Financial Fundamentals Blog

Here’s what you need to know about tax deductible donations

  • Francesca Sacco
Disclaimer: 7 17 Credit Union is providing this information for educational purposes only. 7 17 does not offer tax advice; please consult a qualified tax professional for matters related to your finances.

Digital Wallet Options

  • Francesca Sacco
*This is the final installment in a three-part blog series focusing on digital wallets.

Are digital wallets safe?

  • Francesca Sacco
*This is the second installment of a three-part blog series focusing on digital wallets. Check back for more information.  

The history of digital wallets

  • Francesca Sacco
*This is the first installment of a three-part blog series focusing on digital wallets. Check back for more information.

Ways to help support local businesses during COVID-19

  • Francesca Sacco
Everyone is feeling a pinch from the coronavirus pandemic. Many of our local businesses, which are incredibly vital and unique to our individual communities, have fallen on difficult times. As we strive for some normalcy in our daily lives, we can make an effort to find small ways to help support local businesses.

Should I Consolidate my Debt?

  • Francesca Sacco
Are you struggling with debt and considering debt consolidation? Before you take out a consolidation loan, make sure it’s the right choice for you.

Features to consider when opening a new checking account

  • Francesca Sacco
There are thousands of banks and credit unions in the United States, and each offers a variety of checking accounts with different features and fees. If you’re in the market for a new checking account, be sure to do your research before making your choice. We’ve compiled a list of the best features to consider when opening a new checking account.

How to Travel Safely during the Coronavirus Pandemic

  • Francesca Sacco
Are you debating whether to cancel your summer vacation this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic? While there’s no way to completely eliminate the risks of contracting COVID-19 while traveling, there are precautions that you can take.

Should you use your emergency fund during the pandemic?

  • Francesca Sacco
COVID-19 has caused financial problems for millions of Americans, and while the local economy is starting to operate again, many people are still in a financial pinch. If you’ve started an emergency fund, you may have begun to dip into it. But before you drain that account, consider some alternatives. We’ve compiled a list to help you weigh your options before using/draining your emergency fund.

What to know before accepting COVID-related credit card relief

  • Francesca Sacco
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many credit card issuers are offering temporary credit card relief. But know that accepting assistance from credit issuers comes with some caveats. Here’s what you need to know if you take your credit card company up on a relief offer.

How the CARES Act Affects Student Loans

  • Francesca Sacco
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act signed into law March 27 introduced several new measures to help individuals and businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. For most student loan borrowers, the CARES Act automatically suspended certain federal student loan payments and reduced interest to 0% through Sept. 30, 2020. Because the pandemic has affected everyone differently, student loan borrowers have several options to consider when paying their federal student loans.

How to use your Economic Impact Payment Wisely

  • Francesca Sacco
The United States Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have begun to distribute economic impact payments to the majority of Americans in an effort to provide financial relief from the ongoing pandemic. Given the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, it’s best to make sure your using your payment wisely.