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.
When my husband and I first started dating, the mess at his place really annoyed me. He wasn’t sloppy or dirty – he just stacked and stored old Nintendo systems and video games everywhere. The scene seemed a little ridiculous, but he had quite a little business going. He’d buy “broken” Nintendos and games on eBay, fix them, clean them up, and re-post them for a decent profit.
From his Nintendo venture, I learned plenty of good tips for selling items on eBay. I also learned quite a bit about what not to do from the people he was buying from. Using these tricks, I have been able to maximize my own profits on eBay.
During a recent get-together with some friends, the topic of how much we all budget for buying groceries came up in conversation. Since I had started dabbling in extreme couponing, I recently adjusted my grocery budget from $400 a month to $250 a month. My friends were surprised at my lofty goal and felt in a way that it was unreasonable, although not necessarily unattainable.
After having that conversation, I began thinking about my budget caps, not just for groceries, but for all of my expense categories and how I determined the dollar amounts that I was willing to spend for each.
Kids’ birthday parties seem a lot more elaborate now than they did when we were growing up. Parents are renting out bounce houses and ponies, and they’re transforming their homes into fantasy worlds. But when it comes down to it, kids just want to have fun, and it’s not necessary for parents to go all out for kids to have a good birthday party.
So how do you host a birthday party for your child without disappointing them and without breaking the bank?
Consider these tips to cut costs from your kid’s birthday budget as well as some fun game ideas to try out.
While many people may not agree on musical tastes and favorite instruments, I think it’s safe to say that most still have a strong affinity for music, in some capacity – even if it’s just browsing free music listening and sharing websites.
It’s human nature to enjoy sounds coming together harmoniously, and further, music is actually good for you. Learning to express yourself musically can increase brain development, improve memorization, develop fine motor skills, and enhance problem solving skills. Music benefits the young and old alike.
When my husband and I celebrated our first Valentine’s Day together as a new couple, he was two hours late for our date. I was annoyed, until he finally showed up at my door with a homemade Oreo cheesecake – the same dessert we had shared on our first date together. I thought, “how sweet, original, and romantic!” while he thought “how inexpensive!”
I met a good friend for coffee at a book store not too long ago. As we were waiting for our drinks, my friend saw a display for an e-reader and said to me, “I don’t understand what the deal is with all these book reading things.” I nearly died laughing because of the way she said it, but at the time, I completely agreed with her. Why would I pay at least a hundred dollars for an electronic contraption, that I then have to purchase books for, when I could get an actual book from the library for free?
In the past, I always thought of Valentine’s Day as a holiday that celebrated romantic love. Fancy dinners at expensive restaurants, jewelry and diamond rings, chocolates, flowers, and proposals are the things that came to my mind. However, as I’ve gotten older, I have realized that it’s not just about romantic love. Valentine’s Day is about all of the forms of love you share with your family, friends, and humanity.
This year, instead of Valentine’s Day being all about me and my husband, I am going to celebrate and honor all those I cherish in my life.
Growing up with a “frugal” father, I have many winter memories of being huddled around the kerosene heater trying to get as warm as possible before sprinting toward my bedroom and diving under 8 layers of blankets in order to stay warm at night. Dad refused to set the thermostat higher than 66 degrees, even when there were 4 feet of snow on the ground outside.
I swore when I had a house of my own, I’d always keep it at a comfortable temperature. But with the rising gas prices this year – and a $400 heating bill last month – I finally understand my dad’s stubbornness. In honor of him (and to help you reduce your utility bill), here are 9 tips to keep warm without touching your thermostat this winter.
I have a very interesting layout in my home. It basically consists of one big living room that is opened up to a kitchen and eating area, and a hallway with three rooms and a bathroom attached to it. I’ve never really seen a home like it before, and it is part of the reason why we love it so much.
However, having a home that consists of one big room is not very practical once you throw some furniture into the mix. We struggle with how to split up the space while encouraging flow between the areas.
It’s January – which means it’s time to start working on getting a summer job or internship, especially if you’re currently a college student.
That’s right. If you’re planning on scoring a temporary job this year to gain some experience, now is the time to get started on the process. And the process, from the moment you decide that you want or need a summer job to the moment you accept an offer, can be stressful and challenging.
By starting early and following these 10 steps, you can greatly increase your chances of landing the perfect internship.
I’m really fascinated by birth stories. It’s absolutely exciting to hear how a baby enters the world and all the circumstances surrounding the event. While I’ve heard some great stories, the most interesting ones involve home births. I’m intrigued by the concept, but I’m also a little hesitant to pursue such an endeavor myself.
All of that aside, another thing I often wonder about home births is whether or not they are cost effective. Even without taking birth location into account, having children takes financial consideration. After all, you’ll want to plan for the best time to have a baby.
It has been really difficult lately for many people to make ends meet, and this is especially true for one-income families. Many families are confronted with a family member unexpectedly losing a job and going through unemployment. On the other hand, others deliberately choose to be a one-income family because it is the best decision for them overall, despite the financial challenges. I, for example, have recently quit my job to be a stay at home mom. Whatever the reason, making ends meet on one income isn’t easy.
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