Friday, December 4, 2020

How To Save Money During The Busiest Time Of The Year


People tend to spend a lot of money when it comes to the holiday season. Of course, it's more about giving than receiving, so you want to provide the people you care about the kind of gifts that will make their holiday even more special! And so when you aren't spending this season, you can also save. Here are some of the top ways to save money during the busiest time of the year and how to achieve them.

D.I.Y. Decorations

You don't need to buy brand new decorations every year. A fun craft to take on is to make some D.I.Y. decorations to use around the house. It's a great way to bring the family together as well as tap into your creative side while stuck indoors. Anything has value if it's made with effort and love! 

Sharing Food

Instead of cooking all the meals for the upcoming holidays, try participating in a safe food exchange with some friends and family. Plan who will cook what and then leave the food you made at their doorstep to make holiday meals just a little bit easier. It's a great way to give back to those you love while still remembering social distancing. Who will cook what this year!

Save Money On Property Taxes

As we enter the holiday season and the new year, your property taxes' future can be less of a burden for you. As the leader in property tax challenges, the staff at P.T.R.C., Inc. is dedicated to assuring that our clients pay the lowest possible property tax as required by law. We have successfully challenged property taxes since 1990.

Our clients benefit directly from the close working relationships we have established with the assessing units throughout the years! Contact us today to get started and see the difference we can make for your property taxes.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Other Ways To Save Money On Black Friday


When you can’t go out to get some Black Friday shopping done, know that there are still plenty of ways to save money. Not only do these help you for that specific Friday, they can also be applied to the rest of the year. And you can’t argue that saving money is a great thing! When it comes to making sure you don’t have to empty out your wallet in order to get good deals and gifts this year, we’ve got some great ways to save. 

Lower Your Energy Bills

Your home ends up costing you a lot of money when it comes to your energy consumption. If you want to start saving on these bills, start getting into little energy saving routines. This includes turning off the lights in rooms no one is occupying. Make that extra effort to turn off holiday lights when they don’t need to be on as well. Also, make sure you check your HVAC system and that it’s working properly. If it is running smoothly, then it won’t cause an extra dent on your energy bills.

Online Shopping

Keep an eye out for stores that are doing special online deals this year. You can still save money on holiday gifts, even if you aren’t shopping in person! This is usually more known as Cyber Monday, however many businesses might be making exceptions. Keep track of your lists and order well before the deals end so that you don’t miss out on them.

Lower Your Property Taxes

What better way to save money than to have your property taxes lowered? Here at P.T.R.C., Inc. we want to help you, and we’re dedicated to assuring that our clients pay the lowest possible property tax as required by law. We have worked with both homeowners and taxing authorities with an unsurpassed ability to communicate, facilitate and achieve great success in the assessment challenge process.

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you:

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

DIY Thanksgiving Table Decorations


It’s almost that time of the year again, when cooking is made ten times more stressful than usual! Whenever Thanksgiving rolls around, it’s easy to focus so much on the food that you forget the aesthetic of the dining area. Since dinner this year will be more limited when it comes to guests, you can still make the day special with a picture perfect table. Here is our DIY guide for you:

Napkin Rings

There’s no better way to make your plates look fancy than with some nice, decorative napkin rings. You can make your own with fall themed material at your local craft store, or buy some custom made ones online. Either way, it’s a great upgrade to just placing your napkins to the right of your plate and calling it a day.

Tiny Fall Decorations

Make your own pumpkins and autumn themed table decorations and fill the gaps of your table to make the most of your holiday treats. Not only will they be picture perfect, but it’s a great way to remind everyone that we have the little things to be thankful for. Head over to your local craft store to start putting together some tiny trinkets.

Make Your Food Pretty

From beautiful cheese boards to mouth watering desserts, if you put a little extra care into how your dishes look this year they can make your table look amazing. Yes, we’re saying the food itself counts as a decoration. Go with fall designs or neat arrangements and your guests will feel like they are sitting at a professional Thanksgiving table. Don’t forget to add your own flare and personality to each bite.

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Friday, November 6, 2020

How To Make Your Home Feel Warmer When Temperatures Drop


Sometimes turning up the heat in your home isn’t enough to combat those extremely cold nights in winter. With the new season coming along soon, it might take a few extra steps to keep you and the family warm this year. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with some great tips to make your home feel warmer in lieu of temperatures dropping.

Blankets o’Plenty

There’s truly no such thing as too many blankets. They can be used in every room and to keep you nice and warm on those extra chilly days. A home without any extra blankets is a home not ready for winter! Personalize them to every room and change the sizes depending on who plans on using them.

Lighting Ambiance

Sometimes just simply lighting up the fireplace or adding a few candles throughout is enough to add some extra warmth to your home. On extra cold nights, you can cuddle up next to the fireplace and enjoy the heat as it comes through. There’s nothing quite like sitting by the fire on a cool autumn or winter night.

