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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

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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By: Jennifer Leeson

August 15th, 2016

Is Your College-Age Teen Ready to Go Apartment Shopping Alone?

Youth and Finances | Saving and Budgeting

Finding an Apartment off-Campus – Not as Easy as It Seems I could not help but smile as I read this article in U.S. News & World Report, Money by Geoff Williams about helping your college kid through the apartment rental experience. With two children in college, I have newly earned experience with apartment hunting. This is how the article opens: You probably thought getting your kid into a college was the hardest thing about college, and, well, it probably was. But as you've likely discovered, your young adult is still young and could use your help at times – like when it's time to look for an apartment. Your kid is finally entering the real world, and as you know, the real world isn't always as warm and friendly as we'd like it to be. So if you'd like your kid to avoid renting from a con artist or signing a lease that he or she doesn't understand, you have a lot to think about. We were fortunate enough to avoid the con artists (though I encourage you to read Geoff’s article to learn more about that common scenario). However, my daughter’s first rental experience was a learning adventure that I’d like to help you avoid by sharing our story and some tips to help you get it right the first time.

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By: Yvonne Garand

November 30th, 2015

8 Tips for Building Credit – For the Beginner

Youth and Finances | Credit and Debt

How do you build credit when you have no credit history? I’d like to tell you it is easy, but the truth is that building credit takes time (most things that are worthwhile do).

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