Financial Fundamentals Blog

How to Beat your College Bookstore and Save Money on Textbooks

School is back in session, and with it comes a myriad of costs. If you’re heading off to college for your first or last semester, don’t be afraid to look for ways to save. One way to cut costs is to eliminate visiting your college bookstore for textbooks. Don’t be afraid to look for deals or to get creative! Here are some tips to help.
 

7 17 Credit Union Offers Plenty of Ways to Save

Are you looking to change your financial institution? Maybe you want to get more out of your deposits? Maybe you’re unhappy with the level of customer service you receive or just tired of paying fees? Whatever your reason, be sure to check out 7 17 Credit Union.

As a credit union, 7 17 is a not-for-profit institution whose focus is to return profits to our members as higher dividends on savings, lower rates on loans and lower or no fees, compared to traditional banks. Check us out to learn more about different ways to save.
 

Don’t let your next Vacation leave you with Debt

Summer is officially here, which means families across the United States are preparing to go on vacation. While vacations are great way to spend quality time with loved ones and to unwind, the credit card bills that accumulate afterwards can sour memories of the trip.

Take the time to plan a vacation that will leave you with good memories instead of debt. Here are some tips to keep in mind while planning.
 

Be Aware of Wire Transfer Fraud in Real Estate Transactions

While the internet has become a staple in most people’s daily functions, it has provided another outlet for fraudsters. Over the last several years, wire transfer fraud has been on the rise, with billions of dollars lost. The internet makes wire transfer fraud easier to commit and harder to track.

Learn what you can do to protect yourself from money transfer schemes in the digital age.
 

Tips for Recent College Grads to Avoid Common Financial Pitfalls

Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off. Diploma in hand, you’re ready to tackle the next phrase of your life.

But the joy of graduating from college can quickly fade once graduates begin to grasp their new-found responsibilities, especially when it comes to their financial future. Navigating rent, a car payment, insurance, cable and groceries can be overwhelming. Throw student loan payments and other financial burdens into the mix, and it can be downright frightening.

The worst thing recent grads can do is to start using credit cards to help them maintain their lifestyle. The average college grad owes $4,100 on credit cards at the time of graduation. Not including student loans. Roughly 69% of graduates took out student loans and owe an average of $29,800 in federal and private debt.
 

New Warren (Larchmont) Branch Officially Open!

We are pleased to continue our commitment to our members in the Warren area and communities in Trumbull County.

7 17 Credit Union’s new Warren (Larchmont) branch, located at 3185 Larchmont Ave. NE, officially opened Monday, June 3.

 The newly-constructed, free-standing office includes new features to provide enhanced service and more convenience with significantly expanded drive-thru hours for members to receive personal service using the latest technologies, including Personal Teller Machines (PTMs).
 

Tips to Prevent Elder Financial Abuse

Knowing the signs of elder financial abuse can help protect yourself or your loved ones. Seniors are increasingly becoming targets for financial abuse. People over the age of 50 control over 70 percent of the nation’s wealth, and fraudsters are using new tactics to take advantage of the growing number of older Americans. Senior abuse is estimated to have cost victims at least $2.9 billion in the last year alone.
 

The Best and Worst Times to Purchase a Home

No one wants to overpay for a home. But even with a great deal, purchasing a home is most likely one of the biggest purchases you’ll make. Utilizing tips to help you save is always a good idea, but there’s more to consider. Here are some helpful hints for trying to secure an advantage when purchasing your dream home.
 

7 17 Credit Union introduces Personal Teller Machines

New Technology, Enhanced Service
Over the last fifty years, Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) have offered a convenient, self-service way to conduct your banking. As technology has developed, new machines called Personal Teller Machines (PTMs) have emerged that present a higher level of personal service.

In an effort to provide longer drive-thru hours, improve accuracy and provide members with a better, more convenient banking experience, 7 17 Credit Union has made the decision to move to these machines.