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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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: [...]

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 [...]

18 02, 2021

13 Interesting Facts about Credit Reports

2021-02-18T17:56:09-06:00February 18th, 2021|Improving Credit|

13 Interesting Facts about Credit Reports According to a study from the Federal Reserve, the larger the gap between your credit score and your spouse’s score, the greater you are at risk for divorce. Speaking of spouses and credit scores, you can now find a date based on credit score at CreditScoreDating.com. After all, they [...]

14 01, 2021

Credit Card Makeover in Review

2021-01-14T12:29:57-06:00January 14th, 2021|Budgeting, Improving Credit|

Credit Card Makeover A look at our first financial education webinar of the year. Quick - without looking it up, do you know how much you owe on all your credit cards? If you're not sure, it could be a sign that you're getting into credit card trouble. Not knowing how much you owe, or [...]

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, [...]

26 06, 2020

Teaching Kids And Teens Smart Money Habits

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

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 [...]

20 12, 2019

How to protect yourself from credit card fraud

2019-12-20T14:58:05-06:00December 20th, 2019|Fraud|

In the modern world, almost everyone holds a credit card. Reportedly, 7 in 10 American’s have at least one credit card and there are 364 million open credit card accounts in the U.S. as of November 2018. The reach and popularity of credit cards have made it a major target of fraudsters out there. Many [...]

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 [...]

19 12, 2019

Four Tricks to Boost Your Credit Score Quickly

2019-12-19T10:22:42-06:00December 19th, 2019|Improving Credit|

First thing’s first: there is no magic solution to raising your credit score overnight. If you have a low score due to, say, bankruptcy (which can affect your credit for up to seven years), boosting it requires a long-term plan of consistent on-time payments and other responsible credit practices. However, a low score due to [...]

18 12, 2019

Can No-Limit Credit Cards Limit Your Credit Score?

2019-12-18T23:28:49-06:00December 18th, 2019|Improving Credit|

If you are familiar with the way credit scoring works, you probably know that avoiding being “maxed out” on your credit cards and other revolving accounts generally impacts your score in a positive way. You might also be aware that the FICO score – the most popular model – dedicates 30% of its score calculation [...]

18 12, 2019

Nine Tips for First-time credit card users

2019-12-18T22:31:52-06:00December 18th, 2019|Improving Credit|

Credit cards are a powerful financial tool. If you use them wisely, they will help you achieve your financial goals. But as the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility. Abuse them and you will find yourself in a world of financial hurt. If you recently got your first credit card, here are nine [...]

10 12, 2019

Six Confusing Things About Your Credit Report (and What they Mean)

2019-12-10T10:42:53-06:00December 10th, 2019|Improving Credit|

If you’re not used to reading them, credit reports can make about as much sense as a restaurant menu printed in a foreign language. At least in a restaurant, you can point to what someone else is having. But if you don’t know how to read your credit file, you could make mistakes that could [...]

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