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Top 10 Financial Tips for Millennials

May 21st, 2018

As a millennial, you’re part of a unique and special generation. You’re probably at the exciting stage in life where you’re just starting out — or you’re beginning that career climb. Undoubtedly you want to avoid some o... Read More

The Top 7 Family Vacations on the East Coast You Should Visit

May 7th, 2018

Summer time is the best chance to take a well-deserved break from work and let adventure take you. With so many beautiful destinations on the East Coast alone, what is right for you? Of course what you’re looking for is different from the next... Read More

Our Top 5 Financial Tips for Every New College Graduate

Apr 27th, 2018

Congratulations on completing your college education and beginning the next chapter of your life with a solid foundation built on your education. After finishing college, graduates enter a period of transition when they are faced with many potential... Read More

Top 10 Fun Things to do in Boston this Spring

Apr 12th, 2018

One of the major advantages of living in this area is that there are always fun things to do in Boston. That is why we’ve prepared this list of the Top 10 Fun Things to do in Boston!  Visitors spend 12.7 billion every year to travel to Bo... Read More

The 8 Best Traveling Abroad Tips for Your Next Trip

Mar 5th, 2018

Before traveling abroad, it’s always best to be as prepared as possible. Although you might want to be spontaneous on your travels, you still need to make sure that you don’t put yourself in a precarious position through lack of planning... Read More

The 10 Most Romantic Spots in Boston

Feb 13th, 2018

Check Out These Romantic Spots in Boston for Your Valentine’s Day Out! Romance is in the air, and Boston residents are looking for the perfect spot to share a Valentine’s Day adventure. Fortunately, the city is filled with romantic hot ... Read More

5 Key Benefits to Refinancing Your Auto Loan

Jan 12th, 2018

When you first signed the documents for your new car, refinancing your auto loan was probably the last thing on your mind. Most people simply assume that the original creditor holds the loan until it’s paid off. Much like a mortgage, though, a... Read More

Top 10 Tips For What to Look For in a Financial Planner

Dec 29th, 2017

A startling 33% of Americans don’t have a financial plan for the future. It’s a common misconception that making a financial plan and having a professional help you out is something only for the extremely wealthy, but people in all inc... Read More

Where to go see Christmas Lights in Boston and Surrounding Area

Dec 12th, 2017

For many people, one of the best things about the holidays is the spectacular light displays. Some of the displays in the Boston area are so amazing that they’ve become famous, while others are brand new sensations that are destined to become ... Read More

Top 10 Tips on How to Avoid Weight Gain Over the Holidays

Nov 28th, 2017

For most of us, fully enjoying the holiday season means partaking in dinner parties, baking sweet treats, enjoying desserts, and imbibing in calorie-laden holiday libations. While participating in these extra-festive festivities, we often pick up a... Read More

5 Fees You Might Be Paying Your Bank That You Don’t Even Know About

Nov 21st, 2017

You’re probably aware that your bank charges fees for insufficient funds which is why we put together the 5 fees you might be paying your banking without knowing. Charging for insufficient funds has been a standard practice for many years. Mo... Read More

Five Easy Steps That Stretch Your Retirement Budget

Oct 24th, 2017

Retirement can be pricey, says a survey recently conducted by Wells-Fargo. Shockingly, 59 percent of participants questioned revealed that they don’t anticipate retiring — ever.  What’s the top reason given for reaching such a dismal... Read More

6 Tips for Lowering Your Heating Bill This Winter

Oct 11th, 2017

You’ve got all your ducks in a row for a warm and cozy winter despite dropping temps – but have you stopped to consider the increased heating bills headed your way? It’s all just part of the frosty winter season, so don’t fret; p... Read More

How to Go Grocery Shopping on a Budget

Sep 25th, 2017

Are you ready to trim the fat from your grocery budget?  Food is one of the bigger expenses in the household.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12 to 15 percent of Americans’ annual expenditures go toward food.  Fortunately, tha... Read More

