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7 Scams to Watch Out For This Holiday Season12/13/2018

 Don’t let holiday scams spoil your happiness! We’ve got warnings that will help you steer clear of all the naughtiest crooks looking to ruin your joy! 

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Tax Reform 101: 5 Reasons You Should Start Planning12/11/2018

Learn about important tax changes, plus as a MCCU member, you can save money on TurboTax products!

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What You Need to Know About Inheriting an IRA12/6/2018

Inheriting an IRA can have a host of tax implications and brings a ton of requirements. We’ve got quick guide to help you make best use of your new IRA!

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Do You Need an Estate Plan or Living Trust?12/4/2018

As a MCCU member, you have access to discounted Estate Planning services, prepared by experienced attorneys. MCCU has partnered with Affinity Trusts to offer members a quality estate plan.

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How Should I Fund My Holiday Shopping?11/29/2018

Is holiday shopping turning your happiness into a lump of coal? We’ve got tips to keep your debt load low and your spirits high this season!

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Don't Be a Victim of a Social Security Scam11/27/2018

Help fight SocialSecurity scams! Tell anyone collecting benefits to beware of calls and emails “from” SSA, and to never give out personal info. Read our tips!

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10 Ways MCCU Can Help You with Your Banking Needs11/20/2018

This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for YOU - our members, and the members of our communities. We know you have so many choices when it comes to banking, but we wanted to share with you why MCCU is your best choice for you and your family's banking needs. 

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Reduce Your Holiday Stress11/20/2018

Your shopping list is a mile long. Your social calendar is jam-packed. Your patience is wearing thin, and your budget is stretched to the max! If your holiday mantra is “Bah humbug” rather than “Ho ho ho,” try these tips to reduce your stress and enjoy the season.

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Why Do I Spend So Much Money Shopping Online?11/16/2018

Online shopping can eat up your budget if you’re not careful! We’ve got plenty of info on how retailers trick you into spending and how to beat the game.

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Fake Check Scams on the Rise11/13/2018

You’ve won the lottery! Or have you? Fake check scams are back in a big way, but we’ve got the tips you need to steer clear of the scam!

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5 Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell During the Holiday Season11/8/2018

Selling your home this holiday season? Staging your home can increase the likelihood of a sale, and attract more potential buyers. Read on for some tips to help you successfully stage your home during the holidays!

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Prevent Debit Card Fraud: Steps You Can Take to Keep Your Card and Account Safe11/6/2018

With the holidays around the corner, you’ll probably be using your debit card more frequently for purchases. Scammers know that there will be more frequent use, so we want to offer some tips to help avoid the hassle of having your card compromised.

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7 Ways to Save on Thanksgiving Costs11/1/2018

Thanksgiving doesn't have to chew a hole in your budget! We’ve got great tricks to cut costs dramatically.

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How Not to Bust Your Holiday Budget10/30/2018

Parents want their kids to have the best holiday ever, and that sometimes means getting them everything on their holiday shopping list. But how can you balance giving them what they want and not breaking the bank? We've got some helpful tips to do just that!

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3 Mortgage Scams and How to Beat Them10/25/2018

If you're in the market for a new home, or a refinance, be cautious of scams that do happen. Read on to learn about some of the most common ones to look out for.

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Holiday Hacks for Traveling College Students10/23/2018

Headed home for the holidays but strapped for cash? We’ve got tips to help you go in style!

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Financial Tips for Single Parents10/19/2018

Single parents face the same budget and finance issues as couples, but they go it alone. We’ve got tips to help you get control.

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Video: How Much Should I Save?10/16/2018

Saving money for a rainy day is a smart idea. But how can you do that on a limited budget? We'll show you some tips on how you can save and how much you should be saving!

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Creative Ways to Save on Energy Costs10/11/2018

Even though Summer is over, now is a good time to put into place good energy-saving habits.Try these simple steps to get your bill under control.

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Video: What is Budgeting and Why Is It Important?10/9/2018

Do you know how much money you have to spend on clothing, vacations or even your weekly Starbucks run? With a good budget in place, you'll ensure you won't overspend and leave yourself in a financial bind. 

