5 Helpful Financial Planning Apps for 2017

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With the year soon coming to an end, people are already starting to think of their resolutions for 2017. For many, gaining better control of finances is at the top of their list. But there’s often a disconnect between setting a New Year’s resolution and actually following through with it. Luckily, there are a variety …

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What Can $100 Buy

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If you’ve lived in the same place for several years, this question may seem a bit silly. However, $100 in certain regions goes quite a bit further than it does in other parts of the country. Factors like the cost of goods, land, and the income of residents all contribute to the disparity between the …

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It’s Never Too Early to Save For College

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by Abby Meirndorf, Marketing Parents want the best for their children. Most want their kids to have more opportunities and less financial stress than they had to struggle through. Going to college is one pathway to a better life, but college is not cheap, and costs are continuing to rise. One way to reduce the …

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13 Things to Keep in a Safe Deposit Box

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Safe deposit boxes can be a great place to store important items, especially valuable documents or heirlooms or treasure maps or ancient moonstones that control the time-space continuum or … other, more practical things. They’re safe (duh) and secure, and an easy way to keep track of your most important legal documents. Here are some …

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What to Know About Recreational Vehicle Insurance

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by Abby Meirndorf, Marketing Motorcycle insurance, ATV insurance, RV insurance? Yes, if you are looking to purchase a motorcycle, ATV or RV, you must have insurance. It’s mandatory across most of the United States. Usually, the minimum coverage required is liability coverage for any of these vehicles. Of course, there are always more options! Motorcycle: …

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6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Shopping For Auto Insurance

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by Abby Meirndorf When it comes to searching for auto insurance, not everyone is an expert. Many times, people end up selecting an insurance provider based on who their family or friends use. But when you are shopping around, you should have a general idea of what questions to ask when speaking with an insurance …

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4 Things to Do Before Having a Baby

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Arguably, the single biggest way you can change your life is by having a kid.  While you’re expecting, you’ll receive an endless barrage of advice.. “Eat grapes, you’ll have a girl.” “Soak your feet with olive oil and honey, or else you WILL get diabetes.” “Don’t go waterskiing in your ninth month.” And while the most …

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Why 24/7 Access to Your Bank is Important

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A bank exists purely on the basis of trust. Think about it: you give your hard-earned money to the bank, and trust the bank to keep it safe. They turn around and lend it out to other trusting customers, mainly in order to generate interest revenue for itself. But your money will still be there …

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3 Things to Know About Mortgage Insurance

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What is mortgage insurance and how does it work? Mortgage insurance is designed to lower the risk to the lender. With mortgage insurance, you may qualify for a loan you might not be able to get otherwise. It’s primarily for home buyers making a down payment of 20% or less. While it does increase the cost …

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5 Reasons to Join Michigan First Credit Union

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Maybe it’s the time spent trying to resolve an ATM card issue. Or pressing five different buttons before you speak to a live representative … only to find out the person’s in a call center 5,000 miles away. Or being charged a fee just for having an account. Whatever the reason is for your bank …

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