Monday, December 10, 2007

Credit Union Holiday Account = No Stress!

Not sure if it's correct to call them Christmas or Holiday accounts, but many credit unions continue to offer these little gems. And this blogger is completely prepared for the season, thanks in part to her credit union:
And is any of it charged? NO NO NO!!!! lol I always start adding to my Christmas account at the credit union every Friday. That's ALL it's for. I've done that for years. NO Stress!!!

No stress--that's all I want for the holidays.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Credit Union Erases Frustration to Get Home Deal Done

Is quality service and commitment to the consumer becoming so rare that it's considered "old-fashioned?"

The headline of a recent New York Daily News story proclaimed, "Old-fashioned credit unions are gaining popularity with homebuyers." It tells about how more New Yorkers are turning to credit unions for quality home loans and service.

In this story, Municipal Credit Union in lower Manhattan helped Onika Shepherd and her family move into a home of their own. Onika obviously was thrilled about the credit union and her loan officer:
"When I was frustrated, he was the person who showed me how to get a deal done. That's how it's supposed to be in a credit union."

My credit union continuously evolves to provide the financial products and services I require for my speedy, modern and hectic lifestyle. But the outstanding service never changes. So in a way, I guess I'm old-fashioned, too.

Click here and read the complete story.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Kansas Credit Unions Offer Payday Alternatives

Click your ruby slippers together and repeat: "I want to get out of this payday trap...I want to get out of this payday trap..."

Dorothy's magical slippers may be a fantasy, but financially-buried folks in Kansas are following the Yellow Brick Road to local credit unions. The cooperatives now offer alternatives to payday loans, says one credit union leader in the Dodge City Daily Globe:
There are a lot of folks who come in and take a payday loan and, for whatever reason, get caught in the trap of not being able to pay that loan. Our goal as a credit union is to help folks who are caught in that situation and show them there is a better way to borrow, a better way to handle their finances, and help them to become good members of our credit union for the rest of their lives.

And Toto, too! Click here for the online story.

Credit Unions Are Different; They Have 'Shares'

I like being a customer/member/owner of the institution where I borrow and stash my monetary fortune--what little I have, anyway.

Customers have money "on deposit" at the bank. I own "shares" at my credit union. Banks pay interest. Credit unions pay dividends.

Most deposits and shares are insured by the federal government, as explained in this story in

Oooh, I feel so riiiich when I get dividends!