Grocery Bills Bumming You Out? Start a Garden!

Wende Dahlsten
Greater Nevada Credit Union

I’m the first person to admit that I have a brown thumb. I do however turn green with envy when I visit a friend of mine who has every variety of tomato known to man, growing in abundance all over her back yard. Luckily she shares her bounty with me, which is great because the cost of produce has skyrocketed due to the 3-year draught in California. The cost of lettuce is up 34%, grapes 21%, (wait did I just read that right? Grapes are up 21%....what is that doing to the wine market?). Before we panic…let’s take a look at some money saving ideas to calm our nerves.

06/20/2014

Father’s Financial Wisdom: Things I Learned From Dad About Life

Wende Dahlsten
Greater Nevada Credit Union

Father’s Day is around the corner. It’s a day to honor and celebrate the men who raised us – and for some of us it’s a bittersweet holiday. My dad left this earth 5 years ago this July, and I miss him every day. I was lucky to have such an amazing role model and confidant for 41 years. It’s never long enough; I never stop needing my father’s wisdom.

06/13/2014

Child Identity Theft: How to Protect Your Children from Fraud

Kate Robinson
Greater Nevada Credit Union

We’ve talked quite a bit on this blog and on our website about safeguarding your financial and personal information to protect yourself from identity theft. By now, hopefully, you’re careful about web sites you shop on, shredding your bills, monitoring your accounts and all that. But today let’s discuss a type of fraud threat that may not even be on your radar: child identity theft.

06/06/2014

Preparing Your Home for Wildfire Season

Wende Dahlsten
Greater Nevada Credit Union

My husband and I moved to Reno a little over a year and a half ago from Independence, Kentucky which is a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. Summertime in the Midwest is primarily hot with a side of humid, and the occasional thunderstorm and/or tornado. We didn’t really hear much about wild fires in our neck of the woods.

05/30/2014

What is Home Equity and How Can You Make it Work For You?

Kate Robinson
Greater Nevada Credit Union

The goal of this blog is to provide information that will help you Live Greater financially. Sometimes banks and credit unions take it for granted that consumers understand all of their financial lingo, but I know from personal experience that’s not always true. So this week I am going to address a question some of you may have about a commonly used term: home equity.

05/23/2014

How to Plan a Family Vacation You Can Afford

Kate Robinson
Greater Nevada Credit Union
Growing up in a large family, vacations were short and rare, as my parents often struggled to make ends meet. But I do remember a few – my parents went out of their way to invest in making memories with the family, even if they couldn’t afford much. As an adult, what stands out to me most is not the quality of hotels or price of the vacation package, but the sense of fun an adventure. Taking a break from busyness and demands on your time to escape with your family is an important part of life. It benefits your health and enriches your relationships.
05/16/2014

How to Combine Your Finances After Marriage

Kate Robinson
Greater Nevada Credit Union

Since we talked about weddings last week, let’s look this week at one of the most important topics a newly married couple will have to wrestle with – managing the finances together. If you’ve been single for a while, the reality of suddenly having to make mutual earning, spending and saving decisions can be a bit difficult to overcome. We’re going to look at different methods couples use to manage their finances, and tips for making that transition successfully.

05/09/2014

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
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