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Allison V. Bishop, CPA

Financial Coach

Articles

Navigating the Jungles of Temptation

So I walked into Bed Bath & Beyond last week and was immediately dazzled by all the Beautiful Things. I could get gorgeous deck furniture! Colorful wine glasses! Throw pillows in so many fun colors and patterns! I could imagine my house with these fresh, bright, shiny...

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Financial Literacy and Minimalism

I’ve been a little bit obsessed with the idea of minimalism recently. First, I watched a documentary on Netflix called “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” directed by Matt D’Avella. One of the people interviewed was Joshua Becker, the author of a...

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A Personal Finance Lesson From the Government Shutdown

I’ve been reading news stories over this past week about furloughed government workers struggling to pay their bills.  Because they’re not being paid, they don’t have the money to pay daycare costs, their car payment, or their rent, and a lot of them are feeling...

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My take on some popular personal finance podcasts

I’m a podcast addict.  Most of the time I’m doing household chores I’ve got a podcast on.  Honestly, if I didn’t think it would alienate my family, and possibly result in a lifetime of therapy for my kids, I’d be walking around the house pretty much all the time...

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Why a big tax refund isn’t a bad thing

So I’ve been struggling for a while with the idea of discouraging big tax refunds.  Every time it comes up, people get all fired up that they don’t want to give an interest-free loan to the government, which is, of course, exactly what a tax refund is.  They’re...

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Personal finance Q&A #2: dealing with income ups and downs

Q&A #2: Q: I’m struggling with managing my money. I’m self-employed and my income varies every month. When I work regularly, I make plenty of money to pay my expenses and pay down my debts, but the months I don’t work as much as I’d like to, I struggle to make my...

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Personal finance Q&A #1: paying bills late

First ever Q&A!  E-mail me with your questions! Q: I heard that companies like it if you pay your bills late.  Is that true? A: Of course they like it!  They can charge you crazy exorbitant interest and late fees if you carry a balance with them.  What’s good for...

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Freezing kids’ credit

When I started my business two years ago, one of the first things I was going to do and report back on was freezing my kids’ credit files.  It had been on my mind for a while, ever since someone I knew personally had had an experience with her child being a victim of...

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Adventures in credit freezes

Protecting your credit: Worst.  Thing.  Ever.  Who wants to spend even 30 seconds thinking about how vulnerable we are to identity theft?  Especially when no one knows what to do and it sounds like a hideously painful process to actually go through. It’s been in the...

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Being Mindful With Your Money

Here's a link to an article I wrote about financial mindfulness - paying attention to your money and how it's working for you. Enjoy! http://essentiallivingmaine.com/being-mindful-with-your-money/

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