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Car Buying 101 - Building a Budget

Car Buying 101 – Building a Budget

By Abbey Ramsay, Consumer Lending Manager at UCU It’s inevitable that at some point we will need to navigate the winding road of purchasing a new vehicle. Not to fear! Hop on into the passenger seat while we take a quick ride through the process. Budget Of the many questions you will face while finding…

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Contactless Payments – Sign Me Up!

Have you added your UCU cards to your digital wallet? As we begin to get out and about, frequenting stores such as grocery stores or gas stations, they likely accept contactless payments. This includes Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Pay. These payment methods work by storing your card information within your phone’s ‘wallet’ and…

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Eleven Ways to Help Yourself Stay Sane in a Crazy Market

Keeping your cool can be hard to do when the market goes on one of its periodic roller-coaster rides. It’s useful to have strategies in place that prepare you both financially and psychologically to handle market volatility. Here are 11 ways to help keep yourself from making hasty decisions that could have a long-term impact…

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Tips on Managing your Finances during a Crisis

March 27, 2020 There is a lot on everyone’s minds these days relative to the Coronavirus Pandemic affecting many levels of our daily lives. Words that come to mind and that we hear often are: unprecedented, historic, and disruptive. Our normal daily lives, as we once knew, are now a new set of norms. Some…

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Three Advantages to Using a Credit Union for Your Mortgage

When it comes to choosing a home to purchase, you likely think long and hard about its location. After all, they say that location, location, and location are the three most important qualities in a home. That’s because a house with a good location can provide you with a significant long-term return on your investment…

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Saving as an Everyday Routine

June 12, 2019 If your big picture goal is to save towards that dream vacation to Hawaii or that sports car you want to drive with the top down, you should first take a look at your daily expenditures. When you add up your daily grind expenses you may be surprised at the amount of…

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Elder Fraud is More Common Than We Think

June 11, 2019 Senior financial exploitation and fraud is the illegal or improper use of a senior’s resources for another’s profit or advantage. Exploitation usually involves someone the senior knows, such as a family member or caregiver. Fraud is usually perpetrated by a stranger, such as a telemarketer or investment promoter. Experts in elder fraud…

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Wintertime Tips for Spring Home Buyers

February 13, 2019 By April Gleason, VP of Lending In the middle of a cold Maine winter, it’s easy to find yourself longing for the refreshing warmth and feeling of opportunity that arrives with spring. If you’re thinking about buying a home this spring, you may be feeling extra antsy for the snow to melt…

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New year 2019

Top Tips for Sticking with Your New Year’s Financial Resolutions

February 10, 2019 By Stacey Young, AVP of Retail Services It’s February, and chances are, your New Year’s resolutions to save more, pay down debt, and spend less have already fallen to the wayside despite the best of intentions. You may be asking yourself, “How does this always happen?” You start the year enthusiastic and…

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Moving into new house

A Lender’s Advice to First-Time Home buyers

September 18, 2018 By April Gleason – Vice President of Lending Here in Maine, we enjoy one of the highest rates of homeownership in the country at over 71 percent as of 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This isn’t surprising considering Maine’s rental market is among the least affordable in the nation, according…

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