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Be Prepared at Work!

Spring brings beautiful flowers, the greenest of grass and the robins in their nests.

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It also brings the dreaded tornado season that so many SIU Credit Union members have been touched by in previous years.  Although we have no control over Mother Nature, we can be prepared for the worst while at work.  It is not unthinkable that you could have to “stay where you are” for hours or even overnight.  The American Red Cross offers a list of personal workplace supplies to keep on hand at for a disaster.  This list is available at http://www.redcross.org.   Some of the things listed include the following:

  • flashlight
  • battery powered radio
  • enough non-perishable food for 1 day
  • water
  • extra medication
  • first aid supplies
  • space blanket
  • personal hygiene items
  • a change of clothes

Planning for disasters is a family project.   By keeping disaster supplies in our homes, vehicles and at work, we know our family members have the necessities on hand to get by in an emergency.  I don’t know about you but I take comfort in knowing my family is prepared to the best of our ability.

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Common Credit Report Mistakes Could Cost You

If you haven’t requested a copy of your credit report, there are many reasons why you should.

Studies show that a high percentage of consumer credit reports contain errors. One-fourth of credit reports contain such serious errors that those individuals could be denied credit.

What are the common errors?

1) Misspelled names
2) Wrong Social Security numbers
3) Inaccurate birth dates
4) Inaccurate information about a spouse
5) Out-of-date address
6) “Closed” accounts listed as “open”
7) The same mortgage or loan listed twice
8) Absence of major credit, loan, mortgage, or other accounts that could be used to demonstrate creditworthiness

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#imsavingfor Contest!

It’s time for America Saves Week!

What is America Saves Week, you ask? America Saves is an organization in Washington, D.C., that is focused on helping consumers, well, SAVE!

BUT, here is the fun part – If you take a pledge and post it, you could be entered to win $500 toward your savings!

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I’m that cool.

 

Here’s how to enter:

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We want to give you a scholarship!

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SIU Credit Union is offering graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate students the opportunity to apply for one of five $1,000 scholarships.

Students can take advantage of this opportunity by completing three simple steps:

Step 1:

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10 Fun Facts About U.S. Currency

In honor of President’s Day, here are some fun facts about our paper notes.

How long do U.S. bills last in circulation?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), the average lifespans for bills are:
$1 – 22 months
$5 – 16 months
$10 – 18 months
$20 bill – 24 months
$50 bill – 55 months
$100 bill – 89 months

24 months for you, Mr. Jackson.

Has there ever been any women on our paper bills?

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Valentine’s Day Trivia for Teachers

Hey Teachers!

Looking for something quick and fun to entertain your students with? Look no further! Download the PDF here.

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