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Learning lessons on vacation!

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If you are ever blessed with an opportunity to travel overseas or visit a foreign country, you have to embrace it. I just returned from a 12-day trip to Italy with my family and it was truly amazing. It was a trip of a lifetime – one that myself and my children will never forget.

Spring Cleaning — it can be for your finances, too!

Danielle

I’m sure most of us have at least heard of spring cleaning. My grandmother, every spring like clockwork, starts cleaning out the home, room-by-room, closet-by-closet. She goes through everything and gets rid of items that she no longer needs or has use for.

By the time my grandmother finishes cleaning, there are quite a few things sitting out on the curb. It’s amazing how much she accumulates in just a year. And it’s also intriguing that those things became useless to her, sometimes after only a year.

Are you a savings VIP? It's an easy way to start saving

Stefanie

I don’t know if you guys have heard of it but we have this awesome savings account here at Educators called VIP Savings. The great thing about it is you don’t have to be a VIP to have one! I have one and I highly recommend it!

So you’re probably thinking to yourself “What is this thing and what makes this savings so amazing?” Well, let me tell you: A VIP Savings account is meant to be a one year account that encourage those who don’t have enough cash to start Share Certificate or Money Market to have an affordable way to start saving.

Put a deadline on your goals!

Brandon

What’s a goal? Why do people “set” them and, for heaven’s sake, how do some people reach theirs so easily? This was something I struggled with for quite some time. I want to take a minute and give you my bird’s eye view on goals and why they are important.

Here it is … Educators’ best kept secret!

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As an Organizational Specialist for Educators, one of my job responsibilities is operation training, more specifically training our brand new tellers. I absolutely love it because often people going through training don’t realize all of the amazing products and services Educators has to offer you, our members.

It sounds weird, but I really look forward to that day in training where we get to go over all of the different types of accounts, shares and loans we have.

The Best Dessert Known to Man — Sarah shares her recipe

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I have to give kudos to a fellow co-worker of mine for introducing me to this extremely delicious recipe (shout out to Karen!). These are bound to be your go-to dessert — they are incredibly EASY and fast!

Here, I present to you, the brownie/fluff/chocolate & peanut butter covered rice crispie goodies:

Get in the know about your finances

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April is Financial Literacy Month so I thought we could take some time to talk about the importance of this subject. Financial literacy can be defined as the set of skills and knowledge that allows an individual to make informed and effective decisions with all of their financial resources.

Can I use your account? Don’t do it — It’s a scam!

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Picture this: Someone approaches you at a party, or even through Twitter or Instagram, and offers you an easy way to make some cash.

Sounds interesting. Who doesn’t like easy money? All you have to do is let the person use your bank account to cash a check.

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What's your biggest money mistake? Brandon shares his

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Our Educators blog team members are sharing their answers to this question: What’s your biggest money mistake? Stefanie, Emily, Danielle, Sarah, Angie and Rob have shared theirs. Today, Brandond tells the story of his biggest money mistake and how he recovered from it. Share your biggest money mistake in the comments and you may win a $10 Visa gift card.

All right. My biggest money mistake … hmm that’s a tough one because I am so financially responsible 100% of the time. OK, so that may not be entirely true. In fact, that’s probably the furthest statement from the truth! My biggest money mistake spans over the course of a few years to be honest.

What's your biggest money mistake? Rob shares his

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Our Educators blog team members are sharing their answers to this question: What’s your biggest money mistake? Stefanie, Emily, Danielle, Sarah and Angie have shared theirs. Today, Rob tells the story of his biggest money mistake and how he recovered from it. Share your biggest money mistake in the comments and you may win a $10 Visa gift card.

I have made more than a few money mistakes in my life. Some were bigger than others, but all of them have been important.

In my introduction post, I talked about a situation where I wasn’t paying attention to my account and couldn’t pay for a breakfast and embarrassed myself in front of a girl I wanted to impress.