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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 [...]

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 [...]

13 06, 2022

How to cut your grocery bill by 90%

2022-06-13T11:06:55-05:00June 13th, 2022|Budgeting|

How to cut your grocery bill by 90%: is it possible? Wondering how to save money on groceries? There are several ways you can slash your grocery bill by up to 90% — whether it’s by shopping at discount stores, planning your meals around sales, using coupons, or buying in bulk. ✋ Raise your hand [...]

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 [...]

6 04, 2022

How To Go From Living Paycheck to Paycheck to Retiring Early

2022-04-06T18:27:34-05:00April 6th, 2022|Uncategorized|

How To Go From Living Paycheck to Paycheck to Retiring Early  Let’s take a look at a chat with Dr. Lakisha Simmons, a financial freedom coach who went from living paycheck to paycheck to saving $750,000 in four years and becoming financially independent.   What steps did you take to become financially independent and able to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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: [...]

21 06, 2021

Budget-Friendly Summer Bucket List

2021-06-21T09:56:43-05:00June 21st, 2021|Budgeting|

Cheap Summer Fun Want to have fun this summer but your budget's not quite where it needs to be for a big vacation? We have a couple of budget-friendly summer bucket list ideas just for you! Check Groupon and LivingSocial.This time of year, local recreational businesses post stunning deals on family activities. You can find [...]

17 06, 2021

18 Ways To Save Money This Week

2021-06-17T14:58:46-05:00June 17th, 2021|Budgeting|

18 Ways To Save Money This Week Finding creative ways to save money can make all the difference when it comes to your personal finances. Saving money whenever possible can help build your emergency fund, save for a vacation, or even free up money so you can start investing. For example, saving $10 a week from [...]

17 06, 2021

Money Manager manages your money for you

2021-06-17T14:54:10-05:00June 17th, 2021|Budgeting|

Welcome to Money Manager! All Green Country members have access to a host of money management tools for free - inside online banking. It's called Money Manager and it can help you track your money, set savings goals, work with a budget and monitor your cash flow. Dashboard See [...]

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 [...]

28 05, 2021

30 Ways to Trim a Budget – Free Webinar

2021-06-15T11:35:56-05:00May 28th, 2021|Budgeting, Green Country News|

Webinar: 30 WAYS TO TRIM A BUDGET REGISTER NOW - Watch on your schedule. Stretching your budget is a necessary step to achieving your financial goals. Learn smart ways to save on the things that impact your finances most, such as food, health care, insurance and more. Please join us for a free, informational webinar [...]

25 05, 2021

Quick Guide: How to buy a house in 2021

2021-05-25T09:09:05-05:00May 25th, 2021|Home Buying|

How to buy a house in 2021 Your guide to getting a mortgage and buying a home.   Set a budget Get mortgage preapproval Find a house and make an offer Secure your mortgage loan Wait for underwriting to complete Set up a home inspection Sign paperwork and close   Buying a home is much [...]

14 05, 2021

Top 5 Expenses When Building a House

2021-05-14T10:24:59-05:00May 14th, 2021|Home Buying|

Top 5 Expenses When Building a House To build the house of your dreams, it helps to understand the cost breakdown and some of the most expensive parts of building a home. The key to staying within your budget (while still having everything you want) lies in making wise decisions. Keep in mind these top [...]

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, [...]

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.

25 03, 2021

Spring Webinars

2021-04-19T14:09:33-05:00March 25th, 2021|Budgeting, Kids Corner|

Spring Webinars Upcoming Online Educational Webinars: APRIL – BUILDING YOUR FIRST BUDGET A smart budget helps you cover your expenses and still buy some of the things you want. Find out how to make—and maintain—a budget based on your needs. This session is specifically geared toward teens and pre-teens as part of Youth Financial Literacy [...]

5 01, 2021

New stimulus package makes it easier to qualify for food stamps.

2021-01-05T15:17:47-06:00January 5th, 2021|COVID-19|

New stimulus package makes it easier to qualify for food stamps. Here’s what you need to know Millions of Americans report not having enough money to pay for food during the pandemic. The latest Covid relief package expands food benefits, giving further aid to millions of Americans who are facing financial difficulty because of the [...]

1 12, 2020

Get Creative! Ways to Lower Holiday Spending

2020-11-20T11:00:07-06:00December 1st, 2020|Budgeting|

Get Creative! Ways to Lower Holiday Spending Holiday spending is often a spending plan-buster. The expenses can be numerous: presents, wrapping paper, cards, decorations, food, and travel, to name a few. Yet very few people have an unlimited holiday budget. If you do not have the funds to buy everything you want, there is no [...]

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

Should I Refinance?

2020-07-08T11:47:53-05:00July 7th, 2020|Budgeting, Home Buying|

Even when rates are low, refinancing your mortgage isn't always the right choice. Here are some points to consider before you refinance. Deciding when to refinance your home loan depends on several factors besides whether you can get a better mortgage rate than you already have. And though there are many reasons people refinance their [...]

7 07, 2020

Three signs you’re more prepared than you think to buy a home

2020-07-07T16:22:57-05:00July 7th, 2020|Home Buying|

No doubt about it—buying a home is a big investment. You’re on the hook for a long-term mortgage, and responsible for repairs and any other unforeseen expenses. But don’t get discouraged just yet. If you have strong money management skills (and cash saved up), you may be ready for homeownership. Here are three signs that [...]

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 [...]

15 05, 2020

Celebrating Milestones During the Pandemic

2020-05-15T14:16:25-05:00May 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|

As the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt life and cancel plans across the world, people are finding creative ways to celebrate. From drive-by weddings to birthday car parades to virtual graduation ceremonies, there are so many ways you can celebrate while still maintaining proper social distancing. Let’s take a look at some of the [...]

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 [...]

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