Thursday, September 14, 2017

Another Robo Call, How Can I Stop This With Changing My Number

In addition to the text's, messengers, and e-mails we have received tonight while watching the football game, we have received 3 Robo Calls that we have won a cruise because we stayed at their resort and a wrong number.  The robo calls came from 2 different local numbers and then an unlisted number and they came in on our land line and a cellphone.  What are we to do?  Blocking their number does not work.   They just keep changing their number.

 Last year when we started getting 5 to 6 phone calls a day, I did some research and took the time to file complaints and our calls stopped drastically.  It was different because these calls were a live person and the same phone number, however they were selling different items.  Within a few days of reporting them, the calls stopped after 3 months of harassing calls.

You can report "Do Not Call" abuses if your number has been in the registry for 31 days.  Do Not Call even has a way that you can verify if your number is registered.  I checked tonight and one of my family's cellphone was not registered.  So I quickly registered it.  It only takes a couple of minutes.

If you received a call from a live person, jot down the company, time, date, and the number if you can.  This is the information you will need to put in.

This year we are receiving the same two robocalls from a variety of numbers.  According to the do not call registry, we can report these also and they will research into it.  What do we have to loose?  So tonight I opened my computer as soon as my husband hung up and typed in the information.   I hope we can look forward to a quieter evening in the future.

Even if your number is not registered, you can report the robot calls.  How do you know that they are a robot?  The same perky person answers your hello every time with the same spill.  Get the number from your caller id if you can and the company and go to the link below and report it. 

It is worth the time it takes to fill out the form online to slow down these unwanted calls.

Do not call complaint

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

It's Apple Season!

Fall is the perfect time of year to try some new recipes using apples.  Because apples are usually harvested in the fall they are at their best this time of year.   They're perfect for snacks and desserts. Plus these recipes are budget-friendly and creative.  After trying them, experiment and come up with some of your own recipes.  Added bonus they are easy to make and require few ingredients.

Apple cookies - Thinly slice your apples with a knife or mandolin and then bake them for an hour at 250 degrees. Once they've been removed from the oven and cooled, they'll taste like crispy apple chips. Serve these with a little whipped cream.
 
Old fashioned apple compote - Core and slice your apples. Place them in a microwave-safe container with a bit of honey and apple pie spice. Add a drop or two of water, then cover and microwave on high for 6-8 minutes. Mash the apple mixture with a potato masher and serve either hot or cold.
 
Crustless apple pie - Coat a pie pan with olive oil spray and Panko bread crumbs. Core your apples, then thinly slice them and mix the slices with apple pie spice, corn starch, and a little water. You can add a tiny bit of sugar as well if you'd like. Add the mixture to the pie pan and press down flat. Sprinkle more bread crumbs mixed with apple pie spice on the top of your apples, then bake at 350 (covered with foil) for one hour. Remove the foil for the last 15 minutes of baking time. Serve hot. 
 
Sliced apples and plain yogurt with honey - This is one of my favorite snacks! Place a scoop of plain, nonfat Greek or Icelandic yogurt on a plate. Drizzle with honey. Garnish with sliced apples that are dipped in lemon juice.

Apple butterfly - Core and slice an apple and coat it with lemon juice and apple pie spice. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, then dab a bit of whipped cream on a plate in a line. Arrange the apple slices like butterfly wings on both sides of it and sprinkle with toasted nuts. You can also use plain yogurt in place of the whipped cream.
 
Apple Torte - Make the batter for half of a boxed yellow cake mix, reserving the other half for later. Spray a baking pan with oil spray and then dust with flour. Place the cake batter in the bottom of the pan (it should only be about ½ inch thick). Top the batter with a few sliced apples mixed with apple pie spice or cardamom, then put the whole pan in the oven a bake at 350 until the cake is done, about 30 minutes.

Apples poached in tea. Peel two apples; cut them in half and remove their cores. Poach them in tea until they are fork tender, then allow them to cool in the tea. Experiment with green tea, green tea with macha powder, raspberry tea, or black tea. You can also add orange zest and spices. Serve warm, with the tea on the side.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Shopping List for Quick Meals

School has started and we are gearing our lives towards more of a routine.   Parents are in need of easy meals that can be prepared quickly.  Quick meals start with having basic ingredients on hand.  Below is a list of basic ingredient to have on hand to prepare quick nutritious meals.  Save money by purchasing extra when they are on sale.  Every family has favorite recipes so adapt the list with the ingredients for your favorites.



Saturday, August 26, 2017

Save $100 In 30 Days


Join the eXtension Military Families Learning Network’s Personal Finance team in making small daily deposits that add up to $100 in just 30 days!

Sign up by September 1st to participate in the month-long challenge and you’ll receive the daily savings chart and weekly newsletters with savings messages, savings resources, and reminders for upcoming Challenge events scheduled for September.

We’ll be hosting weekly check-ins on Facebook Live (
www.facebook.com/MFLNPersonalFinance/) that will offer encouragement, an opportunity to share your success stories, and tips for making the savings goals a breeze!

So sign up, and encourage friends and family to join you!

Register and find more information about the Challenge here:
militaryfamilies.extension.org/2016/06/21/30-days-of-saving/

Join us and get started saving!