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15 Thanksgiving Memes to Help Make Turkey Season Feel Bright

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What is a meme?

Merriam Webster’s Dictonary defines a meme as, “an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture” or “ an amusing or interesting item (such as a captioned picture or video) or genre of items that is spread widely online especially through social media.”

Basically, a meme is a form of reference humor using captioned pictures and short videos. Memes are generally found online and on social media platforms.

The Thanksgiving holiday is largely based around getting together with lots of relatives and being grateful for family and loved ones. But sometimes family members can be difficult to be around, causing drama and stress during these big family get togethers. Relatives aside, Thanksgiving can also be stressful because of all there is to do! There’s so much cooking and cleaning involved in this kitchen and food centric holiday.

Whether you need a break from people or from the dishes some well deserved meme scrolling can really get you laughing and ease tension. And who knows! Maybe you’ll be able to share a meme or two.

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There are a lot of article options out there when you want some holiday themed memes to laugh at. But a lot of them are riddled with ads that distract from the great comedy genius that is today’s meme culture. Do you want a clean list of memes without all the ads getting in the way? Then look no further. Scroll our favorites list of Thanksgiving memes and enjoy!

1. Early Christmas Ads are the WORST!

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There’s nothing worse than early Christmas ads distracting you from the fun of Thanksgiving. Go away Christmas ads! It is not yet your time.






















2. Stay in Your Lane Santa!

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Seriously though, why can’t Christmas just stay in its own month?! But hey, at least the early Christmas hype makes for some hilarious internet jokes.

3. Like an Unloved Cat

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Sometimes Thanksgiving probably feels so unloved by us compared to how much we love Christmas. How tragic.


















4. Instagram Turkey Mistakes

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Posting your Thanksgiving roast turkey on Instagram may seem like a great idea, but when you get your many posts that day confused, it can leave your followers feeling a little worried for your dog.




















5. Thanksgiving Ruins Your Diet

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There’s kind of no avoiding it. Thanksgiving can really put a wrench in your dieting and health goals. But it’s ok! You can get back up on your feet for a couple more weeks before Christmas rolls around to ruin your diet all over again.

6. Thanksgiving with Darth Vader

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Have you ever wondered what thanksgiving might be like at Darth Vader’s house? Neither have I! But now we know I guess.

7. Batman after Thanksgiving Dinner

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Everybody puts on a few pounds after feasting on Thanksgiving dinner, even Batman! Though it probably makes Batman look a lot cooler than it makes us look.




















8. Don’t Look the Dishes in the Eye

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The guy checking out another girl, otherwise known as the distracted boyfriend meme is a classic and is made even more funny when you see him actually avoiding distraction. I guess we all don’t like to notice the pile of dirty dishes in the sink after Thanksgiving, even distractable boyfriends.

9. Starving Students

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Thanksgiving comes just in time for starving students everywhere to fill up and hoard up on leftovers.






















10. Brace Yourself!

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One thing we all know about Thanksgiving is that no matter how much we eat on Thanksgiving day, there will always be mountains of food left over to tide us over in the oncoming week.

11. Chillin Turkey

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Whether you’re a beginner chef yourself, or a long time pro, I’m sure you’ll find the humor in this great turkey day meme.


















12. Missing Family Members

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Thanksgiving is about being together, so when family members can’t make it to Thanksgiving dinner it can be really sad. This family found a clever and amusing solution to their missing family member problem.




















13. Cats are Total Derps

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A lot of us are also going to be spending Thanksgiving with our pets! Owners of derpy cats who just want to share some of the roasted turkey will appreciate this irony.
















14. Finals Week is Nigh

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It’s a shame that Thanksgiving break is so close to students’ finals week because who’s going to actually study while you’re home for Thanksgiving? Nobody.






















15. Poor Turkeys

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Poor turkeys were almost the most important bird in America. Well, I guess they still are.


















Words of Wisdom from Joey

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We hear you Joey, it’s not time for words, it’s time for turkey! Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be too stressful. There are lots of things out there that can help make it easier, whether it’s a memes that gives you a good laugh, or a simplified personal loan to help pay for groceries or plane tickets.

 

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Read more of Check City’s helpful Thanksgiving articles:

When is Thanksgiving this Year?

Save Money Food Shopping This Thanksgiving

4 Great Thanksgiving Service Ideas


Today’s Amazon Daily Deals!

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There are lots of great deals you can take advantage of every single day, with Amazon’s Daily Deals! You won’t believe some of the great things you can find. Every Tuesday we highlight some of our favorite Amazon Daily Deal buys. Here are some of our top picks from today:

*The prices shown below are the sale prices listed at the time of posting.

Robot Vacuum Cleaner

 
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Current Sale Price: $95.93
Originally: $165.99
You Save: $70.06! (42% off)

Let’s be honest, everybody wants a robot vacuum cleaner. With a robot vacuum, you won’t have to vacuum your carpets or sweep your hard floors ever again! This Coredy brand vacuum even comes with a pet filter.

Echo Wall Clock

 
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Current Sale Price: $24.99
Originally: $29.99
You Save: $5.00! (17% off)

Yet another great Amazon device! Amazon Echo now has a sleek wall clock that’s compatible with Alexa. You can set timers using Alexa, and she’ll show you the timer on your wall clock, so you can now see how much time you have left instead of just waiting for Alexa to let you know the timer is done.

Weighted Blanket

 
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Current Sale Price: $47.92
Originally: $69.90
You Save: $21.98! (31% off)

Weighted blankets have been proven to help you sleep better and reduce anxiety. But all that extra weight can make these blankets cost a little more than the average blanket. If you’ve been wanting the calming help of a weighted blanket in your life, this deal is for you. It also comes with different colors and patterns to choose from, and weight options from 5lbs to 30lbs.

Portable LED Camping Lantern

 
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Current Sale Price: $14.44

The Odoland portable LED camping lantern isn’t just a great light source, it can also easily hook onto the ceiling of your tent, and it has a built in fan to keep you cool when the wilderness nights are warm.

