1. Trim back the trimmings: Shave calories by going easy when adding nuts, cheese, cream sauces, gravy, butter and whipped cream to dishes.
2. Be a food snob: If you don't love it, don't eat it. Don't feel obligated to sample everything on the buffet. Skip dishes that are available all year long, so you can indulge on holiday favorites.
3. No skipping meals: Keep a normal eating routine by having breakfast, a light lunch and maybe a snack before the big meal.
4. Alternate alcohol with nonalcoholic drinks: Cut your alcohol calories in half by alternating water or seltzer between alcoholic beverages.
5. Skip the appetizers: If you need a little nibble before the meal, go for the veggies, fruit, salsa or a small handful of nuts.
Senate and House Extends Buyer Tax Credit
The Senate and the House has approved an extension of the $8000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers! The legislation also provides an additional $6,500 tax credit for individuals who have owned their home for 5 of the past 8 years when they purchase another property. The legislation extends through June of next year as long as a buyer enters into a binding contract before April 30, 2010. It raises the income ceiling for qualificaiton to $125,000 for individuals and $225,000 for couples.
Lawmakers have stressed that there will be no further extensions of this tax credit. If you are considering a move, this is definitely the time to take action -- low interest rates, reasonable home prices and a lovely tax credit!