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Tips for Celebrating Thanksgiving on a Budget KEEPING YOUR STOMACH AND YOUR WALLET FULL

G athering together with your friends and family to celebrate a fun and festive Thanksgiving is meant to be a time filled with excitement, joy, and gratitude. But, if you’re in the throngs of financial hardship, this time of year can often leave you feeling more nervous than enthusiastic. According to a survey conducted

mashed potatoes, vegetables, and pies — you’ll notice that making them from scratch is actually cheaper than buying a store’s premade options.

Another important option to keep in mind this time of year is that several local resources will often be able to help you acquire a turkey you can cook at home. Since the turkey is often the most expensive item to purchase, if you find you are scraping together your last bit of change to provide your family with a festive Thanksgiving dinner, consider

by GOBankingRates, the vast majority of Americans end up spending at least $150 on groceries for their Thanksgiving meal, and that’s not including any extra cash spent on beverages and decorations. For people utilizing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, even

whipping up the staple Thanksgiving dishes can seem out of financial reach. But just because the holiday season has the propensity to get expensive doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to celebrate and have fun while still sticking to a budget. Perhaps the most important thing to remember when trying to stretch out your holiday dollars is to plan carefully. Start looking for recipes that have a mix of common ingredients, are easy to prepare, and can be prepared ahead of time. If you’re able to get the ingredients to make pies or casseroles, you can keep them frozen until the big day. By doing so, you can spread out the cost of purchasing meal items over a number of weeks, rather than all at once. This also helps reduce last- minute emergencies, which lead to unforeseen purchases. Once you have your dishes planned, check through your cupboards to avoid duplicate purchases and then shop local stores for bargain deals. Many items, like broths and cranberry sauce, can be stored ahead of time. Additionally, while making a list of your ingredients, see how many dishes you can make from scratch. Doing so is usually less expensive than buying pre-prepared, packaged foods. For example, if you consider the primary dishes associated with Thanksgiving — turkey,

looking for nonprofit organizations who can help. Since SNAP benefits are determined using a formula that

does not account for the required excess spending during the holidays, it is unrealistic that families can afford a Thanksgiving meal in addition to the usual groceries for the rest of the month. There are ways to ensure this year’s celebrations are still festive and fun without totally emptying your pockets. Thanksgiving is all about sharing meaningful moments with the people you care about, and stressing about last-minute meal purchases and preparations is bound to dampen your holiday. Keep these tips in mind, and, if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to let us know!

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

–Don Jorgensen



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2. CHEESE IT UP! Cheese can undoubtedly make veggies more appealing for your little ones. When making their favorite mac ‘n’ cheese dish, consider adding broccoli and peas to the sauce. The cheese will mask most of the veggie flavor, and your kids won’t care as much! Another option for really picky eaters is to purée vegetables, like sweet potatoes, into the cheese sauce. The bright orange color will mask the inclusion, ensuring your little one gets a good share of fiber-rich nutrients while being none the wiser. 3. GET ‘BEEFY’ WITH YOUR VEGGIES. If your kids are fans of meat-based pasta sauces, meatballs, or sloppy Joes, you can substitute some of the ground beef with finely chopped mushrooms. Since the meaty texture of the tasty fungi is similar to ground beef, it’ll be hard for kids to notice the difference. Riced cauliflower can also be mistaken for tender ground beef when cooked in darker sauces and gravies. While it can be frustrating to negotiate with a picky eater, especially during the holidays, don’t lose hope. Try out these three tasty tips and observe Good Nutrition Month with a little more ease.

It might seem strange that November — when millions of

Americans gather around the dinner table to show gratitude through lavish Thanksgiving feasts — has recently been dubbed Good Nutrition Month. But it’s true;

now is the time to pay extra attention to the nutrients your body needs to maintain its healthy state through the new year.

While mindful eating is a habit families know they should practice year-round, once the holiday season kicks into full gear, it becomes much easier to overlook. With colder weather keeping you inside, the cravings for heartier meals and delicious baked goods leave parents struggling to encourage their picky eaters to consume anything nutritious. If you’re finding it more difficult than usual to convince your child to eat their greens, here are some tips to keep in mind! 1. LET THEM HELP. If your child has grown out of the toddler stage and is still resistant to eating their vegetables, child psychologists say you should have them help with the cooking process. The excitement and anticipation that comes with getting to prepare the vegetables can encourage kids to try a couple bites during dinnertime.

