Advice & Articles

Money and Banking Tips for the Tax Season


How can you save money and avoid a variety of problems at tax time? A few tips including guarding against tax-related frauds, carefully choosing how to prepare your taxes, and being cautious with offers by tax preparers to handle your refund.

Protect Yourself From Open Enrollment Scams


Open enrollment is here. You have until December 15 to compare plans and make coverage changes. But as you’re keeping an eye out for the best options, also keep an eye out for scammers. Here are a few tips for avoiding scams this open enrollment season.

Save More When Back-to-School Shopping Online


Families with children in grades K-12 plan to spend an average of $687.72 on back-to-school shopping, about $14 more than last year’s average of $673.57, according to the National Retail Federation. College students and their families plan to spend an average of $969.88, or about $82 more than last year’s $887.71 average.

Use Credit Cards Wisely


Whether you’re using your credit card to buy a laptop or lunch at the deli, you have rights and responsibilities under the law.

Best Ways to Save at Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones for a satisfying meal and kick off the holiday season. If you pay current prices for your menu items, though, you could blow a chunk of your holiday budget before you even get to the pumpkin pie.

Use these tips to keep your Thanksgiving festive and thrifty.

NCUA Warns of Text Phishing Scam


Credit union members are receiving scam texts from the phone number 834-234-5445 purported to be from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and requesting 16-digit card or account numbers. The NCUA does not typically interact with credit union members or bank customers and most certainly not via text. Be alert for this scam!

35 Ways to Save Money on Back-to-School Items


Texas’ Back to School Tax Free Weekend is Aug. 5 – 7. As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and use taxes.
You can save even more if you follow these 35 tips! Your kids, big and small, get what they need and you keep more money in your pocket!

The Great Transition…Isn’t Always so Great

  • By Brian Posten

The summer of 2011 is when I transitioned from the military after 23 years of dedicated and honorable service. I truly believed I was ready for this new chapter in my life. Apparently, this was not the case. Before you transition you need to make sure you have your

Top 3 Most Popular Activities during Memorial Day weekend


Many people see Memorial Day weekend as an opportunity to take a short vacation and undertake summer activities. Still not sure on what you are going to do?

Here are some popular ideas to make the most out of your three-day weekend, plus great tips and discounts to enjoy Memorial Day weekend to its fullest.