Streamlining Your Finances: A Guide to Linking SCU Credit Union Cards with Apple Pay and Google Wallet
Discover the future of effortless transactions with SCU Credit Union! In this quick guide, learn how to seamlessly link your SCU Credit Union Debit Mastercard and SCU Credit Union Visa Credit Card to Apple Pay and Google Wallet. Enjoy the convenience of contactless payments, enhanced security features, and real-time transaction alerts. Upgrade your payment experience today and embrace a new era of digital financial freedom with SCU Credit Union.
Black Friday Savings: 10 Tips to Maximize Your Shopping Spree
Ready to make the most of this year's Black Friday? Discover expert tips on planning, researching deals, and staying safe while scoring fantastic discounts. Don't miss out on this guide to a stress-free shopping experience.
What You Need to Know About Government Shutdowns
Government shutdowns can have devastating consequences, impacting everyone from government employees to local communities. Learn about the effects of a government shutdown and how SCU Credit Union can help you in the event of a shutdown.
Protecting Yourself from Debt Collection Scams
Scammers are capitalizing on financial worries, using threats and manipulation to coerce victims into paying non-existent debts. Don't let fear and deception lead you into their traps. Learn how to spot these scams and safeguard your finances with our latest blog post.
What Do I Need to Know About the Recent Student Loan Changes?
With student loan payments set to resume in October, you're probably wondering what you need to know. Our latest blog post addresses your questions and provides essential information on dates, helpful links, and crucial next steps to take.
Navigating How to Donate Safely and Wisely
When natural disasters, such as the Hawaii Wildfires occur, the desire to offer assistance can often be confused by a wave of requests from dozens of organizations. It is important to do research before making a donation, but how? Our latest blog post answers this question and offers numerous resources to ensure that your donations reach legitimate organizations and offer the maximum impact for affected communities.
The Benefits of Creating a Monthly Budget
From reducing stress and debt to enhancing savings and fostering smarter spending habits, embracing a monthly budget empowers you to take control of your finances and pave the way to lasting financial freedom. Our latest blog posts highlights eight benefits to creating a monthly budget to help shape your financial future.
Should I Make A Credit Card Balance Transfer?
When used responsibly, credit cards offer convenience, security, and numerous financial benefits. However, if not managed carefully, they can lead to a cycle of high-interest debt. For individuals facing mounting credit card debt and struggling with high interest rates, a credit card balance transfer can be a game-changer. In this blog post, we'll explore the benefits of credit card balance transfers and how they can help you regain control of your finances.
Beware of Counterfeit Stamp Scams
The United States Postal Service recently raised the price of a First Class stamp from 63 cents to 66 cents. Due to this, there has been an influx of counterfeit stamp sellers posting ads on social media, offering discounts of up to 50% off the face value of a stamp. Learn how to protect yourself in our latest blog post.
What Makes a Credit Union Different?
As a member of a Credit Union, you're also an owner/shareholder. Without outside shareholders or investors trying to maximize profits at the expense of our members, credit unions can conduct business based on the best interest of the membership. Read more to see more differences between banks and credit unions.
AI Fraud and How to Protect Yourself
Artificial Intelligence provides new ways to automate tasks, but unfortunately, it can also give scammers help in pulling off schemes. Learn what to look for and how to keep yourself safe!
How to Save Money? Here's Help Planning a Spend-Free Weekend.
50 Budget-Friendly Activities to Try This Summer
Summer is officially here! Here are fifty fun activities you can do to make your summer memorable without breaking your budget.
Four Home Improvement Projects With High Long-Term Return
Improving your home doesn't just refresh your living space, but it can also significantly increase the value of your house. Here are some projects you can do to provide some long-term return to your property.
Money and Mental Health
A recent study found that finances were one of the most frequently cited causes for stress and anxiety. Take a look at how improving financial stability can help improve mental health and lead to peace of mind and improved relationships on our latest blog post.
Is Your Tax Refund Too Large?
While it may seem exciting to get a refund check from the government, getting a tax refund essentially means you've been providing the government an interest-free loan throughout the year, and now they're paying it back to you. Our latest blog explains why getting a big refund isn't "free money" and how you can lower your refund next year.
World Backup Day: Ensure Your Professional Data is Safe and Secure
World Backup Day presents an excellent opportunity to ensure that all of your data is safe and secure. Whether you choose a local backup, cloud backup, or a hybrid of both, creating a backup strategy will help protect your data should disaster strike.