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Beware of Mortgage Fraud10/5/2018

If you’re buying a new home, you’ll want to read our alert about a scam that could cost you big. Get the info on avoiding mortgage scams! 

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When Debt Consolidation Can Be a Good Move10/2/2018

Credit card balances, personal loans, student loans and more – anyone with debt knows it can get overwhelming. Read on for some helpful tips to consolidate your debt and pay it down faster!

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It's Financial Aid Season: 5 essential FAFSA tips 9/28/2018

Do you have children ready to start college soon? It's almost October 1st and that means it's time to fill out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to get some help paying for college! 

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How to Save for a Down Payment on a Home9/26/2018

Find out some easy tips to save up for a down payment for your next home!

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Fall Into Great Savings at MCCU!9/21/2018

Looking for a safe place to put your hard-earned money? MCCU is offering a special high-rate Certificate that is federally insured, and can offer you a fantastic return.

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Beware of the Latest Online Blackmail Scam9/18/2018

Online blackmail is back, and the scammers want your money! They’ve got old data to scare you with, but with our tips, you’ll stay out of their clutches.

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Bridge Loans: Looking to Buy While You Are Selling?9/13/2018

Buying a home is thrilling and exciting and terrifying all at once.  Add in the fact that you haven’t sold your current home, and there are many more moving parts to your transaction.  In a hot real estate market, sometimes you have to jump in and make an offer before you’re quite ready (or able) to sell your current home.  If you have a hefty savings account and income sufficient to qualify for both of your mortgages, it might not be a problem, But for millions of homeowners, this scenario requires a different solution. 

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Q&A: New Cars vs. Used Cars9/11/2018

New car or used? It’s a tough decision, with advantages and disadvantages on both sides. Let us help you with our handy guide, and great credit union financing! 

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All You Need to Know About Buying a Used Car9/6/2018

Nervous about buying a used car? Avoid the horror stories with our tips on everything from finding your ride to checking it out and closing the deal!

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5 Reasons to Open a Money Market Account8/30/2018

Money Market (Savers Plus) accounts are a great way to let your money grow faster than it will in a  regular savings account while still having access to it! Keep a minimum balance and stick to a specified number of withdrawals per month and you’ll see much higher interest rates. At MCCU, your account is insured by NCUA up to $250,000, and you can access your funds easily!  

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MCCU Voted BEST Auto Loans!8/27/2018

MCCU was recently voted Best Auto Loans in the Los Angeles Daily News Readers Choice Awards.

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What is a Flex Certificate?8/22/2018

MCCU has a great alternative to traditional CDs and share certificates. Get the facts on Flex Certificates and update your financial picture today!

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Don't Get Caught in a Free Trial Scam8/16/2018

Does that free trial sound too good to be true? It probably is! Learn about the latest scams and how to keep your info safe!

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Should I Refinance Before I Retire?8/14/2018

Should you refinance your home before retirement? If you pick the right mortgage, you can reap significant rewards! We can help!

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What Can I Do About Robocalls?7/26/2018

Do robocalls annoy you?  Tired of being pestered by robots trying to sell or scam you? Take action! We’ve got tips to keep your phone robocall-free!

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MCCU Members Get Exclusive Discounts from Love My Credit Union Rewards7/24/2018

red heart with text: Love My Credit Union Rewards

Everyone loves to save, especially on products and services you use every day.  That's what Love My Credit Union Rewards is all about.  Members have saved nearly $2 billion in discounts from valued partners through Love My Credit Union Rewards. You can save too with valuable discounts from these partners:

  • Get a $100 cash reward for each new line you activate with Sprint, up to 3 lines. Plus, get a $50 cash reward every year for as long as you are a Sprint customer.*
  • Save up to $15 on TurboTax federal products!
  • Get an exclusive smoke communicator and a $100 gift card with a new ADT monitored home security system. Call 844-703-0123 to activate this special offer.
  • Get trusted protection at true savings with the TruStage Auto & Home Insurance Program.
  • Shop and get cash back at over 1,500 online retailers with Love to Shop.

