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 […]

Five First Time Home Buyer Tips

Buying a home can be nerve-racking, especially for a first-time home buyer. These tips can help you navigate the process and avoid common mistakes. 1. Start saving for a down payment early It’s common to shoot for 20% down but many lenders allow much less, and for first-time home buyers, some programs allow as little […]

How to Build a Credit Score as a College Student

A FICO credit score is built upon several different categories. By knowing what a FICO score is, you can best figure out how to build your credit score quickly. One quick method involves someone with an established credit line being willing to authorize a new-to-credit person be added to already-established credit cards. If this simple […]

How to Save and Manage Money as a College Student

As a recent college graduate, I’ve learned countless ways to save and manage my money over the four years. For most, college is a great learning experience where students have very little income and lots of expenses all while having to build their financial foundation. There is no better time to practice good money habits than during this exciting and formative period in life.

How to Pay Off Debt Faster with These 3 Refinancing Strategies

Many homeowners don’t know they have an option to refinance their mortgage or a loan to pay off debt faster. Even if a mortgage term has been agreed upon and signed, homeowners can opt for changes before the contract is completed. Many are taking advantage of these three refinancing strategies to pay off their debts faster.

5 Important Money Management Lessons for Single Parents

As a single parent, you’re probably familiar with the dual challenges of managing a household and planning for the future on your own. But are you as familiar with the financial strategies that can stretch your income and help you get ahead? Consider the following lessons to help improve your family’s bottom line. Lesson #1: […]

FICO® Score vs. Credit Score. What is a FICO Score?

We all know a credit score is essential when it comes to applying for a credit card, an auto loan, or a mortgage. When a company or a lender checks your credit report, they may be getting it from one or more of the three major agencies – Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion. In addition to […]

5 Questions to Ask Yourself If You’re Financially Fit

If you don’t have a financial plan, that question may be hard to answer. To achieve financial wellness, you need to define your goals and set a time frame for reaching them. The following steps can help you take control of your finances. Do you have a good budget? A good place to start would […]

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 […]