Amazon Cloud Security Camera

 
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Current Sale Price: $89.99
Originally: $119.99
You Save: $30.00! (25% off)

Keep your home and loved ones safe and secure with the Amazon Security Camera. The Amazon Cloud Camera is a great way to always keep a good eye on your home. It comes with night vision and two-way audio.

Reusable Collapsible Straws

 
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Current Sale Price: $13.99

You don’t have to be panicked about the planet to see the value of these travel friendly, compact straws. They can clip easily onto your bags and this pack comes with 2 straws, and a straw cleaner. Never be without a straw again while showing a little extra friendliness to the planet with these convenient collapsible straws.



Sometimes deals and sales are the way that we get things we really need. You may especially depend on sales when you’re in college, or just starting out on your own, or in a new place. So when you find something you really need on sale, and payday is just a couple days too late, that can be really frustrating. Luckily Check City can help you out with a quick and easy Payday Loan so that you can take advantage of important deals regardless of when your payday comes.
 
Share with us what deals you snagged today by using the hashtags #amazondailydeals #checkcity

How to Set Goals

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We all make goals and we make them for many reasons. They can help us be productive in both our personal and professional lives. But if you don’t know the key aspects of goal making than your efforts can seem pointless. By taking into mind the following key components of goal setting, you can successfully accomplish all your goals.

  1. Make the Main Goal
  2. Find the Goal’s Purpose
  3. Make a Detailed Plan
  4. Measure the Results
  5. Reward Yourself

Why Make Goals?

Goals are how you decide to do something and the plan you take to achieve it. Goals consist of long term and short term goals. Sometimes your goal is a big picture, far in the future kind of goal, and other times your goal is closer to the present. Sometimes long term and short term goals can be seen as main goals and sub goals that lead you to your ultimate goal.
For instance, maybe you want to start a successful business, having a successful business would be your long term or ultimate goal. All of the tasks and accomplishments that are necessary for you to get to your ultimate goal are the short term goals or subtasks or steps necessary to achieve the main objective. One of those short term goals might be getting the papers for your business in order.
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Different Kinds of Goals

Goals don’t just have to be professional. You can make fun goals too! There are lots of formal, professional, and serious goals we need to make throughout our lives, but there are personal and fun goals we can be making along the way as well. Make goals for your more professional and serious successes, but set goals for yourself as well, like to get out every Friday, or to save up for a vacation this summer. You’ll also want to be making financial goals, like to save up for a new car, or spend less on entertainment this month. If you ever need help reaching your financial goals and getting back on track you can take out a personal loan at Check City.

  • Professional Goals (goals about work, or your own professional endeavors, hobbies, or talents)
  • Fun Personal Goals (goal to save up for vacation this summer)
  • Serious Personal Goals (goals to better your physical or mental health)
  • Financial Goals

What are SMART Goals?

SMART goals stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. It is an acronym that describes the kind of goals you want to make. You want the goals you make to be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.
 
Don’t just make a blanket goal to lose weight, make a specific goal to lose 10 pounds.
Utilize a scale to measure your progress.
Plan to achieve your goal by formulating a new plan for your meals and exercise.
Make a plan to lose weight because this goal is relevant to your life, and will give you tangible health benefits.
Give yourself a timeline by planning dates for weigh-ins, with specific weight goals for each weigh-in date.

1. Make the Main Goal

Don’t have too many goals at one time. This may be difficult if you are creating a business, but that is why hiring dependable employees and delegating effectively and communicating well with each other is so important, especially in the beginning. If any one person in your project has too many goals they need to achieve they can have trouble focusing and end up not accomplishing anything very well. So delegate goals so that each person can have the most focus possible for their manageable set of goals. That way, each goal gets accomplished on time, and in the best way, done all the way and not incomplete or done poorly.

2. Find the Goal’s Purpose

Every goal needs a clear sense of purpose. You need to have a specific objective in order to effectively motivate yourself to achieve this goal. Yes you may want to have a successful business but why? Think about your reasons and write these down. Many successful businesses today made it big because they had a clear motivation behind all they do, and a lot of them end up sharing this in their company’s origination stories or in their company motto.

3. Make a Detailed Plan

When planning your goals you’ll want to list out a series of steps or subtasks, or sub-goals that are going to get you to your main goal. You want these steps to be very specific things you can really do. Be detailed so nothing important falls by the wayside. For instance, only saying “make print ads” may not be helpful. You also need to plan out how you’re going to make them, when they are due, and where they’re going to get posted, and who is in charge of getting the permissions to post them at each location. Right all these things out, plan out the times, the places, and the people involved.

4. Measure the Results

Keep track of how you’re doing. If the steps you have in your plan aren’t giving measurable results than you can change your plan.

5. Reward Yourself

Sometimes an extra motivator or benefit is helpful when reaching your goals. In life we always like to have good things to look forward to, so feel free to reward yourself when you reach your goals. There are many healthy ways you can reward yourself. You can reward yourself with food, like a celebratory dinner, or a favorite dessert. You can also reward yourself by going shopping and buying yourself a gift. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. Activities like fun outings, a movie or spa night, can also be great ways to reward yourself for achieving something.
 
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Create a Goal Workspace

It can also help to have a place where you write all these things down. Some even find it helpful to hang up your planned goals where you can see them every day. It can also help to place your plans in the most relevant place. For example, if your goal is about losing weight it would make sense to keep your goal chart in the kitchen, or near your treadmill. If your goal is about work then you’ll want to keep your goal chart in your workspace.

  • Put your goals on a calendar. With a calendar you can easily outline the dates of your plan.
  • Put your goals on a template, or chart. With a chart you can keep track of your progress levels and check off items once you’ve finished sub-goals.
  • Use an app. There are countless apps out there to help you track your habits and reach your aspirations. Here are some of the best goal setting apps:

Daylio is a great app for journaling and tracking your moods. It is also one of the most customizable apps, and allows you to track anything you want. It has a pleasing design, icons, and color palettes.
Loop is another great app for tracking. With Loop you can easily see all your goals and their progress in one place.
ATracker has some nice calendar and task features.
TickTick is a great goal app for groups or partners. You can sync and share tasks and goals with other people. There’s also a function to help you focus on certain tasks.
 
