Tips to Increase Your Credit Score

A high credit score makes it much easier to be approved for loans, make large purchases, take on financial assets, and even rent an apartment. If improving your credit score is on your “to-do” list, we have some tips that will lead to significant improvements in your score within a matter of months.   Steps to Increase Your Credit Score  Check for Errors. While you may think it’s unlikely that your credit report will contain errors, it’s more common than you may think. Regularly reviewing your credit report is essential. Take a moment and download a FREE copy of your credit…

December 1, 2022Wallet Wins No Comments

A high credit score makes it much easier to be approved for loans, make large purchases, take on financial assets, and even rent an apartment. If improving your credit score is on your “to-do” list, we have some tips that will lead to significant improvements in your score within a matter of months.   Steps to Increase Your Credit Score  Check for Errors. While you may think it’s unlikely that your credit report will contain errors, it’s more common than you may think. Regularly reviewing your credit report is essential. Take a moment and download a FREE copy of your credit…

4 Ways to Help Reach Your 2023 Financial Goals 

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, saving more money and improving one’s financial standing are always near the top of the list. To kick off 2023, we have some products to help you reach your financial goals.   Holiday Club Account  If year-end expenses tend to creep up on you, our Holiday Club Account can help you plan for the next holiday season. You can save year-round with no maintenance fees. Your money will roll over into your savings account on November 1 of each year.  Free Financial Coach with KOFE (Knowledge of Financial Education)   One-on-one coaching allows you to…

December 1, 2022Wallet Wins No Comments

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, saving more money and improving one’s financial standing are always near the top of the list. To kick off 2023, we have some products to help you reach your financial goals.   Holiday Club Account  If year-end expenses tend to creep up on you, our Holiday Club Account can help you plan for the next holiday season. You can save year-round with no maintenance fees. Your money will roll over into your savings account on November 1 of each year.  Free Financial Coach with KOFE (Knowledge of Financial Education)   One-on-one coaching allows you to…

How to Keep Your Holiday Shopping in Check

The holiday season is upon us. And you know what that means… Shopping! With the decorations, music, and parties, it’s easy to get carried away during the holidays – especially when it comes to our finances. Top it off with the fact that kids today are begging Santa for smartphones, tablets, and other expensive electronics! It’s a mystery how anyone can escape that dreaded credit card bill in January.   To help you keep your holiday shopping in check this year, we’ve created a list of tips to help you out.  Make a Budget  Take a moment to sit down and…

November 1, 2022Wallet Wins No Comments

The holiday season is upon us. And you know what that means… Shopping! With the decorations, music, and parties, it’s easy to get carried away during the holidays – especially when it comes to our finances. Top it off with the fact that kids today are begging Santa for smartphones, tablets, and other expensive electronics! It’s a mystery how anyone can escape that dreaded credit card bill in January.   To help you keep your holiday shopping in check this year, we’ve created a list of tips to help you out.  Make a Budget  Take a moment to sit down and…

Money-Saving Tips for Turkey Day 

The holidays are fast approaching and, much like the rest of this year, things will be different. While you may still gather with family and friends, it’s likely those gatherings will be smaller in nature. And whether you have been affected financially by the holidays, chances are someone in your family or group of friends has been. Here are a few tips for keeping the holidays joyful without spending extra cash—and finding moments of thankfulness with friends and family.  Scale Down Celebrations  Even if your personal financial situation hasn’t been affected negatively by the pandemic, it doesn’t mean others in…

October 27, 2022Wallet Wins 2 Comments

The holidays are fast approaching and, much like the rest of this year, things will be different. While you may still gather with family and friends, it’s likely those gatherings will be smaller in nature. And whether you have been affected financially by the holidays, chances are someone in your family or group of friends has been. Here are a few tips for keeping the holidays joyful without spending extra cash—and finding moments of thankfulness with friends and family.  Scale Down Celebrations  Even if your personal financial situation hasn’t been affected negatively by the pandemic, it doesn’t mean others in…

7 Habits of People with High Credit Scores

Upon reaching adulthood, your credit score is one number that can dramatically impact your life, both financially and otherwise. A good score can help you receive the loans you need and ultimately pay less interest. But it can also help when applying to lease an apartment; some employers even check your score before hiring.   While a good credit score is desired, it isn’t always easy to obtain. Life throws everyone curve balls that knock their financial plans and budgets off track. So how do you build and maintain the high credit score you desire? Below are seven habits commonly found…

October 1, 2022Borrowing Basics, Wallet Wins No Comments

Upon reaching adulthood, your credit score is one number that can dramatically impact your life, both financially and otherwise. A good score can help you receive the loans you need and ultimately pay less interest. But it can also help when applying to lease an apartment; some employers even check your score before hiring.   While a good credit score is desired, it isn’t always easy to obtain. Life throws everyone curve balls that knock their financial plans and budgets off track. So how do you build and maintain the high credit score you desire? Below are seven habits commonly found…

