End of Year Financial Tips

It's the right time to get organized so you can achieve your financial goals in 2020. By: April Lewis-Parks If you’re like many people, your finances aren’t high on your list of priorities now. According to the National Retail Federation, the average family expects to spend over $1,000 on Christmas this year. So, it’s no...

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Smart Holiday Shopping Tips

Plan carefully so credit card debt and ID theft don’t dampen your holiday cheer. By: Meghan Alard According to the National Retail Federation, the average family expects to send over $1,000 this year – $1,007.24, to be exact. That’s an increase of 4.1% from last year. There are three big categories of spending this year: $637.67…

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What are Reality Fairs?

(Pictured: Reality Fair Volunteers) Members 1st, along with other area credit unions, visit local schools to host Financial Reality Fairs. These fairs teach students how to budget their money. Students start by selecting a career and then are given a realistic salary based off their chosen career. When we visit the schools, we bring along…

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International Credit Union Day

October 18, 2018, will mark the 70th anniversary of International Credit Union Day. Join us at any of our branches on Oct. 18 to celebrate ICU Day.

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Dealership Extended Warranty vs. Credit Union Services

Are you thinking about buying a car? Like any big investment, you want to protect it long after the paperwork is signed and you drive it off the lot. Dealership extended warranties give customers peace of mind that the vehicle will not present a financial risk in the future. According to Consumer Reports, car buyers…

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Tips to Avoid Fraud

Fraud continues to become more and more prevalent, especially in the banking world. Here are tips to help avoid falling into the hands of fraud: • A text alert from us warning of suspicious activity on your card will NEVER include a link to be clicked. Never click on a link in a text message…

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Managing Credit Card Debt

The key to a successful relationship with a credit card revolves around a few factors. First, maintain the agreement, spend wisely, and make payments on time. While the average American holds 2-3 credit cards, massive credit card debt can be a blemish to a credit score.  On the flip side, not having any credit at…

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How to Avoid Imposter Scams

How to Avoid Imposter Scams This year’s focus for Military Consumer Month features advice we can all use. By: Meghan Alard July is National Military Consumer Month. It’s a month where the Federal Trade Commission focuses on helping military Service Members, Veterans and their families learn about key consumer protections they need to be successful. For…

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Creating a Home Improvement Budget

Plan Out Your Home Improvement Budget A home improvement project takes on many shapes and sizes. Whether it’s a mechanical update or a new addition, major home renovations require a sensible and flexible budget. The key to a home renovation budget is to do the research first, create a plan, and secure the funds.  Major…

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#FeelGoodFriday: Teacher Mini Grant Experience

Last year, we awarded 25 teachers with mini grants in order to fund a classroom project for their students. In order to be considered for the mini grants, the teachers had to apply and explain what their project would entail. Some of our  previous recipients recently shared their experience with us and we couldn't be...

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