Protecting Your Loved Ones from Elder Fraud
The elderly population has become even more susceptible to fraud with the increase of convincing and persuasive techniques that aim to scam them. It is important to know the techniques of these fraudsters in order to protect them and make sure they don't fall victim.
5 Workplace Resolutions for the New Year
We're officially into the new year, which means you're likely focusing on your resolution list. Our latest blog post focuses on going beyond the typical weight loss resolutions to introduce some changes into your workplace life as well.
Last-Minute Holiday Hacks
Does last-minute holiday prep have you stressed? Use the tips outlined here to enjoy a stress-free and budget-friendly pre-holiday season.
How to Build and Maintain an Excellent Credit Score
Maintaining a good credit score is a crucial part of your financial health. Our latest blog post covers the steps to raising your credit score by keeping credit cards open and active, paying bills on time, and keeping credit utilization low.
Financial Lessons You Can Learn from Fantasy Football
Football season is almost here! If you're like many Americans, you may have a fantasy football team that you manage throughout the season. But did you know that there are many strategies that cross over from managing a fantasy football team to managing your finances? Our latest blog post features helpful tips that will keep your money growing and keep your fantasy team at the top of the standings!
Age Your Way: 5 Tips to Manage Today’s Financial Challenges
Today's uncertain economy and rising costs have forced many seniors to put their retirement plans on hold. Our latest blog post covers plans for budgeting on a fixed income, supplementing income, managing debt, and more.
How to Pay Yourself First
One of the most important steps to financial wellness is "paying yourself first", making sure to set aside money for the future before covering any other expenses. This simple concept allows you to set money side for emergency funds, while also planning for short-term and long-term savings goals. Our latest blog post covers budgeting your spending, planning for an emergency, automating your savings, and more.
Beware of Malware Scams
Malware scams aim to trick victims into giving them access to their personal information, passwords, and bank account information by claiming to be employees of legitimate technology companies. Learn the warning signs of these scams, and what to do if you've been targeted on our latest blog post.
How to Avoid Vacation Rental Scams
Vacation rentals through services like Airbnb and VRBO are becoming increasingly more popular, with the ability to rent an entire house instead of just a single hotel room. Unfortunately, there are many scams associated with vacation rentals that can put a huge damper on your travel plans. Stay vigilant by following the tips outlined here.
Five Ways to Pay it Forward
When you think about ways to pay it forward, donating to charity is likely the first thing that comes to mind, but there are so many other ways you can give back, such as volunteering, visiting a hospital, or simply acknowledging people who may not get the praise they should. Here is a list of some of the ways you can give.
How to Stay Financially Fit this Summer
Summer is right around the corner, which means the days will be long and the sun will be shining. Unfortunately, summer can also be the season of overspending for many with sporting events and concerts, shopping for new clothes, and going out to dinner with friends. Here are some tips to avoid the summertime blues and prepare for a season of financial fitness.
Tips for Preparing a Post-College Budget
Graduating college is a major accomplishment that comes with huge life adjustments. The most important of all is setting aside a budget to pay for all of your expenses. Here are some useful tips to navigate the first steps of managing your post-college finances.
Don’t Get Caught in a Grandparent Scam
Grandparent scams exploit the special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren and take advantage of a a potentially vulnerable population. Stay safe by learning how these scams play out and steps you can take to avoid them.
How to Build a Brand Image
Building a brand image that stands out and truly represents your company is a crucial part of growing your small business. Fortunately, building a better brand image for your business is doable for entrepreneurs at every level. Here are some tips to consider as you work on creating or improving your brand image.
Watch out for Sport Ticket Scams
Baseball season is finally here! Don’t fall victim to a sports ticket scam when you are looking to purchase tickets online. Here are important tips to make sure you get your hands on legitimate tickets and that your credit card information stays out of the hands of scammers.
Beware of Debt Relief Scams
It’s tempting to think there’s a company out there that can get you instant debt relief or rapidly fix your credit score, but it’s just not possible. There are many scams that will try to take advantage of people by offering claims such as these to people who are in dire financial situations.
6 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score
Having a good credit score is one of the most important pieces to buying a car, getting an affordable loan, or even getting a new credit card. But how do you improve or maintain your score? Our latest blog will provide you with important tips.
