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Build Your Credit and Future with “Smart” Debt

For many people, bigger purchases in life can require borrowing money – and to qualify, you’ll almost certainly need to have a credit score.

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Skip a Payment on Select Loans

SLFCU allows members in good standing to skip up to two payments on select loans in any rolling 12-month period.

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How is a Credit Union Not Like a Bank?

Because members are our first priority, we focus on service and financial education, better rates, and lower fees.

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SLFCU Savings Laboratory® Program

SLFCU’s Savings Laboratory® Program is an exciting way for kids 12 and younger to learn about saving money.

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Paying for College: What to Do If You Need Assistance

If you or your student experiences a gap between your funding and the cost of college, here are a few options you can explore.

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“Webinar for the Win” BALANCE Contest

Attend a BALANCE webinar for a chance to win $1,000!

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Use BALANCE Financial Fitness to Meet Your Goals in 2020

SLFCU’s partner, BALANCE Financial Fitness, has tools and resources that are free to SLFCU members 

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What Are Your Financial Goals?

By taking the time to think about your goals, how much they cost, and when you want to achieve them, you will know exactly how much to save. 

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Everyone Needs an Emergency Savings Account

Having an emergency savings account could help you cover the costs of unexpected expenses in the instance your income changes.

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Save for a Down Payment with Online and Mobile Banking

SLFCU's online and mobile banking make it simple to create and track your progress toward saving for a down payment.

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Manage Your Money Wisely in 2018

Setting up a budget can help you manage the money you earn and develop a plan to meet your future goals.

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What is a CreditLine?

A CreditLine, also known as a line of credit, is a loan that allows you to borrow money and pay it back repeatedly, without having to apply for a new loan each time.

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Access SLFCU Accounts Wherever You Are

SLFCU offers all of the financial services you need, even if you are unable to visit or do not live near a branch.

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Ensure Direct Deposit Information is Current

It's important to verify that your account information is up to date in order to ensure your direct deposits don’t experience problems or delays.

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Avoid Checking Account "Oops" Situations

SLFCU can help you set up your checking account to avoid Non Sufficient Funds (NSF) fees, returned checks, and declined cards.

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Buying a Home: What to Save and How to Get There

There are three things you need to consider when saving for a home: a down payment, closing costs, and insurance and taxes.

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Checking Account Questions Answered

There are a lot of features that comprise a checking account. We've answered some frequently asked questions to help you get the most out of your checking account.

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5 Things to Look for in a Checking Account

It’s important to select a checking account that helps you meet your goals.

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SLFCU Can Help in Difficult Situations

SLFCU offers solutions for managing difficult financial situations. You can rely on SLFCU to provide personal, caring service and professional guidance.

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How Much Can You Spend?

The balance in your checking account isn't necessarily the true amount of money you have available to spend. Your account balance only captures actions that have involved SLFCU.

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Avoid ATM Fees & Surcharges

There are two costs you might incur for using an out-of-network ATM. An ATM surcharge is assessed by a financial institution for using one of their ATMs when you are not a customer. 

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Manage Money with Your Child

Children can be introduced to the concept of money at a young age. Whether it’s spending birthday money on a new toy or helping a parent at the grocery store, there are many opportunities.

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Pays Bills on Time in Online Banking

SLFCU's online banking will automatically determine how much lead time is needed to process and send your bill payments.

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Managing Student Loans

If you graduated from college in the spring, grace periods for your federal and private student loans are probably coming to an end. Most student loans have a six-month grace period before entering the repayment stage.

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Money Management Strategies for Teens

Managing money wisely isn’t just a concern for adults – teenagers with jobs receive paychecks, and many high school graduates receive monetary gifts.

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14 Household Budgeting Tips

Putting together a realistic and helpful budget can be harder than it looks. Here are 14 tips.

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Stick With SLFCU When You Move

SLFCU offers all the financial services you need, even if you live far from a branch. These resources will help you keep track of your finances anywhere you go.

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