Financial Fitness Friday: Pinterest!

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Hi! I’m Ashley, Financial Education Coordinator for Credit Union 1! Check out my blog every Friday for fun tips and tricks to help you manage your finances.

Have you checked out this thing called “Pinterest”?! It’s amazing in a few different ways – 1. It has a bunch of super fantastic ways to DIY and gather ideas. 2. It makes you spend money to try these DIY ideas that you find! Number 2 wasn’t so fantastic huh? Well, I’m addicted and here’s my take on the whole thing!

Financial Fitness Friday: Extreme Cheapskates!

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Hi! I’m Ashley, Financial Education Coordinator for Credit Union 1! Check out my blog every Friday for fun tips and tricks to help you manage your finances.

Have you seen the show “Extreme Cheapskates” on TLC lately? My goodness this is an interesting show! It’s pretty evident in the title but this program showcases extreme cheapskates and boy they were NOT lying! Some of these folks have it right and some just seem to be missing a few marbles in my opinion. Watching the show has gotten me thinking though – how can I become more frugal? I’m going to take a few tips from the show and see how I can adapt them to fit my lifestyle. You should try it too!

One thing all of the folks on the show have in common is that they all haggle on prices. Sometimes we might think that all prices are set and can’t be lowered but according to the people on the show, this is the wrong type of thinking! Next time you’re at the flea market or a shop around town, see what you can pay for it just by asking them to lower the price. By all means, please pay a fair price for the goods or service you’re purchasing, but check to see if the retailer left a little wiggle room. You could save a few bucks.

Food Bank of Alaska

Each month Credit Union 1 chooses a different, local non-profit to raise funds for and in November, CU1 is dedicated to raising funds for the Food Bank of Alaska. Any funds that are raised in the month of November will go towards purchasing turkeys to provide warm, holiday meals for those in need in our community. Check out this video from Jim Mackenzie at the Food Bank of Alaska!

Financial Fitness Friday: Flashback Friday!

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Hi! I’m Ashley, Financial Education Coordinator for Credit Union 1! Check out my blog every Friday for fun tips and tricks to help you manage your finances.

I'm feeling a bit nostalgic today and think that this is a good time to take a look at things I've talked about before! So put your comfy pants on, grab a cup of coffee and get ready for a blast from the past!
In my very first blog, we discussed paying yourself first and always putting money into your savings. Do you have a fuzzy memory? Click on this link and be ready to be wowed!

See you next week!

Financial Fitness Friday: Returning from Vacation

VacationHi! I’m Ashley, Financial Education Coordinator for Credit Union 1! Check out my blog every Friday for fun tips and tricks to help you manage your finances.

Ahoy! I’ve returned from my vacation with some essential news: road trips are more expensive than expected. I followed my own advice by making a budget but I didn’t stick to it. I am full of shame!

My demise started early…about 4 hours into the trip. Ouch! I was so excited to get on the road with one of my besties, travel through the Canadian Rockies and countryside, and to see my family in South Dakota that I forgot about watching how much I was spending. Here are some things I could have done differently to stay within my budget:

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CU1 Community Service

2014 Community Service Numbers

1170 Volunteer Hours
$42,518 donated/raised

Through March 31, 2014

Spotlight: Junior Achievement of Alaska

Welcome to April! This month, we’re raising funds for Junior Achievement of Alaska, which fits in perfectly with it being Financial Literacy Month!

 What does Junior Achievement do?

 

·         JA brings volunteers from local businesses into classrooms to teach our youth about money management and how business works. This includes financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and job readiness.

·         JA reaches over 9,000 students per year in over 40 Alaska communities, in both classrooms and after-school setting.

 

·         JA inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world. 

 

Poll

How old were you the first time you ever volunteered?
Under 5
43%
5-10 years old
17%
10-15 years old
20%
15-20 years old
11%
An adult
10%
Total votes: 84