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Categories: Saving

Let’s face it. We all love saving money.

For this reason, buying used has become more and more popular over the years. But some used items could cost you more in repairs or even pose health risks if you’re not careful. Below are three items we suggest you think twice about before taking them home:

Your parents do a lot for you, so you may be asking yourself what you can do to help them out. As a member of your household, there are plenty of things you can do that will make a world of difference, not only for your family, but sometimes for the environment too.

Be sure to tell your parents about your changes. They will be very proud of you, and they may make some changes as well.

Categories: Budgeting, Credit, Saving, Spending

It's the end of April and spring is finally here – well, sort of. The weather may not be cooperating in the mid-west, but we doubt unpredictable weather will hinder planning your dream vacation for this spring or summer.

Vacations can be good and bad – they allow for a change of scenery, exploration, and relaxation. However, vacations can also break the bank, especially since a lot of Americans resort to using their credit cards to pay for them. It doesn’t have to be that way; there are a couple of easy things you can do to ensure you have the money for your getaway.

 

Categories: Planning, Saving

There’s no hiding it: babies are expensive. If you haven't started a family yet, you’re probably wondering how you will be able to afford it.

A long list of prerequisites shouldn’t be your main focus. It’s not about solving every single household issue before having a baby. It just takes a loving couple who is willing to work out their finances, together. Here's a list of things you should take care of before having a baby:

 

There are a lot of important events that take place over the course of our lifetime. Marriage, buying a home, and having your first child are all events that are very exciting but also very stressful.

The excitement combined with the stress can lead us to rationalize very poor financial decisions by saying things like, "Well you only get married once," or, "Just getting one more thing for the new baby won't hurt." It's important to keep your emotions under control during these milestones so you don't end up in financial hardship.

Categories: Buying a Car, Saving, Students

You have been waiting for this day for a very long time: it’s time to buy a car. But where do you start? This is unfamiliar territory; you have never bought something so big before. Certainly, the big question is on your mind: “How am I going to pay for this?”

Trying to buy a car as a teenager can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Be prepared though, because the lack of credit history will be your largest barrier. A credit history is important because that’s how lenders know you pay your bills.

Categories: Budgeting, Saving, Spending

It’s not surprising that the convenience factor of online shopping has made it very popular among consumers. Although convenience plays a huge role in its popularity, there is something else to mention: your ability to compare prices of products. These things work in the favor of the value-conscious consumer. Let's dig a little deeper:

The Comfort from Reviews.
Even if you don't want to buy a product online, reading reviews can help. It’s really difficult to get information on something when you’re at the store. The odds of finding someone who has purchased the same thing are small. Fortunately, this is where online comparison shopping comes to the rescue. You can simply type in the name of the item into a search engine and see numerous reviews from people who actually have experience with the item.

Categories: Saving, Updates on FORUM

If you have been thinking about improving your finances, you have come to the right place. Did you know FORUM Credit Union has a program created just for responsible saving and spending habits? If you're working to achieve financial wellness, why not have a chance to earn a reward?

That's right. You could be entered to win up to $2,000 for accomplishing YOUR financial goals. The SaveItUp program allows you to earn points by completing steps found in the SaveItUp Playbook. After you're finished completing your steps, turn in your slip from the scorecard at a local branch or email it to saveitup@forumcu.com.  

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