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4 Ways to Bring Your Kitchen to Life

Your kitchen is the hardest-working room in your home, and it might be showing some wear. You can remodel it without breaking the bank! Once you know your budget, start with the cabinets. Swap out your sink, then give it a finishing touch with new countertops. Best of all, this kind of upgrade gives you a great return when you sell your house! Continue reading
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DIY it or hire a pro?

One of the greatest things about being a homeowner is tackling your own home improvement and repair projects. Very few things give you a better feeling than doing for yourself something you’d always imagined you’d have to hire a pro for. Whether you decide to DIY it or pay a pro Abilene Teachers FCU can help if you need a loan to help cover costs! Continue reading
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Bring back the Brown Bag

We’ve all grown up hearing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but some new findings about the importance of lunch are challenging that. But going out every day will cost you well north of $2,000! By shopping carefully and doing your preparation and packing ahead of time, you can brown-bag it and save big bucks. Continue reading
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6 Ways to Save on Your Summer Vacation

It’s time for summer fun, but your budget isn’t limitless. How do you pack lots of fun into your getaway and still save some money? It’s easier than you think! Be proactive in planning your vacation by saving up for it in advance. Continue reading
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Turn Your Dream Vacation Into A Reality

Everyone has a dream vacation. For those with limited funds, though, the vision never gets a chance to become a reality. I'm here to help you change all that. Continue reading
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Mother’s Day on a Budget

Mother’s Day is upon us! You want to treat mom to a great day, but you know she’ll cluck at you if you ignore all the training she gave you on being frugal and plan a budget-busting celebration. The key to making your mom feel special and loved is to think about her and what would mean the most to her. Make it personal! Continue reading
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Financial Tips for Single Parents

As tough as budgeting is for couples, it’s even worse for single parents. You’ve got to keep your eye on all the balls simultaneously. As tight as your budget might be, squeeze out enough for a safety net account for financial emergencies. You can do this, it just takes planning! Continue reading
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Teach a Child to Save

Developing good saving habits at a young age creates a foundation for a lifetime. Involving our children with a savings plan and good money management skills prepare them for a solid future. Here's how ATFCU helps teach those foundational skills to the children in our service area. Continue reading
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What is Credit Card Interest and How Does it Effect Me?

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of presenting an Economic Reality Fair to some high school seniors. For those that don’t know what a Reality Fair is, it is a hands-on simulation where students experience financial challenges they will face as they begin navigating life on their own in the “real world”.  The students get paired up to … Continue reading