Southbrook Apartments & Townhomes
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National American Indian Heritage Month
Nov 4th - Daylight Savings Time Ends. Roll your clock back by 1 hour. New office hours in effect 8:30-5:30 M-F.
Nov 6th - Election Day
Nov 11th - Veterans Day
Nov 22nd - Thanksgiving Day *Office Closed*
Nov 23rd - *Office Closed*
From the Manager's Desk...
A lot to be Thankful for!
Let's give back to the community a little bit this month by dropping off any canned goods or dry goods for Let's Help annual food drive. Your donations may be dropped off here to the office through November 15th. While you're here - be sure to drop your entry form off to be entered to win a Hy-Vee Gift card and FREE cook-book. Winner will be drawn November 16th.
Southbrook Apartments & Townhomes
5201 SW 34th St.
Topeka, KS 66614
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm
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Be Mindful of Noise Levels
In a multifamily environment, you're sharing your space with others. Sometimes when you're in close quarters, noise can travel more than you'd like it to. What seems like a harmless activity can actually carry over to your neighbor's home and interefere wih their daily routines. Here are a few tips to keep your noise levels low and your neighbors happy.
1. Vaccuum and clean during the day when possible.
2. Keep shoes off inside your home.
3. Keep bass levels reduced on your electronics
4. If you plan to have a gathering and expect visitors to your home, notify your neighbors in advance so they know what to expect.
3 tablespoon(s) whole-grain or Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon(s) pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon(s) smoked paprika or ground chipotle pepper (see Tips)
1/4 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper
1/8 teaspoon(s) salt
4 (4 ounces each) skinless, center-cut, wild-caught salmon fillets (see Tips)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray. Combine mustard, maple syrup, paprika (or chipotle), pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Place salmon fillets on the prepared baking sheet. Spread the mustard mixture evenly on the salmon. Roast until just cooked through, 8 to 12 minutes.
5 Holiday Shopping Tips
1. Pay cash. No, that's not hopelessly old-fashioned. Recently I was interviewed on a radio talk show, and the host shared her holiday shopping M.O.: She always pays in cash, preferably $100 bills. "The bank teller always looks at me strangely when I ask for hundreds, but it makes you think twice when you go to buy something," she explains. "You really don't want to break a Benjamin." Her co-host on the show does his holiday shopping with a debit card: "When you're out of money, you're out of money."
2. Get easy gifts out of the way early. I have a friend who sets aside money for cash gifts -- to the paper boy, the babysitter, the hairdresser, the trash collectors, out-of-town nephews -- before Thanksgiving. That way those presents don't have to come out of her December shopping budget.
3. Make a list. Don't dismiss this perennial piece of advice as too simplistic. Writing down which stores you'll visit and which gifts you plan to buy helps focus your shopping excursion and makes the chore more pleasant because you don't get caught up in holiday hysteria. And need I point out that you'll spend less money than if you rush from store to store snapping up "bargains" willy-nilly?
4. Think outside the gift box. Plenty of alternatives are less expensive, and more fun, than buying a gift for every sibling, in-law, niece and nephew. Instead, have a family gift exchange in which you each choose one name and put more thought than money into selecting a single gift.
Our family did this last year, and it was a touching success -- especially when my daughter presented her gift to her grandmother, whose name she had drawn. Unbeknownst to any of us, Claire had put together a photo album of all the grandchildren -- a particularly poignant present because her grandmother suffers from dementia and doesn't always remember the grandkids.
Or buy a single gift for your brother's entire family -- perhaps an "entertainment" basket filled with DVDs, microwave popcorn and gift certificates to the movies. Or for your sister, the new mother, how about an evening out at a restaurant, plus your services as a free babysitter? The best gifts don't cost money.
5. Know thy enemy. If you're going to pay by credit card, use the one with the most favorable terms. That may sound obvious, but many people carry as many as five bank cards in their wallets and don't always know what the interest rate is on each card. Nor do they know that if they exceed their credit limit or pay late their rate could jump to 30% or higher, and they could be slapped with a penalty as high as $39.
Another credit-card trap is two-cycle billing, in which card issuers charge interest on balances you've already paid. In a recent study of credit-card companies by the Government Accountability Office, one-third of those surveyed use this billing method, which works like this: Assume that you start a billing cycle with a zero balance and charge $1,000 on the credit card (not unusual for holiday shoppers). You make a timely payment of $990, and expect to pay interest on the remaining $10. Instead, you're charged interest on the full $1,000. Even though you owed the credit card company only $10 for 30 days or less, the interest charge in this example from the GAO was $11.02. Moral: Read the fine print in your card agreement, and pay your balance in full.
Read more: http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/2006/11/10tips.html#ixzz2B04BDzn8
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