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    Six Reasons to Go Paperless

    If you’re looking to reduce clutter, bank more securely, and save time and money, it’s time to make the switch to paperless options.

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    UFCU — A Social Purpose Credit Union

    If you are seeking a financial institution with social purpose, it may be time to join the UFCU movement. Give us a call, or stop by your local financial center anytime to chat with a Personal Financial Representative and learn more.

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    Six Steps for Speedy Drive-Thru Service

    Drive-thrus are one of many ways UFCU provides Members to take care of their banking business. Preparing ahead for your drive-thru visit can help minimize wait time, and get you on your way sooner.

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    Five Tips for Safe, Smart Holiday Shopping in 2020

    Safety and savings — that’s the theme for this year’s holiday shopping season. You don’t have to wait for Black Friday this year. Start early, and find the deals and shopping options that are best for you.

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    Lifetime Membership Is Standard

    Did you know that once you become UFCU Member, you’re a Member for life? Learn more about how UFCU is ready to be your financial partner, regardless of where life takes you.

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    Be a Wise Consumer · Manage Your Finances

    What COVID-19 Means for Your College Financial Aid

    COVID-19 is changing much in our lives, including planning for college expenses. Here are some ways to prepare.

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    Lessons in Back-to-School Shopping

    Reading, writing, and arithmetic come at a price, literally, as families enter that late-summer rite of passage known as back-to school shopping. The good news is you can turn that back-to-school shopping into a teachable moment in wise consumerism with a few tips and techniques.

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    Be a Wise Consumer · Manage Your Finances

    Shared Branches: Another Credit Union Benefit

    Picture this scenario. You are traveling out of state when the car breaks down in an unfamiliar town. Worse yet, the credit card processor at the mechanic shop is on the blink and you are short on cash. If you are a UFCU Member, the shared branch network may be your lifeline to the cash you need.

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    9 Ways in 9 Months: Planning Ahead for Baby

    If baby is on the way, use the pregnancy months to prepare. Give us a call, or stop by your local financial center anytime to chat with a personal financial representative and learn more.

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    Three Credit Union Benefits and the Principles Behind Them

    Ever wonder why credit unions are able to offer great rates and lower fees, personalized service, and emphasize people over profits? Here’s a list of three great credit union benefits and the guiding principles that make them possible.

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    Be a Wise Consumer · Manage Your Finances

    Planning a Trip? Prepare First!

    Get our checklist of these top five to dos before you hit the road, and make it the best vacation ever.

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    The Benefits of Online Banking

    Are you still holding on to that checkbook? Times are changing. There are more benefits to online banking that you might realize. Here’s our top 10 list of reasons to go digital when it comes to banking.

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    Social Security 101: The Basics

    Social security: It’s that thing we hear about — and pay into — our entire working careers. But what do you really know about social security? Here’s the 4-1-1 on this longstanding government program.

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    Four Ways Technology Can Improve Your Finances

    Are you benefiting from technology beyond news and entertainment? Learn how you can use technology to improve your finances.

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    Be a Wise Consumer · Buy & Own a Car

    What to Know About Extended Warranties

    Who foots the bill for car repairs once your original vehicle warranty expires? Without an extended warranty, you will.

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    Be a Wise Consumer · Manage Your Finances

    Transfer Limits — It’s a Government Thing

    Too many savings account withdrawals can trigger federal government penalty rules. Find out what applies and how to avoid unnecessary penalties.

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    Join the Credit Union Movement

    If you haven’t experienced the credit union advantage, it may be time to join the movement. Give us a call, or stop by your local financial center anytime to chat with a personal financial representative and learn more.

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    Four Tips for Thrifty Summer Travel

    Although traveling during summer is ideal for many people, it is unfortunately one of the most expensive times of year to travel. But all is not lost. If you inform yourself and plan ahead, you can still manage to find some pretty good summer vacation deals. Consider these four tips for traveling this summer.

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    Be a Wise Consumer · Buy & Own a Car

    Is It Time to Upgrade to a Bigger Vehicle?

    Have you outgrown your cute little two-seater or tiny econo-car? Is it time to upgrade your tiny transportation to something larger and more comfortable? Whether you need to make room for a new baby, a big pooch, or your next DIY project, a bigger vehicle might be the answer. Consider these reasons why, and learn what to look for in a larger vehicle.

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    Be a Wise Consumer · Invest & Save

    Three Ways New Parents Can Save Money

    When you have a baby, it’s easy for expenses to add up. But not all of the typical baby expenses are necessary. If you’re looking for ways to tighten your budget, consider these three expenses that many new parents might categorize as nonessential.

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