Calling all Consumers – Be Aware of Phone Scams

Most of the time, unsolicited calls (like those from telemarketers) are simply annoying, but it’s important to recognize when the call is a scam. Recently, there have been an increasing number of illegal calls with a scam artist or even “robocaller,” a recorded voice, on the other end trying to get consumers to answer “yes” …Continue Reading

Cut your Impulse Spending With These Four Simple Tricks

What is impulse buying? For me it’s when you run into Target for salsa and walk out with a new notepad, book, or clothing that I just had to have. For you, maybe it’s that random Amazon Daily Deal that you totally needed. Whatever your impulse spending culprit may be, here are a few tricks …Continue Reading

A Wedding Guest’s Guide to Not Going Broke

Spring is the official start of wedding season. Buying a gift, finding an outfit, and traveling to the wedding can start to add up quickly. The Michigan average cash gift is $104 and the national average is $160, according to wedding-registry website Tendr, based on data from the 2016 wedding season. We’ve got some tricks …Continue Reading

5 Helpful Financial Planning Apps for 2017

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 …Continue Reading

5 Ways to Find the Perfect College Internship

by Abby Meirndorf, Marketing When you apply for a job after college, employers are going to look at your resume to see if you have any relevant experience. Internships are a great way to grow your skills and show potential employers what you can do. Getting hands-on experience and enhancing your knowledge/skill sets in your …Continue Reading

The Pros and Cons of a Store Credit Card

Store credit cards might get a bad rap, since some people who get them aren’t the best at money management. But if you take the time to think carefully and avoid making the impulse decision at the counter, opening a store credit card could work out in your favor. PROS? The initial discount you get …Continue Reading

4 Ways to Rock That Elevator Pitch

Did you ever used to watch The Dating Game? Yes, it’s old-school and cheesy, but endlessly entertaining. The contestants on The Dating Game used to have to sum themselves up in a few very brief sentences — the relationship version of an elevator pitch. You know what an elevator pitch is: the 30-second summation of what you’re all about in the …Continue Reading

5 Ways to Save Money During a Heat Wave

Is it really summer in Michigan if we don’t get at least one really strong heat wave? Weather predictions have the next few days down as being incredibly hot and humid, to the point of danger if you’re not careful. But if you’ve got your health covered and just want to know how to save …Continue Reading

Gratiot Cruise Social Media Contest 2016

Our Gratiot Financial Store is taking part in Eastpointe Cruisin’ Gratiot (sometimes referred to as the Gratiot Cruise) on Saturday, June 18. The branch will be closed, but NASCAR champions Roush Fenway Racing will have their cars conveniently located in our parking lot and we’ll also have food vendors on the premises. You can also enter …Continue Reading

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy an RV

Does the warm weather make you want to take off into the sunset on an adventure? You’re not alone. Blue skies and blue lakes make Michigan an ideal place for outdoor activities. Before you buy an RV to embark on your journey, here are some things to consider to make sure you get the absolute best …Continue Reading