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Jan 17, 2019

Phone Scams

In 2018, 29.2% of phone calls were fraudulent telephone scams. In 2019, it is estimated that nearly half of all calls going out will be a telephone scam. Consumers need to be safeguarded against scams more than ever. The best way to protect yourself is to be informed and aware of some of the most common types of telephone scams going around. Here are five of the most common telephone scams to lookout for: Continue reading »

Jan 1, 2019

Photo of "More Month Than Money", Eastex Credit Union's debt consolidation program

We’ve all been there. The holidays got the best of us and as the bills start rolling in after the new year, we realize we may have overspent. Not only do you owe more than you’d like, but the balances are spread out across several credit and store cards (we know, that extra 15% off is hard to resist), and interest is already piling up due to those high-interest rates you didn’t pay much attention to in the heat of the moment. Sound familiar? There’s no need to panic but now that the presents have been opened and the decorations are back in the attic, it’s time to face reality and make a plan to efficiently pay off your debt. If you haven’t considered debt consolidation, you should. Here are four benefits to consolidating your debt.

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Dec 27, 2018

Traveling after the Holidays? How to Find Cheap, Post-Holiday Travel Deals

The holidays are over. Now what? You may think you should focus on saving money, debt repayment, and working off those post-holiday pounds right now, but it’s actually a great time to hit the road. Consider planning another getaway and find cheap, post-holiday travel options.

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Dec 13, 2018

Holiday parties and gatherings are coming up, and many feature a fun twist on traditional gift-giving. Rather than purchasing individual gifts for everyone, families and companies have started to instead participate in “White Elephant” gift exchanges, which are less personalized, but also much less costly!

Are you stuck for ideas on what to get for your next White Elephant gift exchange? Read below for some low-cost presents that will be a hit. The trick is to think of presents that could conceivably work with ANYONE in your group – so gender- or size-specific presents aren’t necessarily the best idea.

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Dec 5, 2018

savings piggy bank with 2019 blocks

As 2018 draws to an end, you may find yourself wondering how you accumulated so much credit card debt or why your savings haven’t increased like you expected. Well, most likely you either aren’t committed to your financial plan or you don’t have one at all. Eastex Credit Union is here with some must-know savings tips for 2019 to get your year off on the right financial foot!

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Nov 20, 2018

Yellow toy house on fall leaves next to sign that says fall home maintenance

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall is a great time of year! Temperatures cool down (albeit, not much here in Southeast Texas) and the holidays are just around the corner. It’s also a good idea to take some time and prepare your home for winter and in addition perform some general home maintenance. By spending a little time and effort on preventative maintenance, you can help prevent large, costly fixes in the future.

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Nov 13, 2018

Gold glitter surrounding the words Black Friday

The day after Thanksgiving has long been known as the busiest and best shopping day of the year. Retailers of all sizes promote “amazing” deals that are supposedly better than any other time. Traditionally, shoppers have really bought into these deals with many hitting the stores in the wee hours of the morning on Thanksgiving night to try and save a buck. Last year, in fact, retailers pulled in $7.9 billion from 77 million in-store shoppers on Black Friday!

But, is the stress and crowd fighting really worth the money you save? Here are some reasons that staying home on Black Friday may be your best bet.

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Nov 8, 2018
dinner of an affordable holiday meal

Hosting an upcoming fall or winter holiday can be a great time to gather all your friends and family together. The cost of celebrating can quickly add up if you aren’t careful! Eastex Credit Union has put together some tips for how to cook a holiday meal without breaking the bank.

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Oct 25, 2018

Christmas tree made out of one hundred dollar bills, wrapped in twine and planted in a red cup full of coins

The holidays are approaching, and you may already be starting to think about upcoming expenses: hosting family dinners, presents for family and friends, party clothes – it all adds up! Eastex Credit Union has put together some helpful tips to get started on saving for the holidays early on – by spreading out your savings over a couple of months, it will be easier to save up without making too many drastic changes to your current budget.

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Oct 18, 2018

Halloween is upon us once again! We all want our kids to experience a Halloween night of all treats and no tricks, so we wanted to share some important trick-or-treating safety tips to help ensure all of your goblins, princesses and superheroes come home safe and sound.

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