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Financial and Lifestyle Resources for Vermont


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

By: Heidi White

January 23rd, 2020

How Does Shared Branching Work?

Alternative Banking | Cooperatives

Credit unions tend to serve local populations, so finding a branch while you’re traveling afar can be a trick. The CO-OP Shared Branching Network has solved this problem by allowing credit unions across the country to band together and offer services to members of all networked credit unions.

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By: Simeon Chapin

October 16th, 2019

Why Join a Credit Union? A Personal Perspective

Alternative Banking | Cooperatives

As a member and an employee of my local credit union, the question “Why Join a Credit Union” is one I’ve given a lot of thought to.

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By: Heidi White

October 9th, 2018

What Credit Unions Are and Why People Love Them

Alternative Banking | Cooperatives | Learn Something New

So here's a fun fact, which also happens to be the reason I’m writing this blog: International Credit Union (ICU) Day comes every year on the third Thursday of October (October 18 in 2018). It’s a big day for credit unions and this year (2018), the theme is “Find Your Platinum Lining.” If you’re wondering why they're messing with your silver lining, they have a good reason. This is the platinum (70th) anniversary of ICU day, which started in 1948 and has been celebrated on the third Thursday of October since then.

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By: Yvonne Garand

November 2nd, 2017

People, Planet, Profit—How Is Your Money Being Used?

Alternative Banking | Local Investing | Cooperatives | Learn Something New

Make an impact through values-based banking The term banking is used to describe the act of using your money for your own financial well-being. It could be saving money in a bank account, paying bills in online banking, or borrowing money for a home, vehicle, or for some other purpose.  

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By: Shawn Christianson

July 5th, 2017

What Do Cat Videos Have to Do with Your Mobile Banking App?

Alternative Banking | Youth and Finances | Identity and Fraud Protection

In the last 10 years, we have made huge leaps in the accessibility of cat videos; there are now even festivals for watching internet cat videos. Weirdly, this access to recreational media is driving expectations of banking technology.

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By: Laurie Fielder

June 20th, 2017

How to Protect the Environment through Banking Choices

Alternative Banking | Energy Savings | Learn Something New

If you care about the environment, you’re probably doing what you can to preserve natural resources and reduce fossil fuel use. Maybe you’re recycling and using energy efficient lighting. Maybe you’re even sharing rides to save gas. You may buy environmentally friendly products and, if you’re really serious about how to protect the environment, invest in companies and options that are kind to the planet.

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By: Steve Lambert

December 5th, 2016

Life Lesson: The Value of Earning Your Way

Alternative Banking | Credit and Debt

I’ve worked in the financial services industry for over thirty years and I’ve seen the industry change in dramatic ways. People often ask “What is the life lesson that has impacted you the most in your profession?” The following story is my answer to that question and the bedrock for my interactions with others throughout my career:

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By: Blair Wolston

February 29th, 2016

Why Use a Credit Union Rather than a Bank?

Alternative Banking

A Great Alternative to Banking Making the choice to invest money in a credit union, rather than a bank, is often a decision that reflects cooperative values and community-building intent. Credit unions and banks offer a similar suite of products and services, but they are formed and run in very different ways.

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