What we offer
Whether you're saving for something in the future or just for a rainy day, regular saving is a good idea. Regular saving with your credit union is an even better idea. Get more details on CU Savings.
Because your credit union was formed solely to help its members, it aims to offer fair and reasonable rates on savings and loans. But this is not the only advantage of being a member of your local credit union. Your credit union also offers all eligible members insurance services. Some of these insurance services are paid for directly by the credit union and others are paid directly by the member. Get more details on CU Insurance.
Most loans are 1, 3 or 5 years in duration. From time to time individual credit unions will offer special loan rates so it is beneficial to check in with your local credit union regularly. For more details on Loans click on any of the links below:
Managing Your Money
Individuals and families are still feeling the impact of national austerity measures .There are of course other factors that can contribute to financial difficulties such as illness, relationship breakdown an unexpected expense such as a fire, death, robbery etc
However, this financial year need not mean unnecessary stress and debt. What ever your circumstances are we hope that by encouraging you to look at your finances honestly it will help you highlight where your money is going and start you on the first steps of budgeting and managing your money more effectively.
We need to change our view of and relationship with money. Budgeting is the key. While most of us find budgeting boring it is absolutely essential - a budget is a plan of money you expect to receive and how you expect to spend it.
A budget is important because it will show you:
- How much money is coming into your household.
- How much money is going out.
- How much you can afford to offer to those you owe money to.
- How you can best plan your spending in the future.
The Credit Union Top Golden Tips for Managing Your Money in 2014 are;
Keep track of your spending. Keep your receipts or take note of what you spend your money on. It will help you understand where your money is going and it might just be an eye opener.
Estimate your income and expenditure for a set period and budget accordingly. But be realistic and don’t underestimate!
Get into the habit of saving. Try to save at least 5% of your regular income for emergencies.
Shop around and get the best deals and look at cost comparison websites.
There are times in our lives when we run short of funds. If you have to take out a loan, be sure you only borrow what you can comfortably afford to repay. You should match the repayment term to the purpose of the loan i.e. don’t make the mistake of paying off Christmas over a number of years. Best advice is to stay away from credit cards and not to use MoneyLenders.
For smart phone users please download our My BudgetBuddy - it’s simple, it’s effective and it’s free!
Alternatively you can download a budgeting guide to print off and use – please see below!
My BudgetBuddy – it’s simple, it’s effective and it’s free!
My BudgetBuddy is an easy to use personal money management app.
My BudgetBuddy will help you keep track of your spending and help you make maximum use of your income.
My BudgetBuddy is not only mobile - you can send budget information to your PC, so wherever you are, you know where you stand.
My BudgetBuddy is fully integrated with Facebook and Twitter, keeping you up-to the minute on Credit Union and other relevant news.