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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11 Expenses That Quietly Drain Your Wallet

on June 10, 2022

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

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9 Small Expenses That Are Bleeding Your Budget Dry

on March 28, 2022

Keep more of future paychecks by eliminating these unnecessary, budget-busting expenses.

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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.

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12 Affordable and Fun Date Ideas

on February 10, 2022

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 December 14, 2021

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

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7 Surprising Things That Damage Your Credit Score

on October 21, 2021

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

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.

21 Tricks to Make Groceries Last Longer
21 Tricks to Make Groceries Last Longer

on June 25, 2021

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

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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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Never Buy These 10 Things With Your Credit Card

on May 11, 2021

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

Boost Your Financial Fitness With These 11 Small Money Moves
Boost Your Financial Fitness With These 11 Small Money Moves

on January 25, 2021

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

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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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8 Surefire Ways to Get Rid of Debt ASAP

on October 6, 2020

Here’s how to pay off debt fast and pain-free.

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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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7 Ways Rewards Credit Cards Cost You Money

on March 25, 2020

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

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11 Small Money Moves That Will Make a Big Difference

on February 26, 2020

These small money moves will pay off big in the long run.

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