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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.

10 Romantic, Memorable, and Affordable Wedding or Dating Anniversary Ideas For Couples

By Casey Slide

Cheap Anniversary DateTime flies when you are having fun – and when you are with the one you love. As the years go by, perhaps your anniversaries begin to sneak up on you, with you and your loved one seemingly always ending up going out to dinner again. Or perhaps the big day comes and goes, and you don’t do anything at all because you are on a tight budget and can’t think of something to do that is celebratory, memorable, and won’t cost a fortune. (Sure, a trip to the wine country sounds perfect; but is it worth refinancing your home and mortgage to finance this?) Well, luckily, you can be both romantic and financially smart.

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Stop Procrastination Help – 13 Tips For How to Overcome & Avoid Chronic Procrastination

By Casey Slide

ProcrastinationI really dislike cleaning. Every day I create a “To Do” list for myself, and every day this list includes cleaning, not because there is always more cleaning to do, but because I can never get myself to do it! I can’t tell you the last time I was able to check that off the list. I will do absolutely everything on that list before I even think about cleaning. Do you think I have a procrastination problem? I admit that I probably do. I also bet that procrastination plays a role in your life as well.

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4 Home Fire Safety & Protection Tips For Alarms, Extinguishers, Drills, and Insurance

By Casey Slide

Be Prepared for a House FireA house fire is one of those things that you think can never happen to you. Unfortunately, they do happen, and we are all at risk of being victim to them. In the US alone, there is a house fire every 87 seconds, which equates to approximately a half million people in the US per year. Chances are fairly slim that it will happen to you, but it is something for which every household should be prepared; you need to protect not only your property, but also your life and the lives of those around you. As we all know, the results of a house fire are devastating due to the loss of assets, memories, and people.

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6 Unique Tips On Where To Find Discount Store and Online Coupons

By Casey Slide

Ways to Find CouponsOne of the most challenging aspects of extreme couponing is finding the coupons. We all know to get the Sunday paper, print coupons online, and to get the coupons off the packaging of previously purchased products. But where else can you look and what else can you do to get valuable coupons? Here are six ideas to help you build up your coupon collection to enable you to save more:

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7 Tips On How To Save Time And Money

By Casey Slide

Time ClockHave you ever heard that time is money? It is so true. The more efficiently you do the things that you need to get done, the more time you have to do the things you want to do, whether that is spending more time with family and friends, developing passive income opportunities, or simply relaxing. Being able to save time will allow you to be less stressed, more confident, more effective, and more in control. When I am inefficient, I feel like life is chaotic, and I become overwhelmed. By applying the following 7 tips, I have been able to get more done more quickly so that I have time to enjoy life more:

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How To Make The Best Gourmet Coffee Recipes At Home

By Casey Slide

Homemade CoffeeThe fall and the holidays tend to be the best time to go out for coffee. The weather starts to get cooler, and there is an exciting spirit in the air. The seasonal coffee flavors are comforting because they remind us of friends, family, and good times: pumpkin, cinnamon and spice, gingerbread, peppermint, and eggnog. It is enjoyable to get all cozy with a warm cup of coffee…until we realize we just paid $4 for something we could have made at home. If you are like me, you probably go out for coffee at least once a week. If you go out once a week for the next 3 months, that is about $50. Personally, I need to save that money and put it towards gifts instead of drinking coffee while I am out shopping for gifts!

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The 6 Best Home Flooring Ideas and Options

By Casey Slide

FlooringRecently, my husband and I were faced with the task of replacing the flooring throughout our home. We had carpet that was 15 years old; it was stained and warn out. After doing a lot of looking around, we opted for laminate wood floors for the kitchen, dining room, living room, foyer, and hallway. Well, as they say, hindsight is 20/20. While the laminate was a great price and looked stylish throughout our home, it is not very practical in all of our rooms. I wish we had really thought more about what was the best type of flooring for each room as opposed to what looked the best.

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Should You Become a One Car Family?

By Casey Slide

One Car in DrivewayOne of the biggest expenses for any family is transportation. It seems that most families own as many cars as there are drivers, or more. For example, I know a couple that own four cars between the two of them. While it seems like it goes without question that you must own a car (unless there is great public transportation around you), do you really need two or three cars in a family? Could you get by with just one?