What You Need to Know About Taking Out a Home Loan in 2022
Buying a house can be scary enough, but if you’re looking to buy a home in 2022, you’ll need to know that the market has changed a bit lately. Our latest blog post will help you navigate this unusual market with helpful tips and outlines what to expect in the coming months.
All You Need to Know About Multifactor Authentication
A hacker may be able to steal your password, but nowhere outside spy films do they get your retina scan, fingerprint or face. Learn why we use Multifactor Authentication for online and mobile banking.
How Do I Raise My Kids To Be Financially Independent Adults?
It’s a big, scary world out there, and you want your kids to be prepared! Teaching them how to manage money is not a quick process, but putting in the time will save your kids from a lot of headaches in the future! Read more
Don’t Get Spooked By One Of These Scams This Halloween!
It’s almost Halloween, and while the spooks and scares (and candy) are tons of fun, the real-life scams that will scare you out of your money aren’t. Let us help you stay safe!
18 Ways to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15! There are tons of ways to do it, and we’ve got suggestions to get the party started, from making arepas to learning music!
When Should I Do It Myself and When Should I Leave it to the Pros?
Looking to do a little DIY home improvement? There are books and YouTube videos by the thousands to teach you, and SCU Credit Union might be able to help with financing. Just remember: Don’t wade into anything where you’re risking personal injury, and don’t try to take on more than you can handle.
How to Save on Wedding Costs
When it comes to your wedding, of course you want the best of everything...but are you willing to pay for it? With some careful planning, prioritizing what’s important to you and your spouse-to-be, and by following some of the cost-cutting tips outlined here, you can have the wedding you desire and your budget, too.
Six Reasons to Switch to eStatements
Ever open your mailbox and feel like it’s exploding all over you? If you get buried by the deluge of bills, correspondence, bulk mail and ads every month and worry about losing something really important, like your bank statement, it’s time to try eStatements!
Be Careful Posting Your Grad Photo Online
Congratulations! You’ve made it to graduation! While you’re celebrating your milestone, though, be careful about sharing your grad photos, school and year online. Scammers can use that info to hack into your accounts and ruin your party by stealing your identity. We’ve got the info so you can celebrate and be safe!
Read on to learn more.
4 Vacation Scams To Watch For This Summer And How To Avoid Them
Don’t let your dream vacation become a nightmare! We’ve got helpful tips about vacation scams that could save your money and peace of mind.
5 Discounts for Older Adults You May Not Know About
You might have grown up seeing your parents and grandparents getting a senior discount, and now it’s your turn. Before you open your wallet for anything, check for a senior discount!
Read on to learn more
5 Reasons We Overspend (and How to Overcome Them)
It’s happened to all of us: We get into a shopping frenzy for one reason or another and the next thing we know, our budget is blown. Why do we overspend, and how can we fight the urge?
Read on to learn what you do can help you fight the urge.
Report Scams to the National Elder Fraud Hotline
Sadly, as our population ages, more and more seniors are becoming the victims of various frauds and scams; however, the National Elder Fraud Hotline is here to help! Callers can remain anonymous, and workers on the hotline will help with filing reports and give guidance as to how to recover as much of the lost money as possible.
Read on to learn more.
What are the Advantages of a HELOC?
You might be living in your best source of funding for anything from home improvement to debt consolidation or anything else! A home equity line of credit, or HELOC, lets you borrow against the equity you have in your home.
Read on to see why a HELOC from SCU Credit Union just might be your best choice.
4 Incredible Facts in Honor of Black History Month
In honor of Black History Month, SCU Credit Union is proud to share four little-known facts about Black history, along with a list of fun ways to commemorate Black history and culture.
Read on to learn a little Black History.
How Can I Use a Job Loss as a Stepping Stone for Growth?
If you’re facing job loss, either because of the pandemic or some other reason, it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. This is a great time to step back, consider the career goals you had in the past, and see where you need to be to get there.
Read on to learn how to figure out your dream job and see what you need to make it real!
Don’t Fall Prey to Holiday Scams
Be on the lookout this holiday season. Don’t let the hunt for that perfect toy lead you into falling prey to a scam! The “Secret Sister” gift exchange is back too. It’s still illegal to participate, but now there’s a social media twist. We’ve got the info you need to stay safe!
Read on to learn how to keep your money and your identity safe, and jingle all the way to a happy holiday!
How To Dispute An Error On Your Credit Card Report
Sometimes you may find an error in your credit card report. It might be a sharp decline in your score when you know you haven’t changed your spending or bill-paying habits, a large transaction you’re sure you’ve never made or an unfamiliar line of credit. While it can be disconcerting to find a mistake in your credit report, the good news is you can contest errors like these and fix your score.