In some ways, goals are how we live our lives. It’s how we make decisions and enact change. Knowing how to properly set goals can help you level up in your personal and professional life. As Les Brown once said, “Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.”


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Learn more about setting goals by reading, “How to Set Goals the Easy Way.”
 
Read more about SMART goals and how this acronym applies to your personal life by reading, “Personal Goal Setting: Planning to Live Your Life Your Way.”

Make Your Own Adventure Club and Get Outside!

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As a kid you were probably forced outdoors at some point during the day to play outside and get your energy out. You probably noticed as you got older that now, if you want to get outside time you have to provide it for yourself. And if you live in an apartment or the city you may not be able to get quality outdoors time just by going into your backyard. If you live in the city you might have to plan your outdoor time even more as you coordinate trips to local outdoor hot spots. Getting yourself out in nature might be easier if you form a like-minded group to get you going. With the steps and tips below you can make your own Adventure Club and explore nature with your friends!

Why Going Outside is Good for You

Get vitamin D. You can actually get vitamin D from sun exposure. Vitamin D is very important to our health and it doesn’t always come in abundance in the foods we eat. One of the best ways to get your daily dose of Vitamin D is through being outside in the sunshine. It can help you have strong bones and protect you from certain diseases and ailments. Improves your immune system.
Opportunity to exercise. Unless you’re sitting in a chair it’s hard not to exercise at least a little whenever you go outside. And every ounce of exercise contributes to your overall health! Even a short stroll outside can do wonders for your physical health.
Elevate your mood. A lot of things about being outside can give your mood a healthy boost. The light, the sun, the fresh air, or the flowers and trees can help you feel a little better about the world if you give them the chance. But there are also studies to support this idea. The National Institute of Health (NIH) found in a study of theirs that just walking outside for a bit each day boosts creativity by 81%. Who knows what creative potential you might unleash just by getting yourself outside a little each day!
Good for children. Studies show that being outdoors helps kids focus better. Spending at least an hour outside every day can increase their focus, overall wellbeing, and help them get better grades.
It can be easy to let kids go run around outside and get all the exercise and vitamin D they need, but as we get older it can become harder to find time to get outside. One way to make getting outside easier is to give your outdoor time some kind of purpose.

  • Exercise outside.
  • Go for a daily stroll at the same time.
  • Get outdoor furniture. Once you have some place to set up camp outside, it can be easier to take things you normally do indoors, outdoors while you soak up some sunshine.
  • Make your outside time a group activity by creating your own outdoors club!

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What Kind of Outdoor Club Do You Want to Do?

There are many things to do outside and everyone has different interests. Some people really like swimming, or hiking, or kayaking. What outdoor activities most interest you? These are the things you’ll want to incorporate in the purpose of your outdoors club. Having a clear purpose for your club will help a lot once you start bringing other people into the group and involving them in planning.
You can focus on one thing. You can make it a club all about just one thing you know you like to do:

  • Skiing
  • Hiking
  • A sport
  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • Backpacking
  • Running
  • Kayaking
  • Biking

Or you can involve many outdoor activities. Instead of making a hiking group, you can decide to make an adventure club! That way you can plan activities around all things adventuresome.

Whatever the purpose of your outdoor club, you’ll also want to keep in mind who you want to invite to the group and the level of difficulty everyone will be ok with. For instance, hikes and trails are often ranked by difficulty. They can be considered easy, moderate, or hard. So while you are deciding your club’s purpose remember to also consider the level of experience and difficulty you want to involve, and remember to disclose these things to those you invite to the group.

Who Do You Want in the Group?

Outdoor groups can be for all groups of people! You can make no restrictions about who can join the club, or you can decide to make your group exclusive in some way. For example, if you’re a dad looking to bond with your kids through fishing, you might make a fishing club specifically for dads and their kids. You can also restrict the group to certain age groups, like if you’re interested in getting to know more people your age.

Logistics

The last thing you’ll want to figure out before publishing your new group is all the logistics. Below are a couple questions to consider and make decisions about before going live with your new club idea.

  • How are people going to get places?
  • How are you going to get equipment?
  • How will your group stay in contact?

Maybe you’ll expect everyone to use their own cars and equipment to get places, or maybe you’ll want to talk to local rental places for any equipment your group might need. You can also keep in contact with your group in many ways. If you all know each other you can simply create a group text message. Or you can make a Facebook group, or use other messaging apps like Slack, or GroupMe. There are almost infinite options nowadays for where to keep your group’s base of operations.
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Now that you have your group all set up you can start reaching out for people to start joining. One great way to get members is to create a public Facebook group online. You can also try inviting some people you know and ask them to bring a member or two of their own.

You can also make flyers to hang up around town to meet new people! A flyer doesn’t have to be complicated, just make sure it has all the information they’ll need.

Fun Ideas

There are endless ways you can really have fun with getting more involved in your community and getting to know new people through starting a club like this.

  • Bring snacks.
  • Have a group potluck event.
  • Be educational. You can make a presentation about outdoor etiquette, safety, or hire a trial guide to teach your group about different plants you come across during your hike.
  • Do volunteer work every other month. You can volunteer to clean up a place you visit.
  • Make a website, a blog, or social media accounts for your group and post about the trips and activities you do!

Other Good Ideas

  • Have regular meetings.
  • Assign responsibilities to different people. You can nominate different group members to be the President, Vice President, Trip Coordinator, Treasurer, or Social Media Manager.
  • Fundraise for your trips. You can have a group yard sale or bake off to save up money for your bigger trips or activities. Sometimes your outdoor adventures are going to require fast funds while you’re in between paychecks. If your Adventure group finds itself short on cash, you can always get a payday loan or a personal loan from Check City and pay it back when you return from your trip.

