Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

Kristina Kraus
Greater Nevada Credit Union
We all encounter obstacles throughout life which can affect our finances, and when our finances take a hit, so can our credit score. A low credit score can affect you in many ways, including your ability to borrow money or even rent a home.

So how does one get their credit score back on track? Here are some simple and effective ways:

How Not to Go Broke While Dating

Kristina Kraus
Greater Nevada Credit Union
Whether it’s your first date or you’ve been with someone for years, it can be hard to manage your money while trying to wine and dine at the same time. Depending on where you go, a typical dinner, drinks, and movie date could cost a $100 for the night. If you have a date night once a week, that quickly adds up to over $5000 for the year.  And that doesn’t even factor in a babysitter if you have kids! Luckily, when it comes to dating there is really no need for extravagances so long as you make the effort to spend quality time together.

Take a look at some of these ideas below for some fun and affordable dates. 

Spend Less & Relax More This Summer

Kristina Kraus
Greater Nevada Credit Union
Summer is fast approaching and soon it will be vacation time for many. To make the season more relaxing—and more affordable—follow these suggestions.

Plan Ahead

Spontaneous trips can be fun; however they aren’t always the most cost efficient. By planning a trip beforehand it’s easier to avoid overspending on things like inflated day-of tickets for tours or shows, expensive last-minute hotel rooms, or premium gas prices in towns that are off the beaten path.

The Best Apps to Help You Budget

Kristina Kraus
Greater Nevada Credit Union
Many of us can remember playing Snake on our Nokia phones back in the late 1990s. By 2008, there were 800 applications and games available for download in the App Store. Six years later, there were 1.4 million apps users could choose from, including apps to identify songs playing on the radio, edit videos, and more. Beyond entertainment, today’s mobile applications can also help you get organized, especially when it comes to personal finances.

A Great Time for a “Business Health Checkup”

Jeremy Gilpin, VP of Business Services
Greater Nevada Credit Union
May 4-8 is National Small Business Week, which is definitely worth celebrating because the small business sector makes up more than 65% of our nation’s employment base.  So to fuel your entrepreneurial spirit, take out your current business plan and ask yourself some key questions to make sure you’re still on track. Has your business model remained the same as when you first started? Have changes in the economy caused a change in your business? Have you changed your branding strategy, marketing strategy, vision, projections, etc..?  

Things to Know About Mobile Banking

Patty Chang, VP of E-Commerce
Greater Nevada Credit Union
Our digital world has provided lots of conveniences, including apps to help do just about anything you can think of. Of course, we all know that technology comes with its challenges, too, like making sure our personal information is safe from hackers and identity thieves. Which begs the question, how convenient and secure is mobile banking? Keep reading to learn more about managing your money via your mobile device.

Rewarding Yourself and Others Through Volunteering

Kristina Kraus
Greater Nevada Credit Union

Credit Unions know all about the benefits of volunteering. We have a volunteer board of directors, and giving back to our members, as well as our communities, is part of the credit union culture. Of course, there are so many other organizations and individuals who volunteer their time and expertise for various worthy causes. Why do they do it? Because volunteering makes everybody stronger.


Easy Ways to Teach Your Kids About Money

Kristina Kraus
Greater Nevada Credit Union
Teaching kids about money can be challenging. You can’t just give them an article out of the Wall Street Journal about finances and expect them to understand it. Kids also have a very short attention span, so when grandpa lectures them on the importance of saving their money, they probably aren’t listening.

All kids know is that they want something and they want it now. So how do you teach them important life lessons and make sure they are paying attention?  Take a look at these simple tips to help your kids learn about money

What to Consider Before Buying an RV – Motorhomes and Trailers

Kristina Kraus
Greater Nevada Credit Union
It’s no secret that we live in one of the best states for enjoying the outdoors. Between Lake Tahoe, Red Rock Canyon, Black Rock Desert and more, the things you can do and see in Nevada are endless. We’re also close to other desirable destinations, such as Yosemite National Park, Utah’s Arches National Park, and the coasts of Seattle and Oregon.

With so much to discover, many Nevadans turn to RVs to enjoy those adventures more comfortably. However, an RV is not a small purchase and there are several things to consider before buying one.

Scholarship Myths Busted

Kristina Kraus
Greater Nevada Credit Union
Many students want to further their education, though they think they can’t afford it or that they won’t qualify for a scholarship. Often the thought that you have to be super smart, a great athlete, or one of many other myths, makes people give up from the start.

The reality about scholarships is that there’s plenty of money to go around. According to the Debt.org, $46 billion in scholarship money and grants is awarded each year by the Department of Education and another $35 million is available through private companies. With that much being awarded each year, there’s a good chance you can get a piece of it.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common scholarship myths and how you can bust them.
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