Category: Money Matters

Avoiding Credit Card Fraud: How to Keep Your Holidays Happy

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s the season to give back, give thanks—and give gifts! And with all those wish lists to cross off, your holiday shopping is sure to give your credit card a workout. Here’s the bad news: For credit card thieves, the holiday season truly is the most wonderful time… Read more

Digital Wallet: Shopping Has Never Been Easier

In the golden age of technological conveniences, our smartphones have become our new best friends. And why not? Everything you need is packed into that tiny world. Taking a road trip? Get turn-by-turn directions from Google Maps. Want to listen to your favorite artists? Pull up your Spotify playlist. Have to deposit a check? The… Read more

Are You Ready to Become a Homeowner?

Whether you’ve been renting for years or are ready to move out and live on your own for the first time, the prospect of buying a home is very exciting—and a little overwhelming. There are a variety of things to consider when determining if home ownership is the best next step for you. Why buy… Read more

Mobile Payments Q&A

Mobile payments may seem like new technology, but the first opportunity to make purchases using a mobile phone actually dates all the way back to buying Coca-Cola via text message in 1997! Since then, alternate avenues to make purchases has grown steadily, from PayPal’s 1998 founding to the launch of Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and… Read more

What to Know About Checking Accounts

If you’re under the age of 30, “checking account” may conjure images of people paying for things with literal checks, followed by the conclusion that you don’t write checks, so you don’t need a checking account. But in actuality, “checking account” is simply the proper name for what’s colloquially referred to as a “bank account.”… Read more

The Benefits of Financing Your Home Through a Credit Union

Spring is here and whether you are a home buyer beginning to research mortgage options for a home purchase or a homeowner considering refinancing opportunities and options which will address your current economic conditions, selecting the right financial institution with which to do business is extremely important. The relationship with the financial institution you select… Read more

Demystifying the 4 Major Savings Options

All savings options are pretty much the same, right? Wrong. There are a variety of different savings solutions available now, but the big four are: Basic savings/share savings accounts, online savings accounts, certificate of deposit/share certificates, and money market accounts. Each of these savings vehicles have unique elements; the trick is finding out which one… Read more

A Guide to the 5 Factors That Determine Your Credit Score

Your credit score is a part of you: It can affect everything from your mortgage rate to whether you get hired for a job. “What’s your credit score?” is a question many of us hear, and one a lot of us can probably provide a ballpark answer for. But knowing what your credit score is… Read more

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