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Meet Brandon, Educators blog team member


We’re pleased to welcome new voices to the Educators Credit Union blog. We’ve recently added two new members to our team. We introduced Stefanie in February.

Today, we welcome Brandon.

Auto & Lease makes car buying 'painless'


Kim and Rick Schoening have both been members of Educators since they were teenagers, but it wasn’t until 2013 that they decided to take Educators Auto & Lease services out for a spin.

Indoor games to keep your dog happy in winter


I have two pit bulls and they need a lot of exercise. Winter has always been a struggle because they can’t be outside as much. Over the past couple of years, I have been researching and experimenting with different ways to keep my dogs busy and keep me from getting too worn out.

Brain games challenge dogs mentally and makes them tired much quicker than trying to run them out of energy. I do exercises called “drills,” which are repeating the same commands over and over. It sounds boring but when you get treats involved, it’s really fun.

America Saves Week: My Path to Saving


This week is America Saves Week, so I thought that it would be a great opportunity to look at how I first learned to make savings and planning for the future a priority.

When I was in high school, I wanted the usual things that high school kids want: some spending money for the weekend and, most importantly, a car were my priorities. So I did what most high school kids do and got a job at a fast food restaurant.

America Saves Week: 7 Ways to Turn Saving Money into a Habit


The spending and saving habits of your past don’t define your future — your current ones do. And this America Saves Week is a great time to start with a clean slate. Hitting the reset button won’t cure all your financial woes, but when it comes to adopting good saving habits it’s truly half the battle. The other half, of course, is drafting a well-planned road map for success. Luckily, we’ve got a primer to get you started. Read on for our guide to adopting seven money-saving habits that stick.

America Saves Week: Become a VIP


America Saves Week is winding down. Have you taken the opportunity to examine where you at with your savings?

If you have and are now searching for ways to save money, I encourage you to check out Educators’ VIP Savings account. It can help you get in the habit of saving money with carrot-and-stick motivational tools.

America Saves Week: The Importance of Paying Yourself


It is very important to create a saving system that works for you and your family. When paying yourself, how do you do it? Do you have a separate savings account, so it’s not easily accessible? Do you have a sub savings? Do you have a savings account at all?

5 Simple Steps to Save Successfully this America Saves Week


America Saves Week (February 23 – 28, 2015) is an annual opportunity for individuals to assess their savings and take financial action. America Saves’ mantra – and the focus for America Saves Week – is simple: Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically. When you know what your current financial picture looks like, you can be more proactive in setting yourself up for future success.

America Saves Week: Save your way over those financial hurdles


America Saves Week is a campaign to promote saving and encourage people to take a real look at their own savings status.

And that’s a great idea, but it can be hard — a lot of people became adults and are facing a recession, job losses, stagnant wages and the rapid increase in basic expenses. It’s had to get your financial ship straight, much less save money, whether it’s for education, debt repayment, home ownership or even just for goals like a vacation or the newest tablet or cell phone.

America Saves Week: How is your relationship going?


This week is America Saves Week, so I thought I would talk about my relationship with the good ole savings account. To be honest, my relationship started out pretty rocky.

I would make my investment into my savings account weekly with the all the intentions to grow, love and support it, but somehow when the weekend came around it would be a different story. I