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

Fun Thanksgiving Activities the Whole Family Can Enjoy

Nov 20, 2014

When families and friends get together on Thanksgiving, it can often be an all-day and even weekend-long affair. And why not? For some, it may be one of the few times of the year the whole family gets together for a meal. But the big turkey dinner is only a small part of the holiday. […]

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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 Partnership for Animal Welfare (PAW), dogs and cats can get anxious or stressed over big crowds and […]

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Emergency Funds 201: Where to Stash Your Savings

Nov 19, 2014

Personal finance journalist and Get Rich Slowly blogger Kristin Wong knows a thing or two about emergency funds: She’s researched and written extensively about the topic. In this two-part series about emergency funds, Wong answers our questions about this important vehicle for financial stability. Part one covered the basics of what an emergency fund is and why everyone […]

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Emergency Funds 101: When, Why and How Much to Save

Nov 19, 2014

Emergency funds are an important piece of a sound financial plan. Personal finance journalist and blogger Kristin Wong learned the value of an emergency fund the hard way after college, when she was caught without one and had to scramble to pay for an unexpected car problem. Wong, a staff writer for personal finance blog Get Rich […]

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From Guest Room to Ground Rules: What to Consider When Parents Move In

Nov 18, 2014

As parents get older and become less independent, having them in the next room can be easier than trekking across town — or even the state — to provide care. And you wouldn’t be alone: These days, an estimated 34 million Americans are personally providing care for older family members, according to Caregiver.org. Even though […]

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QUIZ: What’s Your Spending Personality?

Nov 12, 2014

Are you the miser who brings home other people’s leftovers? Or do you spend money as fast as you get it? Regardless of your spending habits, having an emergency fund set aside is important. That way, when unexpected events like a job loss or hospitalization occur, you won’t have to run up your credit cards […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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. According to a study by Bankrate.com, only 26 percent of Americans have an emergency fund. Personal finance experts advise keeping a minimum of three to six months of expenses or more in your fund […]

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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 […]

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