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2015 Press Releases

As 2016 Approaches, ACCC Offers Five Money Must-dos Before the End of the Year

(Boston, MA) – December 23, 2015 – As 2015 comes to a close, many consumers are beginning to think about their financial goals for the upcoming year. Although 2016 is quickly approaching, it is still not too late to achieve those last minute end of the year financial resolutions.

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Holiday Shopping: The Last Minute Shoppers Guide

(Boston, MA) – December 18, 2015 – Before frantically heading out the door to do your last minute holiday shopping, take a breather and prepare for this last minute trip.

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More than 70 Percent of Budget Conscious Consumers Feel Financially Unprepared for Retirement

(Boston, MA) – December 10, 2015 – The vast majority of budget-conscious Americans feel financially unprepared for retirement, according to a new survey by American Consumer Credit Counseling.

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ACCC Offers Consumers Tips on Identify Theft Prevention and Recovery

(Boston, MA) – December 4, 2015 – Over the last year, the number of U.S. consumers who were victims of identity theft has increased significantly – making it even more critical to take necessary steps to protect themselves.

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ACCC Offers a Financial Plan of Attack this Black Friday and Cyber Monday

(Boston, MA) – November 20, 2014 – Black Friday and Cyber Monday mark both consumers’ and retailers’ favorite shopping days of the year. To start off the busy shopping period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, retailers often offer consumers the best and most enticing promotional deals.

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American Consumer Credit Counseling Offers Tips on Saving for Retirement

(Boston, MA) – November 5, 2015 – Regardless of your age, it is never too early to start thinking about life after work. National nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling offers a set of helpful tips on saving for retirement on a budget.

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Fewer Budget Conscious Consumers Participating in Halloween Spending

(Boston, MA) – October 30, 2015 – Some Americans aren’t afraid to say no to big spending on Halloween – even as consumers nationwide were expected to pay close to $7 billion in 2015 on items related to Halloween festivities.

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Failure to Launch Syndrome Can Hurt Household Budgets

(Boston, MA) – October 28, 2015 – Budget-conscious Americans say they are feeling the pinch from the responsibility of providing financial support for adult children, according to a new survey by American Consumer Credit Counseling. Half of those polled during the month of September by ACCC said they are footing at least some of the bills for at least one adult child over the age of 24.

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ACCC Provides Steps to Avoid Student Loan Default

(Boston, MA) – October 28, 2015 – National nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling helps students avoid default by providing important information to help pay back student loans. As graduates start the process of paying back their loans, ACCC provides steps to successfully make their monthly payments and avoid default.

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ACCC Offers Five Things to Know About Credit

(Boston, MA) – October 1, 2015 – National nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling is helping consumers learn more about credit during National Credit Awareness Month this October. ACCC provides five important facts about credit that consumers may not be aware of.

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More Americans are Skipping Vacation, New ACCC Poll Reveals

(Boston, MA) – September 30, 2015 – Budget-conscious Americans say they can’t afford to take a vacation, according to a new survey by American Consumer Credit Counseling. Nearly 85 percent of those polled during the month of August by ACCC revealed that they could not take a vacation because they either needed to use the money for bills or other expenses, didn’t have enough money saved, or couldn’t take time off.

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ACCC Provides the Top Three Ways Money Matters in a Relationship

(Boston, MA) – September 30, 2015 – With rising divorce rates in the United States, many couples have reported that money and financial issues are the main source of conflict in a relationship. That is why national nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling has provided couples with three important ways money matters in a relationship.

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ACCC Offers Five Tips to Help Employees Understand Their Paycheck on Money Matters National Education Day

(Boston, MA) – September 30, 2015 – As Money Matters National Education Day approaches on September 10th, national nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling is providing working Americans with five tips to help better understand their paycheck.

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ACCC Offers 5 Smart Ways to Budget for the Holiday Season

(Boston, MA) – September 30, 2015 –As fall settles in, retail stores begin to stock their stores shelves and prepare for the holiday season. This means consumers should be thinking ahead – not only to about what they will be purchasing, but more importantly how they will afford it.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Giving Your College-Bound Child a Credit Card

(Boston, MA) – September 2, 2015 - As September quickly approaches, students are preparing to head off to college and start the fall semester. This is an exciting, but stressful time when parents must decide: Is it time to set my child up with a credit card?

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Consumers Are Finding New Ways to Pay Bills Online, According to Survey from ACCC

(Boston, MA) – August 31, 2015 - The majority of American consumers has started paying bills online within the last five years, according to a new survey by American Consumer Credit Counseling. Nearly 95 percent of those polled in the month of July by ACCC admitted that they pay at least one bill through their computer or mobile device. Nearly 55 percent of those polled said they started paying online within the last five years.

