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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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How to Save Money When Going to the Fair

by Advance Financial | September 1st, 2016

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Funnel cakes, rides that make you puke, and a whole lot of beauty pageants. Yep, It’s fair time in Tennessee, and if you’re like a lot of parents, a trip to the county fair with your kids can really set you back, especially if payday is weeks away. Between ride tickets, buying food, and playing carnival games, your pocket book will soon start to feel weightless. But have no fear; Advance Financial and our money saving tips are here. Below you will find some creative ways to save money while still having fun at the fair with your kids.

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If you have an oversized purse, then use it. Just like the trickery used at the movies, pick up some candy apples, cotton candy, and other goodies at the local grocery store or Wal-Mart and shove it in that purse. When your kids start begging for the overpriced sweets, just pull out the good stuff. You’ll save a substantial amount of money by not purchasing the over-priced food at the food trucks and vendors. Try to also fill up their bellies before you go that way they won’t have as much of an appetite.

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It may seem your children have enough energy to keep them going forever, but sooner or later they are bound to tucker out. Now of course you will have to give in and eventually let them ride some rides and play some games, but first do all the free stuff. Try to spend half or a quarter of the day looking at the exhibits, seeing the livestock, and joining in on any field games or free shows your Fair may be hosting. Spending more time and energy on the free stuff will wear them out and possibly have them ready to go home before you completely empty your wallet.

Tickets

There are usually many companies that pay to be sponsors for the county fair. If you or your spouse work for a company sponsoring the fair, you could get discounted admission tickets. Check your local Fair’s website to see if they have special discounted days for specific groups and their families, like military, educators, or employees’ of companies who are sponsors. Most fairs in Tennessee also have a student discount day where admission is either free or significantly reduced for students.

 

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