Read on to learn all of our tips on how to dispute an error on your credit card report:
All You Need to Know About Home Loans
Here at Sharon Credit Union, we provide a variety of products and services to meet your specific financial needs and in the most ideal ways possible. One such example is our home loans.
Read on to take a closer look at this product and how its application process works:
9 Germ-y Places to Avoid (or Disinfect) This Winter
Winter is here and with winter comes germs and viruses. Harmful bacteria and viruses can lurk in places you’d never suspect, and knowing those places inside and outside the home, can help you avoid getting sick this winter.
Read on to learn all of the germ-iest places you might encounter this winter and how to keep yourself safe.
6 Ways to Keep Your Finances Intact This Holiday Season
You don’t have to rack up a huge credit card bill or go into debt to cover your holiday expenses. Enjoy a financially stress-free season with Sharon Credit Union's six tips.
Read on to learn all of our tips to save money this Holiday Season.
A Guide to Opening Your First Credit Card
Opening your first credit card is one of the rites of passage into genuine adulthood, but with so much conflicting information, it can all get confusing fast!
Read on to get our guide and all of our do's and don'ts for opening a credit card.
Your Complete Guide to Identity Theft Protection
Are you worried about #identitytheft? If you’re not, you should be! Millions of people fall victim every year, but you can stay safer with some simple steps. We’ve got a list of simple steps you can take to keep yourself out of the thieves’ crosshairs!
Read on for all of our tips on how to avoid identity theft.
11 Ways To Save On Back-To-School Shopping
Don’t drop your sunblock, but it’s almost #backtoschool time again! You don’t need to spend yourself into debt just because everyone else seems to be doing it. Instead, take a proactive, mindful approach when shopping for the new school year and spend hundreds less than the national average. Let Sharon Credit Union show you how!
Read on to learn all of our hacks on how tou can save on back-to-school shopping.
10 Things You Can Do to Avoid Fraud
If you spot a scam, tell someone and then tell the FTC. Your reports help the FTC and other law enforcement investigate scams and bring crooks to justice. Sharon Credit Union came up with 10 things you can do to avoid fraud and recognize situations in which you are a target to scammers so that you can be better prepared to report fraud.
Read on to discover the 10 things you can do to avoid fraud and learn about how you can catch and prevent fraud attempts.
9 Ways For Kids to Make Money
The best way to teach a child financial responsibility is by encouraging them to earn and manage money on her own. As August begins and kids get bored, there are many opportunities for them to pull in some extra money.
Read on to learn all of the ways kids can make some extra money this summer.
12 Things To Do Before Your Summer Getaway
We’ve got a list of hints and tips that will save you time, money and most importantly aggravation before, during and after your getaway! Whatever your plans, here’s a list of things to take care of before you leave.
Read on to see our whole pre-vacation checklist!
7 Steps To A Mid-Year Financial Checkup
It's time for a mid-year financial checkup! Take a look at your monthly budget and see if it needs any adjustments, and try to factor in any large expenditures coming up. Give yourself a financial checkup before the summer gets away from you.
Read on to learn all 7 of our steps to a mid-year financial checkup!
3 Ways Your Credit Union Can Help Fund Your Summer Vacation
Is the beach calling? Are the kids carving mouse ears out of soap? It’s vacation time! Let Sharon Credit Union help you make your dream trip a reality!
Read on to find out how Sharon Credit Union can help fund your summer vacation.
4 Parking Lot Scams to Look Out for This Summer
So, you watch for #scams on your computer, in your mail and in stores, but have you ever heard of parking lot scams? They’re as old as cars, come in four major guises and are everywhere during the summer.
Read on to make sure that you have the right information to stay safe!
6 Ways to Finance a Home Renovation
Home renovations are a great way to make your old house feel new again. Whether it be a renovation just for the sake of change, or a necessary change due to an unexpected emergency, Sharon Credit Union may be able to help. We are suggesting 6 Ways that Sharon Credit Union could finance your home renovations and providing options that are attractive and sutiable to different member needs or financial situations.
Read on to find out how Sharon Credit Union could help finance your home renovations.
7 Money Myths You Need to Stop Believing Now
We all grow up hearing the same financial advice: Spend less, save more and invest early. While most of these words of wisdom ring true, there are lots of widespread money management tips that are actually false.
