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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.

How to Deal with a Lying Spouse – Financial Infidelity in Marriage

By Casey Slide

woman lying moneyIn a recent survey, 31% of women and 27% of men admitted to lying to their spouse about money. It seems that lying about money in marriage is epidemic these days.

Many people find themselves telling little white lies until those start to snowball into larger ones, and soon all trust is lost. Considering the numbers, it’s no wonder that money is the number one cause of divorce.

But there are things you can do to prevent this problem from spreading to your marriage. The first step is to understand why people lie about money.

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28 High School Prom Planning Ideas to Save Money

By Casey Slide

prom girl parentsFor most young high school girls, prom is a very important event, and everything has to be perfect - from the outfit to the arrival.

Unfortunately for parents, making prom perfect isn’t cheap. Even a fairly modest prom can cost upwards of several hundred dollars. If you don’t have that kind of cash, don’t worry. Slashing the costs doesn’t mean that you have to dash your daughter’s dreams for the night. You can easily trim the budget without it being obvious that you’ve done so, as long as you know where to cut costs.

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20 Ways to Get Cheap Professional Wedding Photographers & Videographers on a Budget

By Casey Slide

wedding photographer brideMy wedding photographers captured the memories of my wedding day perfectly. They understood what kind of photographs I wanted, and because of that, we were able to work well together during the wedding planning, the wedding itself, and the picture ordering process. I had a great time working with the team, and they did a wonderful job with my photos.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the same experience with my wedding videographer. In order to save some money, my husband and I avoided hiring a professional. Instead, we asked a friend’s parent to tape the ceremony and reception. While there is a rough video of my ceremony, there is no reception video, just background noise. I guess that is the price we paid for giving the video camera to the first person who volunteered!

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10 Ideas to Save on Cheap Wedding Jewelry & Rings for Brides

By Casey Slide

wedding jewelryJewelry may not seem like one of the bigger details of wedding planning. For the bride, her wedding dress, hair style, and makeup all usually take precedence over jewelry.

Still, the bride must wear some jewelry on her big day, and even more crucial are the wedding bands that the bride and groom exchange. When all is said and done, what you are left with after the wedding are two people with rings on their fingers. So wedding jewelry plays an important part, but it’s an area where you can save some money too.

Here are ten ways to save on wedding jewelry.

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Tips for Your Wedding Gift Registry & Etiquette Checklist

By Casey Slide

wedding married coupleYour wedding is one of the few times in your adult life when you can actually pick out the presents that you want people to give you.

It’s great because when you open the fancy coffee maker that grinds its own beans, and say “I love it!” - you actually mean it.

Registering for gifts can be one of the most fun parts of planning a wedding, but it can also be stressful. Here’s a complete guide to making your wedding registry perfect.

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12 Wedding Hair Ideas for Styles, Updos & Accessories on a Budget

By Casey Slide

wedding bride hairAs women, we can be very particular about our hair. We like it cut, colored, and styled to perfection daily. We can spend hours and a mini-fortune caring for it. It’s no wonder that a major element of a bride’s beautification process is styling her hair.

I am always surprised by how much it costs to get hair done at a salon. I have my sister-in-law cut my hair, and I love that she’s so good at it because it saves me hundreds of dollars a year.

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9 Cheap, DIY Wedding Favor Ideas on a Budget

By Casey Slide

wedding favorsThese days, wedding favors aren’t a necessity. I’ve been to plenty of nuptials where I left with nothing but a full belly and a smile on my face. But if you’re determined to give your guests a token of your appreciation, you want to make sure it’s not some cheap trinket that they will throw away as soon as they get back to their hotel room, and you also want to make sure you’re not spending a fortune on these forgettable trinkets.

Here are 9 ideas for memorable wedding favors, that will also save you money.

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How to Do Your Wedding Makeup on a Budget – 10 Tips & Ideas

By Casey Slide

bride makeup selfIn an effort to save money for my wedding, I asked my sister-in-law to apply my make-up. The only problem? I’m a low-maintenance girl, and didn’t own a lot of make-up. So I went to a cosmetics counter and ended up spending more than $200 on new make-up just for my wedding.

