Advantage Advisor
Monthly Newsletter
July / 2019
The 4th of July is coming! It’s the perfect time to get together with friends and family. The weather is usually great and it’s the beginning of the Summer festivities. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on the perfect Fourth of July party though. You just have to get creative when it comes to enjoying the day off!

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In This Issue:

Frugal Fourth Of July
Credit Card Statements
Teach Kids About Money
Financial Independence
Clients Speak Out
Company News & Events
Employee Spotlight
Credit card statements can be confusing. There are minimum payments, statement balances, and interest rates that show up on a monthly bill, among other things. The banks mail some statements to their customers. They deliver others digitally if the cardholder has opted .... Read more!
When it comes to teaching your kids about money, think of it as teaching them survival skills. If you do not teach them about money–budgeting, saving, spending, and credit–it will be left to trial and error, which could prove costly and time-consuming. Since ....  Read more!
The Fourth of July is right around the corner. On this day, we are reminded of our Independence as a nation. But what about our financial independence? The goal of financial independence is to be able to cover all of your living expenses for the rest of your life without the need of a full-time job. It may not ....  Read more!
"Some three years, my wife and I were at a crossroads financially. We had more debt than we could handle. By working with Advantage CCS, we were better able to manage our debt. And now, our credit cards are paid off. That wouldn't have been possible without the help from Advantage CCS."  ~ Ryan S.
" Advantage Consumer Credit was very easy to work with and I would definitely recommend them to a friend or anyone in need. I am so close to being debt free because of them and am looking forward to the day that I am. "  ~ Donna R.
"After being left with a large amount of credit card debt post divorce, your services were able to help me get on track and pay down the debt I “inherited” in the divorce proceedings. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, I’m not sure what I would have done without your help!"  ~ Abby D.
"My experience was helpful for my credit card debt. It really helped me to keep things under control. I always received quick responses to my questions, and everyone I spoke with was very kind and helpful. Thank You!"  ~ Angela W.
Advantage CCS Has Moved Our Pittsburgh Office Location! 

But we didn't move very far!

We are still in the same building ( Riverpark Commons Business Center ), but we're upstairs in Suite 225 instead of downstairs.

You can use the Main Entrance and press 225 on the intercom system. When someone answers, please state your name to get "buzzed in." You'll go up to the 2nd floor (you can take the stairs or the elevator) and then go through the double doors on your left. Then, we are the first door on the left-hand side in Suite 225 .

That's our new Pittsburgh office location! Come see us soon!
In our “Employee Spotlight” series, we ask our employees about the role they play in our agency and a little bit about their family and personal life. We want to give you the ability to hear right from them about what gets them excited to come to work each day and how they personally help all of our clients succeed.
Let's meet our  Financial Empowerment Center Program Manager Rebecca Johnson !
How long have you worked for the agency? –  "I’ve worked here for about 6 months."
What are your primary job duties? –  "I’m the Financial Empowerment Center Program Manager. In this role, I manage a team of financial counselors and we offer free, one-on-one financial counseling to anyone in the Pittsburgh area. This job is fun because I really believe in FEC program and what we’re doing, and I get to spend a lot of time out in the community talking with folks, which I love."
What was the most unusual and/or interesting job you've ever had? –  "For seven years I worked with an agency that resettled refugees from around the world here in Pittsburgh. My first position was as the Housing Case Manager, so I had to find homes for families coming to Pittsburgh. I found everything to go in the homes, like shampoo, towels, cookware, furniture, everything. We used donations for some things, and other things we bought new. I always wanted the homes to feel welcoming, because it must have been scary to start over in a new place. We also connected the families to medical services, English classes, jobs, and more. Most of the clients didn’t speak English, so we used interpreters for everything. It was a really special job, and I learned so much about the places the families came from and their cultures."
Would you say you're messy or organized? –  "I would say I’m organized. I like everything to be clean and in its place."
What's your favorite food? –  "Knoephla (neh-fla) soup! I’m from North Dakota, and this traditional German soup is really popular back home. I learned how to make the knoephla, which are little dumplings, from my grandma and dad. The soup is really simple, with just potatoes, vegetables, broth, cream, and knoephla."
What's your least favorite food? –  "I really dislike cottage cheese."
Do you have any hobbies? –  "I love to garden and read, but these days I spend most of my free time doing projects in my fixer-upper of a home."
What is the one thing you couldn’t live without? –  "Definitely my family, friends, and pup Lenora, but coffee is a pretty close second."
What is your favorite book and/or movie? –  "It’s so hard to choose! I love the Harry Potter books and movies, but For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway is also a favorite."
What is your favorite color? –  "Yellow."
What is your favorite vacation spot? -  "I love Europe, especially Spain. It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been."