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How to Carve a Pumpkin Like a Pro

by AdvanceFinancial | October 13th, 2016


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 AdvanceFinancial | October 12th, 2016


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 AdvanceFinancial | October 7th, 2016


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.


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.



The Deal:

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


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


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




The Deal:

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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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Apps That Help You Save While You Shop

by AdvanceFinancial | October 4th, 2016


Is the age-old tradition of coupon clipping still part of our weekly routine? Put down the scissors and walk away from the weekly store ads cause there is a better way to save. Stop the tedious searching for coupons and promo codes and download apps that find the deals for you. Not only will you save time but you will also find deals you might not have even realize existed. Here are some of the best apps to start using while shopping.


1. Jet

With the goal to build a better shopping experience for their customers, you can save tons by using the Jet app. With their real-time savings engine, the prices drop as you shop. You can get everything from toilet paper to bed sheets on Jet and the more items you add to your cart that have a tag symbol beside them, the lower the price will drop for each item. So buying in bulk for items like toilet paper, toothpaste and granola bars will save you more. The price per item also drops when you opt out for free returns, and pay with a debit card instead of a credit card.


2. Retail Me Not

Score deals at your favorite stores and restaurants with the award-winning app that makes it easy to save with thousands of deals from over 50,000 retailers. The app syncs with your map to notify you of the best deals near you. Whether you’re on vacation in a new city or just driving through your neighborhood, the app will alert you when a deal is near.


3. Shop Advisor

The Shop Advisor app does just what its name suggests, it advises you when the price is just right to purchase. You simply create a list of items you are interested in purchasing and the system watches that item and alerts you when the price drops the lowest online.


4. PriceGrabber

This app scans the prices on all sites that carry a specific item you’re shopping for and gives a full comparison report. The app gives you the bottom-line price, taking into consideration the shipping cost for an item. You can also simply scan a bar code of a product to get a quick, real-time view of where to purchase an item at the cheapest price.


5. Wallaby

If you take advantage of reward programs on credit cards, then you can double your rewards with the Wallaby app. When shopping for items online, the Wallaby system will scan your shopping cart and compare them with your credit card reward programs and tell you which card to use for what items, getting you the highest reward points possible. You can also set up notifications for when you’re getting close to your credit limit or when it’s time to pay a bill.

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Up to 72% Off Select Nashville Hair Salons

by AdvanceFinancial | September 7th, 2016


Getting your locks cut can also take a big chunk out of your wallet. Check out some of the best Nashville hair salon deals running right now.

Vanity Salon and Spa, Nashville – $17 for one blowout ($35 value)

Vanity Salon and Spa, Nashville – $25 for one men’s haircut with neck shave and head & neck massage ($55 value)

Clark and Co, Green Hills – $29 for a haircut, blow-dry, and deep-conditioning treatment ($65 value)

Six Degree Salon, Nashville – $39 for a haircut, deep conditioner, and blowout ($80 value)

The Loft on Music Row, Nashville – $29 for women’s haircut with conditioning treatment ($65 value)

Fine Art Int’l Salon and Barber Spa – $17 for men’s haircut ($30 value)

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