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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.

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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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Easy Halloween Crafts To Do With The Kids

by Advance Financial | October 26th, 2016

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Halloween is the best time for crafts with the kids. Between carving pumpkins, making scarecrows, and making your own spooky decorations, they are bound to have some great childhood memories. To help you make even more memories with the kids this Halloween, we have outlined some super easy and kid friendly crafts to try out.  Enjoy!

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How to Carve a Pumpkin Like a Pro

by Advance Financial | October 13th, 2016

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It’s Halloween time and chances are you’re  seeing a lot of carved pumpkins flooding people’s porches. The idea of perfectly carved pumpkins that will make the neighbors jealous is a great thought, but actually carving the perfect Jack-o-Lantern can be a daunting and messy task. Carving a pumpkin can be simple and easy if you follow the correct steps. Below we have outlined the basics for carving the perfect pumpkin so you’ll be set to start mastering the art of pumpkin carving.

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DIY Halloween Costumes Using Items You Already Own

by Advance Financial | October 12th, 2016

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When it comes to Halloween costume preparation, there are 2 types of people. Those who spend a ton of time and money to look the best at whatever event they are attending, and those who could not care less, but need something so they don’t look like a stick in the mud at the party. If you are the latter of the two, then we’ve got a few ideas that will take little effort and money. Below you will find 10 of the easiest DIY costumes, which can be made with items that might already be lying around your house.

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Best Date Night Meal Deals

by Advance Financial | October 7th, 2016

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Going out to eat usually means dishing out a little extra cash for your meal, but let’s face it, sometimes it’s worth the extra money to not have to cook or cleanup. At a number of restaurants however, you can get 2 meals that when broken down are actually cheaper than if you bought the ingredients and made it yourself. Below are some of the best date night meal deals to try out when your just not feeling the whole cooking thing but still need to save money.

 

Logan’s Roadhouse

 

The Deal:

$15.99 for two full-size entrees including rolls, Caesar salad, and two sides for each entrée.

Entrees:

Southern Fried Fish, Chopped Steak, Grilled Meatloaf, Roasted Chicken Pot Pie, Logan’s Wood-Grilled Chicken, Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders, Wood-Grilled Salmon, 6 Oz. Choice Cut Sirloin.

 

Chili’s

The Deal:

$20 for an appetizer to share and then select two full-size entrees including two sides for each entrée

Appetizers:

Fried Pickles, Chips and Salsa, Tostada Chips and Fire-Grilled Corn Guacamole, Onion Rings, or Texas Cheese Fries

Entrees:

Classic Bacon Burger, Cajun Chicken Pasta, 6 oz. Classic Sirloin, Crispy Chicken Crispers, Fajitas, Grilled Chicken Salad, Half Rack of Ribs, Mango Chile Chicken, Mango Chile Tilapia, Margarita Grilled Chicken, or Southwestern Quesadillas

 

Applebee’s

 

The Deal:

$20 for an appetizer to share and then select two full-size entrees including two sides for each entrée

Appetizers:

2 House or Caesar Salads, Boneless Wings, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Onion Rings, Mozzarella Sticks

Entrees:

Cedar Gilled Lemon Chicken, Sirloin Stir Fry, oriental Chicken Salad, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Chicken Tender Basket, Three Cheese Cavatappi, The American Standard Burger

 

Outback Steakhouse

 

The Deal:

$12.99 a person for 3 course meal consisting of a soup or salad, entrée with two sided, and desert

Soup/Salad:

House or Caesar Salad, Baked Potato Soup or Chicken Tortilla Soup

Entrees:

6 oz. Sirloin, Parmesan- Herb Crusted Chicken, Simply grilled Tilapia

Desert:

Double Chocolate Mini Parfait, Fresh Strawberry Shortcake Mini Parfait, Ice Cream Sundae topped with Chocolate or Raspberry sauce

Olive Garden

 

The Deal:

Endless bowls of pasta with your choice of pasta, sauce for 9.99 including house salad and bread sticks.

Pasta:

Spaghetti, Rigatoni, Angel Hair, Pappardelle, Fettuccine, Cavatappi, Gluten-Free Rotini  

Sauces:

Alfredo, Asiago, Garlic Alfredo, Five-Cheese Marinara, Marinara

 

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