Nicole Markle

Nicole Markle

Nicole Markle produces financial, small business and identity restoration content for The Allstate Blog and Allstate.com's Tools & Resources section, as well as family content for Allstate Good Life.

Stories by Nicole Markle

Planning Maternity Leave: Know Your Options to Make it Work for You

May 19, 2015

For expectant mothers who work, planning maternity leave for the first time can prompt many questions: How much time off can I take? What options do I have for paid leave? When should I tell my employer that I’ll need time off? Every mom’s situation is different, so whether you work full-time, part-time or are self-employed, […]

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3 Easy Ways to Contribute More to Your Child’s 529 Plan

May 05, 2015

Some parents start planning for college as soon as they find out they’re expecting. It’s smart to set up a 529 college savings plan and do the math to figure out just how much you need to sock away each month. But you might be able to contribute more money to your child’s 529 plan. Here are some […]

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Celebrate Mother’s Day: Nice Things to Do for Your Mom

May 05, 2015

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, you’re probably thinking about ways thank your mom for everything she’s done for you. But why just limit it to one day of appreciation? Here are some ideas for nice things to do for your mom or the mother of your children to help her celebrate Mother’s Day all […]

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Family Guide for Giving Blood

Apr 02, 2015

Giving blood is an activity you and your family can participate in together to help your community and those in need. Oftentimes people will donate blood in response to a crisis, but America’s Blood Centers says blood is needed at all times of the year. In fact, the blood used in an emergency generally comes from donations made prior […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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

Mar 03, 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 […]

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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 décor 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 […]

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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, Experian says, as an […]

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