10 Money-Saving Spring Home Maintenance Tips


If you're like me you love your home and want to keep it looking it's best. Living in the Pacific Northwest we obviously tend to have cold, soggy winters—like the one we just had. This type of weather can wreak havoc on your home's exterior and interior for that matter. Now that Spring has arrived it's the perfect opportunity for you to get outside and do a little…

5 Smart Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

The average refund in 2012 was around $3,000—a decent sum of money. Despite my best intentions, it seems that my refunds never quite stretch as far as I think they will. Unless I have a plan for what to do with it beforehand, the money seems to float away before I realize it’s finally gone.

To make sure you put your refund to good use and make it go farther than in previous years,…

Tax Time: Should I Prepare and File My Own Tax Return?


The April 15 tax-filing deadline is just around the corner. If you haven’t yet filed your return, you’re either about to hire a tax professional or purchase do-it-yourself tax software. Which is the right decision for you?

There are pros and cons to both options.  As a general rule, I personally recommend hiring a tax professional unless you:

  • Make $50,000 or less a year

Valentine’s Day on a Budget


You don’t have to break your budget to have a great Valentine’s Day with that special someone in your life. Instead, think about some creative alternatives without the hefty price tag to show you care. There’s nothing more attractive than a financially responsible partner who knows how to give great gifts! Some of the best and most memorable gifts are the ones you put time…

Is Your Credit Score Holding You Back?


As 2014 gets fully underway, it’s a great time to take a look at the overall “health” of your finances. A good place to start is with your credit score—understanding what it is and how it affects you.

When I’m out talking to friends and even members about applying for any kind of credit, including an auto loan, mortgage or credit card, some don’t realize that lenders…

Money Quest Is Back!


Our nationally award winning Money Quest – Financial Challenge is back for 2014! Another year, another great opportunity to challenge yourself to help improve your financial well-being.  We had over 250 people complete at least one of the challenges last year and the feedback we got was so positive!

The Challenge

This unique opportunity takes place over a 6-week period and…

10 Tips to Help You Watch Your Wallet, Shop Wisely and Protect Your Personal Info Online


Our friends at the Northwest Credit Union Association were kind enough to share some tips that will help you save and shop wisely this holiday season and keep your personal information safe while online.

1. Protect your personal information

Take the time to read the website's privacy policy and understand what personal information is being requested and how it will be…

Keep Your Holiday Spending Under Control


Black Friday is upon us as is the holiday shopping season. Of course the best-organized shoppers have been picking up gifts all year long. However, if you’re like me you’ve probably waited until now to start your holiday shopping. A recent seasonal spending study by the NPD Group Inc. – NY said that during the week leading up to Thanksgiving, 61% of consumers have yet to…

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