Financial Fitness Friday: Finding Your Holiday Groove

Posted by Jess

Dec 19, 2014 2:24:59 PM

Something has been missing from my holiday spirit this week. Our tree is up and decorated, there are lights strung all over the house, gifts wrapped and nativity arranged. I even swapped our normal air freshener for one that smells like Christmas. But something has been missing! I don’t feel filled to the brim with holiday cheer, and it’s been bumming me out.

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Financial Fitness Friday: A Great Gift for YOU

Posted by Jess

Dec 12, 2014 5:02:00 PM

Last night, I decided to start and finish my Christmas shopping in one fell swoop. For weeks I’ve been surfing the internet, searching out the perfect gift for each child and my dear hubby. I was feeling pretty good about it. Then I went shopping late at night, on an empty stomach, by myself, and I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. Now my wallet is empty and my present-hiding closet is full – but I don’t feel very good about it.

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Financial Fitness Friday: Shrink Your Shopping Cart

Posted by Jess

Nov 28, 2014 12:23:05 PM

Black Friday sales are upon us. Were you waiting in line early this morning? Did you score a deal on anything great? I slept in and missed out on the fun/chaos. For me, Black Friday means perusing online sales, filling an imaginary shopping cart and then likely never checking out. I have imaginary shopping carts all over the internet, and each one represents things I’d love to have (but won’t break my budget for). These carts satisfy some need for me to shop, without maxing out my credit cards!

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Financial Fitness Friday: Give a Little, Get a Lot

Posted by Jess

Nov 21, 2014 1:11:33 PM

Happy Alaska Philanthropy Day! I’m excited to celebrate today for a variety of reasons – not the least of which is that “philaaaaanthropy” is fun to say.

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Financial Fitness Friday: Happy Holiday Shopping!

Posted by Jess

Nov 14, 2014 1:06:49 PM

I can feel Black Friday approaching like a dark army of sales. Two weeks from today, I’ll be torn between running down store aisles with my arms waving wildly in the air OR hiding in my house until the wave of crazed shoppers has passed. Shall I shop? Shall I hide?

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Financial Fitness Friday: Drive Your Own Deal!

Posted by Jess

Nov 7, 2014 1:02:44 PM

A few months ago, my husband and I bought a new vehicle. We’ve done this a few times before, so I’d like to think I know how to navigate such waters – but the truth is, every car buying experience is different! The dealer we dealt with this time was a bit pushy. He insisted on knowing what payment amount we were OK with, rather than disclose the best interest rates and term for our loan. His dodgy-ness made me wish I’d gone straight to my credit union for help – but as with everything in my whackily scheduled life, we’d found ourselves in his office after-hours on a weekend. In short, at the mercy of what the dealership could offer.

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Financial Fitness Friday: Survive Your Scary Finances

Posted by Jess

Oct 31, 2014 1:09:55 PM

Happy Halloween! I plan to dress up, gorge on candy and avoid scary television at all costs today. Horror movies are the worst – I can’t even watch Halloween commercials without getting the heeby-jeebies! Everything makes me feel like creepers are stalking me, waiting to attack. I’d rather marathon watch Tinkerbell movies with my baby girl… which is just what we’re doing right now. 

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Financial Fitness Friday: Know Your Resources

Posted by Jess

Oct 24, 2014 12:32:40 PM

I LOVE financial education for a number of reasons. It saves me money, it helps me feel confident in the choices I make, and it gives me a point of reference when tough decisions come my way. In short, it helps me know I’m doing the right thing! This feeling is invaluable when every penny counts and we all want to stretch our dollars the furthest.
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Financial Fitness Friday: What’s Your Weak Spot?

Posted by Jess

Oct 17, 2014 1:12:04 PM

Everybody has a weak spot when it comes to managing their money. For me, it’s my husband. Despite the warning bells that sound when he suggests a budget-busting purchase, I more often than not say YEAH! LET’S DO IT! And that’s just not fair, for a number of reasons. For one, I manage the money at our house, so I’m the one with a clear idea of what we can and should spend. With all the work I put into paying bills on time and planning for the future, I need to be iron-willed in the face of splurge-spending. But I’m not. Argh.

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Financial Fitness Friday: Local Service. Global Good.

Posted by Jess

Oct 10, 2014 11:45:41 AM

“Local service. Global good.” That’s the theme of this year’s International Credit Union Day! With ICU Day coming up next week (Thursday, October 16), I’ve been giving this year’s tagline some serious thought. Each time you visit your Alaskan credit union, you receive local service! That’s not as simple as it seems, in a time when calling some companies means service from someone in a place you’ve never seen. Each and every credit union employee who helps you is familiar with your local community. They’re able to help you on a much more personal level, because when they go home at night, they shop at the same stores, read the same newspaper and enjoy the same local activities that you do!

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Welcome to Credit Union 1’s One for All Alaska blog! Each week, you’ll find a healthy mix of ways to reach-out to your local community, ways CU1 is helping change Alaska, and an every-Friday blog to improve your financial fitness. Enjoy! 

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  • Community activities and outreach.
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  • A fresh perspective on financial health.

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