Making an Impact on Our Community

1st Financial Federal Credit Union is more than just a banking institution. Like all credit unions, we were created with a philosophy of ‘People Helping People’. We’re more than just a checking account or auto loan service provider.  We are a not for profit community development financial institution, using our limited resources to change lives … Continue reading Making an Impact on Our Community

4 Identity Protection Tips for Summer Vacation

Have big summer travel plans? Warm weather, sunny beaches, and theme parks – these are the hallmarks of summer vacation. Unfortunately, so is identity theft. Vacationers often unknowingly leave their personal information exposed to thieves while traveling, which can turn a worry-free break into a prolonged and stressful fight to reclaim a stolen identity. Before … Continue reading 4 Identity Protection Tips for Summer Vacation

Summer Spending: 4 Cash-Burning Mistakes to Avoid this Season

Summer is a time for family fun and outdoor activities, but also one of increased spending. According to consumer credit reporting agency Experian, consumers surveyed spent an average of $2,275 per person on vacations in 2016, with $1,308 of that amount on credit card spending. Fortunately, there’s a way to maximize summer fun while minimizing … Continue reading Summer Spending: 4 Cash-Burning Mistakes to Avoid this Season

Your Summertime To-Do List

Summer is officially here and kicks off this month, school is out, daylight stretches out even longer, and pool days become an everyday activity. As your June calendar is filling up with pool days and backyard cookouts, make sure you build in a little time to keep your finances on track. June is a great … Continue reading Your Summertime To-Do List

How to Have a Fun Summer on a Hot Dog Budget

Summer is here. Your kids are finally free from school and they’re eager to make the most of it. But how can you make the most of it without breaking the bank? Fortunately, we’ve got some tips that’ll help you create those summertime fun memories without building up excessive debt. Use the summertime months to … Continue reading How to Have a Fun Summer on a Hot Dog Budget

How to get rid of PMI (aka Private Mortgage Insurance)

My husband and I bought our home in 2016 with a down payment of less than 20%. So, our lender required us to buy Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). The same goes if you refinance your home with less than 20% equity. Since buying our home, our home’s value has risen, so now we are looking … Continue reading How to get rid of PMI (aka Private Mortgage Insurance)

5 Tips For Teaching Your Kids Good Money Habits

Teaching children how to save from a young age could help set them up for life. When you are a kid you think money grows on trees, or at least your parents have an endless supply. Learning good money habits at a young age can help build a foundation for responsible financial decision-making in the … Continue reading 5 Tips For Teaching Your Kids Good Money Habits

5 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make This Tax Season

Tax season is here! In fact, we’re already halfway to the deadline! You’ll want to make sure your finances are in order so that you can properly report your income and expenses to the IRS. Unfortunately, a lot of households make the same mistakes and they’re avoidable! Simple mistakes can lead to a tax audit. … Continue reading 5 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make This Tax Season

#YouDidThat

You’ve invested your money into a not for profit cooperative that’s working hard every day to make lasting changes in some underserved communities in STL. Rest easy knowing that by banking with us, you’re doing big things for your community. #YouDidThat #TheBetterWayToBank Featuring: Laura Woods & Tracy Verner with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union in … Continue reading #YouDidThat

Top 5 Reasons that Credit Unions are Better than Big Banks

#1. Credit Unions are Not-For-Profit One of the key differences between banks and credit unions is that credit unions are not-for-profit financial institutions. When you deposit your money at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, you're actually buying shares of the cooperative. Rather than being a customer, you are a member owner of the credit union. … Continue reading Top 5 Reasons that Credit Unions are Better than Big Banks