8 Tips If You’re Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck 

Living paycheck-to-paycheck can be very draining and inadvertently affect everyone in your household. While you may be paying your bills on time and covering all your monthly costs, one unexpected expense can cause the house of cards to come crashing down. Sure, you could try to get a second job or start a side hustle, but in reality, it’s not that easy – especially if you’re raising children.  Breaking free from this financial cycle can often feel impossible. But there are moves you can make to begin building your savings and eliminate the stress of the paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle. Here are…

August 22, 2022Wallet Wins No Comments

Living paycheck-to-paycheck can be very draining and inadvertently affect everyone in your household. While you may be paying your bills on time and covering all your monthly costs, one unexpected expense can cause the house of cards to come crashing down. Sure, you could try to get a second job or start a side hustle, but in reality, it’s not that easy – especially if you’re raising children.  Breaking free from this financial cycle can often feel impossible. But there are moves you can make to begin building your savings and eliminate the stress of the paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle. Here are…

10 Ways to Improve Your Finances

To celebrate National Financial Awareness Day, we’re bringing you 10 ways to improve your finances. Take these steps to protect your financial health through 2022 and beyond!  Address your tendency to overspend. Sticking to a budget is the key to success. Overspending can cause stress and anxiety around money, so addressing it is important for healthy financial fitness.  Consider starting your own business. If you find yourself in need of another source of income during challenging times, consider turning one of your unique skills into a side gig. This year might be your year!  Prepare for major life events. Make sure…

August 15, 2022Future Planning, Wallet Wins No Comments

To celebrate National Financial Awareness Day, we’re bringing you 10 ways to improve your finances. Take these steps to protect your financial health through 2022 and beyond!  Address your tendency to overspend. Sticking to a budget is the key to success. Overspending can cause stress and anxiety around money, so addressing it is important for healthy financial fitness.  Consider starting your own business. If you find yourself in need of another source of income during challenging times, consider turning one of your unique skills into a side gig. This year might be your year!  Prepare for major life events. Make sure…

Smart Money Moves for Members Under 30 

Life in your twenties can be exciting and full of new opportunities. There are many milestones you might check off your lists during this period: graduating college, starting your career, getting married, and even starting your family.   While long-term financial goals might seem a lifetime away, the decisions you make today can significantly impact your future fiscal success. When it comes to building wealth, time is your best friend. The sooner you begin laying the foundation for the future, the better your position will be when you approach your next financial milestone.   Here are several wise money moves you can…

August 1, 2022Future Planning, Wallet Wins No Comments

Life in your twenties can be exciting and full of new opportunities. There are many milestones you might check off your lists during this period: graduating college, starting your career, getting married, and even starting your family.   While long-term financial goals might seem a lifetime away, the decisions you make today can significantly impact your future fiscal success. When it comes to building wealth, time is your best friend. The sooner you begin laying the foundation for the future, the better your position will be when you approach your next financial milestone.   Here are several wise money moves you can…

How to Travel Safely This Summer 

Summer is here! Now is your chance to explore new places and make special memories with your family. Preparing yourself for a safe summer ahead of time makes for a more relaxing trip for everyone. Here are a few measures you can take now for a safe and fun adventure away from home. Keep your wallet safe and secure while traveling with these simple tips:  Alert PEFCU About Travel Plans Do you plan to make a purchase with your PEFCU Visa® Debit or Credit Card while traveling? Though your cards are open for international transactions, it’s still good practice to let…

July 11, 2022Wallet Wins No Comments

Summer is here! Now is your chance to explore new places and make special memories with your family. Preparing yourself for a safe summer ahead of time makes for a more relaxing trip for everyone. Here are a few measures you can take now for a safe and fun adventure away from home. Keep your wallet safe and secure while traveling with these simple tips:  Alert PEFCU About Travel Plans Do you plan to make a purchase with your PEFCU Visa® Debit or Credit Card while traveling? Though your cards are open for international transactions, it’s still good practice to let…

When Should I Start Saving for College?

According to the Pew Research Center, 34% of adults ages 18 to 29 say they have outstanding student loans from their education expenses. About six out of ten college seniors ages 18 to 24 took out loans for their education in the 2015-2016 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.   The sooner you begin putting money away for your child’s college education, the better. As college tuition and fees continue to climb, getting ahead of the curve sets your child up for success and reduces the student debt they might accumulate in the future.  The less burden…

June 30, 2022Wallet Wins No Comments

According to the Pew Research Center, 34% of adults ages 18 to 29 say they have outstanding student loans from their education expenses. About six out of ten college seniors ages 18 to 24 took out loans for their education in the 2015-2016 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.   The sooner you begin putting money away for your child’s college education, the better. As college tuition and fees continue to climb, getting ahead of the curve sets your child up for success and reduces the student debt they might accumulate in the future.  The less burden…