Getting yourself outside is important. The great outdoors are meant to be appreciated and can shower you with mental and physical benefits. You don’t have to go through the trouble of making an outdoor club to get outside, but it can help motivate you to make going outside more of a habit, and who knows! You might just make some great new friends along the way.


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Read all about vitamin D and it’s health benefits.
 
Check out another Check City Blog article, “Getting Outside This Spring” to learn some other great ways to get outdoors more often!
 
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Budgeting in 4 Easy Steps

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No matter your financial situation in life, everyone needs a budget. With a budget you can plan for needed expenses and prepare for the things you want. In fact, the most simple budget only needs a couple lists, a calculator, and some goals. Below are the the main points our post will go over to help you set up your budget:
 

 
Budgets are an important tool in anyone’s financial arsenal. Budgets can help you organize your needed expenses, like rent and bills, prepare for emergencies and get ready for whatever your future might hold. By knowing how to budget you can learn to stop living paycheck to paycheck and start building up your savings. it can help you save up for big expenses or future life events like a wedding, starting a family, buying a car or a house or moving to a new state.

Budgeting can also help you save for retirement, something else that even younger people just starting out on their own sometimes forget to think about but should. But most of all a it can grant you financial power and freedom and help you provide for your wants and needs. But for those just starting out on their own especially, it can be hard to know where to begin.

There are several key elements you’ll need to include in your budget. You need to think about all your necessary expenses and plan them out accordingly so you are aware of how much of your monthly income you need to spend each month no matter what. Then you’ll have to think about unnecessary expenses. This is where you have the most freedom to plan out the numbers and make adjustments.
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How to Budget

There are many ways to budget and there is a lot of advice out there in the financial spheres about how to do it. You can also choose to plan for certain events by making a specific wedding budget, or for major purchases like car payments. But if you’re making a simple budget for yourself, then the main thing you’ll want to decide first is whether you want to make a monthly or yearly budget. Most people like to create a yearly one to get a general big picture view of their financial goals and future plans. But, a monthly one is more helpful for everyday use. We’re going to try and condense all that down to the bare bones minimum of what every smart budget needs.

#1: List your monthly income

List out all your forms of income. This would include the paychecks from your job, but also any extra money you make from any of your side hustles. Here is also where you can decide whether you want to organize your finances for gross income or net income.

Gross income is simpler and easier to calculate. You just need to know how much you get paid and use that money for your calculations.

Net income isn’t as simple to figure out but there are advantages to using it. You figure out your net income by looking up what the income tax is in your state, and taking out that percentage from your gross income. Using net income instead of gross income is perhaps better because it more realistically reflects what you will actually receive from your paycheck.

#2: List your fixed expenses

After you have all your sources of income written down you’ll want to form another list for all your fixed expenses. Fixed expenses are the expenses you have each month that don’t fluctuate in amount. Everyone’s list is going to look different depending on what expenses do and don’t apply to you, but here is an example list of some fixed expenses:

  • Rent or Mortgage: A calculation you’ll want to do when looking at your housing expenses is to check that your total housing expenses aren’t over 28% of your monthly gross income.
  • Insurance
  • Debts: A calculation you’ll want to do when looking at your debts is to check that your total debts aren’t over 36% of your monthly gross income.
  • Loans
  • Student loans
  • Credit card payments
  • Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify
  • Phone bill
  • Medication you pay for each month
  • Child support
  • Education

After you’ve listed all your fixed expenses total the amount, subtract it from your monthly income, and that’s what you have left to spend on varied expenses . . .

#3: Set up your savings

Before we go into varied expenses though, let’s take a moment to think about your savings and retirement. Get a savings account if you don’t have one already, and set aside a portion of what’s left over after fixed expenses. Any amount you can afford to put away into a savings account each month will set you up for success in the long term, even if it’s only 5 to 10 dollars a month.

Aside from general savings and saving for retirement, you also want to set money aside in an emergency fund. It’s recommended that you have at least 3 months worth of your fixed expenses put away into an emergency fund at all times.

Digit is a great app you can use to help you plan and organize all your savings.

#4: List and portion out your varied expenses

Everyone’s list of varied expenses is going to look differently depending on what expenses do and don’t apply to you. Varied expenses are any expenses that are going to fluctuate in amount each month, or are considered more like luxury expenses than needed ones.

Varied expenses are a big reason to do a budget in the first place so that your varied expenses each month don’t overtake your more important fixed expenses and your savings. Here are some examples of varied expenses you might need to consider:

  • Groceries
  • Eating out
  • Entertainment
  • Gas and transportation
  • Recreation
  • Clothes
  • College textbooks

Another way to figure out the reality of what you’re spending on varied expenses is to look at your transaction history for the month and see 1) How much in total you were spending on varied expenses that month, and 2) What those varied expenses were on. Do this for a couple months back to get a more realistic idea of what you are spending on varied expenses each month.

Organizing your varied expenses is where you have the most control over your budget. Whatever is left over after your fixed expenses and your monthly payments to your savings account is what you have to spend on all your other spending for the month.

Here is where you will list out what all those varied expenses might be and portion what you have left in the budget into them. Remember that you don’t necessarily want to portion out 100% of what’s left into these categories so that you can accumulate a comfortable cushion in not just your savings account but your checking account as well.

Budgeting Tips

Invest

Making investments is a great way to beef up your financial portfolio. There are probably a trillion ways to invest, but the idea behind investments is that you put money into something that will give you more money in return later. This is called compounding interest.
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A helpful tip to remember when going into any investment is the rule of 72. This rule means that if you take 72 divided by the interest rate you’ll figure out the estimated number of years it will take for your interest to double your initial investment.

Personal Capital and Acorns are some of the most helpful investing apps you can use to step up your investment game.

Where should I put my budget?

