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Financial Articles & Tips

TTCU is pleased to provide a collection of educational articles to help our members make informed financial decisions and work toward achieving the bright financial futures they seek.

2017 Articles

Buying a Home in Today's Economy
October can be a great time to buy a home. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Cashier's Checks 101

When you need one and how to get it.

Common Amazon Phishing Scam Getting Traction

Beware email messages with a “primitive” looking type stating your recent Amazon order was cancelled.

Common Mistakes During Open Enrollment
Watch out for these common pitfalls when enrolling in workplace benefits.

Credit Utilization
Credit utilization is how much credit is available to you vs. how much of it you actually use.

Curiosity and Facebook are Phisher's Favorite Pals - Be Careful!
Phishing scams are continually improving by becoming more targeted and more sophisticated.

Dealing with a Financial Setback
Financial setbacks come in all shapes and sizes. Here are several things to keep in mind if this happens to you.

Don't Fall for Valentine's Day Scams
Internet thieves coolly set traps for unsuspecting shoppers around Feb. 14.

FICO's 5 Credit Scores Factors  (Video)
FICO is the king of credit scores. So what factors matter most in FICO's scoring formula?

Financial Literacy for Kids of All Ages
Keep money lessons relevant, age appropriate and a bit playful.

4 Forms You Will Fill Out at Your First Job 
Preview the employee paperwork you will need to complete on Day 1.

Get These Things Out of Your Purse or Wallet Now
Look for things you don’t regularly need or use and take them out!

Getting Savvy About Risk
Understanding how these 4 factors can play a role in your ability to achieve your financial objectives is an important part of becoming more savvy with your money.

How to Build a CD Ladder
Use a laddering approach to gain even more from this already solid investment.

How to Buy a Used Car
Here are many pre-owned gems just waiting to be found. find out how to choose one you can drive happily for years to come.

How Credit Mix and New Credit Affect Your Score (Video)
These lesser known factors can affect your credit score. But what exactly do they mean?

How to Fund Your College Social Life While Still Maintaining Financial Health
Knowing how to manage your cash can save endless headaches down the road

How Payment History Affects Your Credit Score (Video)
Financial mistakes can haunt you and your FICO score. 

Infographic: 10 Worst Money Attitudes
Suggestions on how to fix a money mindset that isn’t serving you by replacing negative ideas with positive ones!

Infographic: Why Budget?
Living within a budget may seem restrictive, but it's actually empowering.

Mars Vs. Venus Divide
Men and women can have very different attitudes towards financial matters.

Phishing No Longer Coming Just Through Email
It can happen if a phone number is misdialed or from a rogue USB drive or installed apps.

Retirement Plan Considerations at Different Stages of Life
Throughout your career and life, retirement planning will likely be one of the most important components of your overall financial plan.

Scammers Pull at Heartstrings to Get to Our Money
Be wary of three scams that take advantage of human compassion.

7 Banking Tips for Young Millennials
While you may be able to do your banking with just a few taps on your phone, managing money well is much more complicated.

6 Ways to Save More Money in the New Year
With the New Year comes an opportunity to change old financial habits. Here are several ways to become a more efficient saver.

Spring Cleaning Your Finances
It is a great time to clean out your wallet, that junk drawer full of receipts and any overflowing file cabinets.

Tax Season Brings Out Tax-Related ID Theft Scams
The main ways scammers do this are by filing fraudulent returns, phone scams and email or text message phishing.

This Year, Make it a Happy, Debt-Free Holiday Season
Ideas for a joyous, yet financially smart, holiday season.  

3 Questions Couples Should Ask Before Getting a Dog
Figure out finances now, before bringing the pup home.

Three Reasons You Need an Automated Savings Plan
"Save money” is timeless advice but actually doing it can be another story.

Time Your Purchases 
Learn to buy things post-season and save big!

Tools of Cybercriminals and How to Avoid Becoming Their Next Victim
Stay one step ahead of cyberthieves by knowing these techniques.