The lesson? Make-up application isn’t the only expense when it comes to looking gorgeous for your big day. Sometimes in saving money on the application, you can actually spend more on the make-up itself! Don’t make the same mistake I did. Here are 10 ways to save on both the make-up and the makeover for your wedding:

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15 Cheap Wedding Ceremony Decoration Ideas on a Budget

By Casey Slide

wedding ceremony decorationsI absolutely love to go to weddings that have beautifully decorated ceremonies. Whether it’s in a big, elegant church, or a rustic, old garden, or at a white, sandy beach, the backdrop and decorations of a wedding ceremony can really make a lasting impression. And luckily, a pretty ceremony doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

When it comes to ceremony decorating, less tends to be more. Additionally, you can save some money by being creative and keeping it simple. Here are 15 ideas for decorating your ceremony while sticking to your budget.

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10 Ways to Save Money on Men’s Wedding Tuxedos & Rentals for the Groom

By Casey Slide

wedding groom tuxedoSo often the focus of a wedding is on the bride. Her wedding dress, her hair, her shoes, and her jewelry are often what guests are waiting to catch a glimpse of when she walks down the aisle. And usually, a lot of money is spent on the bride’s beautification in preparation for the big day.

Then you’ve got the groom. No one gets excited before the wedding thinking about what he could possibly be wearing. Most men’s formal wear looks just about the same. So does it make sense to spend big bucks on what guests won’t even notice or appreciate? Are designer duds really worth the extra dough?

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10 Wedding Reception Decoration Ideas on a Budget

By Casey Slide

wedding reception flowersAlthough a wedding is really about the ceremony, for many of your guests, the real wedding begins at the reception (i.e. food + dancing + open bar = serious fun). For the bride and groom, the reception is usually when they get to relax and let loose as well, but the planning of the reception is anything but relaxing, especially if you’re trying to stick to a strict budget.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to save money on fun, elegant, and memorable decor. Here are ten inexpensive wedding reception decoration ideas.

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15 Ways to Buy Cheap Unique Wedding Dresses on a Budget

By Casey Slide

wedding dressOn TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, cameras follow brides as they shop for the perfect wedding dress at one of Manhattan’s most famous and posh bridal boutiques. Thousands of dollars later, they have a white lace, silk, or tulle gown that they will wear for exactly one day.

Think that’s crazy? Yeah, me too.

Fortunately, there are many easy ways to save big bucks on a wedding dress and still look stunning while walking down the aisle. Here are 15 ways to save money on your wedding dress.

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17 Cheap Wedding Flowers Ideas & Arrangements on a Budget

By Casey Slide

wedding flowers bouqetsFlowers can add such beauty to your big wedding day, but they can also add a lot to your expenses!

With so many different uses for flowers in a wedding – the bride’s bouquet, the bridemaids’ bouquets, boutonnieres, various corsages, flower girl peddles, altar arrangements, pew decorations, cake decorations, and reception decor – brides can spend upwards of $10,000 on the flowers alone.

But you can still have a gorgeous wedding, without emptying your wallet. Here are 15 great ideas to save green while buying greenery.

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10 Cheap DIY Wedding Reception Centerpiece Ideas on a Budget

By Casey Slide

wedding centerpiece tableAlthough not the most important element of wedding decorations, wedding reception table centerpieces can be a costly component of your big day. A centerpiece from your local florist could easily cost $200, and if you have 10 tables, that would be a total cost of $2,000!

Alternatively, if you take the other route by making your own, you may save yourself a lot of money, but you may also be spending more time than you’d like arranging flowers.

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10 Ideas to Save Money on Wedding Ceremony & Reception Party Music

By Casey Slide

wedding march violinIt’s amazing how certain tunes are so ingrained into our culture. The Happy Birthday song, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and of course, the wedding march, can all be recognized within a few notes.

“Here comes the bride, all dressed in white…” Boys and girls alike learn that song at a very young age. Amazingly, even the most tone-deaf rendition is recognizable. There’s no hiding the wedding march!

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