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Allison Martin

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Allison Martin is a copywriter and financial mentor. She specializes in educating individuals about personal finance through insightful and candid articles. Allison earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Accountancy degrees from the University of South Florida. She also covers personal finance topics at Love to Know and Lifehack. www.allisonemartin.com

7 Ways to Boost Your Car’s Trade-In Value

Personal Finance

7 Ways to Boost Your Car’s Trade-In Value

7 Ways to Boost Your Car’s Trade-In Value

You’re finally in tip-top financial shape to purchase a new car, but there’s one problem. How will you get your existing set of wheels off your hands? You don’t have time to deal with the hassle of a private sale, and you have no desire to auction it off. You decide a dealer trade-in is the best… Read More

10 Ways to Get Free Lodging on Vacation

Personal Finance

10 Ways to Get Free Lodging on Vacation

10 Ways to Get Free Lodging on Vacation

We’re deep into summertime, and vacations are in full swing. Unfortunately, the cost of travel isn’t getting any cheaper. And lodging is one of the more expensive items on the list. Wouldn’t it be nice to eradicate that hefty travel expense? This may sound like a stretch, but it’s possible. Following are 10 ways to cut… Read More

12 Ways to Trim the Cost of Haircuts

Personal Finance

12 Ways to Trim the Cost of Haircuts

12 Ways to Trim the Cost of Haircuts

Unless you desire tresses that fall to your waist, you’ll eventually need a haircut. For some, this could mean spending anywhere from a handful of dollars to more than $100, depending on the stylist and where you live. But there are many ways to remain stylish on a budget while maintaining the appearance of your mane. Following… Read More

Can Anyone Check Your Credit Without Your Permission?

Credit 101

Can Anyone Check Your Credit Without Your Permission?

Can Anyone Check Your Credit Without Your Permission?

Are you concerned that your stalker ex-boyfriend or nosy neighbor can easily check your credit? You don’t have to be… or at least it isn’t quite that easy. According to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, only those with a legitimate need can request – and obtain– a copy of your credit report. However, not all… Read More

11 Expenses That Are Quietly Draining Your Wallet

Personal Finance

11 Expenses That Are Quietly Draining Your Wallet

11 Expenses That Are Quietly Draining Your Wallet

You see an advertisement for that dream home or car — or the perfect getaway — and reality quickly sets in: Your desires and bank account are not a match made in heaven. Many people live paycheck to paycheck, barely getting by. Others have an abundant income, but no idea how to manage it. Fortunately, there are ways to make… Read More

6 Tricks to Save You Hundreds on a Car Loan

Auto Loans

6 Tricks to Save You Hundreds on a Car Loan

6 Tricks to Save You Hundreds on a Car Loan

When you buy a car, it’s easy to rush into securing an auto loan without giving much thought to the interest that comes with it. But those payments can take a big bite out of your budget for years to come. Fortunately, there are ways to escape the wrath of the auto loan interest monster…. Read More

18 Ways to Save Up to $100 This Week

Personal Finance

18 Ways to Save Up to $100 This Week

18 Ways to Save Up to $100 This Week

Does this sound familiar? Every month you set a goal to save a small portion of your income, only to end up failing miserably. It would be nice if we could all save money in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately, it’s a task that requires effort, discipline and — most importantly — some sort of income. If you’re… Read More

5 Scams That Plague Small Businesses

Identity Theft

5 Scams That Plague Small Businesses

5 Scams That Plague Small Businesses

We’ve all seen the breaking news stories about the massive data breaches involving big-box retailers such as Target and Michaels. These incidents left consumers in fear, but the companies were able to absorb the losses. Unfortunately, small businesses don’t always have the luxury of recouping massive financial losses after a breach. In severe cases, they’re… Read More

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