To find out more and learn about other valuable discounts, visit LoveMyCreditUnion.org. You get all these offers and discounts just for being a MCCU member! Share this great member benefit with your friends and family!

 

*Limited time offers. Activ. Fee: Up to $30/line. Credit approval req. Cash Reward Offers: Avail. for eligible credit union members & member employees with qualifying corp. id. (ongoing verification). $100 Cash Reward for new smartphone line activ. up to 3 lines. Req. activ. at point of sale. Excludes CL, MBB devices, tablets, Sprint Phone Connect, upgrs., replacements & ports made between Sprint entities or providers associated with Sprint. Limit one SWP Corp ID per Sprint acct. No add’l. discounts apply. Loyalty Reward: $50/line/yr. Cash Reward up to 3 lines when Sprint acct. remains active and in good standing each yr. Transfer Reward: Members participating in another discount program are eligible for a $50 Cash Reward for up to 3 smartphone lines transferred to Cash Reward program. Deposit: Cash Reward issued by CU Solutions Group. Sprint acct. must remain active and in good standing for 31 days to receive Cash Reward. Allow 6-8 wks. for Cash Reward to be deposited to your Credit Union acct. If the Cash Reward does not appear after 8 wks., visit lovemycreditunion.org/sprintrewards & click on “Cash Rewards Tracker”. Other Terms: Offer/coverage not avail. everywhere or for all phones/networks. May not be combinable with other offers. Offer, terms, restrictions, & options subject to change & may be modified, discontinued, or terminated at any time without notice. Restrictions apply. © 2018 Sprint. All rights reserved. Sprint & the logo are trademarks of Sprint. Other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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Earn More with an 18-Month Certificate!7/20/2018

You work hard for your money. That’s why we want to give you the best return we can! Open an 18-Month Certificate for your regular or IRA money and earn 2.50% APY1! With only $1,000 needed to open, you can’t go wrong with this federally insured Certificate!

Want a different term? Check out our other Certificate options!

Certificate special 2.50% APY 18 month term, $1,000 minimim restrictions apply

APY=Annual Percentage Yield. Rate as of 7/26/18 and is subject to change. Membership required to open Certificate account. Penalty for early withdrawal. Dividends are compounded and paid monthly. Fees may reduce earnings. Certain State and Federal penalties may apply to IRA accounts, please consult your tax advisor. See disclosures for special features and requirements. Each member account is federally insured up to at least $250,000 by the NCUA, a US Government Agency.

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Help Your Child Open Their First Savings Account7/20/2018

Starting your child on the right financial path will help them to grow into financially responsible adults. At MCCU, we want to help. That's why we offer Youth Savings accounts!

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Video: Money Hack - How To Save on Your Mortgage7/19/2018

Want to refinance your mortgage or get a new loan? Find out more about our Mortgage Loans today!

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What's the Best Way to Finance a Home Renovation?7/17/2018

Time to fix up your home? Before you take out a personal loan or run up a credit card, check out home equity lines of credit. A HELOC might be just the thing!

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How Many Credit Cards Should I Have?7/12/2018

Credit cards affect your FICO score, but how many should you have? The answer is kind of twisty, but we’ve got tips to help boost your scores!

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Look Before You Pump: Don't Get Scammed at the Gas Station7/10/2018

Using your debit card at the pump can leave you open to skimming. We’ve got helpful tips to keep you clear of the crooks!

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7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Large Purchase7/3/2018

Before you sign off on a big purchase, it’s a good idea to think it through. We’ve got some tips to help you get the most for your money!     

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Zero Percent Financing: What You Should Know Before You Shop6/28/2018

Does it make more financial sense to take the 0% financing or the rebate when I'm shopping for a car? Read our latest blog post to find out!

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8 Steps To An Energy-Smart Home6/26/2018

Want to make your home energy smart? Read on for some valuable tips! And, get information on our Home Energy Loans!

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7 Ways to Spot a Loan Scam6/21/2018

You need a loan! There’s a million easy cash offers out there, and a lot of them are scams. Let us help you spot the fakes!

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Getting Married? Here are 5 Ways to Budget for Your Wedding!6/19/2018

It’s your wedding day! Can you save money on everything that goes with it? Absolutely! We’ve got tips and tricks to make your Special Day a bargain!

