How to Get Your Finances in Order in 30 Days

Achieving a better financial outreach can seem daunting, but creating a 30-day action plan to get your finances in order can put you on a path to success and give you the momentum you need to move forward. Consolidated Credit's Financial Education Director talks to Fox Business about how to create a 30-day action plan that will help you budget, manage debt, improve your credit and start saving for retirement.

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How to Find a Fixed-Rate Credit Card

Fixed-rate credit cards are rare, but they can be extremely useful, as long as you're aware of the extra eligibility requirements, such as a security deposit. Consolidated Credit's Financial Education Director talks to U.S. News & World Report about how to find these cards, what the benefits are and when to use them.

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Good Debt vs Bad Debt

Is there such a thing as "good debt"? Yes, but what counts as good and bad often depends on who you ask. Financial Education Director April Lewis-Parks talks to The Simple Dollar about debts that fall into the gray area of good and bad, and why loans like your auto loan actually fall into the bad column

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Your Rights As An Identity Theft Victim

Identity theft is becoming a fact of life for U.S. consumers, but people don't always know what steps they need to take to recover quickly if they become a victim. Consolidated Credit's financial education director April Lewis-Parks explains why it's important to file a police report, in addition to reporting the theft to the FTC.

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How do I get out of $50,000 in credit card debt: personal loan or repayment plan?

Consolidated Credit's Financial Education Director, April Lewis-Parks talks to USA Today about the best way for consumers facing credit card debt problems to get out of debt. When choosing between a personal consolidation loan and a professionally assisted repayment plan, Lewis-Parks says that many people have success with repayment plans, where consolidation loans have failed.

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Why a High Credit Score Doesn’t Always Mean You’re Financially Healthy

Just because you have a high credit score, it doesn't mean everything is roses in your financial landscape. Consolidated Credit's Financial Education Director weighs in on how debt consolidation can give you credit score a big boost, even though you're still facing challenges with debt. In fact, consolidation could make your financial situation worse, even though your score is higher.

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Money Fix: Credit score myths

Consolidated Credit's President Gary Herman talks to Newsday about one major credit score myth – that getting help to pay off credit card debt will always hurt your credit score. Although there may be a stigma in asking for help with credit card debt, professional assistance may be your best way out of debt. And it may be the fastest way to improve your score, too.

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Money Fix: Shopping for the college-bound

Parents want to send their kids off to college with the world, but breaking the bank to decorate a dorm room with all the latest tech isn't practical (or good for your credit card debt). Consolidated Credit's Financial Education Director explains how to just say no to luxury items that you college-bound grad may want, but may not necessarily need.

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To Boost Your Finances, Sweat the Small Stuff in 2011

Heading into a New Year means new goals to conquer. April Lewis-Parks of Consolidated Credit explains how people can make a real goal to conquer credit card debt by taking small steps forward, starting with paying off your lowest balance first. Paying off one small account at a time will give you the momentum you need to conquer your biggest balances before the end of the year.

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