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23 01, 2023

Free Webinar: Using Credit Cards Wisely

2023-01-23T11:40:19-06:00January 23rd, 2023|Uncategorized|

Free Financial Education Webinar: Using Credit Cards Wisely 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. Session 1: Tuesday, February 14, 2023 Time: 12:30 p.m. Sign Up Session 2: Thursday, [...]

20 01, 2023

Don’t hit your own debt ceiling – What a maxed-out card does to your credit score

2023-01-20T10:14:09-06:00January 20th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Don’t hit your own debt ceiling - What a maxed-out card does to your credit score The news today is filled with the U.S. government reaching its debt ceiling, which could freeze benefits for millions of American households and send the economy into a recession if not resolved. On a personal level, you can do the [...]

17 01, 2023

Keeping Track Of Bills And Payments

2023-01-17T16:18:20-06:00January 17th, 2023|Budgeting, Financial|

Keeping Track Of Bills And Payments Knowing how to keep track of bills and payments is an important part of managing your finances. It ensures that you make your payments on time, which impacts other aspects of your finances. Take advantage of these tips on how to keep track of bills and payments. Create a [...]

13 12, 2022

Four ways debt sneaks up on you

2022-12-13T09:53:52-06:00December 13th, 2022|Budgeting, Financial|

Four ways debt sneaks up on you—and what to do about it Unless you track your overall spending with every little purchase, debt can ambush you. Fortunately, you can prevent it from piling up; you just need to be aware of the ways in which you spend money. Here are four common causes of debt [...]

5 12, 2022

Spend your money more mindfully—and meaningfully—during the holidays.

2022-12-05T10:05:02-06:00December 5th, 2022|Budgeting, Green Country News|

Spend your money more mindfully—and meaningfully—during the holidays. Regardless of your budget or your particular financial stressors, being more intentional with your money can help you use it in a more meaningful way so you don’t end up filled with guilt or regret (because that’s not the holiday spirit). Here are five tips to prevent overspending and [...]

18 11, 2022

Nine Ways to Master Your Money

2022-11-18T16:40:19-06:00November 18th, 2022|Budgeting, Financial, Improving Credit|

Nine Ways to Master Your Money 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, [...]

17 11, 2022

Free, Financial Education Webinars

2022-11-17T16:02:05-06:00November 17th, 2022|Education, Financial|

Free, Financial Education Webinars Join us for free webinars in 2023! 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 at the links below to register. When prompted please enter ‘Green Country FCU’ as your [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

7 12, 2021

8 Ways to Avoid a Holiday Debt Hangover

2021-12-07T13:19:23-06:00December 7th, 2021|Budgeting, Green Country News|

8 Ways to Avoid a Holiday Debt Hangover Imagine it’s January. You’re taking down holiday decorations, wondering what the new year will bring, and then it hits you, an overwhelming sense of dread as you think about the looming credit card debt from your holiday spending. If this is an all-too-real scenario for you, here [...]

30 11, 2021

5 Creative Ways to Control Your Holiday Budget This Year

2021-11-30T11:02:31-06:00November 30th, 2021|Budgeting|

5 Creative Ways to Control Your Holiday Budget This Year The holiday season is almost here, and now is the perfect time to get started. But before you head out to the mall with your credit card in hand, it is essential to set a plan and create a realistic budget. It is easy to [...]

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. [...]

1 11, 2021

Cut These Costs ASAP When Facing Financial Hardship

2021-11-01T11:15:44-05:00November 1st, 2021|Budgeting, Financial|

Have you ever unexpectedly found out you’re going to have less income? It’s enough to throw you into a panic!  The best way to get through hard times is to take a few deep breaths and put a plan together. Check out these common targets for quick and effective expense cuts. Food You might find [...]

26 10, 2021

How to Teach Your Kids About Money and Credit

2021-10-26T11:40:10-05:00October 26th, 2021|Budgeting, Education, Financial, Kids Corner|

How to Teach Your Kids About Money and Credit In this article: When Should Kids Start Building Credit? How to Help Your Child Build Good Credit Habits How to Teach Your Kids to Be Smart With Money  Getting Your Kids Started With Credit Cards  Can a Child Have a Credit Report and Score? How to [...]

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 [...]

4 10, 2021

Yes, credit cards can be dangerous.

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

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|

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|

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 [...]

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 [...]

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|

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|

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: [...]

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 [...]

14 06, 2021

Daily Money Management Programs for Seniors

2021-06-14T16:58:18-05:00June 14th, 2021|Budgeting|

Daily Money Management Programs for Seniors Green Country offers a money manager and tracking program inside online banking to help you keep track of your money and see where you’re spending your hard-earned dollars. But for some seniors, that may be too technical, or even just too much to keep up with. There’s another solution [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

19 04, 2021

3 Ways to Teach Kids Good Money Habits

2021-04-15T16:32:46-05:00April 19th, 2021|Kids Corner|

3 Ways to Teach Kids Good Money Habits Spend, Save and Share Jars Many parents teach their kids the value of hard work by paying them for chores. You can take this a step further by talking about what they can do with their hard-earned cash. Get three jars and add the label spend, save [...]

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|

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|

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 [...]

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) [...]

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 [...]

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