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The New Year is a time for new beginnings. A time when people make declarations to lose weight, quit smoking, volunteer to help others, and develop better habits. You probably have a mental list of personal areas you want to improve. But have you considered adding a financial resolution to that list? How would your life look if you saved more, spent less, paid off debt, and planned for retirement? 

Categories: Budgeting, Saving, Spending

It can be easy for spending to get out of control during the holiday season. That’s why it’s important to remember that you’re the boss! Instead of letting your money control you this holiday season, start controlling your money. You’ll feel happier when the season is over if you still have some cushion in your wallet.

If you are not happy with your current financial situation, maybe it’s time to take action and start getting fit financially.  There are a few ways to get your financial situation in shape and it starts with realizing you might not be where you want to be financially.

With half of the year in the books, are you where you thought you would be financially?  Is your plan a little off track? Getting your plan back on track as quickly as possible is extremely important.  July is a great month to review your plan and make adjustments or recalibrate your financial plan based upon a detailed analysis on your performance.

Categories: Budgeting, FORUM Services

FORUM is excited to announce the release of our new CU Online Android app!
 
This app complements the FORUM CU Online Internet Banking system.  It allows you to check account balances, review history, pay bills, transfer funds, deposit checks, communicate securely with credit union staff, and receive notification via email or text message if certain account conditions occur. 

In today’s fast paced world, financial matters often don’t receive the attention that they should and this can be very detrimental to one’s long term financial well-being. If you don’t have time to make smart financial decisions, then it would be best if you take actions to help you make the right decisions much quicker.  The best way, simplify your financial activities.

A recent study by the Federal Reserve cited that non-housing,  household debt has risen 3.3% in the last quarter of 2013.  And a majority of US households indicated a financial setback of $5,000 or more would be a major financial catastrophe  Much of it can be attributed to the fact that 2/3’s of US households don’t have a spending plan.

Have you finally decided it’s time to make a budget or at least get your some of your expenses under control?  Well, one of the first questions you should have is how much should be allocated to each expense area.  The best way to answer that question is to use what others are spending for each type of expense and build your budget from that starting point.

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