One for All Alaska Blog

How to Choose the Right Credit Card

Posted by Katie on Feb 3, 2016 10:17:02 AM

With the new year in full swing, we’re going to go out on a limb here. Do you have a bit of aging credit card debt you’d like to wipe off your slate? DON’T WORRY! It’s totally normal to want a fresh start. Plus, if you’ve chosen your existing credit cards wisely, you won’t pay an arm and a leg in interest as you work toward paying down your balance. The question is: how do you choose the right card? Main priorities should be your interest rate, terms and any associated perks of the card (such as One for All Rewards).

Take a look at a few different options below:

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Topics: Infographic

Record-Breaking Philanthropy

Posted by Jessie Lavoie on Jan 4, 2016 8:48:49 AM

CU1’s altruistic culture really shined in 2015. We volunteered for various nonprofits from Best Beginnings to the Interior Alaska Cancer Association. Throughout the year, we volunteered 4,522 hours! This equals two full time and one part time development staff members for most Alaskan nonprofits! Volunteering on this level truly makes an impact in our Alaskan communities and we’re so proud to be able to help out in such a meaningful way! 

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Topics: Giving Back

#CU1LUV and #GivingTuesday

Posted by Credit Union 1 on Dec 1, 2015 9:34:08 AM

#GivingTuesday is a national day of “giving back” that caps off the post-Thanksgiving shopping craze of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In honor of this philanthropic holiday, Credit Union 1 has once again hatched a huge plan. In each of our branch communities across the state, we're taking to the streets!

Check out the action in real-time on our #CU1LUV Tagboard below!

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Topics: Giving Back, Photo Gallery

How to Give the Perfect Thank-You

Posted by Credit Union 1 on Nov 19, 2015 4:19:05 PM

Lately, you may find yourself exhibiting a few unfamiliar behaviors, such as snuggling up in blankets, sipping on cocoa or silently cursing your car in the morning. Don’t worry, folks. Winter is here, and we can survive it together! While many people dread the snowy season, there is one undeniable bright side: ‘tis also the season of GIVING! Each of our upcoming holidays celebrates the spirit of saying “thank you” to the ones we love, the ones who help us enjoy each day, and our Alaskan community. If you’ve ever struggled with how to express thanks to these important people, you’re in luck! The CU1 team has collaborated on great gift ideas for all the “helpers” in your life. Below is a brief list of guidelines to get started. Next, move on to our Pinterest board for visualization of more great ideas!


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Topics: Financial Fitness Friday, Discover Financial Fitness


Posted by Credit Union 1 on Nov 3, 2015 3:13:27 PM

On October 12, 2015, Credit Union 1 employees made the absolute best use of a day off work. Instead of staying home for the federal holiday, we joined together to spread commUNITY love! Over 200 CU1 employees volunteered throughout our state, in a variety of projects that benefit our common community good. Maybe you spotted us in a local park or soup kitchen, building bonds with our neighbors and improving Alaskans’ well-being. As a member-owned and community minded credit union, we live for opportunities to get out and show our LOVE for Alaska! Here’s a taste  of activities from the day:

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Topics: Giving Back

Compound Interest Mind Bend

Posted by Credit Union 1 on Nov 3, 2015 10:32:59 AM

Saving money is a challenge. Not only do unexpected expenses pop up, but dividends on your savings account can sometimes accrue so slowly! Even though your savings balance may seem like it’s growing at a snail’s pace, a magical power called “compound interest” is on your side. Check it out! The more money you save, the faster your money will grow.

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Topics: Infographic, It's A Money Thing

7 Tricks to Afford Your Next Treat!

Posted by Credit Union 1 on Oct 29, 2015 11:17:55 AM

You know what the best part of cooler weather is? It’s TREAT season! October, November and December are each full of indulgence in their own ways, which means a particular treat may be on your mind. Dreaming of an ATV, snowmachine or Hawaiian vacation? What about a simple dinner and movie night? No matter what your idea of “splurging” entails, we can help you plan ways to afford it. Check out the following seven tricks to afford your next treat! 

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Topics: Financial Fitness Friday, Discover Financial Fitness

Town Hall With Tom Newins

Posted by Credit Union 1 on Oct 23, 2015 2:27:58 PM

Town Hall with Tom NewinsUpdate: The live-stream has ended, but you can rewatch the town hall here

Tune in right here at 6pm on Wednesday, October 28 for a live-streamed town hall meeting with CU1’s President/CEO, Tom Newins. This is your chance to get the inside scoop on what’s in store for Credit Union 1! Tom will be answering questions submitted by members – so if you have one to ask, let us know in the comments below!

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Topics: From The President

Online Access System Updates

Posted by Credit Union 1 on Oct 1, 2015 8:24:33 AM

Online Access Status UpdatesYour PFD has Arrived!

UPDATE: Good morning, CU1! Online Access is back. We’re happy to announce that each aspect of this service is now available, apart from the “Alerts” feature which we have temporarily disabled. This has caused old and/or erroneous alerts to be sent to some members’ emails, so please disregard if you spot a strange or outdated alert in your inbox. As always, if you suspect that an alert is fraudulent, please call us to verify!

Happy PFD Day, Alaska! We’re excited that so MANY of you are receiving an extra $2,072 to boost your financial wellness today. Unfortunately, the high traffic of this day also means many folks are trying to access their accounts online simultaneously. As a result, Credit Union 1’s Online Access service is temporarily down – but please rest assured that we’re working quickly to bring it back online for you!

In the meantime, we have GREAT NEWS! Direct deposits of PFDs have reached your account. As soon as Online Access is available again, we’ll let you know so you can sign on and bask in the glory of that nice fat balance. Thanks for your patience, CU1’ers. This day is all about you, and we’re hard at work to help!

Please feel free to leave us a message in the comments below!

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Topics: From The President

Five PFD Pitfalls to Run From

Posted by Credit Union 1 on Sep 25, 2015 10:19:40 AM

Can you feel the excitement in the air? PFD season is upon us, and Alaska is brimming with joy! This year, you’re going to make that PFD stretch further. Have more fun, reach more goals, and most of all avoid PFD hiccups that can cause a serious hassle. How exactly? Check out the following five mistakes that Alaskans commonly make with their PFDs, and learn how to avoid them. With our advice in your pocket, you’ll save time, energy and funds!

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Topics: Financial Fitness Friday, Discover Financial Fitness

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