THE GUIDES:

VITAL SKILLS TO CONQUER BEFORE MOVING OUT

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Manage

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Borrow

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WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?

Getting Started

What’s #myGTIstory?

Why Guides?

Not Your Parents

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Financial “Cleanse”

Plug Money Leaks

Welcome
Your opportunity to master and simplify your finances begins right here, with help from the credit union.

The guides above let you build your money savvy through simulations and activities.

#myGTIstory brings you the latest tips and triumphs. Join the conversation! Tweet your own successes and share your 2 cents.

Get started
Sign up for an account. Then select a guide. Registered users have the option of taking a quiz and earning a certificate upon completing a guide.

NEW

Set & Achieve Goals just went up (under “Save”) It offers stories from young adults and simulations and challenges.

Whether saving for a vacation, big screen TV, or laptop, you’ll have a chance to practice the fine art of sticking to your goal.

Web + Apps

Links to some of the best websites and smartphone apps are at your fingertips. Explore.

We’re all in this together

  • Share your successes (screen grab of your score on a simulation???).
  • Tweet your own tips.
  • Find an awesome blog on handling money, do tell.
  • Ready to reveal your own story? Do it.


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Guides is growing with original stories and videos.

Tweet us a link or email us at guides@cuna.coop.

If we can use your material, we’ll thank you with a gift card.

Life these days
Exciting things are happening and life’s pretty busy. Spending time with friends, applying for jobs or college, doing schoolwork…. Things can get overwhelming.

Your own path
Overwhelming, but exciting because you’ll be getting more responsibility, right? A big part of that responsibility is taking charge of your money.

Guides is built for you, with all the tools you’ll need to start down the path to your financial independence.

If you don't want to ask them...

Barring the newest videogame, parents seem to be the authority on everything.

Take this opportunity to learn about financial responsibility for yourself.

Guides puts the power in your hands. Click through the topics that are most relevant to you, and you’ll be able to hold your own when your parents start the “money talk.”

 

If you do...

And if you do have the kind of relationship where you can ask your parents about money, then ASK! Find out how they budget, save, and set financial priorities.

Can't get enuogh?

If you’ve already been through the four interactive guides and are looking for more, you’re in the right spot.

Try out these vintage guides (see if you can carbon date them ;). Yeah, they are bit funky, but still fun.

Budget Income

Budget Expenses

Get a Loan

Invest in Stocks & Bonds

My Credit Union…Where I Belong

Pay for School

Save & Invest Short Term

Shop for Big Ticket Items

Shop for Everyday Savings

If you’re looking for a fresh start in your financial life, Buzz Points offers these tips:


1. Determine your financial health. A new year is a fresh start to take inventory of spending habits.


2. Invest in yourself. Retirement may still be years away, but now is a critical time to start saving.


3. Consolidate and eliminate debt. Take budgeting and saving a step further by creating a plan to eliminate debt.

4. Be cautious with credit.  In many cases, interest rates and un-monitored buying habits can interfere with a credit card’s intended benefits.


Read the whole article, but please keep in mind that this external link is not operated by the credit union.

How to Find Your Money Leaks (and Plug Them)

If you’re looking for saving strategies, The Simple Dollar has some:

Strategy #1: Save All Receipts and Review Them

Strategy #2: Use a Budget – and a Smart Budgeting Program

Strategy #3: Avoid ‘Leaky’ Places

Strategy #4: Budget for Expenses Before You Go (and Don’t Carry Plastic)

Strategy #5: Delete Your Credit Card Numbers

Strategy #6: Adopt Some Smart Food Rules

Read the whole article, but please keep in mind that this external link is not operated by the credit union.

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