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ACCC Offers Five Ways to Tackle Student Debt in College

(Boston, MA) – August 24, 2015 - As the cost of college continues to rise, so has student loan debt – which has reached record highs. Creating a budget has become imperative for all college students in order to minimize their debt upon graduation. American Consumer Credit Counseling is offering five simple tips for students heading to college this Fall semester to help minimize student debt.

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ACCC Offers 5 Ways to Save on Back to School Items

(Boston, MA) – August 18, 2015 - Summer is flying by, and soon the stressful back-to-school shopping will begin. American Consumer Credit Counseling has provided families with five tips for frugal back-to-school savings without breaking the bank

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ACCC PROVIDES 5 TIps to survive the high cost of living in california

(Boston, MA) – August 20, 2015 With rising gas prices, taxes, and one of the highest unemployment rates in the Nation, the cost of living in California has made it extremely difficult for the average resident to pay bills on time. That’s why, this summer, American Consumer Credit Counseling is offering financially smart ways to survive California’s rising cost of living.

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ACCC Provides 15 Financial Tips For College students

(Boston, MA) – August 11, 2015 – As the fall semester starts to creep up, incoming freshmen have a lot on their minds. Very few will consider their personal finances as a top priority as they enter the next four years of their life. That’s why national nonprofit, American Consumer Credit Counseling, has created some simple guidelines to help incoming freshmen make educated financial decisions.

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ACCC Provides State House Interns with Financial Education

(Boston, MA) – August 6, 2015American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC) partnered with credit unions across the state to teach students about budgeting and financial decision making at the second annual Scholars & Cents: A Reality Fair for State House Legislative.  The day-long fair was attended by roughly 70 interns on July 14th at the Massachusetts State House. 

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ACCC Offers Five Ways Las Vegas Residents Can Vacation on a Budget

Las Vegas, NV (July 24, 2015) – Summer is well underway, and many Las Vegas families struggle to afford that much desired summer vacation without breaking the bank. Luckily, national financial education nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling has announced five ways that Las Vegas families can enjoy a budget-friendly “staycation.”

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ACCC Offers a Financial Checklist for Newlyweds during Wedding Season

(Boston, MA) – July 23, 2015 – When it comes to marriage, many couples often fail to look past the wedding day and the planning involved in living a happy marriage. The biggest issue is that more often than not, couples fail to discuss their finances, financial philosophies, debt they may be bringing into the marriage, previous budgeting experiences and financial goals for the future prior to the big day.  That’s why national nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling is offering a financial checklist for newlyweds. 

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ACCC Offers a Budgeter’s Guide to Surviving Wedding Season as New Survey Highlights Wedding Cost Woes

(Boston, MA) – July 13, 2015 – More than one half of American consumers admitted they had trouble affording the cost of attending a wedding, according to a new online poll conducted by American Consumer Credit Counseling. 

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ACCC Offers Tips on What You Need to Know Before You Refinance Your Home

(Boston, MA) – July 13, 2015 - Getting a new mortgage to replace the original is a great way to save money and lower your monthly payments, but not all lenders and borrowers are good candidates.  That’s why national nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling is offering helpful tips for homeowners to know before they restructure their mortgage.

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ACCC Offers Los Angeles Residents Financial Tips to Save Money During California Drought

(Boston, MA) – July 6, 2015 – The ongoing four-year drought in Los Angeles has eaten away at beautiful green lawns, jacked up water prices and forced California regulators to order a 25 percent cut in urban water use.   That’s why this summer, American Consumer Credit Counseling is offering financially smart tips for Los Angeles residents to conserve water and save money during the warmest months of the year.

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ACCC has Five Tips to Help Americans to Declare Financial Independence

(Boston, MA) – July 1, 2014 This July 4th, as we take pride in celebrating our country’s freedom,  national nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling offers tips to help Americans declare their own personal financial independence and make a commitment to become debt free. 

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On National Dump the Pump Day, ACCC Offers Five Creative Ways to Travel without a Car

(Boston, MA) – June 19, 2015 The temperature is beginning to rise, and so are gas prices. After a long and often brutal winter, consumers are likely to take advantage of the nice weather this summer to go on road trips and travel the open roads.  There are, however, ways to avoid being burdened by the expensive gas prices that come along with driving a car. 

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ACCC Announces Five Financial Tips for Veterans in the State of California

(San Francisco, CA) June 3, 2015 With large numbers of veterans in California and across the U.S. facing financial challenges and worries following military service, national nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling is offering new tips and resources to help overcome these challenges.

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ACCC Announces Five Ways to Plan a Budget-Friendly Summer Vacation

(Boston, MA) - May 29, 2015 – With summer rapidly approaching, many families struggle to afford that all-important summer vacation or trip together without breaking the bank. Travel is one of those luxuries everyone wants to afford but may not be able to fit into their budget. Luckily, national financial education nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling has announced five ways families can enjoy a budget-friendly summer vacation.

