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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

8 Ways to Spot a Counterfeit Bill

Everyone loves a stash of cash — unless it’s fake. Unfortunately, there’s been a surge in the spread of counterfeit bills during the coronavirus pandemic. Bogus bills can be difficult to spot. Here are some signs to help you determined if it’s the real thing:

A hologram of the face image on the bill: When held up to the light, the hologram on the bill should match the face on the front of the bill. Scammers will often bleach a lower denomination bill and try to pass it off as a bill of a higher denomination — but they can’t change the interior hologram. Check to make sure the face matches the one in the center of the bill to be sure it’s authentic.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

School Spotlight: Staying Positive at Wixom Elementary!

Community Financial’s Wixom branch opened to members in 2018.  Since then, our school partnerships within the Walled Lake Consolidated School District have begun!  Wixom Elementary joined in partnership with Community Financial in the fall of 2019.  Wixom Elementary’s Student-Run Credit Union volunteers and members demonstrated how to be positive, and have fun, all while learning valuable work skills.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

International Credit Union Day: Inspiring Hope for a Global Community

Each year we come together to celebrate International Credit Union Day (ICU Day) and raise awareness about what it means for members everywhere to partner with their local credit union. This year, with the coronavirus pandemic and health crisis on a global scale, communities around the world have seen their lives turn upside down. During this time, credit unions have stayed true to our cooperative principles and stepped up during the economic uncertainty.

Hope is a global resource that everyone has a right to feel and experience. This year’s ICU Day theme, “Inspiring Hope for a Global Community,” reflects how we as credit unions work to create a brighter future through financial empowerment, education, and support.

In the spirit of ICU Day, let’s take a look at just a few of the perks members receive by entering in a relationship with their local credit union:

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

DIY Halloween Décor

With Halloween close at hand, you might already be thinking about how to make your home look scary good. The great news is that creative Halloween décor doesn’t have to break the bank. Check out our list of cheap DIY ideas that will turn your house into the spookiest haunt on the block.

1. Mummify Your Door

Turn your front door into a bona fide mummy with toilet paper and masking tape. This project is easier with a helper, so get your kids in on it!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

5 Side Hustles Anyone Can Do

Working one job may be turning into a thing of the past. According to a 2019 study, almost 45% of Americans (roughly 70 million people) report having some sort of side hustle. About a third of those surveyed also indicated that their side income went toward regular living expenses. For Millennials, this number is even higher with 50% reporting side hustles—and nearly 40% of these individuals are using the money to pay for monthly expenses such as utilities, rent, and student loan debt.

With side hustles becoming a regular part of life for millions of Americans, we’ve compiled a list of some of the easiest ways to start earning extra money in your free-time.