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Student Discounts!6/14/2018

Take some of the cost out of student life with huge student discounts from companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Adobe. Who says you can’t catch a break!

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Learn About the Latest Scam: Smishing6/12/2018

Heard of smishing? It’s just like phishing, but with text messages. Be careful or you’ll text away your identity! We’ve got all the info!     

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Video: Why Your Child Should Have a Youth Savings Account6/8/2018

Opening a youth savings account for your child and helping them learn the ins and outs of personal banking teaches them, from a young age, how to be smart with their money. Watch this video to learn more, and find out how a MCCU youth savings account can help!

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Debit Card Safety6/5/2018

Your debit card is a great way to pay, but be smart about where you use it! A little caution can go a long way to protect your financial information.

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Money Tips: What to Grab and What to Skip in June5/30/2018

Ah, June! Summertime, and the shopping is easy! We’ve got the insider info on what to buy and what to skip in summer’s first month.

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Saving Smarts - Teaching Kids Smart Money Management5/25/2018

We want our kids to be money savvy. Our latest blog post offers tips for conversation starters and more for you to teach your kids money skills! 

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Should I Refinance My Home Mortgage?5/22/2018

Want to refinance your house? It can save you thousands, but be sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. Our guide will help you decide!

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4 Ways to Bring Your Dream Kitchen to Life5/15/2018

Looking to freshen up your kitchen? It’s less expensive than you might think to give the hardest-working room in your house a new look!

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Beware of Tech Support Scams5/10/2018

Scammers demanding access to your computer to “fix” problems are on the prowl. Find out how to identify the fakes and keep your data safe!

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Mother's Day Savings5/8/2018

Did mom teach you to be thrifty? Show her you were paying attention with a thrifty Mother's Day celebration. Show your love AND your good sense!

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Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions About VA Loans5/3/2018

Are you a Veteran? Read on for a look at the benefits of these underused and misunderstood loans.

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Protect Yourself from Identity Theft5/1/2018

Identity theft is one of the most nefarious crimes out there. Read on for seven ways to help protect yourself.

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Be Aware: Social Media Scams 4/26/2018

Social media scams are the biggest online threat today, and you can get buried under fake friend requests, bogus links and other cheats. Read our tips to stay safe!

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How Should I Use My Tax Refund?4/24/2018

Got your tax refund? You might be tempted to spend it all, or maybe your friend needs a loan. We’ve got some better ideas!

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Video: Why You Should Get Pre-Approved for a Car Loan4/19/2018

Get pre-approved for a MCCU Car Loan now!

Want to skip the Dealer trip? Shop for your new car now with Autoland!

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Buying a Home: The 20% Down Myth4/17/2018

Contrary to what most people think, you do NOT need 20% down to buy a house! See our tips on other mortgage options, and on why a lower down payment might be a great idea!

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5 Things to do Today to Help Your Future4/12/2018

College can be fun, but it’s also time to prep for the real world! Read our tips and you’ll be a big step ahead when it’s time to graduate and go job hunting!

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How To Fund an Emergency4/10/2018

Got a money emergency? From personal loans and credit cards to 401(k) loans and borrowing from family, you’ve got options … but choose carefully!

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7 Ways to Spring Clean for Extra Cash4/5/2018

Don’t let spring cleaning get you down! You can sell your excess stuff of all types to make some extra cash after you clean. We’ll show you how!

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Rising Interest Rates4/2/2018

Interest rates on everything from credit cards to mortgages are on the rise, but at least your savings will earn better returns!  Get the facts!   

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Why Choose a Credit Union?3/27/2018

Fed up with fees and poor service? Looking for great service and better rates on loans and deposits? Join a credit union!

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A Dozen Tricks To Sell Your Home Quickly3/21/2018

 If you’re getting ready to sell your house, we’ve got 12 tips that will help you get a buyer quickly and sell for a great price! You’ll be closing in no time!

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Protect Yourself from Medical Identity Theft3/19/2018

Medical identity theft is the latest threat to your finances. Scammers get your Medicare or insurance information and wreak havoc! We’ve got tips to stay safe.   

