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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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

28 07, 2021

5 Tips for Keeping Your Children Safe Online

2021-07-28T10:41:57-05:00July 28th, 2021|Cyber Security, Kids Corner|

5 Tips For Keeping Your Children Safe Online The Internet is an incredible tool to expand knowledge and information exchange for adults and children alike. but there are pitfalls This short paper will provide you with tips to help your children safely use the internet, benefitting from the positives and helping to avoid the negatives. [...]

15 07, 2021

Expert provides answers for Oklahomans curious about upcoming child tax credit payment

2021-07-14T15:26:05-05:00July 15th, 2021|COVID-19|

Read this article at KOCO online and watch video Expert provides answers for Oklahomans curious about upcoming child tax credit payment Perris Jones  Long-awaited payments will hit Oklahoma parents' bank accounts this week as the IRS's child tax credit payment will go out Thursday. Things will look a little different this year for Oklahomans who [...]

14 07, 2021

Seven Steps to Protecting Your Child From Identity Theft

2021-07-12T12:26:34-05:00July 14th, 2021|Consumer Protection, Cyber Security, Identity Theft|

Seven Steps to Protecting Your Child From Identity Theft It’s a shocking experience thousands of parents have endured: finding out someone else has been using their child’s identity. It’s heartbreaking to think of a young person trying to start out in life with an unjustly tarnished credit history. To guard against a future of frustration [...]

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: [...]

24 06, 2021

SCAM ALERT: If You Get This Message From the IRS, Don’t Open It

2021-06-24T21:39:57-05:00June 24th, 2021|Consumer Protection, COVID-19, Scams|

If You Get This Message From the IRS, Don't Open It New Tax Credit has scammers clamoring to take advantage of you. Scam callers claiming to be from the IRS are a dime a dozen. While tax season has come to an end, you might be gearing up to receive the IRS' child tax credit [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

10 05, 2021

A house fire changed my life. Here’s how two minutes could help save yours.

2021-05-12T17:33:31-05:00May 10th, 2021|Financial|

While we're preparing for a financial disaster, it's worth taking a look at how an unexpected disaster hits. Oklahomans have seen their fair share of tornados, floods,  grass fires, and ice storms. Here's an article about a house fire. Read through and think about what you would grab if you had less than 2 minutes [...]

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, [...]

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

Webinar: Score a better future | credit basics with FICO

2021-04-20T22:13:07-05:00April 19th, 2021|Financial, Improving Credit|

Webinar: Score a better future | credit basics with FICO Friday, April 23 @ 11:00 a.m. (CST) We all have financial goals but knowing how to get there can be a challenge. Don’t understand how credit scores impact your financial health, or know your FICO® Score? We want to help! In celebration of Financial Literacy [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

29 01, 2021

Free Webinar – SOLVING THE MYSTERY OF CREDIT REPORTS

2021-01-29T14:38:19-06:00January 29th, 2021|Budgeting, Green Country News, Improving Credit|

Free Webinar SOLVING THE MYSTERY OF CREDIT REPORTS Credit report scores hold a lot of power—they can help buy that first home but can also take away financial opportunities. This session provides an overview of credit bureaus, credit scoring, guidance to dispute inaccuracies, improving credit scores, and dealing with identity theft and fraud. Join us [...]

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, [...]

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