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Don't Drink Your Wallet Dry

Posted by Bethany Dutcher, VP Marketing on Jul 9, 2018 1:32:09 PM

You probably already know water is the best beverage choice for your health and for your money. But did you know bottled water may be costing you a fortune? 

It’s true: Many people pay exorbitant amounts of money for bottled water without even realizing how inflated the price is. 

So, let’s take a look at the costs of bottled water when compared to ordinary tap water. 

For 1,000 gallons of tap water, it will cost you approximately $11. With that amount of water, you could fill 7,570 bottles of water at 16.9 fluid ounces each, with each bottle costing you just $0.0014! 

Assuming you drink three 20-oz bottles of water a day, you’ll need 1,095 bottles a year. If you’d fill those bottles with tap water, you’ll only pay $1.53 a year! 

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Topics: health, Budgeting

Financial Preparation For 2018

Posted by Bethany Dutcher, VP Marketing on Dec 21, 2017 10:26:37 AM

 2018 is almost here – are you ready?

Usher in the new year with plans for financial improvement and resolutions to do more.

Here are some tips to get you started:

Tune your budget

It’s great to start off the new year with a plan. A budget is just that-a plan that starts with the income you expect and your fixed expenses such as your mortgage, insurance and utilities. The plan incorporates your savings goals, and the remaining money is designated for your other expenses. A realistic budget will help you set your financial goals and will remind you to stick to them. Now is the perfect time to assess last year’s budget or create a new one if you don’t yet have one in place.

Reviewing how you spent last year’s money will help you make better financial decisions for the year ahead. While thinking about it, include a method for tracking your spending. You can do this on a spreadsheet or tag items in your checking account.

Even with a solid plan, there can be surprises along the way, so be sure to build an emergency fund into your budget.

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Topics: financial goals, Budgeting, New Year's, 2018

Affordable Traveling Tips

Posted by Theresa Nelson, Loan Operations Coordinator on Nov 14, 2017 9:32:58 AM

Many of us look forward to any chance we can to get away and do something for ourselves or with family and friends!  We may not always have the money for it, but if you follow some of these tips, you will find that a little bit of research and planning goes a long way! Below are some great money saving strategies that will help make that possible for each and every one of you- no matter your budget!  We all deserve a chance to enjoy things in life and you don’t have to go broke doing it!

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Topics: Saving, Budgeting, travel, visa, rewards

Overspending has become as American as Apple Pie (But it doesn’t need to be!)

Posted by Accel Financial Counseling on Sep 27, 2017 1:14:35 PM

If you overspend, you are not alone: the average American spends $1.33 for every $1 earned. Our spending habits have become so routine that we often forget the ways we are spending money on unnecessary things. Here are some tips to break bad habits, and set you up to achieve financial success.

  1. Automate your monthly budget

Tracking your finances can be difficult, so using a service like Mint can help you understand where your money is going automatically. These services will tell you how much you are spending on restaurants and entertainment versus essentials. Once you are armed with this information, you can make an informed choice about how to scale back.

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Topics: Budgeting, Overspending

Dealing With a Financial Setback

Posted by Bethany Dutcher, VP Marketing on Aug 23, 2017 11:58:59 AM

Financial setbacks come in all shapes and sizes. It can be an expensive household repair or major car trouble. It may be increases in your insurance plus a rent hike taking effect at the same time. Or, it can be something more extreme, like getting a pay cut at work- or even being given a pink slip. It may be a medical emergency that isn't covered by insurance, or some good news that will cost you a bundle, like a wedding or the birth of a baby.

It's impossible to plan for every financial hit you will take in your lifetime.

The question is: What are you going to do about it?

You could ignore it, and keep borrowing or charging to pay for daily expenses when your income is swallowed up by the surprise. By going that route, you'll be paying a lot more than you should for this setback because of accumulated interest. But you have options--there are proactive steps you can take. So, if you're hit with hard times, keep these tips in mind:

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Topics: finances, Budgeting

Deciding Which Bills to Pay First

Posted by Accel Financial Counseling on Jun 15, 2017 2:40:51 PM

There are times when money is tight, and understanding how to deal with that stack of bills can be very challenging. But don’t panic!

Here are some guidelines that can help you decide which bills you should pay first.

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Topics: money management, Budgeting

Newlyweds: Don’t Let Financial Stress Take The Cake

Posted by Bethany Dutcher, VP Marketing on Jun 6, 2017 12:23:01 PM

There are so many things to think about when you’re just married, or about to be, and no one would rate finances as the most exciting of them. In fact, studies show that money (not relatives) is the number one reason couples argue. Those financial arguments (again, not relatives) are one of the top predictors of divorce.

So, how can you avoid becoming a statistic? Here are some tips.

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Topics: marriage, finances, wedding, financial goals, Budgeting

It Costs How Much To Get Married!?

Posted by Melissa Pashak, Marketing Specialist on Mar 1, 2017 11:11:01 AM

According to a new report by a leading wedding magazine, The Knot, the average American wedding cost has eclipsed $35,000. That's more than half of the yearly median income! Most of that spending isn't on lavish luxuries for bride and groom - it comes from the guest list. Couples are inviting more people and doing more for them, trying to create an unforgettable experience for their loved ones.

If you've got an event planned for the coming year, read on. Your bill doesn't need to be that extreme. Here are five ways to save on the cost of your big day!

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Topics: Saving, wedding, Budgeting, planning

How To Be The Host With The Most Without Draining Your Account

Posted by Melissa Pashak, Marketing Specialist on Dec 15, 2016 9:49:09 AM

Q: It's my turn to host my family for Christmas. How can I entertain the crowd without spending a fortune?

A: Hosting a holiday meal is one of the most stressful parts of any holiday. Sure, it's great to help everyone get together under one roof as part of a fantastic tradition. On the other, though, feeding many people can put a serious strain on your budget. With Christmas gifts to buy, a strain like that really can't come at a worse time!

Fortunately, it's possible to be a great host and a great saver at the same time. It's not easy, but you can put on a great Christmas meal without breaking the budget. Try these 3 handy tips to save this year!

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Topics: Saving, Christmas, family, Budgeting, Hosting a Party

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We're happy you're here. Our blog gives us another way to communicate with you in a fun, relaxed way. Don't worry; we won't be selling you anything. We just want to share a more personal part of ourselves so you can get to know the lighter side of the credit union. Our goal is to improve your financial well-being, we'll also share helpful financial tips and recommendations covering everything from students loans to retirement planning, and dream vacations to budgeting, many from our own personal experiences. After all, we're still people helping people, as we have been for 60 plus years. Now we just have more ways to reach out and help. 

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