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What’s The Best Way To Finance A Home Renovation?

    Click here for condensed version (527 words)   Q: I’m doing some home renovations this summer and I’m not sure how to finance this expense. There are so many loan options, but which one makes the most sense?  A: Whether you’re gutting your entire kitchen or turning your basement into...

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Happy Hobbies

      What’s on your bucket list for this summer? If it doesn’t include anything you’ve never tried before, rethink your list!  Make this summer memorable by pursuing a hobby you’ve always wanted to try. With the plethora of clear tutorials about every possible interest available on YouTube, there’s...

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Squawkfox: Where Money Is Fun

    Your money talk just got a lot more fun!  Yes, we said fun. That’s because, when you log onto Squawkfox.com, you’ll find an array of money-related articles telling it exactly like it is while keeping it light and entertaining. Kerry, the site’s blogger, is a financial journalist, author,...

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Adventures At The Mall

      Arianna and Michelle are going shopping for summer clothes. Arianna wants to go to the nearby mall that also has more expensive clothing. Michelle wants to go to a mall that’s further away but has great sales. Can you help decide?  The closer mall is within walking...

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Manufacturing Wealth

    Whether we’re chasing millions or we just want to earn enough to survive, finances are an inevitable part of our lives. There’s no getting away from those bills! And yet, many of us don’t understand the bare-bones basics of how our finances work. We tend to think it’s...

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Shop The Sales

    You don’t have to be a genuine Coupon Queen to save money on groceries. Teach your kids how to shop the sales and use coupons in the best way possible.    This month’s goal: Show your kids how much money you can save by shopping sales and using...

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Why You Need To Call Your Parents More Often

    We know you’re super-busy at college. Your schedule is packed, and in between coursework, attending classes, holding down a part-time job and having some sort of social life, you also have to remember to call home every once in a while. You know your parents are thinking about...

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8 Steps To An Energy-Smart Home

      Source Files    Cut your energy costs this summer by making your home smarter! #1: Go LED If you haven’t already done so, switch to LED light bulbs only. Switching just five bulbs can save you $65 a year in energy costs.  #2: Plant Some Trees  If...

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Meatless Sloppy Joes

    You don’t need to be a vegan to enjoy these delicious sandwiches! Yield: 4 servings Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes  Ingredients: 2 15.5 ounce cans dark red kidney beans, drained and divided 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ medium-sized onion, diced ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon...

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Taking A Dip

      Talking points: Do you think Brittany is doing the right thing? Can you think of another alternative? How could this scenario have been prevented? How does this impact Brittany’s progress on her goal of a new phone?  

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Attraction-Finding Apps

    Are you ready to have a rocking summer? Check out our list of attraction-finding apps so you can hit every hotspot in your hometown, or near your vacation destination. Go beyond Google Maps this summer, and experience the time of your life!  TripAdvisor TripAdvisor is your ultimate guide...

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Proposition 2 And You

On Nov. 7, 2017, a vote may be passed that will change the way credit unions in Texas operate. As a member of [credit union], you owe it to yourself to learn all you can about the proposed amendment to Texas law. And as your credit union, we owe it...

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Make Your Home Smarter

      How smart is your home? We’re talking genius-level over here. If your house is not up to par, it’s time to make it a little smarter!  Is every light bulb an LED? Are you paying for vampire energy by keeping unused appliances plugged in? Are all the...

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Surviving A Layoff

  Surviving A Layoff    Source files  Getting sacked can really impact your financial wellness. Here’s how to survive a layoff: Get everything that is due you. Ask other former employees about severance pay and unused benefits. Request a “laid-off” letter from the HR department. Find out if you can...

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Diversification Can Be Dangerous

    Warren says: “Diversification is a protection against ignorance. It makes very little sense for those who know what they’re doing.”  Most investors believe that diversification will offer them protection against risk and excessive loss – but Warren Buffett says otherwise. The investing genius actually believes that the opposite is...

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9 Ways To Enjoy Summer On A Budget

    Check out neighborhood business freebies. This includes shows, demonstrations and activities that local businesses host to generate summer traffic. Visit the library. You’ll find free crafts for kids, story time, discussion groups and other fun ways to enjoy summer at no cost. Embrace the outdoors. Think hiking trails,...

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Slash AC Costs

      Killing the power on your AC is the most obvious way to slash your AC bills. Can’t stand the heat? You can still save by keeping your AC settings between 74 & 78 degrees. Also, don’t forget to frequently clean or change your filters every few months. ...

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How Do You Pay For Your Daily Purchases?

Post this poll to your website for more member engagement. You can use the Constant Contact polls feature.  How do you pay for your daily purchases? With cash only. With a debit card. With a credit card. I don't have any set method; I alternate between all of the above.

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Holiday/Vacation Loans Option #1: Narrator

      Is your dream vacation on permanent hold because of a stubborn budget? Wondering how you’re going to swing this summer’s getaway? We’ve got the answer! When you take out a holiday/vacation loan at [CREDIT UNION] you’ll get the funds you need to answer the call of the...

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