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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: David Tepfer

October 11th, 2017

Bike Commuting Gear that Will Get You to Work Safely [Top 10]

Saving and Budgeting | Learn Something New | Lifestyle

So you’re thinking about commuting to work by bicycle? First of all, congratulations. Your life is about to get a zillion times more fun. And you’re going to save money and reduce your environmental impact! You probably have a bunch of questions about bike commuting gear, though.

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By: Monica Taylor

September 5th, 2017

Fighting Hunger in Vermont

Learn Something New | Lifestyle

What does hunger look like in Vermont? 69,724 Vermonters live in food insecure households, meaning they don’t have regular access to nutritious foods. Food insecurity is defined by the USDA as the lack of access to enough food to fully meet basic needs at all times due to a lack of financial resources.

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By: Laurie Fielder

August 15th, 2017

The Heat Pump—An Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling Option

Energy Savings | Lifestyle

What’s cool during the summer, warm during the winter, and environmentally friendly throughout the year? A heat pump! Heat pumps (also referred to as ductless or cold-climate heat pumps, or mini-splits) can be an energy efficient home heating solution, depending on the layout and building envelope of your home and the heating systems you already have in place. And they double as an air conditioner in the summer. What could be better than that?

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By: Heidi White

July 18th, 2017

How to Travel Cheap [5 Tips]

Saving and Budgeting | Lifestyle

I’m a thrifty type, but I recently came down with a case of travel fever. It started two years ago with a trip to Barcelona and has spread to frequent small excursions in the states and Canada and a whirlwind weekend trip to Iceland. Being relatively low on cash, I have quickly discovered some great ways to save abroad, up north, and on US soil. I like knowing how to travel cheap and if you’re reading this, I suspect you do too, so here are five tips to help you get where you want to go at minimum cost.

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By: Laurie Fielder

June 13th, 2017

Why Go Solar? [7 Reasons]

Energy Savings | Investing in the Future | Lifestyle

In today’s world, there are very few reasons NOT to go solar. So why go solar? Solar equipment is becoming more affordable and community solar arrays make it possible for those who rent their home, or have a site with poor sun exposure or other barriers to a solar installation, to benefit from an off-site solar array. This article will focus on 7 more reasons.

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By: Caroline Cross

March 2nd, 2017

Tiny Houses v. Mobile Homes – Low Cost Living

Homebuying and Mortgages | Saving and Budgeting | Learn Something New | Lifestyle

Listen Here:  As home prices go up, you can cut costs by moving into a tiny house or a mobile home. Tiny houses are the most affordable, but not everyone can handle a tiny living space. If you’re considering downsizing or finding a more affordable home, you can start by comparing and contrasting these two styles. 

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By: Kira Comstock

February 14th, 2017

Engage Your Passion through Volunteer Work

Learn Something New | Lifestyle

Listen Here:  I’m a mother of two who works a full time job, but volunteering is important to me. I want to be involved in my community and use my passion to help others. It is difficult to find the time and energy to find volunteer opportunities and make it happen, though. Fortunately, I am an engagement specialist by profession, and am responsible for helping co-workers find volunteer outlets for their passions, so I have learned some tips and tricks for freeing up time to give back to the community. Here are some things I’ve learned along the way:

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By: Rod Sigurdson

January 20th, 2017

New Year’s Resolutions - A Model for Success

Saving and Budgeting | Lifestyle

Listen Here:  The end of January is on the horizon. Are you still holding strong to your New Year’s resolutions or are they languishing in the wasteland of abandoned intentions? Maybe you hoped to save enough to make a downpayment on a new home this year or put more into your retirement fund. Maybe you just want to lose a few extra pounds. Well, this is your reminder to pull out those dejected intentions or create a fresh set of resolutions based on your needs, wishes, or desires, and try something new today.

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