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.

Never Buy These 10 Things With Your Credit Card
Never Buy These 10 Things With Your Credit Card

on October 31, 2020

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

7 Surprising Things That Damage Your Credit Score
7 Surprising Things That Damage Your Credit Score

on October 26, 2020

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

9 Ways Being Frugal Can Cost You Money
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.

8 Surefire Ways to Get Rid of Debt ASAP
8 Surefire Ways to Get Rid of Debt ASAP

on October 6, 2020

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

11 Expenses That Quietly Drain Your Wallet
11 Expenses That Quietly Drain Your Wallet

on September 11, 2020

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

5 Steps You Must Take Before Buying a Used Car
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.

Is It Worth Paying More for Better Sunglasses?
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.

10 Expenses You Should Not Put on a Credit Card
10 Expenses You Should Not Put on a Credit Card

on June 27, 2020

Sometimes it’s simply safer to keep the plastic tucked away.

8 Easy Ways to Build Credit From Scratch
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.

10 Common and Costly Credit Missteps
10 Common and Costly Credit Missteps

on May 26, 2020

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

7 Ways Rewards Credit Cards Cost You Money
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.

11 Small Money Moves That Will Make a Big Difference
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.

12 Affordable and Fun Date Ideas
12 Affordable and Fun Date Ideas

on February 18, 2020

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

12 Simple Ways to Save on Your Summer Vacation
12 Simple Ways to Save on Your Summer Vacation

on February 17, 2020

A little planning and creativity can save you a bundle.

12 Expenses You May Be Tempted to Claim as Tax Deductions — but Shouldn’t
12 Expenses You May Be Tempted to Claim as Tax Deductions — but Shouldn’t

on January 28, 2020

Thinking of trying to deduct a few of these things on your federal tax return? That could be a costly mistake.

9 Overlooked Expenses That Ruin Your Budget
9 Overlooked Expenses That Ruin Your Budget

on January 9, 2020

Does your budget blow up in your face every month? At least one of these expenses likely is responsible.

9 Small Expenses That Are Bleeding Your Budget Dry
9 Small Expenses That Are Bleeding Your Budget Dry

on December 22, 2019

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

12 Ways to Slash the Cost of Furniture
12 Ways to Slash the Cost of Furniture

on October 23, 2019

There are many ways to get deals when replacing tattered furnishings.

6 Silly Tidbits of Money Advice That Will Make You Poorer
6 Silly Tidbits of Money Advice That Will Make You Poorer

on September 25, 2019

Check out these common — but misleading — financial tips.

6 Smart Steps to Buying Your First Car
6 Smart Steps to Buying Your First Car

on September 11, 2019

Buying a car can be scary, especially the first time around. This guide will help you get the best deal.

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