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26 09, 2022

Webinar: Breezing through the holidays

2022-09-26T17:25:06-05:00September 26th, 2022|Budgeting, Education|

BREEZING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS It may be called “the most wonderful time of the year” but December can also be filled with unwanted debt with holiday spending. Learn budgeting strategies and tactics to avoid that year-end credit card crunch and sidestep debt traps in the future. REGISTER: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/2559794329983624976 Session 1: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 [...]

13 09, 2022

Spanish Language Webinars – Financial Education

2022-09-12T13:38:20-05:00September 13th, 2022|Education, Financial|

Upcoming Financial Education Webinars - Spanish Language Próximos Webinars de Educación Financiera - Idioma Español We’re very excited to announce a series of four FREE Spanish language financial education webinars to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Our webinars are open to everyone and packed with useful, relevant information. Click on the registration buttons below to reserve [...]

9 09, 2022

How Does a CD Work?

2022-09-09T15:20:47-05:00September 9th, 2022|Financial|

Certificates of Deposit (CDs) have been around for a long time, yet they are often overlooked as a method of savings and investment. But they can be a very valuable and dependable way to invest your money without working with an investment advisor. What is a CD? Simply put, a CD is an investment where [...]

15 07, 2022

10 ways to spend less when shopping online

2022-07-15T14:25:55-05:00July 15th, 2022|Budgeting, Cyber Security, Financial|

10 ways to spend less when shopping online Get what you need without overpaying—or being tricked into overbuying. Key takeaways Retail sites have features that entice you to buy more than you need, but savvy shopping can help you stick to a budget. These tips and habits—including staying focused, carefully timing purchases, and factoring in [...]

6 07, 2022

10 Unusual Budgeting Methods to Try

2022-07-06T14:41:31-05:00July 6th, 2022|Budgeting, Education|

Reposted from Money Under 30 If the usual budgeting methods and apps aren't working for you, try some of these lesser-known options — like the Kakeibo method, the expense-income approach, or the "no budget" budget. As a personal finance writer, I write about budgeting daily. That’s why it was a hard truth to face when [...]

22 06, 2022

Webinar: Investing In Real Estate

2022-06-22T12:19:49-05:00June 22nd, 2022|Education, Financial, Green Country News, Home Buying|

Investing In Real Estate Free Educational Webinar Investing in real estate can be a great way to boost income—if done wisely. To help investors turn a profit, we’ll cover the pros and cons of different properties, resources for finding investment opportunities, and financing options Session 1: Tuesday, July 12, 2022 Time: 10:30 a.m. PT / [...]

27 05, 2022

Saying “I Do” to Homeownership

2022-05-27T11:05:38-05:00May 27th, 2022|Education, Home Buying|

Saying “I Do” to Homeownership: How to Prepare for This Big Commitment Buying a home is a major commitment. It’s a bit like, well, getting married: you’ve got to be ready and you have to find the right “one.” And, like a marriage, homeownership is a dynamic experience that requires a tremendous amount of care [...]

27 04, 2022

Resources Available for Oklahomans with Problem Gambling

2022-04-27T08:07:03-05:00April 27th, 2022|Education, Green Country News|

Gambling Resources Available Gambling in the State of Oklahoma has changed dramatically over the past years. Today, it is more accessible, more accepted, and more glamorized than ever before. Gambling has become part of Oklahoma's landscape, culture, and economy with horse tracks, racinos, and casinos. Oklahoma provides services to adults and adolescents with gambling-related disorders/problems. [...]

31 03, 2022

On the Road to Riches – Investment Webinar

2022-03-31T12:36:41-05:00March 31st, 2022|Education|

ON THE ROAD TO RICHES Free Educational Webinar Whether you’re an employee, member, family or friend, our webinars are packed with useful info and are open to everyone. Just make sure to reserve your virtual seat. Investing is one of the smartest things consumers can do to secure a brighter financial future. Every investor has [...]

