Early Retirement Costs You Might Have Missed and How to Save For Them

Two chairs under an umbrella on the beachRetiring early is the dream. You get to spend more time with your family and enjoy your hobbies while you’re healthy enough to do so. You can say goodbye to the working world and begin your permanent vacation.

Home Depot Breach: What You Need To Know

Coupons coming out of giftHome Depot has been crashing into headlines with news of their data breach since they announced the incident on September 2nd. Amid the panic, it can be hard to figure out what exactly happened. Let’s walk through the nuts and bolts, and then look at what you need to do to keep your data safe.

E-Statements: Safer Than Paper Statements?

Computer KeyboardWith identity theft on everyone’s minds these days, it’s not hard to see why e-statements are something you might hesitate to sign up for. After all, cyberspace is kind of big and scary and full of shady characters, right?

Who knows how many people could get their hands on your credit union statement if you opt for e-statements?

Actually, probably a lot less than the number of people who could get their hands on your paper statement.

Long-Term Planning and Your Auto Loan

Finger holding keysIf you’re thinking about buying a new car, you know that the best time is rapidly approaching. The end of the model year means car prices on current year vehicles will never be lower. That means now is your chance to grab a new car for the lowest possible price.

Shoulder Surfing

man inserting card into ATMWhile you are paying for your groceries, filling out a form, or using your ATM card, another person may be “shoulder surfing” to gather your personal information. Shoulder surfing happens when a person sees and quickly memorizes your personal information to use as his or her own. It can be done by looking directly over your shoulder or from a distance with binoculars or other devices.

Shoulder surfing can be prevented with some basic precautions.

Still Not Saving? You’re Not Alone!

pink piggy bankWe like to think of ourselves as learning animals. We take our lived experiences, extract valuable lessons from them, and use that information to improve our daily lives. This is how we get better at doing things over time.

Top 7 DIY Home Improvements

Bathroom FaucetStop and take a look around your house. Are you delighted with everything in it? This is where you spend a good portion of your day, and where you and your family build happy memories. There’s no reason why it should be anything less than your dream home.

Welcome to UNITED SA's Blog

I'm Karla Sarran, UNITED SA's Marketing Director, and the initial contributor to this blog. I have over 25 years of diverse financial marketing experience and my responsibilities include all aspects of marketing and communication for the credit union.

So what's in it for you in reading this blog?

We created it to provide information and tips to assist you in making the most financially educated decisions possible when it comes to your finances.


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