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In the VSECU Blog you'll find financial and lifestyle resources to help empower possibilities for your personal success.

By: David Tepfer

April 17th, 2018

Bike Commuting & How to Choose the Best Bike

Learn Something New | Lifestyle

When you first start bike commuting, a big question you are going to have is what kind of bike do you need? There are a ton of different bikes out there, and I am not even talking about brands. It can be very confusing. When it comes to buying your bike, the most important thing you can do is ask yourself these questions.

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By: Mike Norris

April 10th, 2018

Should My Business Go Solar?

Business Development | Energy Savings | Saving and Budgeting

If you’re a business owner, solar energy can provide a range of benefits, including lower energy costs and tax incentives. Solar isn’t for every business, though, so you will want to do a little research to determine if it makes sense for yours. This article is just a brief introduction to get you acquainted with the basics, which I will expand on in future articles.

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By: Christine Moriarty, CFP, MBA

April 3rd, 2018

What Do Emotions Have to Do with Financial Decisions?

Every day, we make decisions about food, finances, clothes, and the list goes on. No wonder decision fatigue is such a big topic in the field of psychology.  

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By: Alicia White

March 28th, 2018

New Tax Laws and Home Equity Interest Deductions

Homebuying and Mortgages | Learn Something New

As a result of the new tax legislation, enacted in December of 2017, homeowners will not receive tax deductions on home equity loan interest. Since the 1980’s homeowners have enjoyed a deduction for home equity interest on amounts up to $100,000. The legislation eliminated tax deductions for interest on new and existing home equity loans from 2018 through 2025. It did not eliminate deductions for interest on primary home mortgage loans.

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By: Terri Crowther

March 22nd, 2018

Women in the Credit Union Industry 

Cooperatives | Learn Something New

March is Women’s History Month and VSECU has a lot to celebrate during this month. Not only did women play an important role in the development of the credit union industry in the United States, but they were equally necessary to the founding of VSECU.

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By: Yvonne Garand

March 6th, 2018

What Should I Do with My Tax Refund?

Saving and Budgeting | Investing in the Future

Many taxpayers get excited when they discover that they will get a tax refund. In 2016, the average taxpayer refund was approximately $3,000. That’s a lot of money! So, if you're asking the question "what should I do with my tax refund?" consider these five smart moves.  

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By: Tessa Collette

February 27th, 2018

How to Save Money and Pay off Debt

Credit and Debt | Saving and Budgeting

Vermont Saves Week takes place from March 26 through April 3, 2018. In celebration, here are some ideas to help you learn how to save money and pay off debt.

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By: Christine Davidson

February 20th, 2018

How to fix your credit report and raise your credit score

Credit and Debt | Saving and Budgeting

Your credit score is a good tool for measuring your financial wellbeing. Your score shows how good you are at paying bills on time, how much revolving debt you’ve taken on, and any debt you have neglected to pay off. Your credit report delivers your credit score. This is kind of like a report card, showing your overall credit score and the reasons for the low or high score.

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