For many of us, buying a new car just doesn’t fit into our budget or lifestyle. However, buying a used car can seem a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be! If you’re planning to buy a used car, follow these steps to be sure you get the best deal.
Identify Your Budget. Before you begin looking for cars, you need to know what you can afford. That will help narrow down your options. It is recommended that you put down at least 20% and finance for no more than 4 years. If you can put down more than 20%, that’s even better!
Get Financing. If you can’t afford to buy a car outright (it’s okay, a lot of us can’t!), look into financing options. Get a few quotes from different lenders to see who will offer you the best rates. You might even be able to finance through your bank.
Know What You Want. What make and model of car do you want? What’s the most important feature in a car to you? Identify what you want most in your new (to you) car so you can use those specifications to narrow down your search. Continue reading
Are you feeling stressed at work? Stress can cause a tangled mess of physical and mental symptoms that will take a toll on your wellbeing. Headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure, and difficulty concentrating are just some of the many symptoms of untreated stress. These symptoms can affect you both at the office and at home. If stress is interfering with your job and everyday life, take these steps to eliminate stress in your workplace.
Find the Source of Your Stress. The first step in addressing any issue is finding its cause. Stress is no different. When do you find yourself the most stressed at work? Is it during a deadline? On specific days? In the mornings or afternoons? Create a diary to track your day to day activities and when you’re feeling the most stressed so you can identify what is causing you stress.
Modify Your Behavior. Often it’s not necessarily the situation we are in, but how we respond to situations that determine our levels of stress. Your first instinct after a day of dealing with a particularly difficult client might be to treat yourself to a comfort meal or wine after work. But poor dietary choices can actually make stress worse in the long run. Avoid fatty foods, alcohol, and caffeine when you feel the tensions rise and resort to healthier coping methods, like a long meditative walk after work, or some well-deserved “me time”.
Nothing brightens a home quite like plants and flowers. But plants can pose a safety hazard to your animal friends. Many popular plants and herbs such as, aloe, calla lily, carnations, and garlic carry mild to severe risks if ingested by cats and dogs. Check these lists before you start planting.
With that being said, what can you plant? Your options may seem limited, but there are quite a few plants that you can still keep around the house. Some popular plants that are safe for both cats and dogs include:
Fish & Vegetable Lasagna | Starting Friday, March 3
Lenten Fish or Vegetable Lasagna Dinners. Fridays during Lent, Mar. 3 – April 7. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, Seaford 4:30-7:00pm. Eat in or carry out, $9.
Lenten Fish Dinner | Fridays starting March 3
Fridays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 & April 7. 4:30pm – 7pm. Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Stein Hwy., Seaford. Choice of baked breaded flounder or vegetable lasagna; both with sides, coffee & water, dessert. Soda extra. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Adults: $9; children under 10: $5. Proceeds benefit scholarship fund.
The benefits of home cooked meals are well known and boundless. It’s healthier, cheaper, and fun to take a sense of pride in the meals you create. But in this day and age, who has time to plan and prepare a meal every night? You do. That’s right, you do! By planning and preparing meals on your day off, you can take the hassle and indecision out of cooking at home.
Make time. Pick a day and set aside a specific time to meal prep. Give yourself a whole morning or afternoon to gather ingredients and do the cooking. Be sure to make it a priority. This may not be what you want to spend your Sunday afternoon doing, but it will make your work week go so much smoother.
Have a plan. The most important part of meal prepping is the planning stage. Variety is the spice of life, so peruse your favorite recipe sites and Pinterest to find fun new recipes to try. Once you have decided on your recipes for the week, use a meal planner that you can hang on your fridge. This will help you during prepping and also remind you and your family or housemates what’s for dinner each night. Check out these free printables!