Warm Foods

If it’s extra cold outside, might as well warm up your stomach inside. It’s the season of soups and warm drinks, so make sure you are cooking up a few yummy warm foods when you’re in need of extra heat. Even just using your stove can add that extra bit of warmth to your home, too. Tea, hot chocolate, or your favorite soup flavor will all do. Whip something up, grab a blanket, and sit by the fireplace. Make enough to share with the whole family as well!

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Where To Celebrate The Last Month Of Autumn On Long Island


Now that October is over and November has arrived, many people may have doubts that there’s much to do around Long Island for the rest of autumn. There’s still plenty to do, however, not relating to December holidays! If you’re not ready to let go of fall just yet, we have some of the best recommendations for Long Islanders for this last month of autumn.

Winery Visits

Depending on the place, a lot of wineries are actually still open during the beginning of this month. Some great spots out east will provide you with full tastings and new wines to try along with the upcoming holidays. Make sure you call ahead of time and make a reservation, as there are probably limited seatings and tasting opportunities. However, many of these spots are safe for visitors! 

Last Minute Apple Fill

Not only are wineries an option during this month, but also hard cider and other apple fun products. There are many spots that have hard cider tastings as well as treats such as donuts and pies. Either way, it’s a nice way to spend your day out east and enjoy the cool weather.

Museum Visits

There’s a lot of history on Long Island, many that we can experience through the immersion of the museums throughout! Make sure to call ahead of time and check availability, but you can never go wrong with a visit to some famous locations for a day. Our history dates back so far, there will be plenty to choose from for you and the kids to enjoy.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Top 5 Most Clever Halloween Treats


Sometimes half the fun in Halloween can be the special treats you make for the occasion! From healthy-fun options to baking some yummy goodies, there are plenty of recipes for families to recreate this year. We have some easy to make treats that will surely be a hit in your house:

Mummy Pretzels

These savory and sweet treats are easy to make and fun to eat! The ingredients you need are:

  • A package of large pretzel rods
  • White chocolate melts
  • Candy eyes

Melt your white chocolate according to the package and spread out your pretzel sticks evenly on wax paper or a cooking sheet. Using a utensil, create lines using the chocolate all along the pretzel stick until it looks like it’s a mummy all wrapped up. Add the candy eyes near the top and enjoy!

Dirt Pudding

Sounds gross, but trust us when we say this is such a classic and fun chocolate treat! You’ll need:

  • Chocolate pudding
  • Gummy worms 
  • Sandwich cookies

Separate your chocolate pudding into clear cups and fill them about halfway up. Add some gummy worms in the middle of your pudding as you're filling the cup. Then, using a plastic bag, crush up your oreos until they are smooth and have a dirt-like consistency. Add this to the top of your pudding cup and place more gummy worms on top-- and tada!

Ghost Brownies

This easy to bake snack will be all your family can talk about this weekend! You’ll need to get:

  • Brownie mix (or ingredients to make your own homemade brownies)
  • Marshmallows
  • White chocolate melts
  • Black icing

Bake up your brownies and let them cool for a few minutes before adding the rest of your ingredients. Then, on top of each brownie, place a marshmallow. Melt your chocolate melts according to the package instructions and pour this over the marshmallows. Wait for it to dry and then use your black icing to add two eyes and a mouth to your ghost and you’re all done!

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Friday, October 23, 2020

A Guide To Carving Pumpkins


Nothing screams Halloween like good ol’ fashion pumpkin carving! Anyone new to this spooktacular arts and crafts project will need a thorough step-by-step guide. Sometimes even professional pumpkin carvers need a refresh after a year off. So, if you’re planning on setting up some cute Halloween decorations this year, we have your full guide to carving pumpkins.

Step 1: Get your pumpkin

Picking out the perfect pumpkin for carving means you should keep an eye out for ones with more rounded, smooth surfaces. It will make it easier for you to neatly pull off your design ideas! 

Step 2: Invest in pumpkin carving kit

If you want to make things quicker and more precise, those pumpkin carving kits will work perfectly. They come with tools for the job, such as scoopers and carving tools. You won’t regret it!

Step 3: Pick your design

Are you looking to make a spooky scary type of pumpkin? Or are you leaning more towards something cute and simple? Either way, you should plan out your design ahead of time. Don’t wait until the last minute, and then mess up your carving because you weren’t prepared! 

Step 4: Print out your design

What some people do instead of free-handing their picture is they print it out and place it on the pumpkin to help guide them while they carve. The picture will tell you where to cut and how many details you will need. 

Step 5: Stay safe and have fun!

Remember to be careful while using any carving tools, and to never let children carve pumpkins without a parent present. If someone needs help, lend them a hand! And if someone is too young to handle the tools, painting your pumpkins is always a great idea! It’s a fun project for any family or friends to participate in to celebrate Halloween. Add your candle inside, decorate your home, and take pride in your creation!

We can’t wait to see your pumpkin designs!

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