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JAN 2017

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 12.16 39 EAT CHEaP Ashlee Clark Thompson's blog, Ashlee Eats, has a tagline that says it all: "Filet mignon appetite. Dollar-menu budget." Here are five of her recommendations if you want to save money this year but don't want to stop eating out. Chili con frijoles, $6, the Silver Dollar (1761 Frankfort Ave.). is dish (and two other chili choices, including vegetarian) hide near the snacks- and-starters section of the menu. Don't let the placement fool you. Six bucks gets you a big bowl of hearty chili and the proper fixin's — Cheddar cheese, pickled jalapeños, onion and cilantro. The Big Gyro, $5, Jasmin Bakery (off Bardstown Road in Buechel). ink gyros only come on pitas? Jasmin Bakery challenges conventional wisdom by assembling strips of lamb, lettuce, onion, tomato and tzatziki sauce on a fresh, house-made bun. is makes for an easy-to-manage sandwich that will make you question everything you thought you knew about gyros. The Friday Blue Plate Special (grilled cheese panini and tomato bisque soup), $7, the Main Eatery (643 W. Main St.). You know it's Friday when you pass the Main Eatery and the line has extended to the sidewalk. is restaurant's end- of-the-work-week lunch special is a grilled cheese sandwich: a thick layer of Wisconsin whole-milk cheese between two slices of sourdough. Pair it with the tomato bisque soup, and you have a midday meal worth waiting in the cold for. 10-Buck Tuesday entrées, the Village Anchor (11507 Park Road, Anchorage). e Village Anchor is a white-tablecloth kind of establishment on its main level. But down below lies the Sea Hag, the casual dining and bar area. e Sea Hag hosts 10- Buck Tuesday, during which you can order the day's special and your choice of Falls City draft or house red or white wine for $10. e special changes from week to week, but whether it's the meatloaf burger or a bowl of gumbo, it never disappoints. Yellow curry (with chicken), $8, La Que (1019 Bardstown Road). is blink-and-you'll-miss-it spot offers a delicious take on the mild member of the curry family. La Que uses sweet potatoes in its yellow curry instead of the white potatoes you'll find at other restaurants. at sweet, earthy touch makes this dish memorable. "No matter how much money people are bringing in, they often feel like they're not the driver in their money life, that they're not really leading their money life," Carrie VanWinkle says. She's been a financial advisor for five years, as well as an investment coach who helps people with "socially respon- sive investing," like where to invest with the environment — or what- ever issue they find important — in mind. "For younger people — 35 and younger — student-loan debt is a big one. Credit-card debt is a big challenge for people. And then you combine that with everything else going on in their money life, and it feels overwhelming. Like, 'How will I ever get out of this?' And some people in their 40s, 50s and even 60s, one of their big overwhelming goals is retirement, where they're feeling like, 'is feels impossible!'" So what steps can we take to stuff some money into that cushion? VanWinkle says it depends on context and circumstance, but, in general, figure out "your why" for saving, and find ways to remind yourself of it. "I've encouraged clients to create a visual reminder of why they're saving, and then put it somewhere they see it every day, on their refrigerator, on their bathroom mirror," she says. A friend of hers needed $10,000 to adopt a child, and it felt unattainable. She and her husband made a thermometer graphic with their goal at the top, hung it in the kitchen and marked their progress every day. "For them, it really connected powerfully to their why, and it also was a practice they had to help them stay en- gaged," VanWinkle says. Stay-at-home mom Bethany Hayes says simple steps like calling around to get new rates on services like internet every few months can save plenty. e 28-year-old also clips coupons and uses coupon apps like Ibotta to keep some green. She says she and her husband are working toward keeping three to six months of their income in reserve. "Hopefully nobody loses their job," she says, "but if that happens, this makes things much easier." She spends $50 to $60 at the grocery store each week, which somehow feeds her and her three young children breakfast and lunch, plus dinner when her husband, a police officer, makes it home. Occasional- ly, she takes a day off from cooking and goes out, but even then she has frugality on her mind. "Every day of the week you can find a place with a free kid's meal," she says. "Texas Roadhouse does 99-cent kid's meals on Mondays. McAlister's Deli has free kid's meals Monday through ursday. O'Charley's has free kid's meals every day. So there's always some place to go." — Dylon Jones

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