Financial Fundamentals Blog

How Fraudsters are Exploiting the Coronavirus and Ways to Protect Yourself

  • Francesca Sacco
Fraudsters are leveraging fears over the coronavirus (COVID-19) as an opportunity to scam financial institutions and individuals. Scams include phony websites, fake Go-Fund me accounts and phone calls and text messages that ask for personal information. While the best way to protect yourself is to remain vigilant, we’ve compiled some tips to help you safeguard your personal information.

Common Tax Mistakes That Could Cost You

  • Francesca Sacco
Tax season can be overwhelming, especially if you choose to prepare your own taxes. Rushing to get your taxes filed before the April 15, 2020 deadline can increase your chance of an error, which can delay your refund, trigger an audit or cause you to pay more. Most of the mistakes that taxpayers make on their tax returns are fairly simple ones. We’ve compiled a list of the more common mistakes taxpayers make when filing taxes and some tips on how to avoid them.

Understanding your Payroll Deductions

  • Francesca Sacco
Direct deposit is wonderful, but if you’re not taking the time to review your pay stub now and again, you could be missing crucial mistakes. Learn about common payroll deductions to help make sure you’re being paid all you deserve.

Don’t be Fooled by Deferred Interest

  • Francesca Sacco
Using a credit card may sound like a smart way to finance a large purchase, but if you’re not careful, you may be falling into a debt trap. Most retailers offer store-branded, deferred interest credit cards to appeal to buyers, but few consumers are aware of the pitfalls of deferred interest.

Budget-Friendly Valentine’s Day Ideas

  • Francesca Sacco
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and with it, the reminder that you should shower your loved ones with lavish gifts. But expressing your love doesn’t mean emptying your wallet. You can still make romantic or thoughtful gestures without breaking the bank.

Advantages of 7 17’s Mobile Banking App

  • Francesca Sacco
Looking for an easier way to manage your finances? 7 17 Credit Union’s Mobile Banking App allows you to access your accounts while on the go! Not only is it free, but it’s secure too! If you’re not already taking advantage of our Mobile Banking App, see why you should consider mobile banking!

How to host a Super Bowl party for less

  • Francesca Sacco
You don’t have to spend a small fortune to enjoy the National Football League’s biggest event of the year! Whether you’re staying home or plan to host your family and friends, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you save!

Don’t fall victim to these trending scams

  • Francesca Sacco
Fraud is on the rise, and there are so many different ways the scammers try to take advantage of people. Learn about the most popular scams and how to recognize the warning signs. Staying vigilant is the best way to protect yourself.

Start the New Year with a Clean Financial Slate

  • Francesca Sacco
January is right around the corner, and the New Year is the perfect time to focus on your goals. Make 2020 the year you address your financial goals. Regardless if you want to save more, improve your credit score or pay down debt, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you start the New Year with a clean financial slate.

Make a difference on Giving Tuesday

  • Francesca Sacco
Looking to spread some cheer this holiday season? Find a way to participate in Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. The movement is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (this year, it’s Tuesday, Dec. 3), and kicks off the charitable season when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. There’s no single way to participate. Donate your time or money to local, national or global organizations to help make a difference.

Tips to get the most out of Black Friday

  • Francesca Sacco
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the biggest shopping days of the year. Don’t wait until you’ve cleared away Thanksgiving dinner to start thinking about this year’s shopping strategy. The earlier you plan your attack, the better your odds for scoring great deals! We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you save time and money this year. Happy shopping!

Thanksgiving Tips to Help you Save

  • Francesca Sacco
Are you cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year? Hosting the biggest meal of the year can be stressful and costly. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips and tricks to help you save money and time!