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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 Allstate.com's Tools & Resources section.

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What to Do if Your Child’s Toy Is Recalled

Jan 6, 2015

It seems like all kids have a favorite toy they take with them everywhere. But what happens if that toy gets recalled? While it may be scary to think your child’s toy could be dangerous, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) says a toy recall shows the manufacturer is making a commitment to creating safe products. That’s good […]

2015 Financial Resolutions for Parents-to-Be

Dec 29, 2014

Congratulations: You’re expecting a baby! Becoming a parent creates wonderful new experiences – but it also comes with a hefty price tag. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that it’ll now cost the typical American family approximately $245,000 to raise a child from birth to age 18. Here are three financial resolutions for 2015 […]

4 Things to Know Before Hiring Your Teen

Dec 18, 2014

If you’re a small business owner with simple tasks you’d like to delegate, hiring your teenage kids can be a win-win situation. Your kids learn basic job skills and earn a little money, while you get some extra office help and a business tax deduction. Annette Nellen, professor of accounting and finance at San Jose State University, […]

4 Reasons Taking Vacation Is Crucial for Your Small Business

Dec 9, 2014

If you can’t remember the last time you took more than a day off work for fun, you’re cheating your small business. Say what? It may sound counterintuitive, but taking breaks from work is one of the best ways to keep your business in top shape. According to a recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management […]

Tax Deductions to Consider For Filing in 2015

Dec 8, 2014

You may not normally think about taxes until April, but now’s the time to start gathering documents related to your 2014 tax-related transactions. The following tax deductions and credits might be worth exploring to help you reduce your tax burden come April 15. Tuition and College Expenses If you paid for things like tuition, fees […]

Cats, Dogs and Thanksgiving: How to Keep Pets Calm This Season

Nov 20, 2014

Your pets are part of your family, and you probably want them to be there during your Thanksgiving celebration. But what if your cat or dog isn’t used to having a lot of people around? According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dogs and cats can get anxious or stressed over big crowds and extra noise […]

5 Unique Ways to Enjoy Fall

Nov 11, 2014

It’s always sad when summer ends, but autumn brings new opportunities for family-friendly adventures. Sure, the usual seasonal standbys, like apple picking and pumpkin patches, are fun, but this year we’ve gathered some out-of-the-box autumn activities to try on for size. Here are five ways to enjoy this fall and make you thankful it rolled around […]

7 Kid-Friendly Tips for Fall Hiking

Nov 10, 2014

The weather’s crisp, the leaves are changing and it’s the perfect time to enjoy a hike with the whole family. With the kids in tow, hiking isn’t as easy as strapping on a daypack and a pair of hiking boots. You have to plan ahead, from attire to navigation to keeping the little ones occupied. […]

Wants vs. Needs: When to Dip Into Your Emergency Fund

Oct 29, 2014

Having an emergency or back-up fund is important. This money that is set aside for unplanned expenses is separate from your retirement savings and college savings accounts. However, according to a study by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), 56 percent of Americans lack the money to cover expenses for three months in an event […]

5 Small Business Stressors – And How to Combat Them

Oct 29, 2014

You don’t have to settle for stress-induced heartburn and migraines just because you’re running your own business. Entrepreneurs can do plenty to ease the pressure on themselves and their employees, says David Ballard, director of the Center for Organizational Excellence for the American Psychological Association (APA). In fact, decreasing stress in your company can have a […]