American Heritage Credit Union has made the news many times lately — and the pace of breaking developments is only going to speed up as the esteemed Philadelphia institution continues growing at a rapid clip. Yet the financial institution’s focus will never change a key aspect of its operations, according to CEO and President Bruce K. Foulke.
If you’re like most Americans, you probably spend more money than intended when you’re on vacation. But it’s entirely possible to avoid overspending – and still have a great time – if you plan in advance. Whether you’ve booked inexpensive vacations over long weekends or a once-in-a-lifetime overseas extravaganza, our four simple steps to having fun on vacation while spending less are a blueprint for a stress-free time away.
When it comes to financial education, earning is learning. Whether your young child is getting an allowance, your 13-year-old makes money walking neighborhood dogs, or your older teen has a lead on an amazing summer job, seek out any opportunity to have meaningful discussions about financial literacy — especially the essential skills of saving, spending, giving, and planning.
To make your dreams a reality and bring your vision to life, it’s important to plan ahead. That’s why we’ve compiled the list of our top five steps for first-time home buyers, to help as you look to purchase a new home.
Most people know, or can learn, how to do some basic home improvements and repairs. But unless you work as a contractor AND have tons of spare time, you probably will not be able to tackle every project yourself. The line between which renovations you can do and which you should pay a professional to do is different for different people, but here are some general guidelines – along with information about the best way to finance your next major home improvements.
We’re in the height of "kitten season," when rescue shelters fill up with furry faces. It’s a popular time to adopt a cat, dog, or another kind of pet. While the benefits of pets are many, the expenses may be something to growl about. The more you know about the cost of pet ownership, the better prepared you’ll be for everything from initial costs through emergencies.
Buying a home is a journey – and your real estate agent is your guide. Your agent’s knowledge, skills, and level of support will have a big impact on your homebuying experience, so it is important to have the right person by your side. So who is the best real estate agent for you?
If you want to prepare your child to live a happy and independent life as an adult, teaching them personal finance is a must. It’s never too early – or late – to help your child learn about financial literacy.
Whether you receive a large or small refund check this tax season, a check from Uncle Sam is an added bonus to the beginning of spring and new possibilities. One fun way to spend your tax refund check? Home renovations!
If you’re looking for a great financial partner that’s also great for your community, local credit unions are the best option. Unlike the big national banks and online-only banks, credit unions are member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperatives that directly contribute to your hometown.
A certificate or money market account (MMA) from your local credit union can be a smart, safe way to grow your money faster – and reach your savings goals sooner. Unlike stocks, both account options are federally insured, and they often pay much higher dividends than typical savings accounts. Certificates and MMAs are both good options, but they have some key difference you should know about when deciding which to choose.
In an effort to help our members better understand both options, our team is reviewing the differences between a home equity loan and a home equity line of credit — both of which are potential options for those wanting to borrow on their home equity.
Your 20s are a time of discovery. That includes discovering how to make, spend, and save money (and be less dependent on Mom and Dad). But the journey toward understanding your finances can be a bumpy one. Here are five financial mistakes people often make in their 20s and how to avoid them.
Whether you are a first time home buyer or just want to freshen up your current house, decorating a home can be exciting, inspiring, and often times, expensive. The good news is that if you plan ahead and follow some of our budget-friendly tips, you can continue to pinch your pennies and still turn your house into a Pinterest-worthy home.
While you may have a clear picture of your budget and ideal home, it’s not always clear how well the local housing market can support both. The market is constantly changing. Getting the law of supply and demand to work in your favor requires good timing.
Have you been trying to buy a new home or vacation property, only to see one house after another get snatched up before you can even make an offer? Or, are you unable to find a house that fits your style or needs? Sometimes, to get what you want, you have to do it yourself. But building a house is no easy feat. Here are five things you should know BEFORE you decide to build your dream home.
Why do we assemble a team of professionals to buy a house and then spend weeks or months agonizing over our decision, but dedicate little more than a Saturday afternoon to buying a car? This guide is meant to help bridge the gap between the seriousness with which we tend to take home buying and car buying.
When you buy your next car, truck, or SUV, you’ll probably look for a dealer that’s known to be trustworthy and professional. You should be just as picky about where you apply for an auto loan. After all, interest rates and service quality vary widely from one lender to the next – and you never have to settle for the financing option offered by the dealer. Here’s why an auto loan from your local credit union could be the best way to get behind the wheel.
Completely overwhelmed with the process of buying a new car? This brief article is the perfect place to start.
Did you make a resolution to save more money this year? Spending less is great, but it doesn’t mean you have to sit around at home. Philadelphia is full of exciting, inexpensive things to do – even in the middle of winter. Learn how to save money on your next outing with this guide to upcoming events and local favorites.