Read on for 7 money myths that might be causing you more financial stress than benefit.
How To Enjoy A Busy Wedding Season Without Going Broke
It’s #wedding season, and all those invites can really drain your wallet if you don’t shop smart! From saving on clothes and gifts to traveling on the cheap, check out our tips!
Read on to find out how you can attend the celebrations without breaking your wallet.
6 Ways to Save Money on Gardening Equiptment and Supplies
Want to reconnect with the earth and do some gardening? We’ve got six hacks that will save you big money!
Read on to learn how you can afford the garden of your dreams!
8 Ways to Spot a Home Improvement Scam
If springtime has you wanting to spruce up your home, beware of home repair scams! The scammers will take your money then do shoddy work, leave the work unfinished or simply never show up at all.
Read on to learn how you can avoid being a victim and spot a scammer right way!
7 Ways to Avoid Getting Scammed on Craigslist
Almost always, spring cleaning means extra stuff to sell, and whether you’re looking for bargains or looking to sell, Craigslist is likely to factor into your plans. Just be sure you don’t get scammed! Be sure you know what CL does and doesn’t do. (Tip: It does NOT offer buyer protection. That’s a scam.)
Read more to keep yourself protected!
Features You Should Look for in a New Car
Picking out the features you want in a new car can be like picking items off a menu … you want a bit of everything! Fortunately, we’ve gone through the most popular ones to help you pick the most important ones, the fun ones and the ones to skip.
To learn which must have safety features you should seriously consider in your next vehicle and which fun options might be right for you, read on.
7 Signs You're Living Beyond Your Means and How to Fix Them
If you can’t seem to dig out of a financial hole, you might be living beyond your means. But how to tell? Are you saving or are you living without rainy day and emergency funds? Carrying a credit card balance month to month? Do monthly bills create tremendous stress? Do your house and car payments bust your budget? If some or all of these apply to you, read how you can make fixes.
One Simple Step to Better Protect Yourself Online
You've installed virus protection on your computer, but have you done everything possible to protect yourself? An updated browser offers protection against the most recent scams, phishing attacks, viruses, Trojans, and more. Newer browsers have security patches that may not be present in your older browser.
Read more about protecting yourself online.
Student Loan Scams
College students, take note! If keeping up with your coursework, acing your exams and scrambling to hand in every term paper before the deadline weren’t enough, you now have something else to worry about: Student loan scams are on the rise. Scammers know you hate owing tens of thousands of dollars, so they’re quick to offer you an easy — but completely bogus — way to free yourself from that debt. Or, they might falsely claim you owe the feds taxes on your debt. If you’re already stressed about your student loans, that makes you an easy target.
Don’t get scammed! All it takes is a lack of knowledge and a small blunder to be out thousands of dollars.
Do You Need a Rainy Day Fund and Emergency Fund?
In an effort to simplify their money, people sometimes consolidate accounts. This is OK in many instances, but it’s important to remember that rainy day funds and emergency funds serve different purposes. Additionally, it’s important to have not just one, but both funds available to tap into as needed.
Read on for all your questions on rainy day and emergency funds, answered.
All You Need to Know About Facebook's Latest Bug
Last month, Facebook announced that its internal team found a photo API bug in the social media platform which may have exposed the unshared photos of 6.8 million users.
Read on for all you need to know about the recent Facebook bug.
Can You Put a Cap on Your Holiday Shopping?
Most of us will make multiple trips to the mall in preparation for the holidays. Don’t want to spend this coming January and February paying for your December shopping? Here’s how to watch the buck while cruising the aisles with thousands of fellow holiday shoppers:
Credit Card Fraud in Fives
No one wants to be the victim of credit fraud. Aside from the stolen money you may never recover, victims of fraud can be faced with an enormous hassle. That hassle involves the closing of accounts, putting a fraud alert on your credit and a huge ding on your credit history, which can be difficult to fix.
Beware the Blackmailing Scam
Blackmail and extortion are some of the oldest tricks in the book — because they work. That’s why a fresh wave of these scams hit the internet last month, ensnaring dozens of victims. Here’s what you need to know about these scams.
How it works
Why Does My Mortgage Lender Need So Much Information
Exhaustive research into the financial, personal and credit history of home loan applicants is not unique to credit unions. Every home lender will request similar information for processing the loan.
Why are lenders so nosy?
Do I Still Need a Landline?