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ACCC Celebrates 529 Day by Offering Five Useful Tips on How to Save For College

(Boston, MA) – May 22, 2015 — With the cost of college and the average amount of student loans skyrocketing, national financial education nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling is celebrating 529 College Savings Day on May 29th by sharing useful tips that will help students make money-savvy decisions and save for school.

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ACCC Moderates Panel on Youth Financial Education during recent Statewide Summit

(Boston, MA) – May 6, 2015 – National financial education and credit counseling nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling recently participated in a statewide financial education summit hosted by MassSaves. The summit, called “Financial Education: Teach it, build it, coach it, spread it, love it!” featured keynote speaker and Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg. 

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Americans Get Little Financial Education at a Young Age, says Survey from ACCC

(Boston, MA) – May 4, 2015 –Budget-conscious consumers say they had little or no personal finance education as children, according to a new survey by American Consumer Credit Counseling. Nearly 65 percent of those polled by ACCC during National Financial Literacy Month admitted they were without financial education before the age of 16.

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ACCC Offers Advice on How to Build a Retirement Account

(Boston, MA) - April 21, 2015 – No matter how old you are, it’s never too early to begin preparing for life after work. This National Financial Literacy Month, nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling has a set of helpful tips for how to build a retirement account.

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ACCC Offers Five Smart Ways to Spend Tax Returns

(Boston, MA) – April 14, 2015— April 15th is fast approaching, and for most Americans, that means tax refunds are on the way.  After paying dues to Uncle Sam all year, consumers may be tempted to splurge, but nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling has some advice for making the most of the cash back you might receive. 

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ACCC Offers the Five Most Important Money Lessons for Kids

(Boston, MA) - April 10, 2015 – It’s never too early to begin learning about money, and during National Financial Literacy Month nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling has the five most important money lessons every kid should know. 

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8 Tips to Avoid Unnecessary Spending as Credit Card Debt Rises in MA

(Boston, MA) – April 6, 2015 –The number of consumers who racked up expenses on their credit cards rose slightly over last year. According to the Federal Reserve, the average American household’s credit card debt has increased 2.26 percent from October 2013 to October 2014. 

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ACCC Participates in National Consumers League’s LifeSmarts Event

(Boston, MA) – March 20, 2015- Students from all over Massachusetts were tested on their consumer and marketplace knowledge at the local LifeSmarts 2015 state competition on Thursday, March 19. The state competition was run by the national nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling and the Massachusetts Jump$tart Coalition. 

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ACCC offers Important Money Lessons for Kids of all Ages

(Boston, MA) – March 20, 2015 – Learning about finances at a young age is a key component to making smart financial decisions in the future. Despite this, studies show that a majority of young people struggle with financial literacy in the U.S. Just 17 states require personal financial classes in high school, according to a survey by the Council for Economic Education.

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How to avoid credit problems before traveling on spring break

(Boston, MA) – March 20, 2015 – College and high school spring break is underway and tens of thousands of students across the country will soon flock from the classroom to beach chairs in tropical destinations. While it’s a time for sunshine, parties and fun, the risk of not preparing for your trip abroad could leave you with credit problems and a financial emergency. 

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ACCC Offers Nevada Residents 5 Steps to Prevent Identity Theft 

(Nevada) – March 6, 2015 —The amount of consumers who have experienced digital identity theft has skyrocketed over the past couple of years. The biggest issue is more often than not, consumers do not know how to protect themselves against scammers, which is why American Consumer Credit Counseling has released a handful of tips in hopes of minimizing the threat.

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ACCC Offers San Francisco Residents 5 Steps to Prevent Identity Theft

(San Francisco, CA) – March 6, 2015 —The amount of consumers who have experienced digital identity theft has skyrocketed over the past couple of years. The biggest issue is more often than not, consumers do not know how to protect themselves against scammers, which is why American Consumer Credit Counseling has released a handful of tips in hopes of minimizing the threat.

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ACCC Takes the Mystery Out of Credit Reports

(Boston, MA) – March 6, 2015 – Consumers can take better control of their financial lives by getting a better understanding of their credit report and scores during National Credit Education Month. American Consumer Credit Counseling - a non-profit credit counseling agency that serves consumers nationwide - says many people don’t fully understand the difference between a credit report and a credit score. 

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ACCC Offers Los Angeles Residents 5 Steps to Prevent Identity Theft 

(Los Angeles, CA) – March 6, 2015 —The amount of consumers who have experienced digital identity theft has skyrocketed over the past couple of years. The biggest issue is more often than not, consumers do not know how to protect themselves against scammers, which is why American Consumer Credit Counseling has released a handful of tips in hopes of minimizing the threat.

