Tips for Saving Money on a Summer Road Trip

One of the best parts of summer is going up north to the lake or down to visit a relative you don’t often see. Whatever your reason for taking a road trip, follow these tips to remember the trip for the memories made and not the money spent. 1. Schedule a Tune-up An easy way …

Continue Reading

Start Paying Off Outstanding Credit Card Balances

It’s time to start making changes to live a healthier lifestyle. While many focus on diet and exercise, it’s important to also consider decisions that pertain to the health of your personal finances. Reducing outstanding credit card balances is a starting point for getting your finances in tip-top shape. What is an outstanding balance? It …

Continue Reading

Budgeting for Special Events

An old friend invites you get drinks Tuesday after work, your niece has a birthday on Saturday, then your neighbor has a housewarming party on Sunday. You look at your credit card and suddenly all of these unexpected special events really added up. Many people focus on cutting grocery bills, debt, and daily coffee when …

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

Four Steps to Build a Strong Financial Foundation

Most people have good intentions about saving money and investing for the future. It’s easy to think that you will begin to save and invest when you reach a more comfortable income level, but the longer you put it off, the harder it will be to accumulate the amount you may need for an emergency …

Continue Reading

4 Post-College Money Struggles

by Abby Meirndorf, Marketing College. It’s the best four years of your life. Everyone warns you, “Enjoy it while it lasts because it flies by.” I should have taken them seriously. College allowed me to be on my own for four years, and the last thing I wanted to do was move back in with …

Continue Reading

Should You Combine Finances?

Keeping Your Balance is a blog brought to you by Michigan First Credit Union and The Oakland Press. If you’re getting ready take that all-important walk down the aisle, you’re probably elbow deep in reception venues, fabric swatches, flowers and dinner menus. It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of wedding planning. It’s …

Continue Reading