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  • Young couple getting the keys to their first home after following first time home buyer tips

    13 of the Best First Time Home Buyer Tips

    09-18-2020 | Blog

    The process of buying a home can be overwhelming—especially if it’s your first time. You want to make sure you’re getting the right house for you at the best value, but without prior experience, how can you really know?

  • a couple looking at houses for sale online

    Calculate How Much House You Can Afford

    08-20-2020 | Blog

    When you're ready to buy a house, one of the first questions that often comes to mind is, "how much house can I afford?" This number will help you decide the neighborhood you choose to live in, the size of your home, your down payment, and how quickly you can afford to purchase.

  • Income for Life: Guaranteeing Retirement Income to Last a Lifetime

    07-23-2020 | Blog

    No matter what your retirement goals, an important part of the road ahead is ensuring a steady stream of income.

  • a couple browsing homes for sale on a laptop

    How To Get A House Loan In 2020

    07-14-2020 | Blog

    In early 2020, just before the Coronavirus outbreak, the sale of existing homes was the best they'd been since 2007.

    Unfortunately, the housing market nor anyone else saw COVID-19 and the impact it would have to come. The virus has changed the way of life for the entire globe, forcing many people to stay in their homes for months on end. Those that didn't lose their jobs began working from home in many cases, and plans for public outings have been put on the backburner indefinitely.

  • man smiling looking inside a new car he wants to purchase with a 72-month auto loan

    Why 72-Month Auto Loans Are Gaining Popularity

    06-14-2020 | Blog

    The length of your auto loan term can vary greatly from 36 months to 84 months or longer. The popularity of longer auto loan terms, like the 72-month auto loan, is growing and for good reason. Longer loan terms allow you to pay less each month which gives you more flexibility in your budget and the ability to purchase a better quality vehicle.

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    Credit Cards For Excellent Credit

    04-30-2020 | Blog

    A credit score is far more than a number: it is a reflection of hard work, careful planning, and total investment in a set of financial goals. People who maintain excellent credit scores over long periods have learned to apply these concepts in many areas of their financial life.

  • how to weather a bear market

    How to Make Good Investment Decisions: Up-Down-Bear-Bull

    04-29-2020 | Blog

    You may have heard about the stock market dropping and being in a “bear market”, but what is a bear market? What’s the difference between a bull market and a bear market? How does this affect you?

  • stack of credit and debit cards

    Credit vs. Debit Cards - What's Right For You?

    04-24-2020 | Blog

    Both credit cards and debit cards perform the same basic function, but each provides unique features and/or perks that lend themselves more readily to certain financial goals. Therefore, having a better understanding of credit vs. debit cards and the benefits or drawbacks they offer is the best way to make an informed choice with your financial interest in mind.

  • Mom teaching about finances

    Fun Kid Activities to Teach Kids How to Save

    04-20-2020 | Blog

    As we all evolve to the new “norm”, some of us are balancing working from home, homeschooling our kiddos, and managing a household. Luckily, we have some fun activities to do with your children while educating them about money management.

  • What to do if your income is reduced

    What To Do If Your Income Is Reduced

    03-30-2020 | Blog

    Making ends meet paycheck-to-paycheck can be stressful in itself. But what happens in times of financial crisis - like a nation-wide pandemic, or an economic recession? Taking a closer look at your finances, and creating an actionable spending plan can help you survive (and recover from) unforeseen financial hardship. 

  • Five Easy Ways to Cut Expenses

    Five Easy Ways to Cut Monthly Expenses

    03-06-2020 | Blog

    Ever notice how your monthly expenses always seem to equal whatever salary you’re making, even after you get raises? Here are a few things you can do right now to cut your monthly expenses.

  • man worried over maxed out credit card

    Maxed Out Your Credit Card? What Now?

    02-20-2020 | Blog

    Many credit cards come with credit limits attached, which is the top amount that you’re allowed to put on your card. When you reach that limit, your credit card is considered to be maxed out.