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4 Homemade and Healthy Baby Food Recipes

By Casey Slide

Baby Food RecipesI recently posted an article about the pros and cons of making homemade baby food. While I personally find it to be time consuming for the most part, there are some really quick and easy recipes that I wanted to share. All of these recipes can be made in batches so that you can store extra servings in ice cube trays in a freezer. I usually serve all of the following recipes mixed with a 1/4 cup of grain, such as rice or oatmeal, in order to make sure the baby is receiving the proper balance of nutrients. Before I get to the recipes, I want to explain the ice cube method that will help you store your food.

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12 Items You Should Buy At The Dollar Store

By Casey Slide

One DollarI’m a big fan of dollar stores. They are small, not overcrowded or overwhelming, and everything is under a buck. There is no need to compare prices of similar items within the store because the pricing is all the same. Life seems simple inside a dollar store. Nowadays, dollar stores have a lot to offer. I am always surprised at the products they have every time I go. Unless you are an extreme couponer, dollar stores are one of the best places to get some really great deals. However, not everything is as great a deal as it might seem. To help simplify things for you, I’ve identified 12 things that are worth buying at the dollar store:

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Budgeting Tips with the 5S System

By Casey Slide

Stacks of organized coinsSeiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu and shitsuke. Sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain. These are the five elements that make up the 5S methodology for workplace organization. Originating in Japan, this methodology organizes a workplace by reducing waste and increasing productivity. Although this process is used mainly in manufacturing, its use is branching out into other industries such as business management and healthcare. It is a way to fine-tune operations by implementing the five “S” words.

So what does this have to do with budgeting? The 5S methodology does not have to be limited to manufacturing or the workplace. You can use it as a process for organizing, cleaning, fine-tuning, and maintaining your personal budget. Follow these five steps to budget with the 5S methodology:

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9 Ways to Buy Vitamins Cheap

By Casey Slide

VitaminsI was looking over my previous month’s expenses the other day, and I noticed that I was spending a ridiculous amount on vitamins. Last month alone I had bought prenatal vitamins, multivitamins, several supplements, and vitamins for my baby, which amounted to over $50. Yikes! I am all about living a healthy lifestyle and being proactive in preventing illness and disease, but $50 in one month seems a little steep.

So I did some research and brainstormed how I could reduce my spending on vitamins yet still receive the nutrients that my family needs, and I figured out a way for me to save approximately $150 per year. Here are 9 ways that you can save money on vitamins:

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The Pros and Cons of Homemade Baby Food

By Casey Slide

Baby FoodI remember being really impressed a few years back when my friend was telling me about how she made her own baby food. She told me how she bought fruits and vegetables, cooked them, pureed them, and froze them in an ice cube tray. It never crossed my mind that someone could make their own baby food. I didn’t have kids at the time, but once I had a baby of my own, I learned how common it was to make baby food at home. I was all excited about doing it, but once I started, I realized that there were some definite downsides as well.

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Save Money By Using Cloth Diapers Instead of Disposables

By Casey Slide

Cloth DiapersIf you are a parent of a baby or toddler, you are probably going through a lot of diapers. It seems by the time you snap up the onesie and take your baby off the changing table, your baby is wet or dirty again. The pile of dirty disposables grows larger and larger, and the amount of cash in your wallet gets smaller and smaller.

One way to keep your carbon footprint smaller and your wallet bigger is to use cloth diapers. Today’s cloth diapers are nothing like what your mom and dad used on you. There are no pins to stick you or the baby, and no confusing folds to learn.

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How I Remodeled My Kitchen for Less Than $1000

By Casey Slide

Kitchen RemodelTwo and a half years ago, my husband and I fell in love with a very simple home. It was incredibly plain, but we saw a lot of potential in it. The kitchen was painfully boring with white counter tops, white cabinets, and cream-colored walls. We needed an update, but we were on a tight budget. After about a year of planning and another few months of work, my husband and I finally got the kitchen we envisioned when we first fell in love with the house…and for less than $1,000! Here are six tips on how we made it a reality that you can apply not only to your kitchen remodel, but to just about any remodel you are considering in your house:

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