Credit Union 1 is celebrating 60 years by throwing a party for Golden Days in Fairbanks! Stop by our 1st Avenue Branch along the parade route this Saturday, July 21 from noon-1pm for free root beer floats. Balloons will be available for kids before the parade starts. Then, come back from 5-7pm when the real party begins!
Enjoy free hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine along with a silent auction featuring items donated from local businesses to benefit the Scattered Site Housing program at the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living. This program relies solely on community support to assist women who are working toward self-sufficiency as they recover from domestic violence and sexual assault. The goal is to raise $5,000 and Credit Union 1 will match all money raised during the event!
Our 1st Avenue Branch is located at 909 1st Avenue. If you would like more information, please call us at 455-9485 or 800 478-2222.
Mark your calendars and join us; we hope to see you there!
Sometimes I have a hard time deciding – do I buy the most expensive item under the premise of “you get what you pay for” or purchase the cheapest one and just replace it when it goes kaput? There are a zillion different scenarios for this but let’s take a look at things that most of us have experience with.
Name brand vs. generic brand food. I tend to lean towards generic brands. However, keep an eye on ingredients in the food because sometimes it’s cheaper to produce with more preservatives and therefore cheaper to purchase because the shelf life is longer. If you can, try to buy whole foods (there are no name brand/generic differences) instead because they’re cheaper than boxed food and can be healthier for you.
Flat screen TV’s are another good one to look at. I had this issue about a year ago. We were ready to buy a TV but didn’t know if we wanted or needed the $2,000 Sony TV or the similar $800 off brand TV. The $1,200 difference is a TON of money so I decided some research was in order. I spent some time researching online, reviewing other consumer’s feedback and comparing features. For us, it seemed that the off brand was the best choice for us. We don’t play HD video games, don’t generally watch things in HD and aren’t looking for a super high quality sound system. For our untrained eyes and ears – the picture is great and the sound is exceptional. It might fizzle out a year or two faster than the high quality TV, but for how we use it, it was money well spent.
Even though the filing period is over, you can still donate through PCG from now through August 31. Here's how:
Go to the Department of Revenue PFD website by clicking here.
You'll see on the right side of the screen: Access your 2012 electronic application to
•Attach an E-Signature
•Reprint a submitted application
•Reprint a signature page
•Add or change Charitable Pledges
Click on the Add or change Charitable Pledges. This page will allow you to search for organizations and add donations.
For more information about the Pick.Click.Give. program, click here.
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.
At some point in nearly everyone’s adult life, you’ll have a credit card. Now, having a credit card is an essential part of my emergency plan. We talked once about real emergencies and if you’re like me – your emergency fund is still growing but a backup plan is important. Maybe you have a credit card and use it to get airline miles and pay it off each month, or maybe you don’t have one at all. Some people have them and some don’t… we all have different reasons for our choices so let’s take a look at the pros and cons.
Ask Chanlyut Program Director Bill Tsurnos about change, and he’ll tell you it can be as simple as donning a nice suit. “Our philosophy is change happens from the outside in—if the men look good, their behavior changes,” said Tsurnos. “Dressing nicer changes how the men think about themselves, and helps them to function and be productive members of the community.”
During the month of July, Chanlyut and Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) are partnering with Men’s Wearhouse to help disadvantaged job seekers get a boost of self-confidence during the 5th annual Men’s Wearhouse National Suit Drive. Items collected include men’s suits, shirts, jackets, ties, belts and shoes. This is CITC’s third-consecutive year joining the effort. Last year, 68 suits were donated during the drive.
Donated items should be clean and only gently used, and can be dropped off through July 31 at Men’s Wearhouse at 601 E. Dimond Boulevard, Mountain View Diner at 4133 Mountain View Drive, or CITC offices at 3600 San Jeronimo Drive. Suits and apparel in bigger sizes are especially needed.
As an additional ‘thank you,’ Men’s Wearhouse will offer 50 percent off a donor’s next purchase at Men’s Wearhouse, and will donate two new ties for every suit received. In addition, for every National Suit Drive mention on Facebook and Twitter, Men’s Wearhouse will donate $1 to the cause, up to $25,000.