Wondering if you should keep your landline? Landlines are quite outdated, but, before cutting the wire, read up on the main reasons people cling to their landlines, and why some of those reasons may not actually matter.
1. Communication during emergencies
5 Questions About Your Financial Future to Ask Yourself Today
It's important to stay on top of your finances. Here are 5 financial questions to ask yourself. Depending on your answers, they may help motivate you to to get on track!
7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Large Purchase
You’re convinced: You really want that Coach handbag. Or maybe you just know that gigantic entertainment center will transform your weekends. So you swipe your card and the dream item becomes yours. You’re thrilled!
That is, until a few weeks later when the credit card bill comes, and buyer’s remorse hits. You can’t help wondering: Was it really worth the price?
Book Review: Financially Ever After
It’s almost impossible to find two people who have identical approaches toward money management. We all have our own ideas about spending, budgeting and saving. What one person calls being cheap, another calls being frugal, and yet a third will call total deprivation.
Look Before You Pump! Don't Get Skimmed at the Gas Station
Gas-pump skimming is an old crime making a comeback, and your card may be at risk. Since skimmer devices are almost invisible, they can be difficult to spot. And Bluetooth technology lets the scammer remotely obtain the info it collects from as far as 100 yards away.
How Many Credit Cards Should I Own?
Hopefully, you’re working hard to keep a high credit score by using your cards and paying on time. You may be wondering, though, if more is better. Is several credit cards and more available credit a good idea? Or, are too many cards a liability to your score?
All You Need To Know About The Ticketmaster Breach
Hackers are at it again! This time, they're skimming information on third-party sites in what may be the largest credit breach ever.
9 Ways to Enjoy Summer on a Budget
Looking to have some fun this summer without breaking the bank? Here are some ideas!
1. Check out neighborhood business freebies. This includes shows, demonstrations and activities that local businesses host to generate summer traffic.
5 Ways to Budget For Your Wedding
Are you ready to tie the knot, but don’t know if you can afford a wedding? You don’t need to skimp on the wedding of your dreams or go deeply into debt to pay for it. By planning ahead, choosing wisely and prioritizing what’s truly important, you can say “I Do” without stressing over wedding costs.
If you’re a young parent trying to make sense of the stock market in between grocery shopping and PTA meetings, you likely don’t have the time or headspace for the in-depth articles on sites like Investopedia and Bankrate. And yet, mommy-brain notwithstanding, you don’t feel comfortable plunking down your money without first reading up on your investment of choice.
Beware of Social Media Scams
Over the last few years, social media scams have exploded, with fake Twitter and Facebook profiles increasing by 100% in just one year. That also means there are several types of social media scams, most which involve a phishing scheme component.
5 Things You Can Do Today To Help Your Future
Your primary reason for attending college is to jumpstart your career, of course. But, did you know there are many other things you can do now to help secure your future?
Here are just 5 things you can do today that will improve your after-college life:
Online Resources for College Students
Keeping up with all your classes, reports and exams is no simple feat. And while we can’t make your classes easier, we can help lighten your workload with this awesome list of online resources for college students. Take advantage of all the internet has to offer!
Rising Interest Rates
If you follow the national business news, you are likely getting mixed messages about the state of the economy. While never very reassuring, pundits’ opinions on the stock market and the country’s economic state are changing as frequently as the weather.
Energy Saving Tips - What To Look For When Buying New Appliances
Ecologists are always searching for ways to save our environment. Focusing on energy-efficient appliances is one aspect of this endeavor.
What Were the Actual 2018 Tax Changes?
What were the exact changes made to the U.S. tax code this year? There was so much talk about the proposed changes to the tax code, and many of the changes signed into law with the official Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts were quite different from those planned.
Working It Out
One of the most fundamental financial lessons your kids are going to have to learn is about how you work for your money. Do your kids understand that every time you pull out a wad of bills or swipe a card to pay for a purchase, that money is directly linked to time you put in at the office?
6 Common Tax Mistakes To Avoid
It’s that time of year again! Get ready to break out the calculator and pencils; dig out the enormous pile of receipts, tax forms, and pay stubs, and get to work. Whether you choose to go it alone, use a tax-prep computer program or hand it all over to an accountant, start with checking out our handy list of common mistakes people make on their tax returns.
Will Amazon Go Destroy The Face Of American Retail?