    If you have maxed out your card, it can have a major impact on your financial situation. Fortunately, there are a few options available to help with a maxed out credit card.

  • affordable date night couple

    10 Ways to Make Date Night Affordable

    02-12-2020 | Blog

    Who says love doesn’t cost a thing? It’s no secret that date night can get expensive. While “dinner and a movie” is usually the go-to date for most couples, the costs can quickly add up. That’s why we’re here to help! 

  • woman researches how to choose a credit card online

    How to Choose a Credit Card [The Guide]

    02-11-2020 | Blog

    Credit cards can be useful for emergencies when cash is tight, and they’re also very convenient to have around—in some cases, too convenient. However, they most certainly do have their uses.

    In many cases, having the right type of credit card for your situation can be highly beneficial if used properly. Here, we’ll discuss how to choose a credit card for your lifestyle.

  • couple gets a credit union used car loan

    Used Car Loans: Which Credit Union Is Best?

    01-22-2020 | Blog

    Securing financing for a used car purchase can be a bit of a challenge, especially when you have so many options to choose from. 

    Selecting a credit union used union car loan can benefit you in many ways. However, you want to be sure you choose an institution that provides the most advantageous options for your situation while keeping your best interests at heart.

  • woman happy she got the best credit card

    The Best Credit Card Offers For Members

    01-16-2020 | Blog

    No matter who you are, your buying power is critical for sustaining your wants, needs, and lifestyle. That’s why your credit card needs to operate as an extension of your wallet, fully capable of bringing your world even closer. More than just a simple debit card, a credit card is an invaluable luxury, a decisive business partner, and a weighty responsibility all rolled into one.

  • family moving in to new home

    Set Yourself Up For A Home Loan Pre-Approval

    01-05-2020 | Blog

    If you’re preparing to get a home loan soon, there are certain things you can do to set yourself up for a successful pre-approval process. Click to read more.

  • couple and young girl with moving boxes outside home

    Is a New Home in Your Future? There’s More Than One Way to Finance.

    12-11-2019 | Blog

    Consider the different mortgage options available to find the right one for you.

  • couple deciding to finance a car vs. lease

    Financing A Car vs. Lease: What You Need To Know

    11-05-2019 | Blog

    One of the questions that might come up when you’re looking for a new vehicle is whether you should finance a car vs. lease. 

    Both have their advantages and drawbacks, and we’ll go over the differences between the two here.

  • couple home approval

    How To Apply For A Home Loan And Get Approved

    10-24-2019 | Blog

    Applying for a home loan is one thing. Getting approved is another entirely. 

    Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or you’ve taken out multiple home loans, it’s good to familiarize yourself (or refresh your memory) with the process of how to apply for a home loan and get approved. 

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    International Credit Union Day 2019

    10-16-2019 | Blog

    On Oct. 17, 2019, credit union members around the world will celebrate International Credit Union Day®, an annual event to commemorate the credit union movement’s impact and achievements. This year marks the 71st anniversary. 

  • FHA home owner with dog

    How To Apply For An FHA Home Loan

    10-03-2019 | Blog

    The process to apply for a home loan can be different based on what type of loan you are applying for. Learn what to expect when applying for an FHA loan.

  • how to apply for FHA home loan

    How To Get An Affordable Online Auto Loan

    09-20-2019 | Blog

    Shopping for a car is quite a process—you need to balance what you want with what you can afford. On top of that, shopping for financing that will allow you to buy a car is a process all its own, and it can get a little confusing in spots.

  • car finance options

    Auto Financing: How To Do It The Smart Way

    08-08-2019 | Blog

    Many auto finance options exist and choosing the best one relies on an understanding of how financing a car works. Learn how to finance a car the smart way.

  • affordable vacation ideas

    Affordable Vacation Ideas

    08-01-2019 | Blog

    Get a little rest and relaxation, even if you have a tight budget, with these fun and cheap vacation ideas.

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