Figuring out where to even put your budget can get complicated. You can use excel or make your own table in Word or Google Docs or any note taking program of your choice. There are also many free budget templates online that you can print out and use. Budget tools are all around if you take the time to look and decide on which ones best suit your needs.

Click here for a free budget worksheet from the Federal Trade Commission.

You can also use budgeting apps to keep track of all your bills, expenses, plans, and goals. Some of these apps even allow you to connect your budget to your financial accounts.

Control your spending

Sometimes it can be difficult to control your varied expenses throughout the month and track your spending. You can make controlling how much you spend each month easier by using a prepaid debit card. With a prepaid debit card you put money on it like a gift card to yourself almost. You can also use a similar method of spending control by just taking money out and only using that cash for your varied expenses each week.

PocketGuard is an app that can help you track your purchases.

Get a Side Gig

Getting an extra source of income can really come in handy. There are a million different kinds of side hustles any ambitious person these days can get into. You can babysit, drive for uber, or sell your own products. The possibilities are endless and it never hurts to have a little extra money each month.

Plan to Decrease Debts

Debt can be a real financial weight on your shoulders, but it can also be a necessary evil in order to get a house, get a car, get through college, and much more. Decreasing the amount of debts you owe can still help alleviate some of that weight and provide more financial comfort and peace of mind.

So it’s important to budget with paying down your debts in mind. You can pay down debts quicker by planning to spend more on that fixed/necessary expenses each month, by spending less on varied expenses, or by getting another job to provide more income to put into your debts each month.
 
Budgeting doesn’t have to be hard. All you really need is 4 lists and a calculator! Everyone should practice using a budget now so that you can control your finances instead of your finances controlling you.


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Check out some of other Check City articles on budgeting:
Budgeting for Dummies
 
What is a Budget?
 
Budgeting Tips You May Not Have Thought of Before
 
3 Simple Tips to Building a Budget
 
Ways to Keep Track of Your Spending

7 Tips for Workplace Wellness

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In order to take good care of your work you first have to take good care of yourself. Taking care of your well-being will not only help you in life, but it will help you in the office as well.

  1. Get Quality Sleep
  2. Fuel Your Body Effectively
  3. Exercise
  4. Prevent Eye Strain
  5. Decorate Your Desk
  6. Learn to Unwind
  7. Have Pursuits Outside of Work

Believe it or not, but even an office job can have its own hazards. You may not think about it but everything from vending machine food and sitting all day can cause serious health problems. But don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to combat these workplace hazards and increase office wellness. This can mainly be done by having a work-life balance. Everyone always seems to be talking about having a good work-life balance, but what does this balance really mean? Ultimately your wellness at work is about taking care of your physical and mental health.
 

Take Care of Your Body

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Get QUALITY Sleep

Sleep is a factor that greatly affects your performance throughout the day as well as your physical and mental well-being. But it isn’t enough to just go to bed and hope for the best. You don’t just want enough sleep you want quality sleep. There are ways you can optimize your sleep so that you are getting the most out of your nights.

Go to bed and wake up at the same time

This will help your body to adjust to a regular schedule. Once your body is used to this schedule falling asleep each night and waking up each morning will become much easier. Set an alarm or reminder for when you need to start getting ready for bed to help you learn to wind down at the same time each night.

Stay hydrated

You actually get dehydrated as you sleep which can cause a dry and hoarse throat in the morning, leg cramps during the night, and an overall lack of quality sleep. You lose hydration in the night through breathing or a dry or warm environment in your bedroom. Another thing that can cause night dehydration is exercising late in the evening. To combat this issue, hydrate yourself well throughout the day, keep a water bottle on your nightstand, and keep your room temperature on the colder side with a humidifier turned on while you sleep.

Fuel Your Body EFFECTIVELY

Your body is like a complicated machine and in order to work at top performance levels and feel its very best your body needs fuel that it can work with. There are a lot of foods out there today that might be quick, easy, and immediately filling, but they won’t provide your insides with the proper nutrients to function at full capacity and eventually you’ll feel this as you feel more and more lethargic throughout the workday. You can fuel your body with a lot of things, but only certain nutrients will give you effective nourishment to give you optimal health and energy.

Eat wholesome meals

Make healthy meals at home and take healthy meals with you to work. Many of your coworkers might be going out to eat every day and though this might be fun in the short term it probably isn’t beneficial in the long term. Healthy homemade lunches will improve your physical wellness and improve your spending! You can also start bringing in healthier treats for your coworkers to help improve workplace wellness as a whole.

Eat wholesome snacks

If your stomach is growling for the majority of the day, you will likely crash before the end. Make sure you have the right nourishment going into your body and it will pay off. Even simple snacks can help keep you going between meals. Nuts, fruits, and cut up vegetables can really give you the energy you need to make it through the day.

Cut down on sugars

One of the biggest issues office workers fight on a typical workday is lethargy. Sugar intake can be one of the major contributing factors to your lethargy. Take note of the sugar content of what you are consuming in a regular day and you’ll see how prevalent this ingredient has become in a lot of our foods.

Then remember, while you pick your foods each day, that each gram of sugar adds to unpleasant feelings like bloating and tiredness. Make sure you take these tips to heart in order to keep your body happy and healthy throughout the workday and throughout your life. You will be grateful when you still have energy after retirement!

Stay hydrated

You would be shocked to know how much staying hydrated can improve your workplace wellness. There is nothing more important than drinking enough water throughout the day. It doesn’t matter whether it is summer or winter, your body is made up mostly of water and you need to continually replenish it. Don’t wait till you are thirsty to start drinking. It is much better to have a set amount that you plan on drinking throughout the day.

In general it is advised that you drink 8 glasses of water a day. It can help to have a designated water bottle that you keep with you throughout the day to drink from. If you have trouble getting yourself to drink enough water each day try drinking with a reusable straw. This can make drinking enough liquids faster and easier. Another thing you can do is put things in your water to make drinking water more fun! You can add cut up fruits and vegetables, mint leaves, and many other things to your water to make staying hydrated healthy, tasty, and fun.

