Celebrating Over a Century of Cooperation

Kristina Kraus
Greater Nevada Credit Union
In honor of our country’s recent Independence Day celebration, I thought I’d share some interesting history, specifically that of U.S. credit unions, which have been around for more than 100 years.

Credit Unions’ History

The first financial cooperatives began in England in the early 19th century. From there, the idea of the credit union was born and emerged in Germany a few decades later. These initial credit unions demonstrated democratic governance, a single vote per member, and member-elected directors that were volunteer based. It wasn’t until 1900 that the credit union idea came to North America. It began in Quebec, Canada where the need for affordable loans had risen to aid working-class families. 

Overcoming Student Loan Debt

Kristina Kraus
Greater Nevada Credit Union
Congratulations! You finally did it. You graduated college and can now start your career and see what excitement the future holds for you. However, if you’re like 70 percent of college graduates, a future of getting married, buying your first home or having kids may be put on hold until student loan debt is dealt with. 

With about 7 out of 10 graduates leaving school with $30,000 in debt, a rich and prosperous future can seem a lifetime away. In order to tackle and overcome your student loans, follow these tips:

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
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