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June 23, 2020

A Mission Statement that Sparked a Movement

The mission was already there – it needed to be carved away like a sculptor removing the excess material that distracted what was underneath all…

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Blessed By The Gift of Adoption

Years ago, after Bill and Cathy were married, they felt passionate about growing their family, not only biologically but also to provide a forever family…

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Dignity, Respect for All a Family Legacy for Mo Contreras, MCU’s Bilingual Mortgage Rep

Meet Mo. Mo works on the Marine team as a bilingual mortgage representative. He is an ITIN Certified Lender, which means he is uniquely qualified…

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March 4, 2020

Tax Refund Season is here!

By Michael Barnhardt, District Manager, Marine Credit Union In just a few weeks (or less), approximately 11 million Americans will be receiving a tax refund.…

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February 19, 2020

NOW Is The Time: Plan Ahead for Next Holiday Season

By Jason Kaufman, District Manager, Marine Credit Union Why wait to start planning ahead for those inevitable financial burdens that seem to come up every…

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December 11, 2019

The Countdown Is On: Strategies for Holiday Shopping

By Josh Moore, District Manager, Marine Credit Union The holidays can be expensive, especially the gifts. Black Friday deals have come and gone, but you…

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November 13, 2019

8 Tips to Help Protect Your Accounts from Fraud

By Marie MacGlashin, Director of Deposit Operations, Marine Credit Union As we roll into the holiday season, it’s important to consistently monitor your accounts for…

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October 30, 2019

New to the Finance World? 6 Tips to Get You Started

By Jason DeGarmo, District Manager– Fond du Lac, Marine Credit Union Amazingly enough, personal finance has not become a required curriculum in high schools or…

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October 16, 2019

Invest In Yourself! Save For Your Future!

By Jason Kaufman, District Manager, Southeast This time of year, many workplaces ask us to review our benefits and make any changes necessary for the…

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September 20, 2019

Saving for a Rainy Day

By Jeff Lachman, Branch Manager, Onalaska Whether you are living paycheck to paycheck or have some extra cash every month, it’s important to save for…

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August 21, 2019

Buy vs Rent – Things to Consider

By Erin Wencl, Branch Manager, La Crosse At any point in life, your living situation may change due to career moves, family obligations, or just…

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August 7, 2019

Why Choose a Credit Union

By Laura Erschnig, Branch Manager, Davenport Selecting a financial institution is no easy task. Why a credit union instead of a bank? Better interest rates…

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July 10, 2019

The Four Most Important Financial Tips for Graduates

By Mary Jo Healey, Market Manager, Iowa It’s that time of year – students in caps and gowns are marching down the aisles of high…

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May 25, 2019

How to Spring Clean Your Finances

By Jason DeGarmo, Vice President & District Manager, Fond du Lac As the weather gets warmer, it’s a perfect time for some spring cleaning –…

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May 15, 2019

4 Steps to Buying Your Dream Home

Thinking of purchasing a home? Many dream of achieving this goal, but not everyone knows how to make it reality. Take the guessing out of…

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April 5, 2019

5 Phrases to Save Money Fast

“I am buying what’s on my grocery list and nothing more.” A shopping list is a great way to save money; however, they aren’t the…

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March 20, 2019

Setting Them Up for Success: Teaching Children the Value of Money

Though financial hardships are an inevitable part of adulthood, many issues can be prevented early on. When it comes to financial success, the earlier you…

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March 6, 2019

How to Budget the Stress-Free Way

Automating your budget allows you to systematically fulfill long-term goals. Having a plan takes the stress out of finances, while still allowing you the freedom…

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February 20, 2019

Making the Best of Your Tax Return: 5 Simple Steps

Lucky enough to receive a tax return? Congratulations! Before making any impulsive purchases, follow these five steps to make the most out of your return:…

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November 15, 2017

Consider the Length of Your Auto Loan

By Jason Kaufman, District Manager – Milwaukee, Marine Credit Union When it comes to auto loans, the shorter the term, the better. That may be…

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November 1, 2017

What to Expect Financially, When You’re Expecting

The average middle-income family will spend roughly $12,000 on child related expenses in their baby’s first year of life. Having a newborn doesn’t have to…

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October 18, 2017

Establishing Credit for First Timers

By Mary Jo Healey, Market Manager – Des Moines, Marine Credit Union Establishing credit for the first time is not complicated, but it does require…

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September 20, 2017

The Importance of Renters Insurance

Renters insurance is often overlooked. It is critical in protecting you and your possessions if an issue arises while renting an apartment or home. Most…

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September 6, 2017

3 Important Questions to Answer Before You Buy a House

By Josh Moore, District Manager – Northwest District, Marine Credit Union Down payment: How much do I have saved? – Will I be depleting all…

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August 23, 2017

Simple Interest Loans 101

By Jason Kaufman, District Manager – Milwaukee, Marine Credit Union A simple interest loan may be perfect for your financial situation. Here are the facts:…

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August 9, 2017

Plan Ahead for Your Family Vacation

Vacations are supposed to be relaxing. But how can you relax when you’re stressed over your credit card balance because you didn’t plan (and save)…

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July 26, 2017

3 Important Finance Tips Help Graduates Succeed

By Mary Jo Healey, Market Manager – Des Moines, Marine Credit Union Out on your own financially for the first time? Got a new job…

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June 13, 2017

How to Manage Summer Expenses

By Josh Moore, District Manager – Northwest, Marine Credit Union When kids are out of school for the summer, there are additional expenses that will…

