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An Expensive Toll Road Mistake

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by Janelle O’Hara for My So-Called Money My So-Called Money welcomes guest blogger Annie Elliott, Marketing Generalist at Michigan First Credit Union. Now this is a story all about how my wallet got flip-turned upside down … all because I relied on my GPS. When I drove to Virginia in April, I had to drive …

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Should You Go to Grad School?

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by Janelle O’Hara for My So-Called Money Every day, I’m flip-flopping on whether or not I want to go back to get my masters’ degree. I want to go, but I like having some free time after years of juggling 2+ jobs and school. It would be nice to do before I  have kids, but …

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Save Money on Your Camping Trip

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by Janelle O’Hara for My So-Called Money Camping trips are pretty cheap vacations in general. However, some people can make it even more expensive than staying at a resort, with all the high-tech gear, fancy cooking utensils, and luxurious paid excursions. You don’t have to spend a ton of cash to have an amazing campout! …

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4 Tips to Pick the Right Mortgage Lender

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by Ted Lyons, NAMB, MMLA NMLS/Michigan License # 140426 Michigan First Mortgage  NMLS# 130329 Branch Manager Direct (734) 807-1017 Fax (734) 786-2230 Let’s face it: the mortgage process has become significantly more complicated in the last several years. The envelope had been pushed too far when it came to mortgage products, as evidenced by the …

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What’s the Difference Among the Different Credit Bureaus?

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by Michael Poulos, President/CEO of Michigan First Credit Union If you’ve checked your credit score lately, you may have wondered why there are multiple credit bureaus, what the difference is and why it matters. There are different scores from the three credit reporting bureaus, Experian, Equifax and TransUnion, and there are also other credit scores …

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Feeding Your Dog on a Budget

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by Janelle Witting As a proud dog mom, I’ve scoured the Internet forums trying to find the best dog food for my precious babies, Ruby and Luna Lovegood. The number one thing I’ve learned is that people are crazy. The second thing is that no matter what dog food you settle on for your dog, someone …

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How to Navigate a Frightening Networking Event

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by Janelle O’Hara for My So-Called Money It’s kind of cliché, isn’t it? Networking happy hours in which many attendees just end up getting loaded and embarrassing themselves, effectively defeating the purpose of said networking event – those are tragic, tragic tales. Those people you see standing alone in the corner looking terrified? They’re not …

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Building a Budget-Friendly Home Gym

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by Janelle O’Hara for My So-Called Money Working out isn’t something that comes naturally to many people, myself included. I don’t love it. I don’t look forward to my gym time (except when it’s cardio day and I can watch Gossip Girl while I’m on the stationary bike.) Like many people, I have to drag …

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Consider Auto Loans Before Choosing Your New Car

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by Michael Poulos, President/CEO of Michigan First Credit Union If you’re in the market to buy a new or used car, it can be an exciting time prospecting which one you’ll be driving.  However, before getting behind any wheel, sit back and take a smart look at this long-term financial responsibility. Before you fall in love …

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6 Ways to Save Money on Your Honeymoon

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by Janelle O’Hara for My So-Called Money My honey and I (ew, never saying THAT again) are elbow deep in wedding planning right now. Many brides-to-be count this as one of the most exciting times of their lives, but for me, I’m finding the process to be annoying and stressful. I wish I had enough …

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