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5 tips to celebrate Cinco de Mayo during these times

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in many parts of the world, especially in the United States. And as we understand that during these hard times of the pandemic, it could be a little bit difficult to think about how to celebrate; that is why we are giving you 5 easy tips to kick off your own fiesta!

1. Learning the history of Cinco de Mayo 

Cinco de Mayo sometimes gets mistaken for being the Mexican Independence Day, but in reality that is on September 16th. The Cinco de Mayo celebration is to commemorate the Battle of Puebla where the Mexican Army won the victory against the French Empire in 1862. This celebration became really important in the United States because it is the main day we celebrate the Mexican-American traditions.

2. DIY Piñata

A fun way to share some family time during the weekend, is with a DIY piñata! They are very easy to create and you might have most of the materials at home. To make your piñata you will be needing the following material:

  • Newspaper (strips of approx 3″ by 3″) 
  • Flour Paste (approx. 1 part flour to 2 parts water)  
  • PVA Glue 
  • Large Round Balloon 
  • Paper Fringe Garlands

Check out how to create them on this easy DIY blog.

3. Enjoy Some Mexican Food

Another part of this celebration and that we all enjoy the most is the food. Here are some options to order take out and delivery in the Fort Worth area during these times and some even have specials. Check them out!

  • Joe T. Garcia’s has their special curbside pickup menu, do not hesitate to try those delicious nachos and guacamole during this day.
  • Chimy’s Cerveceria offers to-go family fajita packs for only $12 USD per person. P.S. They also have margarita delivery.
  •  Uncle Julio’s offers takeout, a great option for your family of 4 or more with their special fajitas package.
  • Meso Maya is open in two main locations and you can add to any of your meals a margarita kit for only $8 USD.

Be on the lockout for your favorite restaurant as they might have some options for you and do not forget to support local.

4. Virtual parties with friends and family

Technology has been big to help us connect with our loved ones when they are far away. But during this pandemic we have learned to use it for a variety of purposes. We cannot think of a better way than to schedule a virtual party to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your friends and/or family. We recommend using Zoom or Google Hangouts to have free video calls, you can even play games and have a round of margaritas (or five). The plus part, there is no drinking and driving 😉

5. Mexican Music

And lastly to have the best party ever, you can’t forget the music! On Spotify and YouTube you can find free available options to listen to some regional songs. There are even playlists called Cinco de Mayo where you can find some Mariachi songs and the famous Jarabe Tapatio dance from Guadalajara. Do not miss having them at your party.

There are many ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo from the comfort of your own home while staying safe. So do not hesitate to follow these tips and do not forget we gotcha’ covered!  

5 Tips to Avoid Vehicle Break-Ins

 

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There’s nothing worse than returning to your car from shopping and discovering you’ve been robbed. People tend to leave their valuables unattended while away from their vehicle, which poses a serious risk and attracts suspicious characters. Studies show that over 1.5 million people experience car thefts every year, but fortunately there are ways to avoid becoming part of that statistic. Here are 5 tips to prevent a vehicle break in!

Lock your Doors – Even though this may seem like obvious advice, it really is the best way to ensure your vehicle’s safety. Even if you’re just running inside a store for a quick errand, it’s important to always lock your doors, roll your windows up and setting on your car alarm. Leaving a window cracked or your door unlocked may disable the pressure system in some car alarms, so be smart and remember to lock up!

Hide your Valuables – Laptops, cellphones, purses and shopping bags are some of the key items that thieves target when looking inside of your car. The easiest way to prevent this from happening is to keep your car clean and making sure you hide all of your valuables under the seat, in the trunk or in your console. Getting your windows tinted can also help thwart burglars who attempt to peer inside of your vehicle.

Park for Visibility – Parking in a busy, well-lit area is a great way to prohibit any strange characters from lurking around your vehicle. With witnesses and cameras all around, it will make it nearly impossible for a thief to successfully break into your car. Make sure that you avoid concealment from foliage, larger vehicles and fences, as well, in order to maximize public visibility.

Get a Detachable Stereo – One of the most common items stolen in vehicular thefts is the car stereo. Most newer car models today have on board computers with built in radios, but if you have an old fashioned radio, it may be time to upgrade. Detachable radios are small, easy to install and take out, so you can carry it with you no matter where you go!

Strengthen your Security – Besides a door and window lock, there are a ton of additional add-ons and components you can invest in to help boost your car’s security. Warning devices such as alarms, wheel decals, immobilizers and tracking systems can add an additional layer to your defenses and will make a burglar’s job more difficult.

Before putting these helpful tips to good use, make sure that you’re covered. Give us at call at 1-800-Thanks-Al to make sure that your auto insurance policy is update to date and you’ve got the best rate and coverage possible!

7 Ways to Save on Auto Insurance

 

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Thanks to vacations and activities for your kids, it’s easy to lose track of your finances and drain a hole in your bank account during the summer. A quick and easy way for you to save money is to reevaluate your Texas auto insurance policy. By looking at different savings options you can find yourself with some extra cash in your pocket the next time your premium is due!

Examine your Car – Do you own an older car that isn’t worth much? Make sure you’re not overpaying for comprehensive coverage on a car that isn’t worth the price to replace it. If you have an extra old vehicle just sitting around in your driveway or one that you rarely drive, you can pay for a liability only insurance policy and save money.

Check your Car’s Safety Features – If you drive a smaller car that thrives on safety or a car with added safety features like extra airbags or an anti-theft system, you can find a lower insurance premium.

How Much Do you Drive?– Is your commute to work short and you don’t drive much during your free time? Lower mileage vehicles are much cheaper to cover – by reporting your low mileage habits you can save some money on your insurance policy.

Take a Defensive Driving Class – Insurance customers who have taken a defensive driving course can qualify for extra discounts on their policy and are smiled upon by insurance companies for taking safe driving seriously.

Be a Smart & Safe Driver– Don’t speed, avoid tickets, be alert and watch out for dangerous situations. By avoiding moving violations and accidents you can automatically save on your policy. Safe drivers cost the company less and they pass those savings directly onto their customers.

Ask about Discounts– Insurance companies offer discounts for things that you do in your everyday life; owning a home, living in a safe neighborhood, getting good grades, having a good credit score. Make sure you ask your agent to explore every possible option for current discounts you can take advantage of.

Shop Around For Insurance Deals! – Talk to your independent agent today so they can shop your rate around and find you the best deal. This is a quick and easy process and you will find that by looking at your options you can save money. Just give us a call at 1-800-Thanks-Al to make sure that your auto insurance policy is up to date and you’ve got the best rate and coverage possible!