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Budgeting for New Homeowners: Plan for Additional Expenses

The stress and excitement of buying a house has come and gone — it’s time to hang a welcome sign and call it home.

But a new journey in budgeting begins once you’ve paid the closing costs and tipped the movers. Now it’s time to learn to budget as a homeowner.

If you’re new to budgeting, buying a home marks a good time to start. The 50/30/20 budgeting approach is a good foundation, where 50% of your household income goes to needs, 30% to wants and 20% to debt repayment and savings. See how your income breaks down using a budget calculator or a budgeting worksheet with pencil and paper.

Even if you’re not new to budgeting, there are many additional things to consider now that you own a home. Start with the following.

Account for new regular expenses

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The 3 Things You Need to Know Before You Buy a New Car

There are many things to consider before purchasing ANY car, but a NEW car might spark particular questions. There are pros and cons to buying new cars, just as there are pros and cons to buying used cars.

First off, when purchasing any vehicle, ask yourself “Why am I buying this car?” Is it for daily use, will you need a lot of storage space, seating space? Make sure the makes and models you narrow your search down to are practical reflections of how you will use the car.

You may love the look of a larger vehicle, but if you don’t have five children, you might not need that much space and that particular car may not be right for your daily commute and errands.

After you’ve considered the personal aspects of which car to buy, move on to the less subjective parts of the process: Continue reading

Protect Your Pet

 Have pets?  Here are some great tips from our friends at Veterinary Pet Insurance.

SIU Credit Union members are eligible for a 5% discount!  For more information visit VPI Pet Insurance or call 877-Pets-VPI.

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Add Credit Life and Disability To Your Loans

Every member has needs and they are unique in every circumstance.  SIUCU is now offering loan protection to all of our members to give you the peace of mind you deserve.  You will be offered the product of Credit Life and Disability when applying for a loan.  Both members and their families will benefit through their loans being paid off in case of death or disability.

Members who are out of work because of disability may find themselves waiting even longer for the Social Security safety net to catch them.

In 2007, the Social Security Administration experienced a record breaking backlog of disability claims.  The average waiting period to get a hearing has reached 17 months. Having the extra protection on your loan will ease the stress during this difficult time.

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In Times of Emergencies… It’s Good To Know You Have Connections!

If you have ever had an emergency and needed immediate transport to a hospital by helicopter, you know that this can costs thousands of dollars.  Transport by air ambulance can make the difference between life and death for many citizens.   Air Evac operates the world’s largest fleet of more than 100 medically-equipped Bell helicopters and has safely flown more than 180,000 people who were in critical need of care. Service area includes Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia, with the company being the largest air ambulance provider in 8 of its 14 states.

Membership in Air Evac Lifeteam is a subscription-based program. Membership provides prepaid protection against all of Air Evac Lifeteam’s transport costs that exceed any insurance or medical benefits you may have. Most insurance companies will pay 100% of what they deem an allowable amount for air ambulance, which does not necessarily mean that the total cost of the flight will be covered.  Members are entitled to transport by an available Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter to the closest appropriate medical facility for medical conditions deemed by an attending medical professional to be life- or limb-threatening, or that could lead to permanent disability.

Although you do not have to be a member to use the air ambulance service, membership offers several benefits: Continue reading

Your Deposits are Insured

Credit Union leader Daniel Mica, of CUNA, outlines how credit unions are strong, safe and sound with virtually all insured by an agency of the federal government — just as banks are federally insured.

Mica, a former U.S. congressman, is president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the leading trade association representing the nation’s 8,500 credit unions and credit union leagues in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Credit unions are not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperatives. With 90 million members – nearly one in three Americans – credit unions constitute perhaps the nation’s largest membership group.

ncua.2008At SIU Credit Union your savings are federally insured to at least $250,000 and backed by the full faith of the U.S. Government. National Credit Union Administration, a U.S. Government Agency.

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