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Car Loans: 3% vs 13% – Why the Interest Rate DOES Make a Difference

  • July 26th, 2016

Millennials are labeled constantly. One of the characteristics that sets us apart from other generations is that we don’t make large purchases. Well, things are changing and the first big purchase for many of us is a car. There are a multitude of factors that financial institutions consider when approving a loan for a vehicle, and there are just as many factors that you should consider when choosing your lender—like who will give you the lowest APR with your credit. There’s a lender out there for each of us.

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Saving Money When Eating Out

  • July 22nd, 2016

Alright millennials, listen up. I might be wrong in assuming that you’re anything like me but I’m gonna go ahead and give it a shot.

You eat out. A lot. You love Chipotle and Chickfila. You see no shame in stopping at a sushi bar after work. You frequent Starbucks and Sonic on the weekends and then complain that you’re broke.

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Repairing Damaged Credit

  • July 20th, 2016

Regardless of how you got here, you’re here. Maybe it was one credit card you sort of…forgot about. Maybe it was a few cards you neglected. Maybe you didn’t actually have the money to make the payments and, well, here you are.

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Saving as a Millennial Living With Your Parents

  • July 7th, 2016

Generation Y… The ME Generation… Millennials… The generation of the internet age is one of the largest and most diverse in the U.S. Although Millennials have been defined by a relationship to technology, the generation has been steadily redefining adulthood. Millennials have adapted and endured in a post-recession economy, their social and global values have inspired change in the labor market, and now one-third of Millennials are living in a parent’s home.

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So You Graduated – Now What?

  • June 30th, 2016

Congratulations on making it a point in your life that only 1/3 of Americans ever accomplish. Graduating college is still not something everyone does for various reasons. What on earth happens now that you have this very expensive credential? Well, that depends on your degree and your goals, because the paths in front of you are numerous.

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8 Tips for Writing a Killer Resume

  • June 29th, 2016

Summer is here! You know what that means? Beaches, swimming pools, tan lines, road trips, questionable summer attire and of course, a job.

Whether you are taking a break from your educational endeavors or you walked across the stage with your college degree, summer is the time most people begin job hunting. That means it is time to set the smartphone down, get the old laptop out (try looking for it underneath the stack of dirty clothes in the corner of your room) and update the resume. 

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Buying Your First Car

  • June 20th, 2016

So, you want to buy your first car? Well, you’ve got your work cut out for you, but if you’re willing to do a little homework, you can save money and buy a car that will last for years.

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Summer Job Hunt

  • June 15th, 2016

Summer is here and that frenzy job hunt is under way! As teenagers, summer jobs are an attractive way of making money while keeping occupied during the summer. Having a job is a great experience which often teaches you to be more aware of your finances. Are you interested in getting a summer job, but don’t know where to start? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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5 Tips for Reducing the Cost of College

  • June 13th, 2016

Nine in ten parents believe that college is a worthwhile investment. While this statistic from Sallie Mae’s How America Saves for College 2015 report shows that the value placed on higher education is nearly universal, a staggering 84% of parents are also willing to stretch themselves financially in order to make college possible for their children. “Better we have the debt than [our children] have the debt,” Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley was quoted as saying in a recent Washington Post article on student loans and parent borrowers.  

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Why is it called a credit union, anyway?

  • June 1st, 2016

While bank and banking are universally understood and accepted terms, the term credit union is still largely misunderstood and unknown to many. Credit union is an unusual term, isn’t it? Is it just another name for a bank? Is it a credit card company? Do I have to be in a union to join?

But, just like Jackson or Smith, Credit Union is our last name and we’re proud of it. It does beg the question, though—where did the name come from? We need to go way back to find the answer to that question and to understand the origins of credit unions.

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5 Ways to Have a Productive Summer

  • May 25th, 2016

You made it! Summer is finally here and I bet you can’t wait to sleep away all of your free time – NOT! As much as you hate to admit it, you probably would rather not sleep until 3pm every day of this summer. You probably have goals and expectations to live up to. So get off the couch and make this summer a productive one.

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