Addressing The Stressful Side of the Holiday Season

The holiday season can bring about a whirlwind of emotions. While the excitement of attending festive parties and celebrating with family and friends initially keeps people’s spirits high, the stress associated with these big events can often leave us feeling the holiday blues. According to psychologist Anita Sanz, depression tends to increase during the holidays due to an increase in demands — often perceived as stressful — family issues, and being unable to manage expectations.

families by helping them find coping mechanisms for their daily struggle with brain disorders; educating people who have mental illness, their families, and the general public about mental illness with the goal of dispelling ignorance and stigma; and advocating for more research and an improved system of mental health services across the nation. Lastly, if you have a mental condition keeping you from working, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our attorneys. While submitting a successful application for disability benefits is a complex process, no matter your condition, it gets exponentially more complicated when discussing matters related to mental illnesses. Call us today for

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How to be Safe On the Roads This Holiday Season

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Holiday travel drives more people out on the road than any other time of year. Between preparing and packing the staple Thanksgiving side dishes and wrangling the kids in the car, by the time you get behind the wheel, you’re likely already feeling the stress of the holidays. Then, once you pull out of your driveway, you have to share the road with hundreds of other drivers dealing with the same stresses as you.


With more people racing to get to their Thanksgiving celebrations, the more probable accidents become. In fact, the statistics regarding vehicular accidents between the months of November and January are higher than any other time of year. While you can practice defensive driving to protect you and your family from other cars, you can also work to ensure you are dealing with fewer distractions in your own vehicle. Start by stowing your cell phone. Teenagers often receive the most blame for this habit, but texting and driving is one of the leading culprits for accidents involving drivers of all ages. If you need your cell phone for navigation or playing music, leave it to your passengers to help you. Additionally, if you are traveling with smaller children, you can help reduce some of the distractions by planning activities for the car ride. Bringing snacks, coloring books, or shows for them to watch, which lessens the amount of attention they need from you and allows you to focus on the roadway. That being said, sometimes you can remove all the distractions and take proper precautions to avoid an accident, but that doesn’t mean other drivers are doing the same. If you find yourself in a collision or injured by a distracted or impaired driver, call our office right away! Our team of expert attorneys will listen to your story, generate a plan, and help you get the compensation you need.

There are countless ways to prepare potatoes, but not all are created equal. For irresistibly crunchy outsides and deliciously creamy insides, try this recipe. The result is sure to be the star side at your Thanksgiving table.

INGREDIENTS • 5 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil DIRECTIONS 1. Heat oven to 425 F.

• 1/4 cup vegetable oil • 8 cloves garlic, crushed • 2 sprigs rosemary • Kosher salt, to taste

2. In a large pot, pour water over potatoes to cover by 2 inches. Salt water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes. 3. Thoroughly drain potatoes and let stand for 10 minutes. Toss gently and season with salt. 4. Meanwhile, combine both oils in a large pan and heat in oven for 10 minutes. 5. Remove pan from oven and add potatoes, turning to coat thoroughly. Return to oven and cook for 30 minutes, turning every 10. 6. Toss in garlic and rosemary and finish cooking for 8–10 minutes. 7. Drain and serve.

Be safe out there this holiday season!



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The Gift of Giving

Supporting the People You Believe In CELEBRATING GIVING TUESDAY

N ovember is usually all about Thanksgiving, but it isn’t the only holiday that encourages generosity. Giving Tuesday is a phenomenal celebration in which millions of people from across the globe are inspired to spend 24 hours giving back to the communities they love. ORIGIN AND GOAL GIVING Tuesday is celebrated every year

TECHNOLOGY AT ITS BEST Through the use of social media and technology, the organization hopes to encourage and spread generosity on a global scale using the hashtag #GivingTuesday. The website states that “... technology and social media could be used to make generosity go viral; that people fundamentally want to give and talk about giving.” Through massive social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, the individuals and companies participating in Giving Tuesday can spread their missions and messages all over the world, encouraging others to do the same. HOW YOU CAN CELEBRATE Now is the perfect opportunity to support your community and the causes you believe in. The best part of this holiday is that “giving” doesn’t just refer to donating money. People can give back by volunteering their time to help a nonprofit business, donating goods and food, or just buying a stranger some lunch. Even the smallest actions can have the biggest impact. If you’re interested in participating in Giving Tuesday, get together with your friends, family, sports team members, or neighbors to brainstorm on how you can give back. To learn more about how you can participate, visit .

on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, and this year, the holiday lands on Dec. 3! It was established in 2012 by the United Nations Foundation and New York’s 92nd Street Y as a response to consumer-driven holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The purpose of the holiday was to spread the spirit of giving, not only for the people in our nation but individuals across the world. The goal is “to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond that day and touches every person on the planet.”



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