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Saving on Home Renovations3/14/2018

Is it time to remodel your kitchen? We’ve got tips that can save you thousands of dollars and still leave you with the gourmet enclave of your dreams!

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How To Use the Money Envelope System3/9/2018

Monthly budgeting is a necessary evil, but the envelope system can make it easy! Split up your money, spend carefully and don’t cheat and you’ll do great!

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Teaching Kids About Working for Your Money2/27/2018

One of the most fundamental financial lessons your kids are going to have to learn is about how you work for your money. 

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What Were the Actual 2018 Tax Changes?2/26/2018

Are you confused about all the taxcode changes this year? Ready to file your taxes but worried about making mistakes? Rest easy!  We’ve got a rundown on all the changes!

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What To Look For In Your First Job2/26/2018

Is graduation coming soon for you? With college ending, it’s time to start your job hunt. We’ve got #tips!

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How to Talk Money With Your Partner2/22/2018

Ready to talk about money with your partner? It doesn’t have to be a fight! Use our tips to make it friendly, productive and simple.

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7 Easy Ways To Give Your Kids A Financial Education2/13/2018

Do you have young children or grandchildren? Have you talked to them about money and finances yet? It's never too early!

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MCCU on the KTLA Morning News!2/12/2018

KTLA Weekend News Anchor Chris Burrous talks about his visit to MCCU and more!

 

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FAQs About Share Secured Loans2/8/2018

Wondering about share secured loans? Here’s all you need to know about this unique product that can provide a low interest rate plus credit building and repair.

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Donít Panic: Filing Taxes As A College Student2/5/2018

Imagine skipping a day of class, then coming into the next session and seeing a test. You open the packet and see what appears to be gibberish staring back at you. Everyone else around you seems to have a perfect grasp of what’s going on, but you’re just stumbling in the dark.

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Ready, Set, Go.... to College!2/2/2018

The process of a child leaving home is a major milestone that is made extra complex because of the emotions it generates. The reality, though, is that there are some very concrete things that can be done to smoothe this transition.

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Recommend MCCU and Get Paid!1/30/2018

Tell your friends about MCCU and you can both earn up to $75 each! 

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What is a Health Savings Account and Can I Open One?1/24/2018

If you're on a high-deductible health plan and want to get a possible tax break, you should consider opening a Health Savings Account (HSA). It allows you to make tax-deductible contributions, and the earnings in your account grow tax-free.

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Energy Saving Tips Ė What To Look For When Buying New Appliances1/22/2018

Don’t let a new appliance drive your power bill up! We’ve got tips to help you pick the right one for your needs!

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Six Tax Scams to Avoid1/18/2018

Tax time is here! And reports of scams are rising. Make sure you and your family are aware of the scams going on, so you can keep your finances and personal information safe!

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Avoid These First-Time Homeowner Mistakes1/16/2018

Q: My husband and I recently decided to buy our first home. Some friends of ours had lots of trouble with the process and wound up buying one they can’t really afford. What can we do to buy our dream home without that grief?

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Infographic: Why Your Child Needs a Youth Account 1/10/2018

Starting a savings account for your child when they're young is crucial to teach them the importance of saving and managing money. MCCU offers accounts for kids and teens, with a minimum opening deposit of only $5! Read the inforgraphic below for valuable information!

Why Your Child Needs a Youth Savings Account Inforgraphic

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How Will You Use Your Tax Refund?1/8/2018

Tax season is upon us! If you're lucky enough to get a refund, how do you plan on spending (or saving!) it?

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7 New Yearís Resolutions For A Richer 20181/1/2018

The New Year is a time of renewal; use it to make bold financial changes. If you’re looking for resolutions to improve your personal finances, check out these seven ways to make 2018 the year of the dollar!

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Combatting The Financial Mistakes Of Our 20s And 30s12/22/2017

Early in their careers, people tend to focus on the here and now while ignoring the future. As you climb the ladder of success, you might think raises and promotions will never end and that you have forever to plan for the future. Surprisingly, though, the future comes faster than you can imagine.

Here are the six most common and avoidable mistakes younger people make:

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