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

Talking With Your Kids About Finances: It's Never Too Early

Kate Robinson
Greater Nevada Credit Union
When I graduated High School, I didn’t wait long to start making my own way in the world. I’d always been driven and independent, so rather than making the most of my parents’ free room and board, I immediately joined the military, moved across the country and began earning paychecks. My parents raised me with a solid foundation in nearly everything, but if they fell short anywhere it was in preparing me for financial success. We’d struggled to make ends meet for much of my life, and I had no idea what I was doing, or how to implement good financial habits, until years later when I began working for Greater Nevada, where I now teach financial literacy to youth and adults.
02/03/2014

What is an IRA Anyway?

Kyle Brice
Greater Nevada Credit Union
Since we’re deep into tax season, the one time of year when people think about their retirement accounts and investments, we thought we’d try to shed some light on one of the least understood types of investment products – the IRA. For many folks, the IRA is a vague “way to save money”, complicated, misunderstood and overwhelming. So let’s take some of the mystery out of it. The basics: 
02/28/2014

Tricks for Eating Better and Spending Less This Year

Kyle Brice
Greater Nevada Credit Union

The new year has begun and it’s time to put our best intentions to the test. Sticking to your resolution is tough, only eight percent of people actually achieve their resolutions, so if you’ve failed in the past, you’re in good company. In an effort to help you (and me) achieve your (and my) resolutions, I looked for ways to combine two major resolutions; saving more money and being healthier. What I found—ten ways to save money by eating healthier. You’re welcome. 

01/13/2014

What’s in a Credit Score… And How to Manage Yours

Kyle Brice
Greater Nevada Credit Union

Credit Score is an ominous term. Advertisements for credit score websites are always trying to sell you something to fix it, while payday lender advertisements tell you it doesn’t matter because you’re already approved. If you’re in Generation X your credit score probably took a beating during the recession, and if you’re a millennial, like me, you probably have no idea what your credit score is, let alone what it should be.

12/19/2013
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