April Lewis-Parks

April is passionate about empowering women through financial education and teaching the necessary skills to be financial independent. For over 15 years she has been a consumer affairs advocate generating awareness about personal finance issues. She develops surveys and polls to collect data concerning consumers’ financial needs and subsequent to her findings, she develops educational material and community outreach programs to cover those topics. Her promotional efforts can be seen in past issues of the New York Times, Washington Post, Consumer Reports, Money Magazine, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, among others. She is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, MA where she studied Journalism, Political Science and Public Relations.

Posts by April Lewis-Parks:

Going into Debt After a Cancer Diagnosis
If you went into debt after a cancer diagnosis, you’re not alone. Learn about debt relief options so you can regain control and focus on your health.
How Much Should You Have in Emergency Savings?
Emergency savings is essential to cover unexpected expenses like home and car repairs, as well as to give you a financial safety net in case you lose your job or can’t work due to a medical emergency. But how much should you have in emergency savings and how much do average Americans actually save?
Ending the Confusion to Achieve Homeownership
Potential homebuyers are confused about the homebuying process and unaware of financial assistance programs that can help them achieve homeownership.
Millennials Want Employee Perks to Go to the Dogs
A new study finds Millennials want employee perks to go to the dogs… literally. But is having pets at work really a benefit or a total distraction?
Following the devastating flood of Hurricane Harvey, we explain how to help Houston flood victims
How To Help Houston After Harvey
After the devastating floods following Hurricane Harvey's Category 4 landfall in Texas, we explain how to help Houston flood victims while avoiding scams.
Do You Have More Credit Knowledge than These Millennials?
LendEDU finds that Millennials have some interesting (and wrong) thoughts about how credit scores work. Is this lack of credit knowledge a recipe for debt?
Money saving strategies for single parents
Money-Saving Strategies for Single Moms & Dads
Single parents often struggle to make ends meet with only one income to support the household. These money saving strategies can improve your budget.
Save big on your upcoming wedding day
Wedding Gift Etiquette: Financial Pitfalls of Registries and Cash Gifts
When it comes to giving wedding gifts, registries can get expensive, but cash gifts can be boring. We review wedding gift etiquette that helps avoid debt.
Teach kids to save with holiday gifts
Great Gift Ideas That Teach Kids About Being Smart with Money
The holiday shopping may be the most expensive of the year, but it's also a perfect opportunity to give gifts that teach kids about finance.
Find alternate sources so you don't have to borrow money
How to Borrow Money From Family & Friends Without Straining the Relationship
If you're thinking you may borrow money from a friend or family member, consider your options first so you can get the funds you need with less hassle.
Don’t Become a Victim of Identity Theft on Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is becoming one of the biggest shopping days of the year, second only to Black Friday. Actually it is the busiest online shopping day of the year. With so many consumers gearing up to take advantage of the one-day-only deals, cyber thieves are gearing up to steal people’s identity and other personal information. […]

Upscale Home Décor on a Millennial Budget

Step away from the saucer chair and there won’t be any trouble. You’re well-educated, tech-savvy and three internships away from taking over the world. Why are you still sleeping on a fold-up metal futon? If your answer has anything to do with budget, or a lack thereof, then it’s time to put misinformation to rest. […]

Married couples find common financial ground
Financial Do’s and Don’ts That Married Couples Need to Know
More than anything else, financial stress can ruin a perfectly good relationship. It's a fast track to divorce. We help married couples find common ground.
Save money on baggage fees
Tricks to Bypass Baggage Fees While Traveling
Vacations are expensive enough! Use these helpful tips to keep your travel costs minimized by avoiding expensive baggage checks at the airport.
Food Stamp Recipients Face Cuts this Holiday Season

By the beginning of November this year, millions of food stamp recipients will begin to see a reduction in their benefits. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamp program) will begin reducing benefits due to a recession-era boost in benefits which is expiring. According to the USDA, the food stamp program is serving more than […]