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Casey Slide
Casey Slide lives with her husband and baby in Atlanta, GA. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and worked for a prominent hospital in Atlanta. With the birth of Casey’s son in February 2010, she decided to become a stay-at-home mom. Casey’s interests include reading, running, living green, and saving money.

What Is a Hostel – Pros & Cons of Hostels When Traveling Abroad

By Casey Slide

hostel windowsSome years ago I had the opportunity to travel around Europe with some students for three weeks. I visited Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, and France. During my trip, I stayed in a number of dorm-like facilities, known as hostels.

Hostels are one of the most popular types of lodgings in Europe. But before you stay in a hostel for the first time, learn more about some pros and cons of hostels, and tips for staying in them.

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33 Factors for How to Choose a College

By Casey Slide

college campus fallThere are many ways to choose a college. You could choose one based on where you want to live, where your parents went to school, or even where your friends plan to attend. When selecting a school, it’s important to consider various metrics in order to find the college that best suits you and your unique needs.

A metric is a measurement that is used to gauge the quality of an attribute, and essentially tells you if something is good or bad. For example, when you want to know if a movie is worth watching, you may look at movie reviews to see how many stars were given to the movie. The same sort of principle can be used when choosing a college.

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How to Deal with Financial Income Inequality in Marriage

By Casey Slide

couple calculating financesSay, for example, that a married couple makes a total of $100,000 a year. Both spouses work hard for their money, and enjoy spending their discretionary income. But who gets to spend more on discretionary purchases if one spouse makes $30,000 a year, while the other makes $70,000? Can each spouse still respect and love the other, without fostering feelings of guilt and resentment? Yes, but it is not easy. Income inequality in marriages, while common, unfortunately causes unnecessary tension in many relationships.

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Career Advice for Women Looking for Work Life Balance

By Casey Slide

woman careerWomen wear hats. A lot of hats. So many hats, in fact, that one could say that they wear more hats than any other group in society, including ball players and construction workers. Women’s hats include the mom hat, the wife hat, the friend hat, the daughter hat, the sister hat, and the employee hat.

With so many roles that women have to play, the role of career often becomes rushed, half-hearted, or interrupted. Women have so many demands on them that they cannot always live out their dreams in the workplace. Working can become a burden, instead of a way to fulfill ourselves.

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Dating Etiquette and Rules for Women – First & Second Dates

By Casey Slide

dinner date couple womanIt’s been a great night of drinks, dinner, and conversation, but the evening is coming to a close as the bill is finally brought to the table. Questions start to flood your mind: Do I offer to pay? Did I do everything I could have to impress my date? Will there be a second date?

Dates can be stressful, especially first dates, but by following some dating etiquette, a woman can relax and enjoy the experience. Here are some guidelines to help you handle awkward situations involving the bill, and some other general dating advice for women.

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How to Deal with an Overspending Spouse in Marriage

By Casey Slide

couple overspending wifeYou drive a beat up ’95 Honda Civic and your spouse drives a shiny new BMW. You go to the mall and buy what you intended to buy, but your spouse comes home with a few of the latest gadgets and a new pair of shoes. You are working hard to save your pennies, but your spouse is spending cash as if it grew on trees. Does this sound familiar to you? Do you have an overspending spouse?

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15 Characteristics of a Wise Person

By Casey Slide

wise grandfatherProverbs 16:16 states, “How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!”

This is sage advice, but not really a prevailing attitude in today’s culture. Today, we often see people racking up huge bills on their credit cards because they can’t wait to get the latest and greatest products and services. We see people with huge homes and expensive cars, but empty, sad hearts. We see people on the brink of destruction due to bad decisions and bad habits. As the proverb says, wisdom, not wealth, gets you through this life successfully. If you are a wise person, you can wisely manage your finances as well.

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How & Where to Sell Used College Textbooks for Cash

By Casey Slide

sell textbooks onlineWhen I was in college, I never really felt as though I was truly finished with a course until I had sold the textbook. That final action signified that I had completed the class and was ready to move on to the next level. While I always walked away with a little money, I was never able to reach my full earning potential because each time I was in such a rush to get rid of my books so that I could focus on the next semester’s classes.

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How to Split the Bill When Eating Out with Friends

By Casey Slide

eating out friends sushiWhen you dine out with other people, do you pay for your own food and drink, or divide the bill so that everyone makes an equal contribution? Splitting a bill can be a source of conflict among friends, especially if one person is trying to avoid contributing at all. It can be difficult to split bills fairly, without antagonizing anyone in the process.

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12 Ways to Become a Millionaire

By Casey Slide

business man millionaireUnless you win the lottery, have a rich uncle, or are extremely lucky, there is no quick path to becoming a millionaire. A lot of people look for get-rich-quick schemes, but the truth is that they do not really exist.

Becoming a millionaire is a goal that many strive for, but few obtain. This is often because it’s hard to put in the work required or because people aren’t confident they can actually achieve wealth.

However, the average person is indeed able to become a millionaire. However, it will take more work than just winning a scratch ticket!

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How to Refuse Lending Money to Family & Friends

By Casey Slide

man asking for moneyOne of the most awkward things I have ever had to do was to ask a relative for money. I was about to graduate college, broke but debt free, and I desperately needed a car. So I asked a relative to give me a loan.

Yes, it was awkward, and to my surprise, she refused. While I know it was awkward for her too, she refused the loan in a way that made me feel like it was nothing personal. She knew why you should never lend money to friends or family. Instead of simply rejecting my request and leaving me to find an alternative solution on my own, she helped me find a way to afford a car.

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What to Do When a Family Member or Friend Won’t Pay Back a Loan

By Casey Slide

friends fighting moneyHere is a common scenario: a friend asks you for money for the down payment on a car and promises to pay you back as soon as he can. Being the loving and caring friend that you are, you immediately loan the money, confident it will come back in due time. After all, you’ve known your friend for years and trust him, and you wouldn’t expect any less.

But as the months go by, you still don’t see a dime come back. You are nervous about asking for the money, but you really need it back. Yet, you don’t want to harm the relationship.

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Confused About Your Career Path? – 16 Steps to Find the Right Career

By Casey Slide

confused businessmanI had a difficult time choosing a career path in college, and when people heard that I didn’t know what I wanted to do for a living, they would give me advice. Some would say, “What would you do if you didn’t have to worry about money? Turn that into your career.” Others would say, “Pursue a career where you can make the most money from the least amount of work.”

While both of these statements have value, there is a more thorough way to choose a career based on your passions, values, and abilities.

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Envelope Budgeting System – How It Works, Pros & Cons

By Casey Slide

envelope budgeting systemSo you’ve been working to make a budget using tools like Excel or Mint.com and have been diligently putting in all of your income and expenses. Yet every month, it’s the same result: you continue to overspend.

While your efforts to create and maintain a budget are commendable, there is probably nothing that is actually holding you accountable to that budget. There is no reward if you succeed, nor repercussions if you don’t.

So how can you make your budget actually work for you, and how can you hold yourself accountable to it? Try the envelope budgeting system.

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Planning a Wedding on a Budget – 15 Ideas to Get Married for Less

By Casey Slide

married couple greenCurrently, the average cost of a wedding is more than $20,000, making it one of the most expensive life events. In fact, it’s more expensive than the cost of most births (even without insurance), most first cars, home down payments, and funerals. For many students who receive scholarships, even four years of college can cost less than a one-day wedding!

If you don’t have $20,000 to blow, don’t worry. You can still have a stylish, fun, memorable wedding, while saving money at the same time. Here are 15 ways to do just that.

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