29 03, 2022

2nd Quarter Webinars – Free Financial Education Online

2022-03-29T21:55:16-05:00March 29th, 2022|Education, Green Country News|

We’re very excited to announce our free webinars for the second quarter 2022! Whether you’re an employee, member, family or friend, our webinars are packed with useful info, and are open to everyone. Just make sure to reserve your virtual seat. Select Sign Up to register and click Show in My Time Zone to view the session time [...]

8 03, 2022

WOMEN AND MONEY: Take Control Over Your Financial Life

2022-03-08T08:49:17-06:00March 8th, 2022|Education, Financial|

WOMEN AND MONEY: Take Control Over Your Financial Life Ladies, let’s talk about a financial topic that’s taboo for many of us to even think about discussing with another person… money. No, not how to spend money–that’s the easy part–how to save and invest it, like stocks, bonds, and other investments. What is it about [...]

3 03, 2022

Webinar: Solving the Mystery of Credit Reports

2022-03-03T14:46:21-06:00March 3rd, 2022|Education, Financial, Green Country News|

Solving the Mystery of Credit Reports MARCH FINANCIAL EDUCATION WEBINAR Credit report scores hold a lot of power—they can help buy that first home but can also take away financial opportunities. This informative webinar provides an overview of credit bureaus, credit scoring, guidance to dispute inaccuracies, improving credit scores, and dealing with identity theft and [...]

17 02, 2022

30 Days to Save

2022-02-17T15:52:01-06:00February 17th, 2022|Budgeting, Education|

What is the 30-day savings rule? The 30-day savings rule is simple: the next time you find yourself considering an impulse buy, stop yourself and think about it for 30 days. If you still want to make that purchase after those 30 days, go for it. This rule works because by forcing yourself to wait [...]

15 02, 2022

Assistance Available for Past-Due Mortgage Expenses

2022-02-14T13:48:56-06:00February 15th, 2022|COVID-19, Financial, Green Country News, Home Buying|

Are you behind on your mortgage? The Oklahoma Homeowner Assistance Fund offers up to $20,000 in grants for past due housing expenses as a result of COVID-19. Get Help Paying Past Due Housing Expenses from the Oklahoma Homeowner Assistance Fund For Oklahoma homeowners financially impacted by COVID-19 Up to $20,000 in grants available per household [...]

25 01, 2022

RX for Financial Health

2022-01-25T12:46:35-06:00January 25th, 2022|Budgeting, Education, Financial|

RX for Financial Health Talking about physical health and going to the doctor for regular check-ups is socially acceptable for many. So why is talking about financial health considered a taboo subject? Especially when, according to the Financial Health Network, only 34% of U.S. households are financially healthy. Imagine if financial health check-ups became the [...]

18 01, 2022

4 Reasons to File Your Taxes Early in 2022

2022-01-18T11:54:31-06:00January 18th, 2022|COVID-19, Financial|

4 Reasons to File Your Taxes Early in 2022 And four reasons you may want to wait   Tax season 2022 is nearly upon us. The tax filing deadline this year is April 18 (Tax Day). The IRS hasn’t officially announced when you can start sending your tax returns, but the earliest you can file [...]

5 01, 2022

New Year Money Resolutions: 9 Tips to Meet Your Financial Goals

2022-01-05T14:37:13-06:00January 5th, 2022|Budgeting, Education, Financial, Improving Credit|

New Year Money Resolutions: 9 Tips to Meet Your Financial Goals Just having a New Year’s resolution can help your bank account, but most of the time, people fail. If you have trouble keeping that overly-broad, year-long goal you thought of while participating in rowdy New Year’s Eve festivities, here’s some advice: Keep it simple. [...]

23 12, 2021

1st Quarter Webinars – Free for Everyone!

2021-12-23T11:23:47-06:00December 23rd, 2021|Budgeting, Education, Financial, Green Country News, Improving Credit|

Financial Education Webinars All webinars are free and open to everyone - even if you're not currently a Green Country FCU member! Register for the webinar of your preferred time (there’s two each month) but don’t worry if you can’t be there right at 12:30 or 7:30. As long as you’ve registered in advance, you’ll [...]

