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Take Control of Managing Your Budget: The Road to Financial Independence

The road to financial independence can be intimidating, but not if you know where to start. Saving money can often be a challenge. We’re wired to take care of our needs now, and worry about later… well, later. However, saving money is a critical component of financial wellness and will start you on the right path for a financially

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July 5, 2021

Quick Daily Tips to Prevent Identity Theft from Happening to You

This is real, people. But Marine has your back! Let us tell you a story. It was a Tuesday. A Marine Credit Union lender was…

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July 2, 2021

Take Control of Managing Your Budget: The Road to Financial Independence

The road to financial independence can be intimidating, but not if you know where to start. Saving money can often be a challenge. We’re wired to take…

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May 20, 2021

Plan Ahead for Your Family Vacation

You and your family are counting down the days to vacation. The excitement’s building, especially since you plan to travel with a new (or new-to-you)…

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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, recreational vehicle loans, mortgage loans, school…

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Why Choose a Credit Union

By Laura Erschnig, Branch Manager, Davenport Selecting a financial institution can be confusing. Credit union or bank? Better interest rates or more flexibility? These questions…

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March 22, 2021

4 Steps to Buying Your Dream Home

Subject Matter Expert: Jason Kaufman – Milwaukee District Manager Many people dream of buying a home, but not everyone knows how to make it reality.…

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March 16, 2021

Celebrating the Inspirational Women of Marine Credit Union

Inspirational and impactful women improve the world every day at Marine Credit Union. Collections Manager, Hannah Dickinson, brought forth the idea to celebrate International Women’s…

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March 6, 2021

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 for a down payment?Try to avoid…

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March 5, 2021

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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March 1, 2021

Financial Literacy Counseling: A Calling for Majel Hein

Majel Hein was the first Financial Literacy Counselor to come on board at the Marine Credit Union Foundation to create and manage our Finding HOME…

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Jon’s Journey to Financial Stability

After driving by Marine Credit Union’s branch in Racine, WI, Jon Eckblad became curious about the credit union and how Marine might be able to…

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February 15, 2021

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

The homebuying process can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be! Especially if you know where to start and what to expect. Follow these…

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February 12, 2021

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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Make Your Tax Return Work For You

In just a few weeks (or less), many Americans will be receiving a tax refund. The average tax refund received in 2020 was just shy…

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February 3, 2021

Take Some Stress Out Of Managing Your Money

Financial challenges have been at the forefront of many households across the country, especially with the rise of COVID-19. One thing we know is that…

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January 8, 2021

Credit Reports 101

Confused by your credit report? Review the five areas below that affect your credit report/score and the tips to bring your score up.

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November 23, 2020

Tips for Saving Money

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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November 6, 2020

Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft or Fraud

By Marie MacGlashin, Director of Deposit Operations, Marine Credit Union Now more than ever it is important to be on the look out for scams…

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October 9, 2020

Use Your Home Equity To Your Advantage

While some of us have put a spending freeze on our personal budgets, others are interested in making some home improvements or going back to…

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October 2, 2020

Certificates of Deposit: The FAQs of CDs

What is a CD? A Certificates of Deposit, or CD, is a savings vehicle used to earn a higher rate of return on funds that…

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September 11, 2020

9 Ways to Cut Your Spending in College

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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August 6, 2020

Navigating Financial Uncertainty

Here at Marine Credit Union we know times might be hard right now but we’re here to help! Download our free guide to Navigating Financial…

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July 31, 2020

4 Ways to Make Home Improvements Fit in Your Budget

Plans cancelled this summer? Working on some home improvement projects? Want to keep things under budget while your income has slowed? Where do you start?…

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July 24, 2020

Be Smart When Online Shopping

Technology has made shopping easier and quicker than ever before, especially now with more people staying home. Be smart while online shopping and keep these…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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…

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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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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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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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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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