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

By: Caroline Cross

October 30th, 2020

Six Ways to Save Money on Gifts during the Holiday Season

Saving and Budgeting | Lifestyle

The holiday season is fast approaching. After you’ve made your list and checked it twice like a proverbial Santa Claus, the next step is to purchase gifts. The crafty folk among us may be able to make personalized handmade presents, but even supplies cost money. Other than clipping coupons, there are several creative ways that you can save money while doing your holiday shopping.

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By: Heidi White

October 29th, 2020

Creative Ways to Save Money on a Tight Budget

Saving and Budgeting

For most of us mere mortals, saving money is difficult at best. It’s easy to begin with the best of intentions only to give up due to forgetfulness, frustration, or exhaustion. To help you get started and keep going, here are three sets of creative ideas for saving money on a tight budget. The first set will help you get going. The second set will keep you motivated. The third set will help ensure long-term success.

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By: Brian Bristow

October 20th, 2020

What is ESG Investing?

Saving and Budgeting | Investing in the Future

ESG investing is not a new idea but it has become increasingly popular in recent years, and possibly more so lately due to the social and health issues we are facing as a nation. ESG is an investment method that grew out of the philosophy of socially responsible investing (SRI). The letters “ESG” stand for environmental, social, and governance. Those who invest in ESG are interested in supporting companies that prove, through their internal and external operations, that they are committed to taking responsibility for their impact on the world around them.

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By: Caroline Cross

October 9th, 2020

Saving for the Holidays: Four Simple Ways to Save Money for Shopping

Saving and Budgeting

Buying gifts for the holidays can be daunting if you don’t have a strategy in place to help you set aside spending money. Even if you have been careful with your money throughout the year, best intentions to spend wisely can fly out the window once the holiday season starts. Overspending during the holidays can cause some people to feel extra guilt and stress, taking away from the enjoyment of the season. If you’re unsure how to start saving for the holidays, here are a few ideas to help you get started.

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By: Talithia Bonner

October 6th, 2020

How to Use Simple Technology to Save Time & Money

Youth and Finances | Saving and Budgeting | Learn Something New

Growing up, I was given a register to keep track of my checking and savings accounts. As time moved on and technology advanced, I began relying on online resources to do my banking and manage my accounts. Using online tools to help me track my finances has saved me a lot of time and money over the years, and now that I work at a financial institution, I have fine-tuned my habits to save even more. So, how can simple technology save you time and money? Here are some ideas...

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By: Joshua Dobrovich

October 1st, 2020

Why Finding the Best Interest Rate on a Car Loan Isn’t So Important

Saving and Budgeting | Auto Buying

If you’ve ever purchased a vehicle, you probably know that you can spend almost as much time shopping for rates as you do picking out your new car. But what if I told you that you didn’t have to spend so much time finding the best interest rate? Yes, sometimes getting the lowest interest rate is extremely beneficial when it comes to your car payments. A difference of a couple of percentage points—0.9% compared to a rate of 3.9%, for example—can lead to huge monetary savings on your auto loan in the end, particularly on a higher-cost vehicle. However, often times, focusing on the interest rate does more harm than good.

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By: Julia Westbrook

September 30th, 2020

Are Solar Panels Worth It?

Energy Savings | Saving and Budgeting

Short answer: Yes.   Going green with solar panels is more than just a feel-good decision—it can also help your wallet too. There are plenty of reasons for installing solar panels, but at the end of the day, it still has to make sense financially.

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By: Oliver Ames

September 24th, 2020

Three Phases to Managing Finances in a Relationship

Saving and Budgeting | Lifestyle

Money can be one of the most stressful aspects of sharing your life with someone, especially in the early days of a relationship. So far, my wife and I have successfully navigated our finances through three different times in our lives: dating as students, living together, and getting married. These are the three ways we tackled the “money conversation.”

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