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The Allstate Blog Team

The Allstate Blog Team

Nicole Markle produces auto, financial, motorcycle, small business and identity restoration content for's Tools & Resources section.

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While You’re Away: Pet Care Options for Dogs and Cats

Mar 17, 2015

Many people see spring break as a great opportunity to take a family vacation. But, what about your four-legged family members? Pets can’t always tag along, so you may have to plan for their care while you’re away. Here are several pet care options to consider before deciding which makes the most sense for your […]

3 Creative, Seasonal Ways to Announce Your New Addition

Mar 11, 2015

Finding out you’re having a baby might be one of the most exciting moments of your life. And sharing your news with family and friends is part of the excitement. So, how do you announce your pregnancy in a way that’s memorable? Make it seasonal! 1. Use a Holiday The next few months offer some […]

3 Things to Know About Taxes and the ACA

Mar 10, 2015

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has changed the way many Americans purchase health insurance, providing access to affordable healthcare for millions. But the new law also affects many Americans’ taxes. Even if you didn’t purchase health insurance from the government-run marketplaces, you may still experience some changes at tax time. Here are three key things […]

Had a Baby in 2014? What You Should Know About Taxes

Mar 3, 2015

Few changes are more wonderful — or important — than becoming a new parent. If you had a baby in 2014, your new addition can affect your 2014 tax return in several ways. Know Your Tax Credits New parents may qualify for a variety of tax credits, including the following. The Child Tax Credit enables you to […]

Cabin Fever? 3 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

Feb 24, 2015

Winter usually means cold weather and a lot of time spent inside. Instead of counting the days till spring, why not update your home’s decor to help bring spring indoors? If you’re ready to bring spring into your home a little early, try one of the following creative ideas. They’re so easy, even the kids […]

Understanding Credit Inquiries and Guarding Against Identity Theft

Feb 19, 2015

If you’ve recently applied for a new credit card, mortgage or car loan, chances are your credit report reflects this activity. That’s because each time your credit history is accessed, a credit inquiry is noted on your report, according to Experian. Keeping track of inquiries on your credit report can help guard against identity theft, as an […]

How to Recover from a Business Mistake With a Client

Feb 5, 2015

No matter how careful you are, it can happen: You may anger an important client by missing a meeting or making a mistake on a project or sale. When you’re a small business owner, a big goof-up with a customer could cost you their business or tarnish your reputation. However, making a mistake with a […]

Should Your Graduate Get Private Student Loans for College?

Jan 29, 2015

For some people, college is the best time of their life. It’s a chance to make lifelong friends, get an education and help shape the future. But it can also be a big financial burden. Between tuition, books, and room and board, the cost can add up quickly, and many people have to take out student […]

7 Ways to Save Money on Small Business Travel

Jan 22, 2015

If you consider a business trip an inconvenience, an interruption from “real work” or an unnecessary expense, you’re not alone. With email, texting and videoconferencing available today, why would you actually pay to go see clients and vendors, right? Not so fast, says small business expert Rhonda Abrams. “You should consider travel an invaluable investment […]

Networking Tips for Introverts (And People Who Just Hate Networking)

Jan 7, 2015

Networking is one of those “must-do” tasks for all small business owners. After all, new clients and projects don’t automatically show up at your doorstep. They’re often the result of connecting with other business owners in your community and work niche. But what do you do if the thought of striking up conversations with strangers […]