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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.

9 Tips For Families Living on One Income

By Casey Slide

Making Your Dollars Stretch In A One Income FamilyIt 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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3 Things with Lower Prices this Year and 3 Best Ways to Save Money

By Casey Slide

Price Decreases in 2011Many goods are slated to increase in price in 2011, such as gasoline, grains, chocolate, and even fast food! It has been frustrating and a little depressing to read these economic predictions.

However, there is good news: some things are actually expected to decrease in price. This is especially useful if you are one of the many people who made the New Year’s resolutions to spend less and save in 2011.

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5 Benefits of Having & Owning a Dog – Can It Save You Money and Your Health?

By Casey Slide

dog money in mouthMy husband and I were joking around the other day that we could save money on our water bill by letting our dogs lick our plates clean when we were done eating. While I certainly do not want my dogs finishing my dinner, it got me thinking about the many ways that our dogs do save us money.

I can’t say that we definitely save more than we spend, because dogs are expensive (although there are still ways to save money on pets). For instance, there’s the cost of buying or adopting a pet, feeding healthy dog food, grooming, toys and health care fees at the vet, just for starters. However, the potential for savings is more than meets the eye.

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8 Reasons Why I Love My Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Recipes & Meals

By Casey Slide

Easy, flexible, convenient, delicious crock-pot mealsIf you could only have one small kitchen appliance, which one would you choose? Perhaps it would be the toaster oven, an electric can opener, or maybe a microwave? There are probably some appliances you could live without.

What about a Crock-Pot? I don’t know what I’d do without mine. Honestly, some days I feel as though my family wouldn’t eat if it weren’t for the Crock-Pot. It’s truly a lifesaver.

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8 Important Reasons Why You Should Always Carry Cash With You

By Casey Slide

Carry Cash Money in WalletMy parents live in Florida, and whenever I visit, my dad always asks me if I have any cash on me. It’s not that he needs to borrow some; it’s quite the opposite. My dad firmly believes in carrying cash in case of the unexpected. In response, 9 times out of 10, I tell my dad that I do not have any cash. He usually slips me a twenty dollar bill.

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What is Stewardship? – How To Live A Lifestyle of Charitable Giving

By Casey Slide

Stewardship - Giving LifestyleWhen I moved to Atlanta and started going to my current church, I wanted to get involved by joining a ministry. As it so happened, they were holding a ministry fair, and I decided to check it out. I walked around and looked at all the booths to see where I would best fit. I passed the choir booth, but I couldn’t sing. I passed the quilting booth, but I couldn’t sew. Around and around I went, but I didn’t really feel like there was a place for me.

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Top 8 New Year’s Resolution Tips & Ideas – And How to Actually Keep Them This Year

By Casey Slide

Tips To Keep Your New Year's ResolutionWhen I went to college at the University of Florida, it was super trendy to go jogging. It seemed to be the standard hobby of everyone I knew, except for myself. At the time, I didn’t exercise, with the exception of walking to class. But because I constantly saw runners around me, the wheels in my head began to turn, and I realized that I really was not in shape. I desired to be healthy, and I wanted to participate in the campus culture. So for my 2002 New Year’s resolution, I decided to start running.

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10 Fun & Frugal Christmas Games and Activities for Kids, Adults and Parties

By Casey Slide

Fun and Frugal Christmas Activity for KidsEvery family has special holiday traditions. When I was growing up, we always had a lot of family around, so our Christmas holidays were very busy. My husband’s family was very different because they did not spend the holiday with extended family. My mother-in-law has told me that it was important for her to come up with ways to keep her kids occupied on Christmas day. She stretched meals and other activities in order to create a special Christmas day for her family.

Whether your holiday is almost fully planned, or you are still working to develop some of your own family traditions, here are 10 fun activities for Christmas day.

