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:

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. […]

DIY Thursdays: Thanksgiving Day To-Go Desserts That Will Keep Your Guests Smiling

With thanksgiving only two weeks away, it’s a great time to start finalizing all of the details that go in to making your Thanksgiving Day special to you and your family. The meal is all planned out. You have started to dust off your good china. The planning is nearly complete. But what little surprises […]

Reasons Why Shopping Online is Better than Shopping In-Store for Black Friday Sales

Each year Black Friday is filled with overly-aggressive bargain hunters who line up right after their Thanksgiving Day turkey has settled in their stomachs for a chance to grab the year’s best deals on toys, electronics, clothes and more. With the frenzy of bargains and shoppers, you may want to take advantage of Black Friday […]

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. […]

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Insurance Policies That You Don’t Need To Pay For
Insurance protection is useful for mitigating loss, but there are some instances where you're wasting money paying for insurance policies you don't need.
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.
Take Control of Your Financial Fears This Halloween

With Halloween less than 48 hours away, what better time to conquer your biggest financial fears head on. One thing to remember is just like any other types of fear, financial fears are only terrifying when you avoid them. The most powerful antidote for any fear is action. Taking action makes you feel more in […]

Steps to Creating a Personal Budget

It takes 21 days to build and keep a habit. This is a great thing to remember when starting and maintaining a good financial personal budget. How and what you choose to spend your money on will dictate the outcome of how minor or major your budgeting process will have to be. One thing for […]

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 […]

Why Is My Homeowner’s Insurance Premium So High?

After purchasing your home, some strict budgeting is in order because you will be paying numerous new expenses, including homeowner’s insurance. To help ensure you don’t pay too much for coverage, it is important to understand what factors can drive up the cost of your plan. No. 1 – Your neighborhood has a history of […]

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Five Ways Retirees Can Put Extra Cash In Their Pockets
Just because you aren't employed full-time anymore, it doesn't mean retirees can't find creative ways to earn income for an easier time budgeting.
Moves To Make As You Near Retirement

As you approach the time when you will leave the workforce for good, budgeting will be extremely important. Before officially retiring, there are certain moves you should make to ensure you will be successful. No. 1 – Determine where you will live When figuring out how much money you are able to withdraw from retirement […]

Receive More Cash Back Without Overspending

Cash back is one of the best benefits offered by your plastic, but if you spend more just to obtain additional rewards, you could find yourself deep in credit card debt. Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to get the most out of your card without extra spending. Strategy No. 1 – Charge all […]

Retiring debt free gives you a bright future
Tips For Retiring Debt Free
Heading into retirement burdened with debt may take the shine off your golden years. Use these 4 tips for retiring debt free to ensure you retire with ease!
What You Need To Do When Canceling A Credit Card

After paying down credit card debt that has been a nuisance for quite some time, it may be tempting to cancel the card, so you don’t find yourself in trouble again. However, completing this process the wrong way can lead to your credit score falling, so be sure you know what you are doing. Only […]