You’ve picked up your last item, and you’re ready to check out. But if you thought choosing the right blend of K-cups was a tough decision, that’s nothing compared to the choice you’ll have to make now. Do you go to the aisle with the most carts that has the fastest cashier?
Financial Planning For College: How To Get The Most Out Of The FAFSA
If you’re the parent of a college-bound high school student, you’ve probably already started receiving junk mail with pictures of big, impressive stone facades on the outside and big, appalling price tags on the inside.
The Brain/Money Connection
We know that stress impacts our health in various ways, but did you know the brain is also physically affected by stress? Neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that chronic stress triggers long-term changes in brain structure and function. And nothing spells stress like money dilemmas!
Phone Cloning and Digital Self Defense
Did you know it’s possible to clone a phone? It involves copying the identity of one phone to another. In fact, in today’s digital world, when we use them for everything from ordering an Uber to paying for purchases, mobile phones can be a major source of security breaches. And as frightening as it sounds, the only thing a hacker needs to launch a major attack is your phone number.
Ready, Set, Go...to College
It may seem like yesterday when you were sending your child off to preschool. And now you’re preparing him for college!
The process of a child leaving home is a major milestone that is made extra complex because of the emotions it generates.
Surviving the Holidays With Your Sanity Intact
With crowded stores and an ever-growing list of people to shop for, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and to overspend on your holiday shopping. No worries, though; we’ve got you covered! Read on for pre-and post-holiday tips and have yourself a jolly December without breaking the bank.
Everything You Want to Know about Bitcoin (…But Were Afraid to Google)
What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is a form of money that is entirely digital. The U.S. has dollars, Europe has Euros and the internet has bitcoins. The fact that bitcoin is digital isn’t all that interesting – because, in reality, an estimated 92% of all money is digital.
Beware of Banking Scams
There’s been a recent uptick in banking scams where criminals pose as representatives of the victim’s financial institution, thereby obtaining sensitive information. The scammers use the credit union’s social media account or likeness to appear authentic.
The Real deal on the 2018 Tax Changes
The current administration is implementing changes to the U.S. tax code. The administration believes these changes will strengthen the middle class, reinvigorate business and decrease unemployment. Unfortunately, though, most of them will do little, if anything, for the state of the economy.
The iPhone X and Decoy Pricing
Retailers often manipulate our spending habits. For instance, every time you shop, your choices are likely influenced by pricing tactics like BOGO, anchoring and high-end pricing.
And then there’s the tactic favored by Apple: decoy pricing.
7 Ways to Save on Thanksgiving Costs
Between your turkey, ingredients for the holiday meal and décor to set the ambiance, hosting a Thanksgiving dinner is not cheap. If you’re looking for ways to cut back without compromising on quality, read on for seven easy ways to save on Thanksgiving costs this year.
Dealing With A Financial Setback
If you’re hit with hard times, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Financial setbacks come in all shapes and sizes. It can be an expensive household repair, a medical emergency, getting laid off or the birth of a baby. Whatever the situation, it’s impossible to plan for every financial hit you will take in your lifetime.
Do Your Kids Have Virtual Shopping Smarts?
Did you know that 73% of millennials questioned in a Bazaar Voice survey do all their shopping on their smartphones? It’s not surprising. The world of commerce is constantly becoming more digitized as retailers focus on improving their online presence to cater to cyberspace shoppers.
Retirement Savings For Self-Employed People
Moonlighting is the new normal. It seems like everyone has a side hustle or a personal project they hope to someday turn into a business. While this money-making ambition is good for the pocketbook, it can be a little tricky come tax time.
Financial Tips For Single Parents
Single parenting brings unique budgeting challenges.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that it costs an estimated $241,080 for a middle-income couple to raise a child to age 18 – and many single parents shoulder that responsibility alone.
12 Back-To-School Savings Tips
Like most people, we’re sure you want to get through the back-to-school season without spending a small fortune. Back-to-school time is the second largest shopping season of the year. If all that spending makes your head pound, take heart. Sharon Credit Union has your back!
Save Money While Vacationing Abroad
Exploring foreign shores and dining on exotic fare are what make up many dream vacations. But when you suspect a money changer has taken you for a ride or you’ve busted your budget after only two days, it can quickly become a nightmare.
Newlyweds: Don’t Let Financial Stress Take The Cake
Of all the things to discuss before marriage, finances are the least exciting. Statistically, money is the top reason couples argue and financial arguments are among the top predictors of divorce.
