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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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) [...]

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 [...]

23 09, 2020

Relief from Federal Student Loan Payments Extended through the End of the Year.

2020-09-23T13:52:21-05:00September 23rd, 2020|COVID-19|

If you lost your source of income or had reduced income because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, making payments on your federal student loans may be nearly impossible. With the extension of The CARES Act, those borrowers have relief from paying through December 31st. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says if you have qualifying student [...]

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 [...]

6 07, 2020

Is It Time to Refinance Your Mortgage?

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

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|

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 [...]

10 12, 2019

Charting a Course for Raising Money Smart Kids

2019-12-10T10:51:20-06:00December 10th, 2019|Kids Corner|

One of the most important gifts you can give your children is an understanding of how to manage money. We all want our kids to be financially savvy adults one day, but it’s become increasingly difficult in today’s swag culture. Here are some things you can do to ensure your child grows up with a [...]

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