24 11, 2021

10 Steps to Financial Success Webinar

2021-11-24T16:37:33-06:00November 24th, 2021|Budgeting, Education, Green Country News|

10 STEPS TO FINANCIAL SUCCESS December Webinar We all measure financial success differently, but all paths to get there require discipline and goals. This session teaches participants ways to financial control— including developing a spending plan, creating objectives, weighing insurance needs, and other tools that will help get on the road to personal financial success. [...]

21 11, 2021

Webinar Recap: Rebuilding After A Financial Crisis

2021-11-21T21:50:03-06:00November 21st, 2021|Education, Financial|

Webinar Recap: Rebuilding After A Financial Crisis Our November financial education webinar focused on the steps you can take to rebuild after a financial crisis. Here are the highlights: BUDGET - Analyze the money coming in and develop a reasonable and goal-oriented plan for what goes out. **TIP: Use a money tracker, like Money Manager inside online [...]

1 11, 2021

Webinar: Rebuilding After a Financial Crisis

2021-11-03T15:07:25-05:00November 1st, 2021|Education, Financial, Green Country News|

REBUILDING AFTER A FINANCIAL CRISIS Maybe you had a medical emergency and can't pay the bills, or you lost your job. Many different hardships can send a normal financial situation into a tailspin. Join us for a free, educational webinar to learn how to get your finances back on track, including budgeting, repaying debt, rebuilding [...]

14 10, 2021

5 Tips for a Good Credit Score

2021-10-14T11:49:23-05:00October 14th, 2021|Education, Financial, Improving Credit, Uncategorized|

5 Tips to Build (and Maintain) a Good Credit Score Like building a house, constructing a financially stable life requires laying a solid foundation. In difficult economic times like these, though, building that foundation can be a challenge. Good credit remains a core part of any financial foundation. Having good credit can make it easier [...]

29 09, 2021

Webinar: Using Credit Cards Wisely

2021-10-05T11:14:41-05:00September 29th, 2021|Education, Financial, Green Country News, Improving Credit|

USING CREDIT CARDS WISELY Join us for a free educational webinar focusing on credit cards! A credit card can be a valuable financial tool. However, before racking up big charges on multiple cards, participants should learn smart ways to handle their credit cards and take a disciplined approach. Register to attend in advance to be [...]

16 09, 2021

100 Days until Christmas? Now What?!

2021-09-16T15:58:40-05:00September 16th, 2021|Budgeting, Financial|

100 Days until Christmas? Now What?! As of today, you have 100 Days Until Christmas, so let's talk about the "B Word":  you need to have a budget for Christmas and it is time to create one. Sit down and take a good hard look at your finances to see if you can get through [...]

8 09, 2021

Webinar: Financially Savvy Seniors

2021-09-20T13:43:52-05:00September 8th, 2021|Education, Green Country News|

UPDATE Sept. 17, 2021 As long as you've pre-registered for the Savvy Senior webinar, you'll have access to the recording until Sept. 24th - you should have a link emailed to you. Here are the key takeaways we noted from the event: Get started now! It's hard to catch up Setting aside a little bit [...]

7 09, 2021

Resources for Seniors in a Financial Crunch

2021-09-07T14:49:46-05:00September 7th, 2021|Education, Financial|

Resources for Seniors in a Financial Crunch Many seniors avoid seeking help for their money problems, citing reasons such as not wanting to bother people, not knowing who to trust, and feeling ashamed. Yet trying to deal with debt issues alone is often not the best approach. While money problems may be uncomfortable to talk [...]

26 08, 2021

Free Financial Educational Webinars this Fall

2021-08-24T13:23:54-05:00August 26th, 2021|Education, Improving Credit|

Financial Education Webinars All webinars are free and open to everyone - even if you're not currently a Green Country FCU member! Register for the webinar of your preferred time (there’s two each month) but don’t worry if you can’t be there right at 12:30 or 7:30. As long as you’ve registered in advance, you’ll [...]