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5 KEY STEPS TO BECOMING CREDIT CARD SMART

(Boston, MA)  March 6, 2015 – With credit card debt once again on the rise in the U.S., national financial education non-profit American Consumer Credit Counseling today announced five steps to becoming credit card smart. Credit card debt is the third largest source of household debt, behind only mortgages and student loans. 

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5 Steps to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

(Boston, MA) – March 4, 2015 —The amount of consumers who have experienced digital identity theft has sky rocketed over the past couple of years. The biggest issue is more often than not, consumers do not know how to protect themselves against scammers, which is why American Consumer Credit Counseling has released a handful of tips in hopes of minimizing the threat.

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ACCC OFFERS TIPS TO PREPARE FOR WINTER WEATHER EXPENSES

(Boston, MA) – February 25, 2015 – It’s no secret that extreme cold and record-setting snow has taken a harsh financial toll on consumers and businesses throughout Massachusetts. The City of Boston has already spent $35 million on snow removal, the most ever in its history and almost double what was originally budgeted. 

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ACCC Provides Critical Tips to Help Consumers Manage the Car Buying Process

(Boston, MA) – February 13, 2015 – For many dealerships across the country, Presidents’ Day marks the kick-off to the car-buying season, with promotional events aimed at driving consumers to make a purchase. In fact, one recent survey from Edmunds.com found that typically there is a 25 percent increase in sales over the course of the weekend.

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ACCC Provides Financial Educational Resource to Children in Nevada

(Boston, MA) – February 13, 2015 – In an effort to help address low financial literacy in the state of Nevada, national nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling has released an educational guide to help teach children about money. 

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50 PERCENT OF AMERICANS LIE ABOUT MONEY TO THEIR PARTNER

(Boston, MA) – February 11, 2015 – When it comes to love and money, half of Americans admit they have committed financial infidelity and lied to their significant other about money, according to a recent survey conducted by national financial education nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling. 

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Paying down debt as the number one financial goal in 2015

(Boston, MA) – February 5, 2015 – Paying down debt ranks as the number one financial goal for consumers in 2015, according to a recent survey conducted by national financial education nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling.

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ACCC Helps First Time Homebuyers Prepare for Homeownership during Get Organized Month

(Boston, MA) – January 30, 2015 — National nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling is helping consumers who want to purchase a home during National Get Organized Month this January. Organization is key when it comes to getting ready to buy your first home. 

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ACCC Highlights Healthy Lifestyles that Lead to Healthy Budgets this National Financial Wellness Month

(Boston, MA) – January 30, 2015 — National nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling is helping consumers get physically and financially fit during Financial Wellness Month this January. ACCC is providing simple and easy ways for Americans to get on a healthy track when it comes to finances and physical health in 2015. 

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ACCC Releases Survey on Love and Money

(Boston, MA) – January 28, 2015- Today, national consumer credit counseling agency, American Consumer Credit Counseling, launched their monthly online survey seeking to gain better insight into consumers’ behavior when it comes to love and money. 

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ACCC Provides Tips to Avoid Becoming Rent Burdened in San Francisco

(Boston, MA) – January 21, 2015 — As a nation still recovering from an economic recession, the affordable housing situation in the United States, especially in San Francisco, has become a serious matter. According to new data from the American Community Survey, over 42 million households in America were renter households. 

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ACCC Explains How to Navigate Awkward Money Situations

(Boston, MA) – January 20, 2015 - When it comes to finances, most consumers will agree they have encountered at least one awkward money situation in their life. In fact, according to one survey, nearly half (48 percent) of U.S. adults have avoided a person or a situation because they knew it would be an awkward money moment. 

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Amidst Rising Digital Danger, ACCC Provides Los Angeles Consumers with Tips on Surviving the New Digital Era

(Boston, MA) – January 14, 2015 Amidst a digital age and the digitization of information, identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America. Recent studies show that every minute, 19 identities are stolen. As of late, the technological world has proven to be in a state of vulnerability, placing millions at risk of becoming victims of identity theft. 

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OVER 50 PERCENT OF CONSUMERS FEEL DAILY FINANCIAL STRESS, ACCORDING TO SURVEY FROM ACCC

(Boston, MA) – January 8, 2015 — More than half of consumers are stressed about their financial situations every day, according to a recent survey conducted by national financial education nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling. The survey comes at the heels of earlier consumer reports indicating that consumer spending confidence levels were approaching a seven year high. 

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American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC) is a nonprofit debt relief agency offering consolidated credit counseling and consumer debt solutions. If you have debt to consolidate, we can help you consolidate credit without taking a loan or paying high fees like some debt management companies charge. A fair, effective debt reduction service, our debt management program simplifies your payment responsibilities and often results in reduced interest rates from your creditors. As a leading national debt consolidation firm, ACCC has also been approved by the Department of Justice to provide credit counseling for bankruptcy both the pre-bankruptcy credit counseling certificate and the post-bankruptcy debtor education.

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