Money-Saving Ideas for Wedding Planning

Kate Robinson
Greater Nevada Credit Union

Warm weather is upon us and with it comes wedding season. The parks and golf courses and sandy beaches of our lovely state will soon be the scenes of many a blushing bride taking her vows. If you’ve ever been involved in planning a wedding, you know the details can be endless – and expensive. These money-saving ideas can help you make sure your special day is care-free, and you start the marriage off right; without a stack of bills to pay.

05/02/2014

Spring Cleaning: Get Rid of Bad Financial Habits

Kyle Brice
Greater Nevada Credit Union
With the economy bouncing back, so are many of our bad financial habits. According to an article posted by Nasdaq the number of Americans spending more and saving less has increased by 28 percent over the past five years. Since spring is a time of new beginning and growth, what better way to start fresh than by doing some spring cleaning for financial practices. This list includes some bad habits you may have been guilty of (I certainly have been). Break out your dusters and rubber gloves, and let's get started!
04/18/2014

What is a First-Time Homebuyer Program and Is It Right for You?

Kate Robinson
Greater Nevada Credit Union
Making the leap from renter to homeowner is the experience of a lifetime. It runs the whole gamut of emotions from exciting (touring potential homes and decorating them in your mind) to exhausting (offers, counter-offers, escrows and  paperwork). Doing your homework ahead of time can make all the difference in your home buying experience, and it’s well worth the effort. If you’re about to start down that road, and this is your first time, there are plenty of resources to help guide you. Our Steps to Buying a Home blog, for instance, is a great place to start (and has a cool chart). Many  financial institutions also have programs in place designed to help first-time homebuyers overcome some of the obstacles they might face. There are also government programs created for the same purpose.
04/04/2014

Getting the Most Out of Your Tax Return

Kate Robinson
Greater Nevada Credit Union

It’s that time of year again… you’ve been working hard like a responsible citizen all year long, paying taxes dutifully, and now you get a little bit of it back. It feels like free money, but remember: this is your money that you earned! Don’t blow it on a fancy TV and go back to living paycheck to paycheck. Here are a few suggestions for how to make the most out of your tax return with investments that will last.

04/25/2014

Ten Ways to Stay in Shape while Staying on Budget

Kyle Brice
Greater Nevada Credit Union

Beach season is right around the corner, and though lots of us are determined to get in better shape, gym memberships can be expensive (especially if you're like me, and signed up for your membership right before the gym slashed the prices in half, leaving me full of resentment and potato chips). So, I did a little research on ways we can all save money on getting in shape.

04/11/2014

9 Simple Ways to Save Money on Energy Costs

Kyle Brice
Greater Nevada Credit Union
USA Today recently published an article saying winter energy bills have increased nationwide, anywhere from 5% up to 54% depending on the energy source. On top of that, natural gas, which heats about half of American homes, recently hit a five year high. If you’re anything like me, you can’t wait for warm weather so you can stop worrying about winter energy bills. But even though it can’t be summer all the time, some simple changes can still save you a lot of money:
03/28/2014

What You Need To Know About Taxes and Deposit Account Interest

Patrick Russo
Depositaccounts.com

It may come as no surprise, but the IRS taxes the interest paid to you on your basic deposit accounts as taxable income. Financial institutions that pay you more than $10 in interest (or dividends as they are called at Greater Nevada Credit Union) on your deposits in a given year are required to report that amount by filing a Form 1099-INT. Even if you do not receive a copy of the 1099-INT filed by your financial institution, the IRS still expects you to report the interest income earned. If you have not yet filed your 2013 tax returns (and even if you have), it may help you cover your bases to be aware of some tax policies that affect your basic deposit accounts.

03/14/2014

Tax Fraud: How It Could Affect Your Tax Return

Kyle Brice
Greater Nevada Credit Union

When I hear the term tax fraud I always think of illustrious criminal Al Capone and his eventual downfall caused by tax evasion. While Capone’s crime involved trying to avoid filing a tax return, modern day criminals are trying to do just the opposite. These fraudsters are filing a multitude of tax returns claiming false refund amounts. How does a criminal filing a false tax claim affects you? They might be doing it with your name.

03/21/2014

7 Tips for Buying Your Next New Car

Kate Robinson
Greater Nevada Credit Union
It might start with something falling off your car… maybe something small like the handle to control the seat tilt. You may start noticing worn through spots in the carpet or upholstery, or it may just be that a newer, shinier model catches your eye. Whatever it is, once you get the “new car” itch, it’s only a matter of time before you’re kicking tires at the local dealership, looking for your upgrade.
02/21/2014

Five Types of Debit Fraud and How to Protect Yourself from Them

Kate Robinson
Greater Nevada Credit Union
The recent Target card breach, has, like famous card breaches before it, shone a spotlight on the possibility of debit card fraud for many Americans.
02/15/2014
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