Exercise

Exercise may seem like a dauntingly intense habit to get into, but it’s actually one of the easiest ways to boost your well-being because any amount of it will help. Even if you only go out of your way to exercise 20 minutes on weekdays, that’s still better than no exercise at all.

The average person is advised to get 75 to 150 minutes of physical activity into each week. This averages out to be around 30 minutes a day. Thirty minutes really isn’t asking too much of your time and there are a million ways you can get this 30 minutes of physical activity into your day without having to do crazy intense workout sessions at the gym. You can simply go on a walk, plan a hike for the weekend, go swimming, biking, or take a physical class like dancing or yoga.

Put Exercise on the Agenda

You can implement a routine of exercise into your day before or after work. Getting yourself to exercise will be easier if you schedule it into a specific time of day. In fact, a study found that working out at the same time each day made exercise more effective.

Work Out at Work!

You can also find ways to grab some exercise while you’re at work! There are hundreds of exercises you can do at your desk. Everything from simple stretches to replacing your chair with a stability ball can greatly improve your health.

Whatever you choose to do, change things up and get your body moving as much as possible. By the end of the day when most of your coworkers are crying about sore backs and tired limbs, you will be ready to keep going with your day.

Office Friendly Exercises

  • Practice good posture
  • Leg raises
  • Chair dips
  • Use weights at your desk
  • Ab workouts with your swivel chair, or stability ball
  • Lean on your desk to do planks or pushups
  • Use a standing desk
  • Go for a walk around the building
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator

Prevent Eye Strain

If you work in an office chances are you also get a lot of screen time at work. Staring at screens all day can put a strain on your eyes and even cause headaches and nausea after a while. But you can help prevent eye strain by getting a blue light filter on your screen, or blue light filter glasses to wear at work. It is also a good idea to take a break or two from your screen while at work to give your eyes a rest.
 

Take Care of Your Mind

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Decorate Your Desk

Decorating your desk will make you happier, and liven up your workspace. You can get plants, you can set up some photos, you can decorate with cool looking bulletins and white boards, or splurge on a special mug or thermos just for your desk.

Learn to Unwind

You don’t have to pay for an expensive spa to still have your own personal spa day. There are endless things you can do to unwind and everyone relaxes in different ways. For some people relaxing may include hanging out with friends and going out. For others, relaxing may mean staying home, taking a warm bath, watching TV, or reading a good book. In order to learn how to unwind you need to learn more about yourself and what relaxation techniques work best for you.

  • Learn about mediation
  • Keep a journal
  • go outdoors
  • listen to music
  • have a spa night
  • read a book

Have Pursuits Outside of Work

It will give you a special sense of accomplishment to have your own personal pursuits outside of your job. And if you need help with funds to make your club or go on a weekend getaway you can use a Check City Personal Loan!

  • Volunteer
  • Join a book club
  • Start your own group or club
  • Join a recreational or intermediate sports team
  • Make personal goals
  • Plan vacations and getaways
  • Take a class

Having workplace wellness is all about having a work-life balance. Having a work-life balance is all about taking care of both your body and mind. If you remember these key principles of taking good care of yourself than not only will your life and health improve, but you will actually become more successful and productive at work as well!


READ MORE
Read “Workplace Wellness” from Mental Health America (MHA) to learn more ways you can improve the overall well-being of your employees.

Read an NPR report about how effective wellness programs are in the article, “How Well Do Workplace Wellness Programs Work?

Read an article from Corporate Wellness Magazine called, “What is Workplace Wellness Really? “ to learn more about what workplace wellness means.

For more tips about workplace wellness, see our article, “How to Stay Healthy at Work.”

Cheap Ways to Travel on a Budget

Fall is the best time to travel – as crowds in tourist locations decrease, so do the prices of hotels and plane tickets. Because everyone is headed back to school, if you have time to kick back and relax, take advantage of it now. Here are a few cheap ways to travel on your next trip.

Kayak.com

One of the best cheap ways to travel is to plan ahead and pit competing hotels and airlines against eachother. One of the best places to do this easily is Kayak.com. There are a few different places you can go to online to find competing prices for plane tickets – that is, if you aren’t loyal to a particular airline. However, while Priceline gets most of the attention, Kayak is actually the most reliable and informative.

Search for the cheapest tickets from one city to another, with multiple airlines, airports, days, times, and prices. You can adjust your preferences to find the perfect flight, even if you’re looking for a flight that makes a 5 hour layover in a specific city. Not only will Kayak find it for you, but it will give you the best price around.

Explore Feature

If you want to get out of town but you don’t have a particular place in mind to go to, think of your budget and go to the Explore feature on Kayak.com. This feature allows you to see the cheapest flights from your location to different airports around the world. If you’re on a tight budget and you don’t know where to go, the explore feature allows you to just choose the cheapest ticket it can find.

Airbnb.com

Once you get to your vacation destination, it may be difficult to find a cheap place to stay. Hotels are expensive, and sometimes they are out of the way and not very accommodating. So another cheap way to travel is by skipping the hotel altogether and using a site called Airbnb. Airbnb is a website that allows smaller bed-and-breakfast-type locations to show their accommodations and rates. Choose from a private house, apartment, room, or a shared space. Find the option that is best for your budget, as well as the best location and near the necessary transportation you need.

Hostels

One cheap option that you won’t see on Airbnb is a hostel. Some people automatically rule this option out, because they want more privacy. However, hostels actually do offer smaller and private rooms for decent rates. Often they are in much better locations in large cities than small bed and breakfasts on Airbnb. They also usually offer free wi-fi and continental breakfast in the morning.

Compare Prices

When you’re going on vacation, compile lists of all the options you have to choose from. Compare total prices for each destination flight fare, housing accommodations, and additional transportation, as well as must-see tourist sights. Create a spreadsheet to keep track of prices and links to specific flights and lodgings. You may even be able to plan multiple vacations at one time.

