Allegra Signorino

Allegra is a recent grad of Eckerd College, a small liberal arts college located in Saint Petersburg, Florida where she graduated with a degree in International Business and Spanish.

Originally from Vermont, Allegra enjoys meeting new people and frequently interacts with National Life producers all over the country while planning various conferences, meetings and schools. Outside of work, Allegra loves the beach, Thai food and spending time with her friends and family.


How to Build Good Credit

I had a bit of a scare last week with my card when my mobile financial management app emailed me to tell me I had used 40% of my credit on my credit card. I thought this was fine since I would be paying off the full balance at the end of the month, but apparently if you charge more than 30% of your credit limit on any of your cards, it can negatively affect your credit! Who knew? I certainly didn’t.

This made me curious about what else could affect your credit. Other things that I found could hurt your credit are: (more…)

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My First Credit Card

It’s been almost one year since I graduated college (I can’t believe I just wrote that), and I’m still working on adjusting to adulthood. One of the many adjustments I’ve been making is being financially independent. I was very lucky to find a great job with a GOOD company when I graduated. One of the things I did in setting up my finances was to get my very first credit card. There were so many options, and I wasn’t sure what to get. I went with a big carrier card with a very low credit limit. I pay off my balance every month and make sure that I don’t go over my limit. I like that I have one bill to pay, and I earn points on my purchases. (more…)

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Celebrating Small Business Owners

The United States was founded on the idea of the American Dream. This dream has been and continues to be the inspiration for many successful small business owners. Reaching that dream encompasses talent, learning, hard work, skill and collaboration. All businesses, no matter how big they’ve grown, started small; and all successful businesses rely on the support of their communities. (more…)

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Managing It All: My First Student Loan Payment Is Here

I just made my first student loan payment last week….and everything just got real, folks. According to the Wall Street Journal, with 2015 graduates owing $35,000 on average, I’m lucky; my student loans aren’t nearly as crippling as many of my classmates’ loans. And while I’d love to attribute that to the fantastic scholarships I received that actually only barely made a dent, my mom is the one who took on the largest part of the loans and I’m forever grateful to her. (more…)

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