4 08, 2021

7 Ways to Ease Back-to-School Costs

2021-08-02T16:32:41-05:00August 4th, 2021|Financial|

Back-to-school season comes around the same time every year, but like the holidays, it has a tendency to sneak up on us — and our bank accounts. Last year, the National Retail Federation estimated that parents would spend a record average of $789.49 doing back-to-school shopping for children in elementary, middle, or high school and [...]

2 08, 2021

August Webinars – free financial education online

2021-08-02T10:06:31-05:00August 2nd, 2021|Education, Green Country News|

Stay in the Know - WEBINARS Below are educational webinars (all FREE) for Green Country members. In August we focus on the Sandwich Generation - those of us taking care of both kids and parents and various financial-related issues that come up. We'll also share several webinars for back-to-school topics like FASFA applications, student [...]

30 06, 2021

Swipe Up: Social Media Spending

2021-06-30T09:26:22-05:00June 30th, 2021|Budgeting, Consumer Protection, Financial|

Swipe Up: Social Media Spending Social Media Day is Jun 30th - let's take a look at one of the biggest ways we spend money. “Swipe up to shop my look!”  “Use my code for a great discount!” Click… the items are in my cart… purchase complete… and I received my confirmation email. Real talk: [...]

28 06, 2021

WEBINAR: Safeguarding Kids’ Identity

2021-06-28T10:02:16-05:00June 28th, 2021|Financial, Kids Corner|

SAFEGUARDING KIDS’ IDENTITY Free Financial Education Webinar  Today’s youth generation is tech-savvy and connected online. However, parents still play an important role in helping them avoid online hazards such as identity theft, privacy, and cyber-bullying. This workshop covers important issues including online privacy tips, managing computer settings, smartphone apps, and positive online behavior. Session 1: [...]

28 06, 2021

All About the Child Tax Credit Payments

2021-06-24T21:35:13-05:00June 28th, 2021|COVID-19, Financial|

Millions of Americans Are About to Get $3,600 in New Stimulus — Are You One of Them? While a fourth stimulus check might not be in the cards, a new $3,600 benefit for millions of Americans will now be on its way come July. New direct monthly payments will be disbursed as part of an expanded [...]

14 06, 2021

How to shield your family from financial elder abuse

2021-06-14T16:41:16-05:00June 14th, 2021|Financial|

How to shield your family from financial elder abuse While it’s not always the most pleasant topic, discussing finances with aging family members is crucial. They may be fine now, but it’s possible that as the years pass, they’ll need help managing their money to keep up with expenses and bills. Plus, the unfortunate reality [...]

14 06, 2021

Identifying Financial Exploitation

2021-09-20T14:02:42-05:00June 14th, 2021|Consumer Protection, Financial|

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Commemorated June 15th every year, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an opportunity to take action to protect older people by raising awareness about elder abuse, why it occurs, and what we can do to stop it. What Is Elder Abuse? Elder abuse refers to intentional or negligent acts by [...]

3 06, 2021

5 habits that can ruin your budget

2021-06-03T14:08:44-05:00June 3rd, 2021|Budgeting, Financial|

5 habits that can ruin your budget How did you ruin your budget last month? It was perfect on paper. You established different spending categories and set what seems like reasonable limits. Yet somehow it just didn't work out. And it keeps happening month after month. Sound familiar? The first thing to do is double-check [...]

18 05, 2021

Financial Stress: The Physical and Mental Effects

2021-05-18T12:39:19-05:00May 18th, 2021|Financial|

Financial Stress: The Physical and Mental Effects Money may not buy you happiness, but studies show that your relationship with it impacts your health. Did you know money is tied to our basic, hard-wired drive to survive? When that drive can’t be attained, it compounds into stress. Maybe it’s why the age-old saying, “health is [...]