Though vacations are fun, they are always better if you plan ahead. Be sure you check the weather before you leave in order to ensure that you pack appropriate clothing. And the trick is, do not overpack!

The 6 Best Las Vegas Magic Shows

Las Vegas isn’t just about gambling anymore! Since the very beginning of Las Vegas, headlining acts have played the grand casinos. From Frank Sinatra to Elvis, big-named-stars have traditionally been a draw to the city. As the city has changed, the shows have diversified, and Vegas has become a magnet for talent of all kinds. In fact, magic shows are now a popular draw to Las Vegas, and here are 6 of the best:

1.David Copperfield

When it comes to classic Las Vegas Magic Shows David Copperfield is a one-of-a-kind magician, as well as one of the most celebrated magicians of our time. In fact, he was named Magician of the Century and Magician of the Millennium! Some of the awards and recognition David Copperfield has amassed are:

  • First living illusionist to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Named a Living Legend by the United States Library of Congress
  • Knighted by the French Government
  • Has a postage stamp in six different countries
  • Has won 21 Emmy Awards
  • 11 Guinness World Records
  • Has sold more tickets than any other solo performer, including Sinatra and Elvis!
  • Makes the impossible look downright simple!

David Copperfield is currently performing his show An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion at the MGM Grand Hotel. You’ll have the chance to be astounded by Copperfield’s signature Grand Illusions.

2.Criss Angel; Believe from Cirque du Soleil

Criss Angel brings his unique brand of magical shock and awe to thrill Las Vegas magic show audiences. Criss has redefined not only Las Vegas magic, but magic in general in the ten years he has been practicing. He is not just a magician, he is a visionary, who destroys the conventional and shatters expectations. His hugely successful TV show MindFreak introduced Criss to American audiences. Criss is now starring in BeLIEve in the Luxor theater at the Luxor Hotel Casino. He has invited Cirque du Soleil to help create the mood and elevate the mosaic that is Criss Angel!

3.Jan Rouven

Jan Rouven is a lesser known name when it comes to Las Vegas magic shows but he has definitely made his mark by bringing his death-defying illusionist show to the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. He mixes traditional illusions with a modern twist. His unique use of power drills and jet engines keep the audience on the edge of their seats! The illusions are so real, and disturbing, he has been named The Man with Nine Lives!

4.Mac King

Mac King has been named the Magician of the Year by the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Mac’s show blends humor and magic and has been named the 6th best show in all of Las Vegas. He has appeared on Letterman, TV specials and written a best-selling book. Mac’s show has been named a Don’t Miss by Fodor’s guide.

5.Nathan Burton

Nathan Burton produces a family show at the Saxe Theater inside Planet Hollywood at the beautiful Flamingo Hotel. Nathan gained national exposure on season one of NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2012. Nathan Burton is truly an American Original illusionist.

6.Paranormal – The Mindreading Magic Show

International mentalist Frederic da Silva brings his unique talents to Las Vegas audiences. Frederic’s psychic ability will astound and amaze you as he predicts what’s in your pockets, or figuring out what you’ve been visualizing. Frederic’s show at Bally’s will astound and amaze! With Frederic’s mind-bending show, you’ll experience an afternoon of hypnosis and mind-reading you’ll never forget!

Financial Tips for your Vegas Trip!

Las Vegas is not just about gambling anymore. When you tire of gambling, or need a break from the slots, take time out to see one of the classic Las Vegas magic shows we’ve listed above. Las Vegas offers a magic show for every viewer, from David Copperfield’s theatrics to Criss Angel’s mind-blowing magic. Las Vegas has the magic show for you!

Remember that if you need some quick cash before you head to any of these magic shows that you can stop by any of our Check City Las Vegas payday loan locations!

Do you have a personal favorite Las Vegas magic show? Let us know what it is in the comments below.

What to do in Las Vegas: 12 Awesome Activities Off the Beaten Path

Whatever the reason you have come to Vegas, you have come and now it is time to have some fun. Of course, going to a casino, making bets, drinking, and touring the Strip are old classics that –like most classics – never get old. But there is so much more to do and experience in Las Vegas! There are interesting things to see, fun things to do, and so much to experience. Why not start your new Las Vegas experience today by trying some of the following:

1. BBQ at Ellis Island

The BBQ at Ellis Island in Vegas is the stuff of legend and is reason enough to visit this casino. The table games don’t open till 3:00 p.m. but the beer is brewed on site, and the BBQ may just be the best on the strip. If you love BBQ then this is one of the best things to do in Las Vegas!

2. Level 107 Lounge at Stratosphere

The view from the 107 Level Lounge in the stratosphere is amazing, and as the name implies it is 107 floors up. The view is simultaneously breathtaking and a bit nerve wracking. To get the full effect you will have to walk around a little, but it is worth it. If an epic Happy Hour is on your Las Vegas to do list take advantage of some amazing drink and dinner specials at the 107 Lounge.

3. Neon Museum

The Neon Museum is a walk-through of Las Vegas history that stretches across six acres. This museum features dozens of vintage signs and a great visitor center. In fact, the visitor’s center is the restored lobby of the iconic La Concha Motel, a Las Vegas landmark rich in local lore.

4. High Roller Ferris Wheel

The High Roller Ferris Wheel is the tallest observation wheel in the world. It is a fantastically fun, high, and scary ride – a ferris wheel for the brave at heart. (Or, depending on how you look at it, for the insane – either way it provides unparalleled views of Las Vegas.) If getting a bird’s eye view of the city is on your to do list, then the High Roller Ferris Wheel is not only a to do, but a MUST DO!

5. Face a Lion

Come to the Lion Habitat Ranch about a minute away from M Resort’s Buffet. This is where the MGM Grand Lions go when they retire. The keepers treat the lions like family, and it is a fun place to go because of the welcoming and clean environment.

