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14 10, 2021

5 Tips for a Good Credit Score

2021-10-14T11:49:23-05:00October 14th, 2021|Education, Financial, Improving Credit, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 [...]

4 10, 2021

Yes, credit cards can be dangerous.

2021-10-04T12:09:29-05:00October 4th, 2021|Education, Financial, Improving Credit|0 Comments

Yes, credit cards can be dangerous. But credit cards are also a powerful tool if you know how to use them responsibly.   How credit cards work A credit card is a revolving line of credit that allows you to make charges at any time up to the amount of a specific credit limit. When [...]

29 09, 2021

Webinar: Using Credit Cards Wisely

2021-10-05T11:14:41-05:00September 29th, 2021|Education, Financial, Green Country News, Improving Credit|0 Comments

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 [...]

8 09, 2021

Webinar: Financially Savvy Seniors

2021-09-20T13:43:52-05:00September 8th, 2021|Education, Green Country News|0 Comments

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 [...]

11 07, 2021

Money-Smart Moves for the Advanced Child Tax Credit Payments

2021-07-08T15:36:37-05:00July 11th, 2021|Budgeting, Consumer Protection, COVID-19|0 Comments

FREE WEBINAR: Advanced Child Tax Credit We invite you to join a free webinar about the upcoming Advanced Child Tax Credit (CTC) monthly payments from the IRS that will start in July. This webinar will be held on Monday, July 19 from 3:00 - 4:00 Central. This webinar will provide you with information on CTC [...]

30 06, 2021

Swipe Up: Social Media Spending

2021-06-30T09:26:22-05:00June 30th, 2021|Budgeting, Consumer Protection, Financial|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|1 Comment

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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, [...]

8 04, 2021

Money Missteps – A Great Thing to Happen to a Kid?

2021-04-08T11:25:14-05:00April 8th, 2021|Budgeting, Kids Corner|0 Comments

Money Missteps - A Great Thing to Happen to a Kid? You Spent Your Money on What?! Any parent with a child old enough to have control over money has probably at least thought that, if not shouted it across a dinner table. While the outrage at a teenager spending an entire pile of birthday [...]

30 03, 2021

Webinar: Building Your First Budget

2021-04-16T09:54:29-05:00March 30th, 2021|Budgeting, Financial, Green Country News, Kids Corner|0 Comments

If you missed it last week, don't worry, you can still register for the 2nd broadcast of this highly informational teaching tool. Session 2: Thursday, April 22, 2021 Time: 5:30 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m. ET Sign Up If you can't view it live at 7:30 p.m. (CST) you will still have access to the [...]

25 03, 2021

Spring Webinars

2021-04-19T14:09:33-05:00March 25th, 2021|Budgeting, Kids Corner|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|1 Comment

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

Is It Time to Refinance Your Mortgage?

2020-07-06T10:27:33-05:00July 6th, 2020|Financial, Home Buying, Improving Credit|1 Comment

Refinancing is the process of paying off an existing loan with the proceeds from a new loan and using the same property as collateral. Usually, the interest rate on the new mortgage will be less than the old, the loan will cost less and you will save money. However, refinancing isn’t appropriate for every homeowner. [...]

26 06, 2020

Teaching Kids And Teens Smart Money Habits

2020-06-26T09:42:25-05:00June 26th, 2020|Budgeting, Financial, Kids Corner|0 Comments

Think back to how you formed your financial habits. Did you learn everything you needed in school? From your parents? If you could go back and talk to your younger self, what financial pitfalls would you tell yourself to avoid? If you have children of your own, you may be wondering how and when to [...]

15 05, 2020

Celebrating Milestones During the Pandemic

2020-05-15T14:16:25-05:00May 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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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