So, how can you avoid becoming a statistic? Here are some ideas from the experts:
Beware of Scams! Give Your Kids Tools For Standing Up To Con Artists
The world is a big and beautiful place.
Unfortunately, it is also filled with unethical people who are trying to take advantage of the innocent and the naive at every turn.
Putting Your Affairs In Order: 7 Steps To Make Sure You’re Prepared
They say there are only two guarantees in life: death and taxes.
Beware Of Fake Checks! 3 Tips To Protect Yourself From The Latest Scam
Personal checks look simple and innocent. Recently, though, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other agencies have warned about increases in fake check scams.
There are several variations of the scam, and they all end with you losing thousands of dollars.
Plan For The Payoff When You Plan Your Student Loans
When your student understands the long-term consequences of accumulating..
4 Ways To Repay Your Student Loans With Help From Sharon Credit Union
We can help you pay back your loan.
20 Ways To Celebrate Father's Day -- Without Breaking The Bank
We all want to show our dads that we care on Father’s Day. Many people panic and run straight for the ties. But unless your father is a necktie aficionado and you can land him the rarest of rare finds in men’s fashion, you may want to consider something else that shows how well you know and appreciate your dad.
3 Ways To Use Your Graduation Presents To Build Your Financial Future
Train Your Young Entrepreneurs
Your kids may be too young to know the first thing about running a business, but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn! Teach them all about scouting a market, creating a great business model and earning money with this fun and educational activity.
Top 7 Home Improvements You Can Do Yourself With A Little Help From Sharon Credit Union
Consider these great home improvement ideas that you can do yourself!
How To Get A Summer Job: A Guide For Students Of All Ages
It’s wise to start thinking about summer work now.
Put Your Trust In A Trust: 4 Reasons Trust Accounts Make Sense For You
A trust is a private contract that is living.
3 Common Changes That Might Mean It's A Good Time To Refinance Your Vehicle
Traditional Electricity Production vs. Solar Electricity Production
It is important to know how your current electricity is being produced.
Safety First: 4 Ways To Prepare For Hurricane Season
Here are 4 ways to prepare for hurricane season.
4 Quick Tips When It Comes To Paying Your Wedding Bill
In a perfect world, you already have all the money you need saved in the bank.
4 Financial Questions To Ask Yourself Before Tying The Knot
America Saves Week - Saving For The Future Can Save The Day
The week of February 27 to March 4, 2017, is America Saves Week.
5 Tips To Keep Your Wallet Insulated From Winter Heating Costs
Unfortunately, keeping a home warm isn’t cheap; monthly heating costs can easily reach $300.
6 Questions Your Auto Dealer Hopes You Can't Answer
Let’s go through some of the more challenging parts of automotive financing.
Talking To Your Kids About Taxes: How Much Should You Share
Your taxes are a major family expense, and at some point, your children will come asking questions about them. What should and shouldn’t you share?
Two of the main factors to consider are age and maturity level.
Fitness For Your Body And Wallet: Shedding Pounds Without A Gym Membership
Financial Freedom: What It Takes To Free Yourself From Work
If it’s a goal, or if you’re just curious, consider the following.
How To Be The Host With The Most Without Draining Your Account
Try these 3 handy tips to save on expenses.
Going Away For The Holidays? Don’t Announce It Online Until You’re Back
It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Going From New Homeowner To Happy Home: Tips For Recent Homebuyers
Check out these common homeowner situations.
Credit Cards Or Debit Cards - What's The Smartest Swipe?
Which one should you use? The answer depends largely upon your lifestyle.
College Credit: How To Survive Thanksgiving If You Can't Get Home
Bring Back The Brown Bag: Saving Money On Lunch The Old-Fashioned Way
Here are three tips to jump-start your new lunch habit!
Personal Loans: The Swiss Army Of National Finance
Sometimes life throws expensive surprises.
ATM Fraud On The Rise: Staying Safe While Getting Cash
Scammers are everywhere in web-based commerce
Beware The Boom: Diversify Your Portfolio To Protect From The Bust
There’s always a “next big thing” in investing
Saving Bucks On Books: How To Beat Your Campus Store
Turning Back to School Shopping into a Personal Finance Lesson For Your Kids
Most parents regard back to school time with a mix of emotions. On one hand, you’re sorry to see your kids go. Summer has been a great time to tackle projects together, build memories, and have fun. On the other hand, it’ll be nice to have the whole house awake and moving before noon again!