6. See Other Countries in Vegas

You can visit Paris while in Vegas – there’s an Eifel Tower replica at Paris Las Vegas. Want to experience Venice? At the Venetian you can enjoy gondola rides at St. Mark’s Square. You can even see The Big Apple by going to New York New York where you will see recreations of the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, and the Empire State Building.

7. Visit a Museum

Don’t visit Las Vegas without going to the Atomic Testing Museum. The Nevada Test Site was once the country’s principal weapons testing facility – at the museum, you get to see into the state’s history as a nuclear testing zone.

8. Less than $10 Sight Seeing Trip

For your next visit, ride one of the city’s fleet of double-decker buses that peruse the Strip and go all the way downtown. Known as the Deuce, these buses start at $6 for a two hour ride or $8 if you want to go on and off the buses all day.

9. White-Knuckle it on a Stratosphere Ride

The Stratosphere is the tallest building in Nevada, and on the roof of that very very tall building is a couple of rides that are sure to have you screaming for dear life. These thrill rides include: Big Shot, X-Scream, Insanity: The Ride, and SkyJump. You are sure to be white-knuckling it during these tear jerkers.

10. Jumping Fountain at the Bellagio

The Jumping Fountain is a more expensive attraction but it is worth the extra cash. This show comprises more than 70 swimmers, divers, aerialists, contortionists and clowns. All of these people are performing in and around a pool with 1.5 million gallons of water.

11. Drink in a Fascinating Place at The Mermaid Bar & Lounge

The Mermaid Bar & Lounge at Silverton is one of the most extraordinary/interesting places to have a beer. Enjoy watching the silver-finned mermaids swimming around, or hang around the Beatles-themed Revolution at the Mirage.

12. Go Swimming

The Hard Rock’s pool is so much fun. Whether it is you and some friends or you and the family, you can have a great time with the sandy beaches, waterfalls, and swim-up blackjack.

Budgeting Tips for your Las Vegas Experience

As you can see there Las Vegas is a great place to go on vacation, either with a group of adults or with the whole family. Either way, you’ll need to budget it right, or risk spending more money than you should have. If you need some tips on planning the perfect family vacation check out this post and if you find yourself in Las Vegas in need of some quick cash visit any of our Check City Las Vegas locations.

8 Fun Things to do in Vegas for the Family

Looking for things to do in Las Vegas that the whole family will enjoy? Sometimes that task is a little more difficult if you have a family with kids of different ages. And being in Las Vegas, Nevada has most people thinking about slot machines and casinos, not family vacations. But it can be done! It is possible to have a great family vacation while in Las Vegas without ever stepping foot in a casino (or at least the gambling portion).

Whether you have toddlers or teenagers, they are sure to enjoy the many family fun activities available to do in Las Vegas; here are just a few:

1. M&M’s World

If you have a sweet tooth, one of the best things to do in Las Vegas is visit M&M’s World. The very first M&M’s World to ever open was in 1997 right in Las Vegas in the Showcase mall next to the MGM Grand. It is a four-story building with a gift shop on the first floor where you can find customized souvenirs like key chains, mugs, etc. (Can’t find your name? don’t worry you can customize your own ID tag.)
The second floor is full of candy dispensers; there is a whole wall that is actually called “the rainbow wall” featuring 22 different M&M colors. The third floor has collector’s items and the fourth floor has luggage and home décor. This is a great place to take the kids, especially if your family is a fan of M&Ms.

2. A Gondola Ride at the Venetian

The Venetian is so many things and has so many things to do; it is a hotel, a restaurant, a casino, and much more. One of the most family-friendly things about the Venetian is the Gondola rides. These rides can be indoor or outdoor, and they make you feel like you are really in Venice as you lounge about and take in the beautiful scenery all around you while your Gondolier serenades you and your family.

3. The Tournament of Kings at the Excalibur

One of the most fun things to do in Las Vegas is go back in time! If your kids love a good show take them to the Tournament of Kings at the Excalibur. This is the most popular Las Vegas dinner shows, complete with dancing maidens, fireworks, food, invading armies, jousting, and so much more. It is a non-stop medieval experience, and your family will love every minute of it.

4. Shark Reef Aquarium of Mandalay Bay

Do your kids enjoy seeing sea creatures up close that they would normally only see in movies? Going snorkeling off the coast to see fish and sharks is just not possible to do every summer, and so going to the Shark Reef Aquarium of Mandalay Bay could be the next best thing! This is an awesome aquarium that features more than 2,000 watery animals. They even have sharks, crocodiles and a Komodo dragon.

5. Fountains of Bellagio

Want something fun to do in Las Vegas that wont cost you an arm and a leg? Then look no further than the Fountains of Bellagio. A wonderful and free display that combines water, lights and music for a show unlike anything else you have ever seen. Missed the show? Don’t worry, it happens multiple times per day. Just come back an hour or two later.

6. Las Vegas Natural History Museum

Still looking for something fun yet affordable? Try the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. This museum is just a few miles away from the Strip and features lifelike replicas of dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, and other (now extinct) animals from pre-history.

7. Ethel M Chocolate Factory

Learn about how chocolate is made and get a sneak peak at what happens behind-the-scenes at a beautiful chocolate factory. Kids will especially love this stop on the tour because of the free chocolate samples.

8. Adventuredome at Circus Circus

The Adventuredome at Circus Circus is the largest indoor theme park in the world, showcasing bumper cars, clown shows, a roller coaster ride that shoots you along at 55 mph, and so much more. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind Vegas icon on your family adventure!

Resources for Planning Your Next Family Vacation to Vegas!

These are just a few of the many things to do in Las Vegas as a family while you vacation or are traveling through Las Vegas. Remember to be careful though, a lot of the fun shows and things that happen on the Strip are not appropriate for all ages. Also, if you find yourself in need of some quick cash or just need something simple like a check cashed before you go to a show, Check City can help. Here is a list of all our Check City Nevada locations to help you out.

What are some of your favorite Things to Do in Las Vegas? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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