Financial Education

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Members vs. Customers: What’s the diff?

Ever wonder why we call you a member instead of a customer?  How about when one of us asks for your member number instead of an account number?  There’s a good reason for it and…
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Why Savers and Spenders Marry

The other day I was walking out of the house with my husband and noticed that his work shoes look really worn out. He wears the exact same pair everyday and has for about 3…
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The Truth About Payday Loans

We’ve all seen the commercials - those payday loan places make it look really easy to get money FAST! But what’s the catch? What do the loans really involve? What are some of the benefits?…
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Tips for Buying Your First Home

Buying a home can be a very intimidating process for the experienced homeowner, so it’s only reasonable to say that for a first-time buyer it can be downright terrifying! It’s easy to get swallowed up…
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Credit Score: Ignorance is not bliss!

Three little numbers can shape your financial life and hold a heck of a lot of power. Your credit score can affect the rates you receive on home or auto loans. It can be the…
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Finally – the TRUTH about rewards!

One thing that I love so much about working at Linn Area is that I wholeheartedly believe we won’t try to sell you guys products or services that we ourselves don’t believe in. Here’s what…
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Savvy Tips for Summer Travel

Summer is a big time for travel – although with the increasing price of gas and food, summer 2011 might be a bit different! But we’ll touch on that another day. If you are planning…
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Expiration Inspiration!

Now that you’re all comfy, cozy and settled into writing “2011” on everything, the time has come to do some financial maintenance.  Do me (and yourself) a HUGE favor and grab your wallet or purse…