Staff Writer

Maureen Milliken

Maureen Milliken has been writing about finance, banking, investment, entrepreneurship, real estate and other related topics for more than 30 years. She started as the “Business Beat” columnist for the now-defunct Haverhill (Mass.) Gazette and currently is one of the hosts of the Mainebiz business-focused podcast, “The Day that Changed Everything” in addition to her daily writing. She also is is the author of three mystery novels and two nonfiction books.

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How Does Debt Consolidation Affect Your Credit?

By Maureen Milliken | February 9, 2021

You want to get out from under that mountain of debt, but are worried debt consolidation will hurt your credit. It’s a valid concern. You want to solve the problem,…

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What It Means to be Furloughed

By Maureen Milliken | May 8, 2020

The number of people losing their jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to skyrocket at a record pace. Part of that number are those who are on “temporary layoff,”…

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Online Mortgages

By Maureen Milliken | February 19, 2020

Online lenders are not all the same. Some have different digital tools, some have lower rates. Borrowers aren’t all the same either, so check out different lenders to determine which…

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Florida First-Time Homebuyer Programs

By Maureen Milliken | January 30, 2020

Buying a home in Florida can be challenging. Supply is tight, and demand and prices are on the rise. If you’re a first-time Florida homebuyer, navigating the process, particularly the…

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How to Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate

By Maureen Milliken | December 23, 2019

Paying down a credit card balance can seem impossible, especially if you’re paying 20% or higher interest on your bill every month you don’t pay off the balance. When that…

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Auto Loans

By Maureen Milliken | April 12, 2018

You need a car and don’t have the cash to buy it outright, but the thought of financing a car loan has your wheels spinning. There are so many options,…

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Small Businesses and Sales Taxes

By Maureen Milliken | September 26, 2012

Collecting, calculating, reporting and paying sales tax continues to be one of the most confusing — and sometimes annoying — aspects of running a small business. The issue has only become…

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How Working from Home in 2020 Affects Income Taxes

By Maureen Milliken | October 23, 2020

Your company sent everyone home when the pandemic began last March and now that is your workplace so you’re probably wondering if that means you’re eligible for some serious tax…

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How to Handle Medical Debt While Unemployed

By Maureen Milliken | October 7, 2020

Americans were already struggling with medical debt before the COVID-19 pandemic, and, largely because of record-setting unemployment in the last six months, the issue is expected to get worse. About…

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12 Easy Ways to Cut Your Expenses

By Maureen Milliken | September 4, 2020

Household debt in the U.S. was a record $14.20 trillion for the first quarter of 2020, which seems like a lot of debt and it is. If you stacked that…

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Credit Card Relief for COVID-19

By Maureen Milliken | May 26, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis drags on and unemployment spikes to unprecedented levels in the U.S., individual debt burdens can feel more overwhelming than ever. On top of it, as many…

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COVID-19 Loans: What Are Your Options?

By Maureen Milliken | May 18, 2020

With a stunning 36.5 million and counting Americans out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a lot of people scrambling to pay their bills until they have…

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Companies Hiring During the Coronavirus, COVID-19 Pandemic

By Maureen Milliken | March 27, 2020

Americans suddenly out of work because of COVID-19 are filing for unemployment in unprecedented numbers, but a bright spot on the employment front is that some businesses are hiring, both…