10 05, 2021

Rebuilding After a Financial Crisis

2021-05-10T12:03:37-05:00May 10th, 2021|Budgeting, Financial, Improving Credit|

Rebuilding After a Financial Crisis There are many things in life that can derail even the best money management plans. When a crisis happens, most people take things day by day just hoping to get by. When the dust settles, they’re often left with a financial situation that is less than rosy. There are no [...]

4 05, 2021

Summer Webinars

2021-06-03T10:48:22-05:00May 4th, 2021|Budgeting, Financial, Green Country News, Kids Corner|

Free Online Educational Webinars All webinars are free and open to everyone - even if you're not currently a Green Country FCU member! Register for the webinar of your preferred time (there’s two each month) but don’t worry if you can’t be there right at 12:30 or 7:30. As long as you’ve registered in advance, [...]

4 05, 2021

Financial preparation before a natural disaster

2021-05-03T14:23:19-05:00May 4th, 2021|Financial|

Financial preparation before a natural disaster Whether due to fire or flood, earthquake or hurricane, powerful forces of nature can lead to financial devastation if you or your home is in its path. But while you can’t stop a catastrophe from happening, you can take preventative measures. Doing so will cushion the blow that such [...]

30 04, 2021

Webinar: Financial First Aid

2021-04-27T18:44:42-05:00April 30th, 2021|Financial, Green Country News|

A financial crisis can throw even the best money management plan into chaos. This session focuses on ways to gain control of a crisis. Participants will learn about financial assessments, expense prioritization, and effective negotiation with creditors. Join us for one of two free, educational webinars. Anyone can attend and the recordings will be available [...]

28 04, 2021

5 key financial basics for teens

2021-09-20T13:58:05-05:00April 28th, 2021|Budgeting, Financial, Kids Corner|

5 key financial basics for teens One of the most powerful things for your teen to be able to do is to track where their money goes, and that starts with budgeting. Before your teen leaves home, they should know how to  create a budget how to track spending, and  how to save for the [...]

6 04, 2021

Teens & Money Podcast

2021-04-08T11:30:34-05:00April 6th, 2021|Budgeting, Financial, Kids Corner|

Teens & Money Podcast Do you have 10 minutes? Listen to our quick podcast: teens and money. We're covering things like making a budget, setting goals, buying a car, and credit cards. Can't listen today? Download the transcript here.

12 03, 2021

6 Things to do with your Stimulus Check

2021-03-12T13:58:50-06:00March 12th, 2021|Financial|

6 Things to do with your Stimulus Check (if you've already paid your bills)   Pay off (or Pay Down) High-Interest Debt Interest rates are low for student loans, mortgages, and savings accounts, but if you're carrying credit card debt, you're probably paying upwards of 15%. You can free up a lot of cash by paying [...]

8 03, 2021

Webinar: Women & Money

2021-03-08T11:30:56-06:00March 8th, 2021|Budgeting, Financial|

Free Educational Webinar: Women & Money Whether it’s having children, career advancement, divorcing, or becoming a widow, there are certain pivotal times in women’s lives that can occur. This special educational session addresses considerations for budgeting, credit, and insurance. Let's celebrate International Women's Day. Session 1: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 @ 11:30 a.m. (CST) [...]

31 12, 2020

WEBINAR Credit Card Makeover: Getting Out of Debt

2021-01-05T16:02:13-06:00December 31st, 2020|Budgeting, Financial, Green Country News, Improving Credit|

WEBINAR Credit Card Makeover: Getting Out of Debt Please join us for a free educational webinar. Credit Card Makeover: Getting Out of Debt Credit cards can be a great financial tool, but for some, can lead to debt and financial trouble. This session provides an overview of credit card usage, warning signs of credit issues, [...]

20 11, 2020

A step-by-step guide to making a holiday budget

2020-11-20T10:47:25-06:00November 20th, 2020|Budgeting, Financial|

A step-by-step guide to making a holiday budget Ah, the holidays. It’s a time for seasonal cheer, catching up with family, and for some—financial panic! If you recently looked at the calendar and realized gift-buying season is closer than you thought, don’t worry. We are here to help you organize your finances by making an [...]

