Alaskan@Heart

Jess G.

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CU1 eServices for Beginners

Posted by Jess G. on Mar 11, 2020 4:00:44 PM

Ready to enjoy "anytime" access to your CU1 account and save yourself an in-branch trip? When staying home is wise or necessary, eServices let you manage your money from anywhere with internet. If you're new to paperless options, you've found the perfect path to get started. 

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Topics: eServices

Life Changing LUV Stories

Posted by Jess G. on Feb 12, 2020 12:01:16 PM

Ahhh, LUV is in the air. At Credit Union 1, we skip the chocolates and flowers on Valentine's Day (although that'd be cool too), and instead we celebrate the ways we make our members smile, improve their finances, impact the local community and enhance the quality of life for our much-loved fellow Alaskans.

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Topics: Savings, Debt Management, Credit Cards

5 Financial Tips for 2020

Posted by Jess G. on Jan 7, 2020 5:56:10 PM

Happy 2020, Alaska! Together, we're embracing a brand new year of possibilities. Start your new year right with a few tips and tricks to improve your finances in 2020, and make more of those awesome possibilities a reality.

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Topics: Savings, Debt Management, Credit Cards

9 Things I Learned Back-to-School Shopping

Posted by Jess G. on Aug 20, 2015 8:00:00 AM

The new school year is upon us, and if there are kids in your home, you’ve likely been knee-deep in school shopping. New clothes, shoes, graphic calculators – the list goes on! Unfortunately, as that shopping list grows, your wallet is likely cringing with dread. Back-to-school can be pricey, but a sound strategy can make a HUGE difference. Check out a few things I've learned from my own school shopping exploits (as well as some wisdom my own momma shared, because that’s the best kind!). 

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Topics: Financial Fitness, Savings, Budgeting, Spending, Back to School

13 Things You Didn't Know About Credit.

Posted by Jess G. on May 22, 2015 3:31:00 PM

There’s nothing like a few  true/false questions to really get your blood pumping! Check out today’s blog full o’ trivia to test your knowledge about credit and credit scores. You may find a few surprising ways that you can help or hinder your credit, as well as a few things you may have THOUGHT impacted your score but don’t. AH! THE SUSPENSE!

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Topics: Financial Fitness, Credit, Loans

[Infographic] Budgeting Basics

Posted by Jess G. on May 12, 2015 9:37:00 AM

Have you ever wondered why creating a budget is so easy, while sticking to that budget is so hard? One common pitfall when it comes to budgeting basics is forgetting to account for all expenses. Sure, your car payment and mortgage are easy bills to remember – but what about smaller items like the amount you pay for your gym membership or babysitter? These are monthly costs that affect your bottom line, and adding them to your budget will help you stay on track. For more tips and tricks, read on!

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Topics: Financial Fitness, Infographic, It's A Money Thing, Savings, Budgeting, Spending

What’s Your Spending Profile?

Posted by Jess G. on Apr 30, 2015 11:15:00 AM

I have some SERIOUS spring fever, and I’m ready for it to burn off into summertime! Sunshine, blue skies and sandals are calling my name. Doesn’t a sandy tropical beach sound amazing? Or for that matter, a beach right here in Alaska if it means some rest and relaxation! Unfortunately, my bills aren’t planning a vacation anytime soon, and budgeting for fun can be difficult. Whether you’re a single person, couple or growing family, everybody has expenses that tie them down – but it’s not impossible to cut yourself free!

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Topics: Financial Fitness, Infographic, Debt Management, Budgeting, Spending

Breakdown of a Credit Score

Posted by Jess G. on Apr 9, 2015 4:11:00 PM

Most people have a vague idea of what credit scores are. Something to do with how well you pay your bills, right? On the surface, your credit score may not seem too important – but if you’re ever in need of a loan, this number can make a big difference in how much your borrowed money costs. Take a look through the info below, and then come chat with CU1 to learn more!

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Topics: Financial Fitness, Infographic, It's A Money Thing, Debt Management, Credit

A Better Way To Do The 52 Week Saving Challenge

Posted by Jess G. on Mar 26, 2015 12:06:39 PM

There are a few chores around my house that I dread doing – and spring cleaning is a big one. On the other hand, who doesn’t love discovering a jacket you’d packed away with $10 in the pocket?! I get the same rush of boundless joy when there’s spare change in the couch or when I find a soggy, crumpled dollar bill in the washing machine. I imagine this is what treasure hunters or archeologists feel like.

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Topics: Financial Fitness, Infographic, Savings, Budgeting, How To

Infographic: Quit a Costly Habit

Posted by Jess G. on Jan 14, 2015 1:31:00 PM

Get ready folks – I have a serious question for you! How goes the battle with your 2015 resolutions? Are you making progress? Treading water?

On my short list of resolutions, I’m somewhere between treading water and sinking. Each January, I set out to develop an agenda of exciting ideas to achieve – but my dirty secret is that, most often, this list falls by the wayside before February.  If you’re in the same boat (don’t worry! I won’t tell!), we can both use some ideas to make the year ahead particularly impactful. Luckily, I’ve found four words to live by: “quit a costly habit!”

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Topics: Financial Fitness, Infographic, Savings, Budgeting