May 25th, 2017
It’s a time to de-stress, have some fun, and spend quality time with your loved ones. However, for a lot of families a vacation can really set them back financially. You shouldn’t have to compromise when it comes to a great vacation and that’s why we put this guide together. All activities are budget friendly and sure to make for an awesome trip with great memories.
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May 24th, 2017
Since 1971, the last Monday in May has been recognized as Memorial Day, a federal holiday to remember those who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Most people end up getting a 3-day weekend because of the holiday, which in turn means a lot of traveling. According to AAA Travel, last year 37.2 million Americans took a trip 50 miles or more for Memorial Day weekend. 37.2 million travelers means a lot of traffic and crowds to fight, and that stress is not something you want to be part of your 3-day vacation.
To help you in your quest for a crowd-free Memorial weekend we have compiled a list of the best places to go to lessen the stress of planning a trip. And if price is another stressor, we can help there as well. Advance Financial can get you the money you need fast with our FLEX Loan. Even if you’re planning your trip last minute, we are open 24/7 so you can come in or go online anytime.
Colonial Beach, Virginia
If it’s the beach you want, you’re going to have to accept a couple extra people to be crowding around you on the sand. Colonial Beach will still have an influx of vacationers grabbing a spot on the sandy shoreline, but it won’t be nearly as bad as some of the more popular destinations like Myrtle Beach or Destin.
Buffalo National River, Arkansas
So you’ve decided that the beach is just too much of a gamble, but you still need to be close to a body of water. The Buffalo River is your ticket to low crowd relaxing while floating on an inner tube. The River flows freely for 135 miles and is a combination of fast-flowing rapids and quiet pool.
Saint Louis, Missouri
Memorial Weekend for Saint Louis means the local residents are fleeing to the southern shores, making it the perfect time to visit. The city is filled with tons of entertainment where you won’t have to wait in lines. From theme parks to live music shows, the city has lots of options to choose from to ensure your Memorial Weekend will be memorable.
New York, New York
Memorial weekend is one of the calmest times of the year for New York. Locals are rushing to get out to the beaches, which leaves the city a lot less crowded. New York also has a lower rate of tourist during this time due to the weather and people wanting to kick off their summer close to the beach.
Yep that’s right, stay home. If you live anywhere that a beach is not present then the crowds are likely to be low. Even just going an hour away to a closer city with more to offer can be an option. There are loads of things to do in your own neck of the woods, you just got to get out and explore. An essential tool for a staycation is an app like Living Social to help make all your activity possibilities a little more visible.
November 3rd, 2016
The cold will soon be upon us and with cold weather also comes high heating bills. Whether your home is heated by electric or gas, the cost to heat your home can significantly increase if you don’t take certain precautions to run your system as efficiently as possible. The more energy used this winter the higher the cost will be, so the key is to conserve as much energy and heat as possible. To help out with being energy efficient this winter we have listed 5 quick and easy things to do to conserve the heat in your house which will help to lower your electric or gas bill.
A dirty air-return filter can significantly increase the cost to heat your home this winter. Dirt and grime in the filter restricts airflow causing your AC unit to work extra hard to heat your home, which increases your electric bill. Make sure to check all air filters and replace them regularly to ensure your system is working as efficiently as possible.
If you didn’t already know, you can set your ceiling fans to either spin clockwise or counter clockwise. When your fan is set to run counter clockwise, or forward, it pushes air down creating a cooling effect. This is recommended for summer. When set clockwise, or reverse, the fan pulls air up and redistributes it, which is recommended for winter since heat rises.
You might be thinking, “Wait? A space heater uses electricity!” If you turn down your ac a few degrees and run a space heater in the room that’s occupied the most, the amount of energy used from the AC is substantially less. Even with a space heater running. Just make sure to turn off the space heater at night, and bundle up with extra layers.
If you have a guest room or bonus room that is never used, don’t waste energy heating it. Most thermostats are in the living room and the AC is regulated based on the temperature in that room. If you close the vents in unused rooms more hot air will blow into rooms with vents opened, causing the temperature to regulate faster and use less energy.
Just like closing vents in unused rooms, make sure to always keep all interior doors closed. This will cut down the amount of square footage the AC is heating and cause your house to warm up quicker. Your system will turn on less, which will have a positive affect on your heating bill.
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.
$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.
$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
$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
$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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
August 30th, 2016
Rumor has it there are some significant changes coming to the newest version of Apple’s famous iPhone. Apple is notorious for having their newest iPhone edition launch in the month of September, yet they always keep the actual date under wraps up until days before. As with every launch, there is major buzz around what enhancements and new features will be added. With the iPhone 5, users were introduced to Siri. A year later iPhone 6 came out with HDR video and picture quality. So what is the buzz around the 7? Keep reading to find out all the rumored changes that will come with the iPhone 7.
See you later regular headphones, wireless headphones are taking over. In an attempt to remove wired accessories and move in the direction of wireless, it’s been said that Apple is removing the headphone port at the bottom of the phone. This is to aid in making the phone even slimmer than it already is. Don’t freak out just yet, there are already multiple companies creating adapters to enable regular headphones with a cord to be plugged into the charging port. But again, that’s just rumored.
What is one of the most popular colors for electronic products that seems to be missing from the iPhone color palette? Black of course, but not once the 7 comes out. According to www.macrumors.com, Apple will be replacing the space gray color with glossy black. This will now give buyers the color choices of gold, rose gold, silver, white, and the new glossy black.
The new iPhone 7 will feature a16nm Apple A10 processor and 2GB or 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM depending on the model. And all that tech talk translates into an upgraded camera that will include a new dual-lens setup on the iPhone as well as a bigger battery that will stay charged longer.
The dreaded fear of getting water damage or dust inside one’s phone causes many users to purchase a bulky case to protect the phone. It has been rumored that Apple has made some major changes to the build of the phone that will make the 7 dust resistant as well as completely water proof or more water resistant than previous versions.
So there you have it. All the rumors that have came out regarding the changes that will come with the iPhone 7. On September 7th Apple will be having a special press event where it is expected they will unveil the 7th edition to the iPhone family and put the rumors to rest on all the changes.
August 15th, 2016
It’s still blazing hot outside, and the best way to cool down is hitting the water. Right now you can get tickets for 47% off to Nashville Shores Water Park through Groupon.com. Click Here to get tickets.