20 11, 2020

How to Make the Most of a Reduced Paycheck

2020-11-20T10:37:47-06:00November 20th, 2020|Budgeting, COVID-19, Financial|

Bubbles burst, the economy falters, companies downsize, and personal disasters happen which can result in a reduced paycheck. Perpetual salary growth or even maintenance is simply not guaranteed. However, by adopting the right tools and attitude, you can make the most of a reduced paycheck and not just survive, but thrive. Determine whether your situation [...]

9 11, 2020

Five Ways to Cut Monthly Expenses

2020-11-09T11:09:40-06:00November 9th, 2020|Budgeting, Financial|

Ever notice how your monthly expenses always seem to equal whatever salary you’re making, even after you get raises? The phenomenon is called “lifestyle creep” and it can keep you from reaching all kinds of financial goals, from paying down debt to saving for retirement. One way to get lifestyle creep under control is to [...]

14 09, 2020

5 Actions Grandparents Raising Kids Should Take Now

2020-09-14T13:58:59-05:00September 14th, 2020|Budgeting, Financial|

National Grandparents Day was this weekend and we know that more older adults have primary responsibility for raising grandchildren or other young relatives. If this describes you or the older adults you work with, here are a few financial tools that can help. Get a clear picture of monthly income and expenses. If you’re raising [...]

7 07, 2020

Home Buying 101 – your complete guide

2020-09-01T13:06:21-05:00July 7th, 2020|Budgeting, Financial, Home Buying|

Buying a home is at once an exciting and challenging venture. With commitment and planning, you can become a successful homeowner. This post covers everything you need to know to start the home buying process off right, including: Preparing for Homeownership Understanding Mortgages Getting a Loan Searching for a Home and Making an Offer Closing [...]

6 07, 2020

Guide to Mortgage Forbearance Under the CARES Act

2020-07-06T09:39:44-05:00July 6th, 2020|COVID-19, Financial|

If you have been impacted by the national COVID-19 health crisis and are having trouble paying your mortgage payment, forbearance may be an option for you. Forbearance is offered by some lenders to borrowers who have experienced a financial hardship such as a loss of income or increased medical expenses. Eligible borrowers approved for forbearance [...]

29 05, 2020

5 Tips to Maximize PPP Forgiveness

2020-05-29T17:48:07-05:00May 29th, 2020|COVID-19, Financial, Small Business|

Tip #1: Use the Covered Period for Payroll Costs A first tip to maximize PPP forgiveness? Use the eight-week covered period that starts when you get the PPP loan. Not the alternative covered period which starts the day the next payroll period starts. (You get to choose which eight weeks you look at.) The reason? [...]

21 05, 2020

Small Business Support through the Pandemic

2020-05-21T08:18:56-05:00May 21st, 2020|COVID-19, Financial, Green Country News, Small Business|

Paycheck Protection Program Update Our commercial lending team has worked tirelessly since late March helping our small business members and new relationships stay afloat by utilizing the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program. To date, we've helped 90 business owners receive an average of $35,010 in what should be forgivable loans to pay employees and utilities. We've [...]

15 05, 2020

Managing your money during the Pandemic

2020-05-15T14:14:14-05:00May 15th, 2020|Budgeting, COVID-19, Financial|

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced many of us into financial situations that we could never have predicted. Country-wide shelter-in-place orders have left many without work, and businesses without customers. Now more than ever, it’s important to think about the way we spend or save every dollar we make. In some cases, the quarantine orders have [...]

20 12, 2019

Nine Ways to Master Your Money

2019-12-20T14:48:11-06:00December 20th, 2019|Financial|

1. Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals Saving tends to be easier when you have a certain purpose in mind: Saving for your first house, your retirement at a certain age, a child’s college education, or even a trip around the world. The important thing is for your goals to be specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and time-bound, or [...]

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