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Holiday Shopping with a Holiday Loan

Holiday Shopping with a Holiday Loan

Posted On: October 1, 2021 by CSE Federal Credit Union in: Budgeting, CSE, CSE News, General, Lending, Personal Loan

 

The holiday season may still be a few weeks away – but your holiday shopping should start now. With another year full of potential shipping delays, product & staffing shortages, and other unfavorable issues, starting your holidays shopping early this year may be a good idea.

We hope that you’ve been able to save throughout the year for the holiday shopping season with a Christmas Club savings account!  However, if you’re not financially prepared...

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Tags: Budgeting, Christmas, Christmas Club, Christmas Loan, Credit Union, CSE, CSE FCU, CSE Federal Credit Union, CSE Loans, CSE News

Upgrading your Wheels before Winter

Upgrading your Wheels before Winter

Posted On: September 15, 2021 by CSE Federal Credit Union in: Budgeting, Education, General

 

Believe it or not, Winter weather isn’t far off. While the changing of seasons is routine, many don’t consider routine car repairs, maintenance, or complete vehicle upgrades until the snow is already settled. Now is a great time to do a once-over on your current vehicle to see what maintenance it may need to get you through another Winter. Or, if push comes to shove, to realize you may need to trade in the old clunker...

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Tags: Car Repairs, CSE, CSE FCU, CSE Federal Credit Union, Winter

Understanding the 2021 Child Tax Credit

Understanding the 2021 Child Tax Credit

Posted On: September 10, 2021 by CSE Federal Credit Union in: Budgeting, Education, General

 

Taxes and deductions can be complicated, especially when tax credit eligibility constantly changes. For families with children, understanding what child tax credit assistance is available and how it will be distributed provides helpful insight on how best to optimize personal finances.

Recent changes to the Child Tax Credit expand its reach to help more families for the 2021 tax year. Advance payments, based on 2020 returns, began rolling out in July 2021 and will continue...

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Tags: Child Tax Credit, Credit Unions, CSE, CSE FCU, CSE Federal Credit Union, CSE News, Education, Finances, Money, Taxes

Christmas in July

Christmas in July

Posted On: July 25, 2021 by CSE Federal Credit Union in: Budgeting, CSE, Education, General

 

It’s July, and while Santa may have his toes in the sand, you can bet he’s already planning for the busy season, as should you! We know, it’s crazy to think about Christmas already; I mean we really just started enjoying Summer – but we suggest thinking about it now, to help prevent any stress, crisis, or lack of funds when Summer fades and then, suddenly, it’s holiday time.

Continue reading to learn 5 things you can do to tidy up your...

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Tags: Christmas in July, CSE, CSE FCU, CSE Federal Credit Union, Holiday Loan, Holiday Loans, Saving

Why does credit score matter?

Why does credit score matter?

Posted On: July 14, 2021 by CSE Federal Credit Union in: Budgeting, Credit Cards, CSE, Education, General, Lending

 

Credit score isn’t one of those topics you bring up during dinner, but maybe it should be. Many people don’t realize how important credit actually is and the impact your credit score makes in the grand scheme of your finances. Think of your credit score like a report card, your financial report card - one that will follow you through your entire life. You are the one in control of your credit, so make sure you are doing the best things possible to improve your score...

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Tags: Credit, Credit Score, CSE, CSE FCU, CSE Federal Credit Union, CSE Loans, CSE News

Mid-Year Financial Check Up

Mid-Year Financial Check Up

Posted On: June 21, 2021 by CSE Federal Credit Union in: Budgeting, CSE, Education

 

You spend your time on social media, watching Netflix, scrolling TikTok, and a number of other relaxing, yet frivolous things. Those are all great, however, we want to remind you that you need to save some time to actively managing your finances. Generally, we are more likely to keep tabs on our physical and mental health but studies have shown your finances can make a huge impact on your stress levels which eventually impacts your health. Digging into those financial matters...

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Tags: Budget, Budgeting, CSE, CSE FCU, CSE Federal Credit Union, Finances, Financial Check Up, Financial Education, Financial Goals, Making Money Last

Keeping Vacations Practical for Your Budget

Keeping Vacations Practical for Your Budget

Posted On: June 1, 2021 by CSE Federal Credit Union in: Budgeting, Education, General, Lending, Personal Loan

 

As exhilarating as the idea is that you should ‘treat yourself’ on vacation, sometimes, it is probably not the right choice to make. If you don’t want to come home with sickening credit card bills, or a cash deficiency we encourage you to consider budgeting for your vacation.

Saving for a vacation doesn’t happen overnight. The best place to start is with a little account that we call a Vacation Club. This is a sub-account attached to your membership...

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Tags: Budget, Budgeting, CSE, CSE FCU, CSE Federal Credit Union, Finances, Money, Personal Loan, Saving, Vacation

Building & Repairing Credit Score

Building & Repairing Credit Score

Posted On: May 19, 2021 by CSE Federal Credit Union in: Budgeting, CSE, CSE News, Education, General, Lending

 

A credit score is a number that is used by financial institutions and/or credit card companies to determine the level of risk for a person when issuing a loan or credit card. A person’s credit score may influence the limit of credit available to them, as well as the term, length, and interest rate of a loan.

One of the first items that you (or a potential creditor) will see when looking at a credit report is your credit score: a number between 350 to 850. Generally,...

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Tags: Building Credit, Credit Score, CSE, CSE FCU, CSE Federal Credit Union, CSE News, Repairing Credit

Personal Loans for When You Need It

Personal Loans for When You Need It

Posted On: April 17, 2021 by CSE Federal Credit Union in: Budgeting, Credit Cards, CSE, Lending, Personal Loan

 

Outside of auto loans and mortgage loans, personal loans are likely the next type of loan you would use as a consumer. A personal loan is a type of unsecured loan, which means there is no collateral held in the event that you cannot pay back the loan. Generally, a personal loan is a form of credit that can help you make a large purchase or consolidate high-interest debt, but they can serve a number of other purposes as well.

 

Here are some common reasons...

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You don't have to be elderly to do a checkup on your retirement plan.

Retirement Checkup - Don't wait 'til it's too late!

Posted On: February 27, 2021 by CSE Federal Credit Union in: Budgeting, CSE News, Education

 

Just the thought of retirement can be both exciting and terrifying at the same time. It’s what you’ve worked towards for your entire life, but it comes with many unknowns. You’re sure to be wondering if you’ve saved enough, can afford your expenses moving forward, and whether you’re truly ready to move into the next stage of your life.

The reality is that when it comes to retirement, many are unprepared due to a combination of increasing...

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