One for All Alaska Blog

How to Buy Your First Car

Posted by Credit Union 1 on Jul 15, 2016 5:33:39 PM

What an exciting time! You’re in the market for your first car, which means newfound freedom to go places.  You’ve likely set a budget and have some idea of what vehicle type you’d like – however, you may also need an auto loan to help make this dream happen. Don’t worry! Auto loans are pretty straightforward and simple. Here’s what you need to know:

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Topics: Financial Fitness, Credit, Loans, How To

How to Choose the Right RV or Camper

Posted by Credit Union 1 on Jun 10, 2016 11:21:02 AM

If you’ve ever enjoyed a night of mosquito-filled, chilly-yet-gorgeous Alaskan tent camping, the thought of owning an RV or camper has likely crossed your mind. Wouldn’t it be nice to get out and explore more of Alaska (and everywhere else) from the comfort of your own traveling home? SHAH!

Before navigating an RV or camper purchase, there’s a bit of research to be done. We know you’re busy dreaming of which direction to drive (Seward is great, so is Denali, and, and!) – so to help you choose the right path, here’s your handy-dandy buyers guide to the perfect adventure vehicle:

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Topics: Alaska, Loans, How To

How To: Stop Identity Theft

Posted by Credit Union 1 on May 31, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Identity theft is nothing new, and yet it still manages to cost its victims billions of dollars (yes, that’s billions with a “b”) globally each year—not to mention the time and hassle involved in recovering a stolen identity. 

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Topics: Financial Fitness, Infographic, It's A Money Thing, Credit, How To

The Basics of Budgets

Posted by Credit Union 1 on Apr 5, 2016 11:18:02 AM

Budgets are like the New Year’s resolutions of personal finance. We all know we should have one and we all know it’s a fairly simple thing to follow—at least in theory. Like resolutions, we often map out personal budgets with the best of intentions, only to abandon them a couple of weeks later.

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

How to Prepare for a Layoff

Posted by Credit Union 1 on Mar 24, 2016 12:04:13 PM

Has the steady employment you depend on suddenly come to an end? Many Alaskans are finding themselves in unsure waters these days as our job market changes and the economy adapts. If your own job is ending or at risk, there are steps you can take to prepare for the future! Act now before your bank account suffers – and remember that you always have a helping hand at Credit Union 1.

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Topics: Savings, Budgeting, Alaska, Credit, Loans, Spending, How To

How to Survive a Financial Dry Spell

Posted by Credit Union 1 on Mar 3, 2016 9:06:48 AM

Recently, Alaska’s economy has faced a variety of changes. For some folks, this means a job lay-off, pay changes or other uncertainty – and no matter your age or career status, this type of change is never easy. Thankfully, when life throws you a curveball, you’re not alone! As a CU1 member, we want to make sure you have the help you need. With lots of options to protect your credit, security and overall well-being, you’ll rest a lot easier while forming a plan for the future. Check out a few ways we can help:

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Topics: Debt Management, Alaska, Credit, How To

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, Budgeting, How To

Boost Your Credit Score [Infographic]

Posted by Credit Union 1 on Jul 15, 2015 9:33:46 AM

A few weeks ago, we shared a blog about what exactly your credit score means and we gave you the scoop on 13 things you didn't know about credit. Now that you know what your number represents, let’s look at ways to improve it! When you have a healthier credit score, you’ll enjoy lower loan interest rates – which basically means you pay less for the money you borrow. Win-win! 

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

5 Easy Things You Can Do Right Now To Prevent Identity Theft

Posted by Credit Union 1 on Jun 16, 2015 1:20:55 PM

Fraud and identity theft sometimes sound like threats from an alternate universe. Definitely not something that could happen to you! The thing is, identity theft has become increasingly common (and easy) with the rise of technology, which means everybody needs a few fraud-fighting tricks up their sleeve. Read on to stock your fraud-fighting arsenal! 

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Topics: Financial Fitness, Infographic, It's A Money Thing, Credit, How To, Identity Theft

A Better Way To Do The 52 Week Saving Challenge

Posted by Jess 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