Why Budget? (Infographic)
Living within a budget may seem restrictive, but it's actually empowering.

Why Should I Get Preapproved for a Loan?
It's the best first step you can take in the purchase process.



2016 Articles

Authorities Warn Not to Insert Found USB Drives into Your Computers
Those little data storage devices called USB or flash drives can harbor malware.

Be Safe When Shopping Online
Take a few precautions and use these guidelines when doing your holiday shopping online.

Benefits of Belonging
Now it’s better than ever to belong to The Tennessee Credit Union.

Best Ways to Save on Summer Vacation
Here are some tips to help keep things affordable.

Building a Credit Score from Scratch
Having no credit history can limit your options just as much as having bad credit does. Here are some simple steps to quickly establish your credit record.

Budgeting as a Family
A healthy and open approach to money management is good for the entire family.

Create a College Planning Calendar
Use a year-round planning calendar to help prepare yourself and your college-bound teen.

Credit Score Rules
You may think you have credit scores all figured out. But the rules are changing! 

Do You Have an Emergency Fund?
This is one of the foundations of investing 101!

Financial Tips for Recent Grads Entering the Workforce
Snagging a job is a priority but so is tackling various financial responsibilities.

4 Reasons to Buy a Home Instead of Renting
Are you wondering if home ownership is right for you? Here are four circumstances in which it may be a better bet to buy.

4 Steps to Protect Yourself from identity Theft
With a few precautions now, you can help safeguard your personal information.

The House You Buy May Not Be Forever
Be adaptable when house-hunting. Here are few tips to consider.

How to Avoid the Busy Holiday Scamming Season
Awareness can help you avoid becoming yet another scamming victim. 

How to Rebuild Your Credit
When you experience a financial challenge, your credit record could suffer.  Rebuilding it takes time.  There are no shortcuts or secrets, but these steps can help.

How to Reduce Home Energy Costs
These tips may help you cut heating costs this winter and ease the strain on your budget.

Important Password Security Tips
Passwords are your first line of defense. Protecting your information is critical.

Is Your Relationship with Money on the Rocks?
Your money needs attention, respect and understanding.

It's Home Improvement Time
Tips on how to maximize your home remodeling project.

Money Tips to Ignore
It can be hard to know what 'money advice' to take seriously.

Organize Your Finances for the New Year
If one of your resolutions is to improve your financial health, here's how to make it happen.

Personal Budgeting Worksheet
Use the worksheet for at least 2-3 consecutive months. It will give you an idea of how you are spending your money and changes you can make to improve your situation.

Personal Finance: Decade by Decade
There are two “golden rules” in personal finance that apply, regardless of how old you are.

Prepare Your Finances for Success in 2016
Here are four easy personal finance goals to help you begin the New Year on the right path.

Prepare Your Social Image for Job Hunting
Give yourself the advantage when job hunting by checking your social media image.  

Repair or Replace?
Consider these factors when deciding if it is time to replace your old car rather than repair it.

Saving for Retirement While Paying Down Debt
Steps to help you save while reducing what you owe.

10 Terms Every Home Buyer Should Know
It’s important to understand these 10 essential terms so you understand how much house you can afford and make smart decisions when you buy a home.

Things Teens Can Do This Summer to Boost Skills & Earning Potential
If you know a teen who wants to break from the norm and do something this summer that will increase his/her future earning potential, here are some helpful activity ideas.

Top 5 Credit Score Myths
Your credit score is most influenced how you pay your debts and how much debt you owe.

Traveling? Protect Your Home.
While you are on the road, make sure your home is kept safe.

Use All the Money Tools Available to You
TTCU can help you save time and money when you use the resources and tools available. 

What's with All the Spam?
How can you limit the amount you receive.

What’s Your “Money Attitude”?
Knowing how you feel about money could affect how well your financial life unfolds. 

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