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Road trip this weekend? Here’s an activity for kids.

Making a long drive and need activity books for your kids? Stop by one of our branches and pick one up. Here’s a page in case you can’t make it.

Click Here for Activity Page

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SIU Credit Union to Host Free Credit Seminar

Carbondale, IL – May 13, 2015  SIU Credit Union will host a FREE credit seminar, “Power Over Debt: Break the Debt Cycle”, in Carbondale on Wednesday, June 17 from 6 to 8 pm.  Learn if debt is dragging you down and how to take control of debt before it takes over your life.

Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt

Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt

Do you know how much you owe? Have you figured your own “safe” credit limit? Do you know what percentage of your total credit limit is safe to charge? Do you know the warning signs that you may have too much debt?

SIU Credit Union wants you to take control and take positive steps to manage your debt. At the seminar, you’ll learn about the different kinds of debt, benefits and costs of credit, warning signs you have too much debt, what’s in—and how to get—your credit reports and credit score, how to tackle your debt, how to rebuild good credit, and—most importantly—how to stay out of debt. Speakers include Tiffane Pelzer, SIU Credit Union Loan Manager and Michelle Rice from TransUnion Credit Monitoring.

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10 Simple Ways to Make Your Road Trip More Enjoyable

Ahh. It’s almost summer time. Time to hit the road!

Ever since I was old enough to remember, I have always wanted to take a trip on Route 66 across America. This ever-wanting to wander has been instilled in me due to lots and lots of family vacations from a very young age — most involving lots of driving.

The first big road trip that I can recall was when I was 4 years old. I vaguely remember it, but I do remember that we went to a Native American reservation in Oklahoma, which to this day I would like to return to. This trip was to visit family in Phoenix, Arizona, and to see the Grand Canyon. The four of us in my direct family rode in my mother’s maroon 1989 Ford Taurus with maroon-suede seats. Awesome. And, very hot. Somehow, my father managed to fit TWO(!!) 6 foot tall stand-ups in the car: Bettie Boop as a carhop and John Wayne. Of course.

Because I have spent so much time in a car traveling, I feel like I can give some helpful tips to those looking forward to a summer adventure.

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SIU Credit Union Awards 2015 Scholarship Winners

Carbondale, IL – May 11, 2015  SIU Credit Union is proud to announce the awarding of scholarships to deserving students pursuing higher education degrees.  The scholarship presentations were made at the Giant City Road branch in Carbondale to five students, each received a $1,000 scholarship for the 2015-16 school year.  The 2015 scholarship winners along with their institutions and fields of study are noted below.

Camille Hammers

Camille Hammers

Camille Hammers of Murphysboro is a 2015 homeschool graduate.  She will be attending John A. Logan College where she plans to study Biological Sciences before transferring to Southern Illinois University.

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Out on your own? Protect your stuff!

It’s been awhile since I have really gotten to write a more personal blog, but this is something I have had to encounter and I hope this is helpful to any of you “youngins”. 😉

This could be you. Only this isn't the '90's.

“Woohoo! We’re at college!”

I moved out older than most people — at 25. I did this because I was a.) too cheap, b.) never home anyway and that just did not make much sense to me, and c.) I went through a very tragic event and had too much anxiety to be alone. Enough of the sob story.

However, in May 2015, I found myself in a nice apartment in Murphysboro. It’s an older building, which is exactly what I was looking for. But, because it is an older building, the wiring is probably older, the roof wouldn’t hurt to be replaced, could use to be pin-tucked (a.k.a. some brickwork), and my appliances run on natural gas. I have a lot of stuff. A lot of expensive stuff.

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Online Banking Just Got Better

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We’ve officially gone live with your new online banking experience, and we couldn’t be more excited! Your new and improved online banking offers a modern design and is faster and easier to use. Here are a few of the improvements we’re most excited about:

  1. Enjoy a consistent look and feel across all your devices
  2. Easily find your most commonly used transactions, all on your new home page
  3. Simplify your life with faster, easier bill pay functionality
  4. Quickly find your most important data with improved search
  5. Find a convenient branch or ATM wherever you are with interactive maps
  6. Deposit checks with just a few clicks inside our mobile banking app

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