5 Ways to Prepare Your Finances for the End of the Year

There are certain times throughout the year that cause people to think and take notice of how close they are to reaching their goals, especially financial ones. As one year ends and another begins, there is no time like this time of year to do just that. It’s a great time to reassess where your finances are […]

6 Ways to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck

When an individual or a household has a take-home pay that either equals or falls short of their monthly expenses, they are living paycheck-to-paycheck. This typically happens if there is little to no discretionary income available or if excessive debts and spending cause bills not to be paid on time. This means that these households [...]

Bad Credit Habits & How To Break Them

Many people make financial decisions that they believe will lead to a stronger overall credit profile for themselves without fully understanding the impact of those decisions. Unfortunately, a lot of these decisions are mistakes that end up hurting their overall credit and prevent them from being able to borrow money or get lower interest rates […]

5 Tips to Recover From a Holiday Spending Hangover

Since 2009, American consumer spending on holiday gifts and expenses has increased annually. In the early fall of 2021, despite fears of higher prices, empty shelves, and a continuing pandemic, Americans told researchers at the National Federation of Retailers that they planned to spend about $1,000 on gifts, food, and decorations over the holiday season, or […]

Setting Financial Goals

Start the new year off on the right foot with a fresh look at your financial goals. Let January 1 be the first day that you put into place a brand-new set of achievable benchmarks to master your money, deal with your debt and improve your credit score.  Successful goal-keepers know that financial independence comes […]

How to Save for the Holidays

The Holiday Industrial Shopping Complex Annual surveys of more than 1,000-holiday shoppers regularly show that, on average, holiday purchases add as much as $1,381 in debt to individual credit cards in the three months leading up to the arrival of the holiday. This is a sum that most people say they can’t possibly pay down […]

Student Loans 101: How To Fund Your Higher Education

Birth. School. Work. Debt. America’s enduring promise rests in self-betterment through education. Whole industries are built upon this idea, including the student loan industry. In fact, data from the US Federal Reserve shows record levels of self-betterment in 2020, with 42 million US student loan borrowers owing $1.67 TRILLION in collective debt. DECU is here […]

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 [...]