Allison Martin

Allison Martin is a freelance writer, speaker and financial coach. She is the author of The Money Renovation Project, a workbook that serves as a guide to rapidly transform any financial situation. She has written articles for websites and blogs on a variety of topics, and her areas of expertise include personal finance, couponing, business, charity, automobiles and personal development.

Personal Finance

Allison is a financial coach who empowers others to transform their financial situation one step at a time. She runs a personal finance blog, conducts independent coaching sessions with clients and teaches money management courses around the nation. Allison also facilitates workshops on personal finance at many events in the Tampa Bay area. Her personal finance advice has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal.


Two years ago, Allison was searching for a way to drastically reduce variable expenses, specifically in the food category. Her grocery bill was extremely high, and she knew there had to be a better way. For a month or so, she read every couponing book she could get her hands on, and began to apply the most useful techniques to her situation. The knowledge acquired helped her cut food costs by over 50% each month, and as a result, she wrote The 30-Minute Couponer to let others in on all her secrets.


Allison holds her Bachelor of Science (Accounting) and Master of Accountancy degrees from the University of South Florida. Through her studies, Allison learned about various types of organizations and how their units collectively operate. She has experience in Audit, Taxation, Governmental Accounting and Research Administration. As an up and coming entrepreneur, she also knows what it takes to run a successful business.


While working as a Grant and Research Administrator at the University of South Florida, Allison managed over $20 million in research funding for tenured professors in the College of Engineering.


Allison supported thousands of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of South Florida with academic, tuition, scholarship and other financial aid matters  while employed as a Student Support Coordinator, Fiscal and Business Specialist and Fiscal and Business Analyst.  She also received 25 scholarships during her senior year of high school, and  works closely with the Americans for Prosperity Foundation to teach high schoolers how to maximize their financial aid package and secure scholarships for college. 


From childhood, Allison has always had an interest in everything that pertained to cars. At the inception of her freelance writing career, she was given an assignment to write a car review for a local dealership. Since then, she has written a ton of automobile reviews and continues to follow the manufacturers of her favorite models.

Personal Development

Allison aims to encourage every individual she interacts with to use his/her gifts and talents to lead a useful life of positivity and productivity. Although she has encountered many roadblocks and rejections, Allison believes that you haven't failed until you quit and lives by this principle. She contributes to Dream Pathways Magazine, a publication dedicated to providing nuggets of wisdom to help others bridge the gap between their dreams and reality.


In her spare time, Allison enjoys journaling, traveling, and spending time with her two sons and husband. She is also an avid reader and takes pleasure in soaking up as much knowledge as possible on a wide array of subjects. To learn more, please visit her website.

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Most Recent Contributions by Allison Martin

1930s Frugality

The Recession of 2008 was a rough time for scores of Americans, but it didn't quite stack up to the Great Depression of the 1930s. In fact, ... Read More

Did I Make Enough to File Taxes?

At the beginning of each year, many self-employed or part-time workers wonder if they have made enough money to merit filing taxes. The rule ... Read More

How to Check Your IRS Refund Status

The Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) "Where's My Refund" program allows taxpayers to check the status of their federal tax refund. This syst ... Read More

How to Check Your State Tax Refund Status

If you live in one of the 41 states that has a state income tax, you may be interested in finding out how to check on the status of your tax ... Read More

What Stores Sell Prepaid Debit Cards?

Prepaid debit cards provide are widely available at a variety of retail stores, from big box retailers and drug stores to gas stations and d ... Read More

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