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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

13 Tricks to Score Summer Vacation Savings

Personal Finance

13 Tricks to Score Summer Vacation Savings

13 Tricks to Score Summer Vacation Savings

Summer is nearly upon us, and you know what that means? It’s vacation time! Particularly for people with children who have the summer off, this is the best opportunity to get away. Unfortunately, some destinations are more popular than others and are almost guaranteed to come with high price tags on accommodations, not to mention... Read More

10 Overlooked Expenses That Can Ruin Your Budget

Personal Finance

10 Overlooked Expenses That Can Ruin Your Budget

10 Overlooked Expenses That Can Ruin Your Budget

Drafting a picture-perfect budget is only half the battle if you want to keep your spending in check. Following rules is the other half — and that can be challenging if you underestimate expenses or forget to incorporate a few pieces of the puzzle into your spending plan. Here are some commonly overlooked expenses that can cause you to throw... Read More

10 Small Expenses Killing Your Budget

Personal Finance

10 Small Expenses Killing Your Budget

10 Small Expenses Killing Your Budget

Another day, another dollar — and for millions of us, another failed budget. Feeling puzzled because your budget doesn’t ever seem to work? Here are some small expenses that might be the culprit. 1. Food In the average U.S. household, food is among the biggest expenditures. Of course, we all have to eat. But we... Read More

12 Ways to Get Good Furniture Cheap

Personal Finance

12 Ways to Get Good Furniture Cheap

12 Ways to Get Good Furniture Cheap

Purchasing a home is a massive, exciting, undertaking. But what about all of the additional expenses that are part of the equation? Many homebuyers forget to account for them. One of the most costly purchases, alongside major appliances, is furniture. It’s a must-have, unless you don’t mind passing time on the floor. Fortunately, you don’t... Read More

10 Creative Ways to Date When Money is Tight

Personal Finance

10 Creative Ways to Date When Money is Tight

10 Creative Ways to Date When Money is Tight

Does it really pay to go overboard to impress on the first date? Isn’t it a genuine connection you’re seeking and not just a fling? Do yourself a favor: When you’ve found someone who appears to be the woman of your dreams or your Prince Charming, be upfront about your financial situation, especially if funds are limited. If... Read More

7 Ways to Cut the Cost of Halloween

Personal Finance

7 Ways to Cut the Cost of Halloween

7 Ways to Cut the Cost of Halloween

What’s spookier than creepy costumes, haunted houses and talking skeletons on Halloween? The expenses incurred to pull it all together! But you can avoid frightening your bank account by using the following seven tips to slash costs without missing out on the fun. 1. Create a DIY Costume Pinterest is always available and full of... Read More

4 Ways Your Car Spies on You

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4 Ways Your Car Spies on You

4 Ways Your Car Spies on You

We all know that Big Brother watches us when we are online. Today, most of us accept that our personal viewing habits are tracked by advertisers trying to sell us stuff. But what about when we climb behind the wheel? We may think shutting down our computer and other electronic devices allows for a little private time as we... Read More

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

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