The Best Apps to Help You Budget

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 even detect zombies. Beyond entertainment, today’s mobile applications can also help you get organized, especially when it comes to personal finances.
5/18/15
A Great Time for a “Business Health Checkup”

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..?  
5/8/15
Things to Know About Mobile Banking

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.
5/6/15
Rewarding Yourself and Others Through Volunteering

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.

4/20/15
Easy Ways to Teach Your Kids About Money

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
4/14/15
What to Consider Before Buying an RV – Motorhomes and Trailers

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.
4/7/15
Scholarship Myths Busted

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 College Planning Services, $46 billion in free scholarship money 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.
3/30/15
Property Damage? What Do You Do Next?

Property Damage? What Do You Do Next?

Stacy Kennedy, Loan Servicing Manager
Greater Nevada Mortgage
In the past few months, many of us in northern Nevada have experienced some pretty gusty winds. In fact, although we don’t live next to the ocean, I’d say with 90 plus miles per hour winds that we even experienced a hurricane!
 
With these strong winds, unfortunately, we saw a lot of damage to roofs, fences, and even entire barns and mobile homes that were blown down. Furthermore, with the most recent wind storm that blew through the Carson Valley area of Gardnerville and Minden, several people are still dealing with the damages.
 
Many of us know to call our insurance company but if you own a home, you should also call your mortgage company too. Follow these steps for what to do if you have property damage.
3/20/15
The Affordable 21st Century Wedding

The Affordable 21st Century Wedding

Kristina Kraus
Greater Nevada Credit Union
It is no secret that weddings can be expensive, though some of these costs come from long-held traditions that we don’t necessarily need to follow in the 21st century .  So before planning something traditional yet expensive for your wedding, consider your options.
3/13/15
​10 Tips Every Car Buyer Should Know

​10 Tips Every Car Buyer Should Know

Matt Campbell
Creative Consultant for Lexus of Las Vegas
1. Explore your financing options in advance.
This includes discussing whether you prequalify for a loan with your bank, credit union or the dealership. Taking this step will help avoid later confusion about which vehicles are in your price range. Banks and credit unions are a good place to start as they often have great rates and this lets you shop around and negotiate purchase prices without having to worry about dealership loan rates, too.
3/06/15
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