How to Buy and Enjoy Beef Recipes on a Budget

beef slicesDo you have a house full of hearty meat eaters? For some families, only beef will do.

At our house, we’ve been reducing our beef intake recently for health and budget reasons. But when we want to splurge on our diet and our wallet, or are having hardcore carnivores over for dinner, I like to have a multitude of ideas ready so that these situations don’t disrupt our budget too significantly.

Here are several secret weapon strategies to enjoy red meat, while staying within your budget.

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23 Cheap Wedding Reception Food & Drink Menu Ideas on a Budget

wedding food drinkWhen my husband and I were planning our wedding, we wanted to keep it simple, elegant, and most importantly under budget.

So we were a little shocked when our caterer quoted us her lowest price of $35 per person for dinner – not including alcohol. With 160 guests, we were already at $5,600, and with an open bar were looking at a total bill of more than $10,000 just for food and drinks! Our total budget was around $10,000, so we needed to find a few ways to scrimp and save when it came to the dinner and alcohol.

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First-Time & Repeat Home Buyer Tax Credit – Rules and Limits

home buyer tax creditIf you were one of the millions of people who became a homeowner between 2008 and 2010, whether it was your first time or your fifth, your purchase will have quite a noticeable effect on your taxes. That’s not only due to the lovely bump you’ll get from deducting your mortgage interest and property taxes, but you may also receive a nice fat tax credit on top of that!

For many, participating in these programs will have effects for years to come. There are special rules to determine who’s eligible, as well as tax credits available for non-first time home buyers, and a special extension for members of the military and federal employees who were stationed outside of the country, which we’ll discuss below.

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9 Ways to Clean, Repair, and Restore Your Old Outdoor Gas Grill

gas grill upgradeEvery time I go to the Home Depot in the summer, I stare longingly at the shiny, manly grills lined up out front like soldiers waiting for orders. They’re so new, and have so many knobs and buttons! They can smoke, grill, or keep baked beans warm!

Like most Americans, I had an old grill on my back porch. It was a little rusted and had years of wear on the rack, but it could still turn out a decent hamburger. So instead of buying a new grill, I saved money by restoring and upgrading my old grill to its former glory – and added a few bells and whistles along the way.

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16 Ways to Save Money on Cheap DIY Wedding Invitations on a Budget

wedding invitationsWhen I got married, my crafty aunt handmade my wedding invitations as a wedding gift. Though they were exquisite and I got multiple compliments on them, I didn’t realize quite what a gift it was until I learned that the average amount that a couple spends on wedding invitations is $650 – and lots spend upwards of $2,000 or $3,000.

Who knew that paper cost so much? But it’s not just the paper – there are envelopes, second envelopes, response cards, response card envelopes, tissue paper, and postage, for starters. Money also goes into the design of the invitations as well as the actual printing of the message.

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Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

This article is part of the Money Crashers Natural Medicine Cabinet Series, outlining 20 of the top natural home remedies and treatment.

green tea cupsIt’s hard for me not to get excited about tea. Strange sentence, I know, but I drink tea constantly. Green tea, white tea, herbal tea…I have an entire cabinet in my kitchen devoted to tea and tea-making supplies.

And I’m not alone. Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, next to water. Billions of people around the world drink tea on a daily basis. And aside from its wonderful variety in taste, tea offers us countless health benefits that we’re only just now starting to understand.

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How to Effectively Use a Facebook Page for Business Marketing

facebook clickIt seems like everyone from the age of 21 to 35 is a social media marketing expert these days. I swear that every other person’s Twitter bio says they’re some sort of Internet marketing or social media marketing guru/expert/enthusiast, or whatever.

Just as young entrepreneurs have been attracted to this trend, small business owners have been drawn to social media as a new way to market their business and get people in the door. Unfortunately, very few small businesses have actually had success with it, causing many to abandon their Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and location-based social media deals.

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What to Do If Your Bank Fails – 4-Step Checklist

bank failure underwaterWhat do you mean my bank can fail? Yes, even the well-trained managers at your seemingly secure bank can make poor business decisions. Plenty of people thought it was impossible, but banks do make mistakes – like the numerous bad loans that eventually crushed major financial institutions in the past few years.

If you weren’t around for the savings and loan crisis and the scandals of the 1980s and 1990s, the recent vulnerability of banks might have been an unwelcome surprise. If your bank is in trouble, don’t panic. As with any extreme situation, overreacting just makes things worse. Stay calm, get your wits about you, and think about these smart next steps. You’ll stay on track, even if your bank is falling apart.

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