Posts By: Melinda Opperman

Our credit counseling and Debt Management Plans help with all kinds of revolving debts, including store credit cards and traditional bank-issued credit cards. Store cards can present some unique challenges for consumers. Stores will tempt you to sign up for a credit card by offering a long interest-free period or a big discount when applying…

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We wrote yesterday about the pros and cons of going paperless, and switching from mailed bank & billing statements to electronic ones. If you do decide to make the switch, we’ve got some advice for how to do it: Save a permanent copy. Paper statements are permanent, but some creditors and banks won’t keep your…

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More and more banks, creditors and utility companies are urging customers to go paperless and get all of their billing statements online. There are obvious advantages to this kind of arrangement—it’s better for the environment, for one—but there are downsides to consider. Should you go Paperless? Pros: Less waste Easier to gather info at tax…

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A lot of budgeting for the holidays centers on buying gifts and the like, but holiday meals and gatherings can present a real challenge for those who are trying to get by on a tight budget. We’ve got 6 tips for saving money on this year’s Thanksgiving Dinner: Borrow what you need. Check with your nearby…

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Traditionally, credit counseling services see more women seeking counseling than men. We don’t think that means women have a harder time managing their personal finances; on the contrary, it indicates that women more frequently take responsibility for the family budget.

It’s also an indication that women are more likely to seek help when they are struggling with their budget. Thankfully there are many great resources available that are tailored specifically to women. Here are five of the best:

At first, the idea of not paying off your credit card debt can seem strange. Isn’t paying them off a good thing? There’s never a good reason to leave them unpaid, right?  However, this line of thinking may only be a good idea for current or very recent debts. In fact, there are several reasons…

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Las Vegas, NV – March 18, 2010 – Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management, a HUD-approved housing counseling agency, offers a free First-Time Homebuyer class where prospective homeowners can learn what to expect in the home buying process. Springboard’s pre-purchase education class is approved by HUD www.hud.gov, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. Upon completing the First-Time…

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Congress officially designated April as Financial Literacy Month, with the goal of increasing public awareness about the importance of financial education in the United States and the serious consequences that may result due to a lack of understanding personal finances. Springboard Non-Profit Consumer Credit Management has spent over 30 years counseling consumers about money, credit…

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