Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

October 11, 2018

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.


ONE.


Jack's Pumpkin Nights John and I went Friday, so much fun!  It's a corn maze here in Chicago but bonus - it has bars inside.  Yes, that's right.  A drunken corn maze.  Well, once you find the bar that is.  Your ticket includes a craft beer or cider, and of course you can purchase more, and they even have pumpkin shots.  If you're in the area, I highly recommend it.  I'm usually very much against corn mazes (you can just wander in the ones in Iowa from any side, really, so what if a real murderer is in there and you don't realize it's a real chain saw until too late?), but this one is secure.


TWO.


EveryDollar Budgeting App Well, app and website.  This is the one created by Dave Ramsey.  One of my 101 goals was to make and analyze a new budget after I had gone through a long period of shopping ban, which I've done.  Since I hadn't been spending much, I hadn't been making a budget at all.  But I thought it would be nice to categorize and see where things were going just in general, particularly in light of figuring out my yearly spend numbers.  I follow Dave Ramsey and his baby steps, so I thought I would give this a try and I really like it.  I think it's incredibly easy to set up and follow, particularly if you're new to budgeting.  This budget planner is free, unless you want it to link to your accounts so it automatically loads your transactions, then it's $100 for the year.  I don't like that (they have a 2 week free trial that I tested), and I'll tell you why - it lets you be less hands on.  That's not what I wanted.  It's also why I don't like Mint.  So I prefer having to track every transaction as I spend money.  Also, since it takes awhile for transactions to clear at the bank, it takes a day or two for them to load on the app, and I don't like that.  I want to know instantly what I have left to spend in a category.  So I don't think it's necessary to spend the money on it, the free version is fine for budgeting basics.


THREE.


SuperCook Recipe Builder.  Another free website I've been enjoying.  Since I'm working on my pantry challenge, I don't have a ton of ingredients to work with, so it's all about using them in new ways to get different tasting dishes.  On SuperCook, you enter in what you have on hand (either type it in or pick from their list) and it spits out recipes you can make with those items.  It also gives suggestions near the top, where it asks if you have these one or two additional ingredients, so you can see more options if you were to run out to the store just for eggs or milk.  I'm a pretty basic eater, so I don't need to make anything fancy, but it's nice to see how I could use up the random ingredients I have, like that last cup of breadcrumbs.  But if you've been wanting to do a pantry challenge or start using things up, try typing them into this website to see what all your options are.  I'll be more than you think!



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