Money Monday – Snow! Or Snow?

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With the east coast about to suffer through our first major storm of the current winter season, I wanted to say I hope you are staying safe with loved ones.  Do what you need to do to stock up for a few days.  It always feels like you never know what to get excess of but whatever you consider to be the basics, stock up on that.  My good rule of thumb is gas for the car, paper goods, canned goods, frozen meat, dried pasta, and veggies.  That type of food can go a long way in various mixtures to create yummy cost effective meals that will last for a few days.  Of course, movies, or these days start adding quite a few things to your Netflix queue.  And for some of you, definitely alcohol.

Remember to stay warm, and check on elderly neighbors if you have any.  If you have neighbors close by, you can always do a potluck dinner.  That’s always a fun way to socialize and save on expenses when it comes to making a hearty meal.

Stay safe out there!

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Fabulous Friday – Host Your Heart Out

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Frankly, I love Thanksgiving.  I actually love it more than Christmas only because it’s a day almost everyone has off, and we get to eat so much delicious food!  Oh, yeah, and spend time with family.  I have to throw that in there.  I know in my age range there are probably a lot of you out there who have been chosen by family to host the big dinner this year.  It can be very overwhelming and scary actually.  What if you don’t like to cook?  Which pizza place will deliver in case you burn everything?  Let’s take several steps back and just breathe.  Really, just relax.  It is not as complicated as you are thinking at all.  The important things to remember are how many people are coming, what kind of food will you be serving, will you offer alcohol, and how will you entertain your guests.  This basis will cover the entire evening or weekend, depending on how long any guests are staying with you.  Let’s break everything down in simple steps:

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