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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

August 7th, 2020

Teach Your Teen How to Use Their First Checking Account

Youth and Finances | Saving and Budgeting

A first checking account is a rite of passage. Many children have savings accounts opened in their names when they are born, but as your child gets older and develops, he or she will need a checking account to gain experience managing their money. As said by the character Benjamin Parker in Spider-Man, “With great power comes great responsibility.” A checking account can be a great responsibility, so it’s important that your teen knows how they work.

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By: Caroline Cross

July 10th, 2020

How to Teach Your Kids to Count and Identify Coins

Youth and Finances | Learn Something New

Nowadays, people make most of their purchases with plastic, so you may wonder if it’s worthwhile to teach your kids how to identify and count coins. The truth is, coins are still in use, particularly by kids, and knowing how to count them is an important, fundamental skill for children.

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By: Leah Jones

April 23rd, 2020

How to Keep the Kids Entertained during Quarantine

Youth and Finances | Lifestyle

Has anyone else started to forget what day or month it is? With COVID-19 throwing our usual routines out the window, the kids are starting to get antsy. Kids need guidance and boundaries to feel safe and understand that rules are still in force. This is a good time to set wake-up times so everyone is up and out of bed by a reasonable hour, implement additional chores, and enforce homework expectations. It’s also time to engage them in family activities that will create great memories and help them manage their screen time so they don’t start bad habits.

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By: Leah Jones

April 16th, 2020

Stuck at Home with the Kids? Keep Them Busy and Help Them Save

Youth and Finances

Over the past weeks, many parents have been home wondering how they will cover the bills and how they can keep their kids engaged. COVID-19 has brought us all into circumstances we never knew could exist. We are home working, teaching, cleaning, and cooking as a family, all day, every day. Though I don’t have any secrets to help you become a millionaire, I can help with getting the kids to do their chores and understand what to do with the money they earn doing them.  

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By: Rachel Feldman

April 9th, 2019

Adulting 101: Money Management for 30-Somethings

Youth and Finances | Saving and Budgeting

A lot of things happen when you hit your thirties. Most are great, some are sobering, and all of them make you aware of the fact that you’re aging, for better or worse.

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By: David Tepfer

December 7th, 2017

Want to Play Monopoly? Try a Friendlier Game.

Youth and Finances | Cooperatives | Learn Something New | Lifestyle

If you’ve played the board game Monopoly, you have probably experienced the heated arguments, flipped boards, and endless play time that normally comes with it. But what you may not know about Monopoly is these horrible experiences we have are all part of the game.

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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: Caroline Cross

June 8th, 2017

Teach Your Preteen How to Save Money

Youth and Finances | Saving and Budgeting

For preteens, saving money is like any other skill they will learn—practice makes perfect. To teach your child how to save money, encourage them to make it a habit. If you can get them to practice the fine art of saving, eventually they will do it on their own without reminders. Youth are consumers too, and learning the basics will help them become smart spenders. It will also help them form a foundation for building good credit later in life.  

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