoon Tablespoon Measuring, Curvyman Headphone Wrap, Grocery Bag Holder Handle,Tidy Cups, Wallet Ninja, and Avocado Slicer.

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Workweek Meal Plan That’s Cheap, Easy, and Healthy

by Advance Financial | November 1st, 2016

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The actual decision to start eating healthy is effortless. You just decide one day, “hey, I’m going to start eating healthier.” The phrase “easier said than done” fits perfectly with the idea of eating healthy. You can say you’ll do it, but when it comes down to actually choosing healthier options for meals it can be rather difficult. Below we have created an easy planning guide to making cheap, easy, and most importantly healthy meals that will get you through the entire workweek. A lot of these recipes utilize leftovers from previous meals, which will aid in cutting grocery costs. Links to full recipes for lunches and dinners are included.

monday

Breakfast

Banana and peanut butter on wheat toast

Lunch

Turkey sandwich – Recipe

Carrots with light ranch, and an apple

Snack

Low-fat yogurt

Dinner

Chicken tortilla soup – Recipe

(Note: Make extra chicken and set aside for Tuesday’s lunch.)

tuesday

Breakfast

Yogurt and all bran cereal

Lunch

Grilled chicken caesar salad wrap – Recipe

Celery with peanut butter

(Note: Use leftover chicken from Monday’s dinner.)

Snack

Mixed Nuts

 Dinner

Bacon and Broccoli Rice Bowl – Recipe

(Note: Make extra boiled eggs for Wednesday’s breakfast and extra bacon for Wednesday’s lunch.)

wednesday

Breakfast

Boiled eggs and wheat toast

(Note: use extra boiled eggs from Tuesday’s dinner.)

Lunch

BLT with avocado – Recipe

Chips and salsa

(Note: Use extra bacon from Tuesday’s dinner.)

Snack

Cottage cheese and saltine crackers

Dinner

Chicken, pepper and corn stir-fry – Recipe

(Note: Make extra and before seasoning set aside. Use peppers for Thursday’s breakfast and chicken and corn for Thursday’s lunch.)

thursday

Breakfast

Scrambled eggs with peppers

(Note: Use extra peppers from Wednesday’s dinner.)

Lunch

Southwest salad with chicken –Recipe

(Note: Use extra chicken and corn from Wednesday’s dinner.)

Snack

Carrots with light ranch 

Dinner

Antipasti Penne –Recipe

friday

Breakfast

Oatmeal and bananas

 Lunch

Tuna salad sandwich – Recipe

Low sodium chips

Snack

Peanut butter and crackers

 Dinner

Turkey Chili – Recipe

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Discounted Automotive Services

by Advance Financial | August 19th, 2016

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Maintenance costs for your vehicle are usually not that cheap and getting your oil changed or your tires rotated isn’t the first thing you want to spend your paycheck on. To help you save money on automotive services we have found some pretty big discounted promotions running right now.

Up to $50 off Jiffy Lube oil change. – Get Deal

Up to 44% off wheel-alignment package or road trip ready package at Sears Auto Center. – Get Deal

Pay $29 for $100 toward mobile windshield replacement from Safe Auto Glass. – Get Deal

Pay $19 for $100 toward mobile windshield replacement or insurance deductible at Cascade Auto Glass. – Get Deal

Up to 62% off one or two full air-conditioner services at Evans Boys Mechanic Shop. – Get Deal

Up to 50% off paint protection for doors, hood and fender, and bumpers at ProTint. – Get Deal

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Tips to Saving Money at Your Local Farmers Market

by Advance Financial | July 7th, 2016

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So there is a myth about shopping at farmers markets that we would like to bust. Produce at your local farmers market has gained the title of “expensive “when compared to produce at a chain grocery store, and we definitely do not think this is always the case. Along with being good for the local economy, organic, fresher, and better tasting, local produce can also beat out the price of grocery store produce. You just have to know how to shop. To guide you on your next adventure to the local farmers market, here are some tips to follow to save some money.

 

Go for less than perfect

Let’s get real. Do your apples really need to be the exact shade of red and shaped to perfection? Well for a lot of people, yes they do, but you’re a savvy shopper and your spending habits aren’t affected by fruit vanity. Because the not so pretty items don’t sell as well, a lot of times they are actually discounted in price. And even if the seller isn’t advertising the items are discounted, just ask. Give a concerned look at that deformed peach and simple say, “Is this one full price?”

 

Don’t make a list

Yes, in most cases making a list when grocery shopping is a must if you’re trying to save, and especially if you’re on a tight budget until the next payday. If you make a list when going to the farmers market, however, then you might not be as cognizant of the lesser expensive items. Instead of going in with a list of specific items, try showing up open minded without any ideas of what fruits and vegetables you need. Plan out meals based on cheaper produce once you are there and can see your options.

 

Timing is everything

So it’s pouring the rain outside. Pull up your rain boots, grab an umbrella, and head out to the market to score some deals. Supply and demand drive prices in the sense that if there are less people in attendance, then there is less likely of a chance that farmers will be able to sell all items easily. Going to a market when the crowds are low will give you more options with more say so on prices. Going 30 minutes before the market closes is also a good time to get leftovers that vendors will be trying to get rid of by selling cheaper.

 

Buy in season

A bowl of cherries in the dead of winter may be exactly what you want, but when it comes to budget friendly eating, it’s probably not the best idea. The beauty of a farmers market is that cherries will not even be an option in the middle of January.   Shopping locally will in-fact force you to buy what is in season, and those fruits and vegetables dramatically decrease in price.

 

Negotiate

It’s a market, not a grocery store. Don’t hesitate to do a little haggling. Remember that produce has an expiration date and these farmers want to get rid of their crops. Try to build a relationship with the regular farmers and show you’re a loyal customer. Chances are they just might cut you a deal on items if you get in good enough.

 

 

 

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