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  • 6 Tips for Back-to-School Savings

    Posted on August 03, 2018 by Jake Ward
    Parents can spend hundreds of dollars each year preparing one child for school with clothes and other supplies they need. Back-to-school shopping can be overwhelming, especially if you have more than one child. These costs can be cut in half with a back-to-school savings strategy and proactive wardrobe recycling. Follow our tips to create your plan:
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  • Auto Buying 101

    Posted on June 06, 2018 by Jake Ward
    Who doesn’t love the smell of a new car? It’s a little intoxicating! And if you’re like me, it can cause you to make some rash decisions when buying a car. Before you head out to the car lot, it pays to be prepared. We’re hosting an Auto Buying 101 workshop at our Bettendorf location on July 19th at 5:30 pm to help you out. The event is open to members and non-members, and we’re providing dinner.
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  • Celebrate Youth Month

    Posted on April 03, 2018 by Jake Ward
    April is National Credit Union Youth Month. A 2015 T. Rowe Price survey found that 90% of parents experience some degree of reluctance in talking to their kids about finances. Wow! The most common reasons given were that the parents didn’t want them to worry about financial matters, or they thought kids were too young to understand. Follow our tips for talking to your children about money and join us in April for a fun savings challenge that will allow your kids to earn prizes by saving! There’s no need to be reluctant.
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  • Tips for Buying a Home

    Posted on February 27, 2018 by Jake Ward
    As we start to think about warmer weather, those of us in the market for a new home are starting to get serious about house hunting. It’s exciting, but can also be a little nerve wracking. And that’s where we can help you! We have an in-house mortgage team who would love to give you some tips personalized to your own journey. Here are some things to think about:
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  • Turn Your Tax Refund into Savings

    Posted on January 25, 2018 by Jake Ward
    Many people view tax refunds in the same way they do their Christmas bonus: Fun money!! You hear people telling each other what they're going to do with that extra chunk of change. I've heard everything from buying a pool to paying for a vacation to splurging on a twelve course meal. While these are all great, they certainly don't help you financially.
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  • Home Equity Loans Explained

    Posted on May 03, 2017 by Jake Ward
    Maybe you’re interested in home renovations, debt consolidation, higher education, or maybe you want to help pay for your daughter’s wedding.
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  • Getting the Best Deal while Mortgage Rates Rise

    Posted on March 13, 2017 by Jake Ward
    It’s no surprise that the Federal Reserve Board has been gradually raising interest rates. This has an effect on mortgage rates as well. So, if you’re thinking of buying a home, sooner is better. Here are a few tips on making sure you get the best mortgage available.
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  • America Saves Week - Take the Pledge

    Posted on March 02, 2017 by Jake Ward
    America Saves Week (February 27 – March 4, 2017) is an annual opportunity for individuals to assess their savings and take financial action. Each year, we encourage savers – or potential savers – just like you to set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically.
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