What You Should Bring to Your First Meeting with a Financial Planner

Sep 11th, 2017

Did you ever wonder what you should bring to your first meeting with a financial planner?  While it may depend on the individual we’ve put together a few items to consider. According to Market Watch approximately 62 percent of Americans don&... Read More

Make the Most of Summer with these 15 Useful Family Travel Tips

Jun 30th, 2017

It’s summertime and you can’t wait to go on a trip with your family. Here are some great family travel tips to help make the most of your summer travels: Bring lots of snacks: Snacks are a real lifesaver on a trip. Bring plenty of yummy... Read More

The 7 BEST East Coast Family Vacations You Should Consider for 2017

Jun 8th, 2017

Summer time is the best chance to take a well-deserved break from work and let adventure take you. With so many beautiful destinations on the East Coast alone, what is right for you? Of course what you’re looking for is different from the next... Read More

Helpful Hints When Looking into a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program

May 9th, 2017

Eating a healthy diet is important to you and your family. You want to choose the freshest, highest quality and locally grown foods possible. Even the best supermarkets import much of their produce from other regions or countries. A good CSA can mee... Read More

Outdoor Home Renovations? Think Budget & Scope

Apr 13th, 2017

Thinking about outdoor home renovations? Read this blog written by Nino Sitchinava Learn more about Nino on NerdWallet’s Ask an Advisor  Many homeowners view their outdoor spaces as their own personal oasis, places where they can relax, dine... Read More

How to Use a Home Equity Line of Credit [5 Ways]

Mar 28th, 2017

People who own a home have options at their disposal when looking for additional funds. For people who are wondering how to use a home equity line of credit to make their lives easier, there are several ways that contacting a helpful credit union ab... Read More

5 Common Mistakes on Tax Returns

Mar 15th, 2017

Rushing to file your tax return increases the chances of error, which can delay your refund, trigger an audit or cause you to have to pay more later. Here are five common tax mistakes on tax returns and how to avoid them. 1. Missing or incorrect ID... Read More

Mortgage Pre-Approval – How to Get the Home of Your Dreams

Feb 23rd, 2017

Unless you’re one of the few who are in the fortunate position of being able to get the home of your dreams for cash, there are some important things you need to know about the financing process.  Find out how getting a pre-approved mortgage can ... Read More

Preventing Tax Return Fraud

Feb 7th, 2017

Identity theft continues to be a booming business: In 2014, 17.6 million Americans fell victim, and cybercriminals made off with $15.4 billion. And tax refund theft remains a lucrative piece of that business, despite the IRS’ efforts to stamp ... Read More

The Difference between a Roth and a Traditional IRA

Jan 25th, 2017

Choosing between a Roth and traditional IRA account with a Credit Union for your individual retirement plan can significantly determine your long-term savings. Therefore, it is important to understand each one of the two accounts so that you can mak... Read More

Charitable Contributions that Can Double as Good Tax Deductions

Jan 5th, 2017

While charitable acts are selfless in nature, the U.S government recognizes that tax deductions for charitable contributions encourages further donations. So as a way to encourage these efforts, the IRS allows many monetary and in-kind donations to ... Read More

5 Financial Resolutions for the New Year

Dec 31st, 2016

A brand new year provides the perfect opportunity to make meaningful life changes, including improved financial wellness. These five financial resolutions can help get your year off to a promising start. 1. Get on budget Take charge of your finances... Read More

Using Equity Loans to Winterize Your Home

Dec 29th, 2016

There are all sorts of ways to guard your home from the winter elements. Some are cheap and may even fall in the do-it-yourself category, like adding weather stripping and caulking. Other endeavors, such as swapping out single-pane windows for energ... Read More

Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions And How To Keep Them

Dec 19th, 2016

Year after year, we make New Year’s Resolutions, sometimes fully intending to see them through. Other times, we just make them to keep the dream alive. But this year… this year will be different because we’re not just making New Year’s R... Read More

How to Stay Safe When Shopping for Holiday Gifts Online

Dec 10th, 2016

Want to avoid long lines and large crowds this holiday season? Shopping online lets you zip through your list with just a few clicks. Before whipping out your plastic, however, you’ll want to make sure you’re shopping on a secure site.... Read More