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5 Ways to Say No to Friends and Stay Within Your Budget

By Casey Slide

say no guyIt has always been a challenge for me to stick to my budget in December. Not because of Christmas and presents and holiday travel, but because everyone I know seems to want to get together this time of year. And when people want to get together, it usually means spending money to go out to eat.

I’m planning on traveling to visit my family in Florida, and I already have dinner plans for several nights in my 10-day trip. As much as I hate to do it, if I want to stay on budget, I simply cannot accept any more invitations to meet up for dinner this month.

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Last-Minute Holiday Travel Tips & Safety Guide For Your Family

By Casey Slide

car driving in snowAlong with the joy and festivities of the Christmas season comes much holiday stress, especially when holiday travel is involved. Whether you’re flying, driving, or traveling by bus or train, there is a lot of prep work that goes into your trip. And on top of that, there’s the worry of leaving your home unattended while you are away and the concern for your safety while you’re traveling.

To make your holiday travel preparations smoother and less stressful, use this checklist to ensure that you have made all the necessary arrangements for yourself, your home, and your family before taking off. That way you can have a pleasant, less nerve-racking trip.

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Teaching Kids About Money – Should You Be Honest About A Difficult Financial Situation?

By Casey Slide

teaching kids about moneyMany families are being hit hard by the recent economic recession, and will likely celebrate Christmas a little less extravagantly than usual as a result. This might mean making cheap homemade Christmas decorations and ornaments or buying dollar store items, using more frugal Christmas holiday gift ideas, and starting Christmas shopping early to save money and reduce holiday stress.

You may be able to relate. Perhaps your kids are expecting the normal mounds of presents on Christmas day, but this year, it’s just not in the budget.

So what are you to do? Certainly you can’t disappoint the kids, but at the same time you can’t afford to live beyond your means either.

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How To Make An Efficient Weekly House Cleaning Schedule Template & Checklist Chart

By Casey Slide

house cleaning coupleA few weeks ago, I had some friends over for lunch. I hadn’t cleaned my house in weeks so before they arrived, I had to go into mad dash cleaning mode. For about three hours my husband and I were running around like chickens with our heads cut off dusting everything in sight. Our friends wouldn’t have judged us on the cleanliness of our home (they may not even have noticed), but you don’t want guests to have to experience – or witness – your messiness.

For me, this was the last straw. Tired of playing catch-up with my cleaning, I decided to make a proper cleaning schedule.

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5 Ways to Prevent and Avoid Child Identity Theft – Protection For Your Kids

By Casey Slide

Protect Children From Identity TheftI remember when I was in my early teen years getting a phone call from a “credit card company.” They told me that my mom had told them that she wanted me to open a credit card account and that I was to give them my Social Security number. My first thought was that it seemed strange that my mom would want me to get a credit card, but I was young and impressionable so I bought it hook, line, and sinker. Lucky for me, I had no clue what my Social Security number was so I said that they would have to call my mom and get it from her.

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10 Creative, Thrifty Ways to Recycle & Reuse Household Items

By Casey Slide

man draw ways to recycleMy husband and I really enjoy learning new ways to reuse things around the house. We try to be creative and innovative in our ongoing efforts to reuse, and also have fun with it.

Here’s why we do it, and 10 easy ways you too can start using less, and reusing more:

Why Reuse?

Saves Money
This is obvious, but keep in mind that how much you save depends on what you are reusing, and how consistent you are with it. Some projects may only save you a few dollars a month. The key to more substantial savings is to reuse several things and stick with it. The savings will add up.

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7 Costs of Homeschooling – Home School Curriculum, Programs & Books

By Casey Slide

Homeschool CostsMy child has not turned one yet, but my husband and I say it is never too early to start thinking about his education. This includes everything from his primary schooling to budgeting for a 529 college savings plan. One option that we have been considering is homeschooling. The main reason it appeals to us is because it puts us, and not the government, in control of our child’s education. However, one of our concerns is how much it costs to homeschool. Homeschool supplies and curriculum costs are just the beginning, and we have discovered hidden costs as well.

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