Financial Fundamentals Blog

How to Beat your College Bookstore and Save Money on Textbooks

  • Francesca Sacco
School is back in session, and with it comes a myriad of costs. If you’re heading off to college for your first or last semester, don’t be afraid to look for ways to save. One way to cut costs is to eliminate visiting your college bookstore for textbooks. Don’t be afraid to look for deals or to get creative! Here are some tips to help.

7 17 Credit Union Offers Plenty of Ways to Save

  • Francesca Sacco
Are you looking to change your financial institution? Maybe you want to get more out of your deposits? Maybe you’re unhappy with the level of customer service you receive or just tired of paying fees? Whatever your reason, be sure to check out 7 17 Credit Union.

As a credit union, 7 17 is a not-for-profit institution whose focus is to return profits to our members as higher dividends on savings, lower rates on loans and lower or no fees, compared to traditional banks. Check us out to learn more about different ways to save.
 

Save on Back-to-School Shopping with these Tips

  • Francesca Sacco
August is here, which means the start of school is right around the corner! Start planning your back-to-school shopping now to avoid unnecessary stress and spending.

How Waking Up Early can Save (and Earn!) you Money

  • Francesca Sacco
What if ditching the snooze button in the morning could save you money? While getting up early can be difficult, it turns out there may be a correlation between success, money and your alarm clock.

Easy Tips to help you Save on Energy Expenses

  • Francesca Sacco
Are you looking to save money? Why not start at home? The average Ohio family will spend an average of $1,300 on residential energy costs each year with a portion of the cost being wasted.

With some inexpensive changes, you may be able to save on your energy expenses. 
 

Don’t let your next Vacation leave you with Debt

  • Francesca Sacco
Summer is officially here, which means families across the United States are preparing to go on vacation. While vacations are great way to spend quality time with loved ones and to unwind, the credit card bills that accumulate afterwards can sour memories of the trip.

Take the time to plan a vacation that will leave you with good memories instead of debt. Here are some tips to keep in mind while planning.
 

5 Steps to Spring Clean your Finances

  • Francesca Sacco
Tidying up your Credit and Financial Information can lead to a Smooth Summer

Spring is here! Nothing feels more satisfying after a long winter than a little spring cleaning. But your home isn’t the only thing that needs freshened up. Be sure to add your credit and financial information to your tidying list. Here are few tips from Experian, a consumer credit reporting company, to make sure you’re making a clean sweep of your financial information.
 

How to achieve your New Year’s financial goals

  • Beth Ann Tabak
The New Year is a great time to review and revamp your finances for a successful financial future. Here are a few ways that you can get started on achieving your financial goals.

Last-minute holiday shopping tips

  • Beth Ann Tabak
According to the National Retail Federation, 60 percent of holiday shoppers planned to begin their shopping in November. In case you’re not part of that statistic, here are a few helpful tips to wrapping up your shopping without going way over budget.
 

Save on home energy costs

  • Beth Ann Tabak
Winter weather has a way of sneaking up with its snow, ice and chilling winds. However unwelcome it might be, it does serve as a helpful reminder to check in on your home energy usage. Considering that the average American family spends more than $2,000 each year on utilities – with a good portion of that cost wasted energy – an energy audit can help you confirm that you’re getting the most bang for your buck.
 
Here are a few easy ways that you can make a difference in your energy costs.
 

A quick guide to surviving the Holidays

  • Beth Ann Tabak
We’re so close to Thanksgiving, which means that the Holiday season is upon us. For a lot of us, the most wonderful time of the year can feel overwhelming as the shopping, parties, baking, decorating, and general spending can take on a life of their own. With some help from KOFE (Knowledge of Financial Education), here are a few tips to put yourself back in charge during the Holidays to make sure that you start the New Year on the right financial foot.

Money-saving tips for a fruitful Thanksgiving

  • Beth Ann Tabak
Thanksgiving is a time to rest, to spend time with friends and family and to, well, give thanks. To make that a little easier this year, we’ve put together a few tips to help you save money while shopping for Thanksgiving dinner.