6 Ways to Save More Money in the New Year

Dec 5th, 2016

Even if saving has never been your thing and money is tight, the coming of a new year is an opportunity to change old financial habits. Here are some ways to become a more efficient saver. 1. Budget Budgeting helps you organize your finances so you ... Read More

How to Get the Best Holiday Deals by Starting Your Shopping Early

Nov 2nd, 2016

Like many consumers, you probably purchase gifts for loved ones during the holidays. Last minute rushes to find the perfect gift leave many shoppers frustrated with their purchase price and the holiday crowds. Nevertheless, you can avoid the crowds... Read More

Keep Trick or Treaters Safe This Halloween

Oct 27th, 2016

Check out our tips on how to keep trick or treaters safe this Halloween! For many kids, Halloween is one of the highlights of their year. “What to be” for Halloween becomes a major topic for the elementary school crowd, and the anticipation bui... Read More

5 of the Best Apple Orchards in Massachusetts

Oct 13th, 2016

Fall is finally here and along with it the traditional apple picking season! Here in Massachusetts, people are always searching for the best orchards to pick from. Nothing is better than picking a fresh apple straight from the branch, It’s an ... Read More

Should I Buy a Used Car or New Car?

Sep 28th, 2016

When buying a car, there a lot of questions asked and considerations made for the right pick. But perhaps the most important question asked is, should I buy a used car or new car? Either way, there are various pros and cons of considering each optio... Read More

Best Ways to Start Saving for the Holidays

Aug 25th, 2016

It’s not even fall yet but the holidays will be around the corner before you know it!  That is why we are providing you with a few tips on the best ways to start saving for the holidays. “Christmas in July” is the name of a movie in whic... Read More

Ultimate List of Essentials for Your Child’s First Year of College

Aug 8th, 2016

Is your son or daughter heading off to college this fall?  Check out this Ultimate List of Essentials for Your Child’s First Year of College! As both a stepping stone to full independence and a way to jumpstart their new social lives, a lot ... Read More

Why You Should Get Preapproved for a Car Loan

Jul 25th, 2016

Below are a few helpful suggestions on why you should get preapproved for a car loan. When shopping for a new car, many people overlook one important step: getting preapproved for an auto loan. It’s a simple process that can make car-buying go... Read More

How to Manage Your Finances After Graduating from College

Jul 15th, 2016

Check out these great tips on how to manage your finances after graduating from college. You’re done with college, and now you’re ready to be on your own. But for newly minted grads who didn’t major in money management, here’... Read More

4 Things you Need to Know to Have a Stress Free Retirement

Jul 13th, 2016

Below are 4 Things you Need to Know to Have a Stress Free Retirement People are living longer than ever – which is great news, until you think about retirement. That is why we’ve put together the 4 things you need to know to have a stress f... Read More

How to Budget When You Have Seasonal Income

Jun 27th, 2016

Check out these tips on how to budget when you have seasonal income! Rewarding careers don’t always come with a steady paycheck. People who work in agriculture, construction, tax preparation, entertainment, landscaping or other types of freela... Read More

The Best Bicycle Paths in Massachusetts

Jun 21st, 2016

Check Out The Best Bicycle Paths in Massachusetts! Bicycling is a great way to stay in shape while enjoying the outdoors and a variety of incredible sites along the way.  Check out the best bicycle paths in Massachusetts which offer several amazin... Read More

Staying Safe at the ATM: Avoiding Card Skimming

Jun 2nd, 2016

Check out our Great Tips on Staying Safe at the ATM and Avoiding Card Skimming If you use ATM machines, you’re at risk for card skimming. 33% of all debit card fraud incidents have been linked to card skimming, with over $2 billion in losses a... Read More

The Benefits of Using a Mobile App and Mobile Deposit

Jun 1st, 2016

Members Could Be Overlooking Many Benefits of using Members Plus CU’s Mobile App and Mobile Deposit Mobile banking is a win-win for credit unions and their members. So is mobile deposit. Credit unions and other financial institutions have re... Read More

