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Allison Martin

Allison Martin is an accomplished finance writer who has written for publications including The Wall Street Journal, MoneyTalksNews, The Simple Dollar, and Her work has been featured on Fox Business, Yahoo! Finance, MSN Money, and ABC News. She enjoys writing about personal development, entrepreneurship, personal finance and is a Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI).

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23 posts

6 Credit Card Secrets You Need to Know About

Published 07/01/2017 by Allison Martin

It’s no secret that credit cards can be a consumer’s best friend or worst enemy. You can build credit and earn rewards or cash back if you manage the card properly. However, irresponsible use can wreck your credit score and finances.

Discover the 5 Best Ways to Consolidate Credit Card Debt

Published 06/21/2017 by Allison Martin

Are you drowning in credit card debt? Even if you’re making the minimum payments each month, chances are the balances aren’t decreasing as fast as you’d like them to. And if money’s tight, it may be tough to ramp up debt-payoff efforts.

Minority Small Business Grants

Published 05/26/2017 by Allison Martin

You need money to grow your business but can’t get a loan from the bank. Sound familiar?

Lease or Buy a New Car — Which Is Better?

Published 05/22/2017 by Allison Martin

Are you in the market for a new ride? Getting a car loan isn’t the only way to get into the driver’s seat; you also have the option to lease a car. If you own a business but don’t drive many miles, a lease may be best. But if you have kids and dogs and are constantly on the road, a loan may be the better alternative.

Buying a Used Car? Here’s A Step by Step Guide

Published 04/27/2017 by Allison Martin

You have managed to scrimp and save a couple thousand dollars and want to buy a reliable, used car that gives you the most bang for the buck. Especially because you’re paying cash, it’s possible to find a good deal. But you may have to compromise on the make and model and do a little legwork.

Are you an international student or immigrant living in the U.S.? Are you planning on staying in the U.S.? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions and you’re finding it difficult to qualify for a credit card, you’re not alone. We have rounded up the best credit cards for foreign students and immigrants to help you with your search.

Selecting a credit card that best suits your needs can be tricky. There are so many options to choose from, but Discover it and Chase Freedom Unlimited are two cards that stand out from the pack if you’re looking for a rewards card with no annual fee.

Chase Sapphire Preferred vs Chase Sapphire Reserve

Published 04/06/2017 by Allison Martin

Do you travel or dine out often and want to earn points for your spending? The Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Sapphire Reserve may be worth considering. Both cards have high earning potential and several enticing incentives, particularly for travelers.

Are credit card rewards important to you or would you prefer a basic credit card? You’ll need to ask yourself this question as you’re scoping out your options.

How Student Credit Cards Work

Published 03/08/2017 by Allison Martin

Have you considered applying for a student credit card? If you can keep your spending under control, it may not be such a bad idea. However, a lot of students might not know how student credit cards work and end up putting themselves in a poor financial position. Student credit cards are a safe and convenient way to make purchases while earning rewards. And in some instances, you can take advantage of interest-free financing.

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