Marianne Hayes is a longtime freelance writer, essayist and all-around storyteller. She’s a regular contributor at Slickdeals.net where she scours the Internet and connects with inside sources to find the best deals. A lover of books and traveling, Marianne jumps at any opportunity to globe-trot. (Italy currently tops her list.) She has written for Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Forbes, The Huffington Post and more. Marianne lives in Tampa with her husband, Michael, with whom she teaches local storytelling workshops. Together they’re raising their two young daughters and a not-so-young Dachshund.