10 Terms Every Homebuyer Should Know

May 16th, 2016

Buying a home is a common undertaking for many Americans, but it’s also one of the most complicated — not to mention costly — purchases adults will ever make. It’s important to understand these 10 essential terms so you’re read... Read More

7 Dos & Don’ts About Pet Health Insurance

May 2nd, 2016

Pet Health Insurance Can Save You Big Bucks Pet health insurance can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollar should your pet contract a serious illness or have a bad accident. However, it is important to choose a policy wisely if you want to r... Read More

The Complete Used Car Checklist

Apr 22nd, 2016

Before you buy a used car, there are plenty of things to think about. Unfortunately, many people tend to forget those things once they’re involved in the browsing and buying process. The easiest way to avoid used car issues is to have a Used C... Read More

Only Growing Weeds? Not With Our Gardening Tips

Apr 8th, 2016

Do you have a garden that is chock full of unsightly weeds? If so, you should know that you are not alone. Weeds infiltrate gardens of all varieties. Those who are proactive and take preventative measures will eventually enjoy a green space that is ... Read More

On Demand Dog Walking App!

Mar 24th, 2016

On-Demand Dog Walking App Launches in Texas (I’m hoping that it will launch in Boston!) An app that provides dog owners with instant access to dog walkers is moving to Texas. The app, called Wag!, has so far been rolled out in Los Angeles, San... Read More

Tips on Hiring a Contractor for Your Home

Feb 25th, 2016

Check out these great tips on hiring a contractor! One of the most critical parts of planning a home improvement project is finding a contractor you can trust. Unfortunately, that is not often an easy task. Whether you are putting an addition on yo... Read More

The Ins and Outs of Student Loans

Feb 17th, 2016

What You Should Know About the Ins and Outs of Student Loans to Help You Prepare for the Future With the average cost of a private college education over $30,000 parents everywhere are struggling to make ends meet and help their sons and daughters g... Read More

New Dietary Guidelines

Jan 15th, 2016

Remember Your Vegetable Subgroups The government has released a new set of dietary guidelines, and there’s little about them that are likely to change your eating habits. No, science hasn’t discovered that salty snacks and ice cream are part... Read More

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

Dec 22nd, 2015

We all know how it goes: two weeks into January and you’re already hitting the snooze button on your New Year’s resolution. It’s always easy to set goals but much harder to keep them! Read our tips and tricks on how to stay strong, discipline ... Read More

Last-Minute Tax Planning Tips

Dec 21st, 2015

The tax year ends in just days, these last-minute tax planning tips can protect your assets and make your life easier in 2016, and beyond. Here are five good suggestions from the tax pros at Ernst & Young: “1) Stockpile money in tax-advantage... Read More

Where do I get the best holiday bargains?

Dec 18th, 2015

With the holiday season upon us, you may be tempted to overspend simply to cross names off your shopping list. Don’t do it! Here we’ve included some great sites that can help you get best holiday bargains with coupons, comparisons, free shippin... Read More

New Tool Helps with Retirement Planning

Dec 8th, 2015

A new online tool from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)  is designed to help Americans with retirement planning, including decisions about when to claim their Social Security benefits. With Americans living longer, retirement planni... Read More

How to Not Break the Bank this Holiday Season

Dec 2nd, 2015

Want some advice on how to not break the bank this Holiday Season? Read the list of tips we’ve put together at Members Plus to help you curb your spending and avoid over-drafting during the holidays Set Your Budget. Limit yourself on how much you... Read More

10 Top Apps to Make Banking Simple

Nov 30th, 2015

Everyone wants to save money and learn how to better manage their spending. With the overwhelming variety of banking apps on the market, it may be tricky to determine which one best suits your needs. We have sifted through the lengthy list and provi... Read More

How to Create a Family-Friendly Budget

Oct 9th, 2015

There are many keys to successfully saving money – most of which start with determining your family-friendly budget. It can be a daunting task to start calculating your budget and limiting your spending but in the end the success of being able... Read More

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