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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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10 Ways To Enjoy Valentine’s Day on a Budget

Mentally stuck in trying to figure out what you will do for the day of hearts and don’t have a lot of moolah? Check out this list for some thought-provoking ideas.

  1. DINNER

    This is something rookies find out the hard way: going out for Valentine’s Day with your significant other is difficult. Every restaurant is packed, and you could be waiting for up to 2 hours to find food not as lovingly made, ironically. Skip the crowds and make your hubby a special dinner. It might not seem as fancy, but the effort put into this will be appreciated more by your honey – and, you’ll save big bucks.

    Talented at burning food? Check your local grocery, such as the Neighborhood Co-Op or Town Square Market, for take-home meals. For myself, I ordered ahead a couple pieces of pie from Rule of Pie in Murphysboro. Not dinner, but delicious.

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Starting a Small Business: Turning a Hobby into a Career

While most people have a passion, hobby, or talent, few are able to turn a hobby into a profitable business venture. At SIU Credit Union, we know that it can be done. Use these questions to guide you as you transform your hobby into the next small business in your area.

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How can you make it unique? Having a talent for something doesn’t always translate into a successful business opportunity. So how can you make your work stand out from the rest? Get creative and find a way to provide a custom service to consumers by doing what you love.

What need does it fill? To succeed, a product or service must fill a need or solve a consumer problem. An effective entrepreneur must identify consumer needs and find a way to tweak his or her product to fit these needs. To start, examine your community and look closely at what those around you are doing. Then find a way to make your passion solve a problem for future customers.

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