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

5 Tips for Hitting the Thrift Shop

A little throwback for you: “I wear your granddad’s clothes / I look incredible …” You know that song, love it or hate it. “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis actually hits on some key factors that go into thrift shopping, namely that you can score some truly unique finds on a budget. Looking …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

4 Things to Do Before Having a Baby

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 …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

3 Things to Know About Mortgage Insurance

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 …Continue Reading

4 Ways to Spring Clean Your Finances

It’s always a good time to evaluate your financial situation, but the mood may strike as you’re cleaning out closets and packing away winter boots and coats for warmer weather. Sitting down and going over your spending, saving, and investment habits might not sound like the ideal activity when you’re itching to go outside, but …Continue Reading