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May 31, 2017

Credit Reports 101

By Jason Kaufman, District Manager – Milwaukee, Marine Credit Union Confused by your credit report? Review the five areas below that affect your credit report/score…

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May 17, 2017

Save Money in College: 7 Simple Tips

Heading off to college is exciting! Maybe you’re in a new town, have new friends and trying new experiences all at the same time. But…

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May 4, 2017

Avoid Becoming a Victim OR Perpetrator of Tax Fraud

By Mary Jo Healey, Market Manager – Des Moines, Marine Credit Union Tax fraud perpetrators provide false statements as material facts, know a statement was…

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April 5, 2017

GAP Insurance Explained

Many insurance and financial companies offer Guaranteed Asset Protection (or GAP) insurance when you purchase a new or used car. What is GAP insurance? When…

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March 22, 2017

Maximize Your Vacation Budget

In the past two years, I started a new job, my wife started a new business, we had two beautiful little girls and moved across…

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February 8, 2017

Quick Daily Tips to Prevent Identity Theft from Happening to You

In an earlier blog article, we looked at the different kinds of identity theft or fraud and provided some tips for protecting your identity directly…

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December 14, 2016

8 Ways to Save for Your Next Family Vacation

Although it’s cold outside right now, it’s actually a smart time to start your planning for spring and summer family vacations. By getting a jump…

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November 23, 2016

Use These 5 Steps to Reduce Your Debt!

Make a list List your debts with balances, the creditor, interest rates and payments, including debts that are not included on your credit report. List…

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November 9, 2016

Teach Them How to Save

By Mary Jo Healey, Market Manager in Des Moines, Marine Credit Union Saving habits can start at a very young age. Help your child create…

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October 26, 2016

3 Tips for Helping Your Child Get Money Smart

Take your kids with you to your bank or credit union. If you model a healthy relationship with your financial institution, your kids will grow…

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October 19, 2016

Tips and Strategies to Pay Off Your Debt

By Ken Brossman, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager – La Crosse, Marine Credit Union Credit cards, car loans, mortgage loans, school loans, the list…

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October 14, 2016

Put Your Budget on Auto Pilot

A budget is essential to financial success. Use these tips and start today! Make it easy. It’s important to have a budget to make your financial…

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September 14, 2016

Quick Tips for Money Management

Money management can be an intimidating for some and a breeze for others. It’s different for everyone depending on your living situation, employment and family…

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September 7, 2016

Beware These 4 Hazards of Online Shopping

Technology has made shopping easier and quicker than ever before, especially on heavy shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Keep these downfalls in…

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August 31, 2016

Strategies When Saving for Holiday Gifts

By Mary Jo Healey, Market Manager in Des Moines, Marine Credit Union The holidays can be expensive, especially the gifts. So why not plan for…

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August 25, 2016

Make Your Checking Account Work for You

A checking account is a checking account, right? WRONG! Checking accounts have become a “staple” of banking, but you have more options than ever before.…

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August 17, 2016

Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft or Fraud

In 2015 identity theft complaints were the second most reported complaint to the Federal Trade Commission, increasing more than 47 percent from 2014, according to…

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August 4, 2016

Certificates of Deposit: The FAQs of CDs

By Ken Brossman, District Manager – La Crosse, Marine Credit Union What is a CD? A Certificates of Deposit, or CD, is a savings vehicle…

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July 27, 2016

Does Online Bill Pay Make Sense for You?

Everything is done online now, right? Many businesses offer online payments for their customers. A customer can log into the business’s website and pay their…

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July 22, 2016

Loan Insurance 101

What is loan insurance? Loan insurance helps prepare for the unexpected. It provides financial support to protect a borrower from unanticipated life events such as…

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July 14, 2016

Buying a Home Is Easy as 1, 2, 3… 4, 5, 6!

Buying your first home can be an overwhelming process if you don’t know where to start or what to expect. Following these steps will help…

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July 7, 2016

Home Equity 101

By Ken Brossman, District Manager – La Crosse, Marine Credit Union Home equity is the difference between how much your home is worth and how…

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June 29, 2016

4 Smart Moves to Make with Your First Steady Paycheck

You landed your first full-time job, and more importantly for your wallet, your first steady paycheck. Congratulations! You may be thinking, “Now I can pay…

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June 23, 2016

Six Basic Steps to Improving Your Credit Score

By Ken Brossman, District Manager – La Crosse, Marine Credit Union A low credit score can be difficult to rebuild, but your ability to adjust…

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June 15, 2016

4 Things to Remember When Buying a Used Car

Buying a car, whether new or used, can be stressful. Where do I start? How do I narrow it down? What questions do I ask?…

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June 9, 2016

GozNym: Protect Yourself Against It and Other Malware

By Michael Carpenter, IT Network / Security Supervisor at Marine Credit Union Online and mobile banking has made our everyday lives easier. We can deposit…

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May 26, 2016

ATTENTION RENTERS: Benefits of Renters Insurance

When moving into a rented apartment or a duplex, you should take note of a checklist of items: damages by a previous tenant, locations of…

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May 17, 2016

How to Establish Good Credit

By Ken Brossman, District Manager – La Crosse, Marine Credit Union It is important to establish good credit from the start so that you do…

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Buying a House: Know the Benefits

At any point in life, your living situation may change due to a move in your career, family obligations, or just the need for a…

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4 Ways to Make Home Improvements Fit in Your Budget

You’re thinking about making some changes at home. Your bathroom tiles are falling off the wall. Your family is too big for your kitchen table. Your…

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