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)

Your May Financial To-Do List

Between celebrating Mom, the many graduation parties, and the Memorial Day barbecues, make some time this month to take care of your financial to-dos, too. That way, you’ll be ready to relax this summer, knowing that your finances are on track. If your home’s value has risen since you purchased it, you may be able … Continue reading Your May Financial To-Do List

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 Tips for a Healthy Credit Score

How you manage your credit can either set you up for financial success or leave you battling debt for many years. Establishing positive credit can open many doors – from renting an apartment to getting a car loan to buying a home. It’s never too late to develop a strategic plan for managing your credit. Your future self will thank you.

Dealing with an Unexpected Job Loss

This week around the credit union we’ve been talking a lot about job loss.  Not because any of us are in that position, but because we know so many people that have been affected by the government shut down.  We’ve been brainstorming how we can help them, but it can be overwhelming to consider what … Continue reading Dealing with an Unexpected Job Loss

Thrifty Living: Couponing 101

The average American family of 4 (two adults and 2 children) spends roughly $200 a week on groceries which is a lot of money that’s spent on food. I grew up in a large family of 7 so couponing was a must in my family. In 2019, my husband and I decided that we needed … Continue reading Thrifty Living: Couponing 101