Allison Martin

After spending years as a governmental accountant, I decided to transition into the world of freelance writing. When I'm not busy writing, I enjoy mentoring mommy-preneurs and helping others manage their finances. I hold undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting from the University of South Florida.

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12 Affordable and Fun Date Ideas

on February 9, 2024

A modest budget shouldn’t keep you from enjoying quality time with that special someone.

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10 Ways To Score Free Lodging for Your Next Vacation

on January 17, 2024

Lodging is one of the biggest travel costs, but it actually can be an optional expense.

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8 Surefire Ways To Get Rid of Debt ASAP

on January 11, 2024

Here’s how to pay off debt fast and pain-free, no matter how much or little you owe.

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Boost Your Financial Fitness With These 11 Small Money Moves

on January 5, 2024

These small but mighty financial tweaks position you to maximize income and streamline expenses.

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19 Ways to Make Your Groceries Last Longer

on December 26, 2023

These simple tips extend the life of perishable food, saving money.

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8 Ways a Rewards Credit Card Can Cost You Money

on October 2, 2023

So-called “rewards” credit cards can cost you a bundle if you aren’t careful.

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10 Signs You’re a Credit Card Addict — and 4 Things To Do About It

on September 11, 2023

Having a hard time putting away the credit cards? Here are 10 signs that you may be addicted to the magic plastic.

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11 Expenses That Quietly Drain Your Wallet

on September 4, 2023

It’s scandalously easy to overspend in these areas of your life.

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5 Ways You Sabotage Your Hopes of Getting Rich

on August 17, 2023

Does money burn a hole in your pocket? If so, you are unlikely to ever get rich. Here are common ways to kill financial dreams.

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Never Pay For These 10 Things With Your Credit Card

on April 4, 2023

Credit cards offer many conveniences and protections, but sometimes it’s simply smarter to keep the plastic tucked away.

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7 Surprising Things That Damage Your Credit Score

on February 2, 2023

A seemingly small stumble can cause your credit score to plummet.

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6 Silly Tidbits of Money Advice That Will Make You Poorer

on February 28, 2022

These all-too-common financial ‘tips’ will lead you astray.

7 Ways to Celebrate Halloween on a Budget
7 Ways to Celebrate Halloween on a Budget

on October 18, 2021

You can have loads of spooky fun without frightening your finances.

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9 Overlooked Expenses That Ruin Your Budget

on July 24, 2021

Does your budget blow up in your face every month? You’re probably forgetting to plan for one of these costs.

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10 Common and Costly Credit Missteps

on May 24, 2021

These mistakes can wreak havoc on your credit score, finances and access to loans. Here’s how to avoid them.

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11 Signs You Have Too Much Credit Card Debt

on December 28, 2020

Are you in denial about how much credit card debt you have? Here’s how to tell if you have a problem.

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9 Ways Being Frugal Can Cost You Money

on October 21, 2020

It doesn’t always pay to go for the lowest price. Here’s where frugal shoppers make their biggest mistakes.

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5 Steps You Must Take Before Buying a Used Car

and on August 11, 2020

Do this before browsing for your next car, and you could save thousands of dollars.

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Is It Worth Paying More for Better Sunglasses?

on July 27, 2020

When it comes to your shades, the highest price doesn’t necessarily translate into the best quality. Here’s what you need to look for.

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8 Easy Ways to Build Credit From Scratch

on June 3, 2020

These simple steps will help you borrow money and build a credit history.

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