Five Resolutions for 2021

2020 has been a year of wild extremes. Your year-end financial resolutions might have taken a beating, or they might have found extremely radical success. Resolved in 2020 to spend less? Quarantine and lockdown may have made your shopping and impulsive purchases harder to accomplish, and savings may have come naturally, just not the way […]

Holiday Spending and Savings

Do things just cost more?  Last Christmas how much did you spend on gifts? Do you feel like matching that amount this year? Are we all just long-haul climbers walking up a forever mountain of pre-printed gift season price tags? What if we showed you that the amount you spend on Christmas gifts has an […]

Calculate Your Interest – How A Pre-Approved DECU Auto Loan Helps Lower Your Sticker Price

Buying a new or used car with an auto loan from DECU has advantages that respect both your budget AND your time, but before you go taking the plunge and make a big purchase, there is a lot to learn. Especially now, as flashy sales and headline offers from auto dealerships begin to flood your […]

The Potential and Pitfalls of Compound Interest

Did you recently choose the best savings account for a large lump sum? A quarter percent difference in interest is 25 points, but if you compound that interest frequently enough then those 25 points can make a pretty big difference on your Effective Annual Rate down the road. For instance: $10K for 1 year @ […]

This Christmas, Save Instead of Spend!

With snow falling earlier this year than I can ever remember, the feel of the season has given me a jump-start to my holiday shopping.  While Christmas gift exchanges can be rather expensive, there are plenty of ways to save money.  I’d like to share with you a few tips on how you can enjoy […]

When is Credit Card Consolidation Best for You?

Consolidation is a word you have probably heard before, but what does it mean and how can it help you? There are a few basic ways that consolidation works. Each case is different and finding an individual solution for our DECU members can depend on the member, their income, credit score, and their available equity. […]

Millennial Budget Tips To Pay Down Debt

One question we hear most often from Credit Union members is “How do I get out of debt?” It comes up constantly in conversations and now seems more present than ever.  So, I had to ask myself . . . “why this question?” and after some serious research into it, I found a one-word answer […]

How to Dig Yourself Out of Debt and Save at the Same Time

Paying down debt can be a daunting task. But with a little self-discipline and some faith in yourself, your financial picture can change for the better in about six months. The following three-part strategy may help you control your cash flow and encourage saving so you can pay off your debt and handle the unexpected […]

6 Real Money Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Teenager Before College

It is never too early to start practicing good money habits. In fact, the earlier teenagers are exposed to good financial habits, the better chance they will become financially savvy. This is an important life lesson in general, but especially if college is on the horizon for your teenager. Becoming a college student is probably […]

How Refinancing Your Student Loans May Save You Hundreds

If you graduated in 2018, or did in years prior, chances are that about 69% of you have about $29,800 in student loan debt. Some work hard to pay off this debt, while others choose to work smart with student loan refinancing options. We suggest a combination of both! You are certainly not alone, and […]