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Allie Johnson

Allie Johnson is an award-winning freelance writer and regular contributor to CreditCardGuide.com. She tracks down practical money advice consumers can use on topics like saving, finding deals, getting rid of debt and using debit and credit cards wisely. She has a journalism degree from Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and her work has appeared in a variety of magazines, newspapers and websites.

 
 

Allie Johnson's blog posts at CreditCardGuide.com

Need strong passwords? These tools help

Don’t be left with passwords that are easy to replicate. These techniques and password managers can help …

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Just how safe are banking checks?

Since I started using online banking several years ago, I have barely used my checkbook Lately, I’ve been wondering: Is it even safe to write checks?

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Credit score hits can ding your self-esteem

When my credit score took a hit, so did my self-esteem. I had to remind myself that my score doesn’t define me …

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Relearn childhood money lessons in 4 steps

Childhood experiences can influence your financial choices today. Here are four ways to break free from your past

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5 tips for making a one-car family work

My husband and I aren’t always the best at being frugal, but there’s one really big thing we do to save money: share a car

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Want to be an authorized card user? Think twice…

Becoming an authorized user on someone’s credit card has its advantages, but make sure he is meticulous about paying his bill

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Don’t let financial weaknesses be a money suck

Feel you can’t live without that bazillion-dollar widget? You’re not alone. Find cheap or free alternatives to the “must haves” and save thousands

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The truth about Target’s credit monitoring offer

Consumer Reports has criticized Target’s credit monitoring offer to U.S. customers, with good reason. But I’m going to tell you why I took Target up on its offer.

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Don’t let foreign charges trip you up

Like to shop online with international merchants? Here are four ways to make sure you don’t get stuck with online international transaction fees

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A new twist in card perks — FICO scores

Card issuers are rolling out a new benefit of membership that is free and, for once, doesn’t encourage you to spend

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