Tag Archives: Finance

New Series

2 Aug

Hi all. Back to school is approaching and summer is coming to a close. Also coming to a close is our series on Budgeting. We are starting a brand new series this month and the topic is Saving. You have started to get your budget together and now it is important to focus on one of the main reasons for creating a budget. Not only will we talk about how to create a savings plan, but also ways to save money when shopping, paying bills, etc. We look forward to any feedback and or suggestions for this series or future ones.

Best Budget Sites

3 Jul

There are several websites dedicated to tracking and managing your budget. Here are a few that we think are the best:

Mint

Via Mint.com “At Mint, we believe money is for living. So we make everything simple and streamlined. Sign up takes less than five minutes. Then Mint automatically pulls all your financial information into one place, so you can finally get the entire picture.”

 

Buxfer

Via Buxfer.com “Our goal is to create the best personal finance application on the web. Money is typically not the topic of discussion for a group of twenty-somethings wanting to have fun with their lives. But that’s only because today’s finance applications make it difficult and boring. That’s what we have set about to change! We want people to effortlessly understand their finances. And have fun while doing so.”

BudgetTracker

Via BudgetTracker.com “Budget your finances to keep track of where your money is going. BudgetTracker is a complete online money management tool designed to keep track of all your transactions and bank accounts from your computer, mobile phone, or iPad. Receive reminders to your phone or email when your bills are due.”

BudgetPulse

Via BudgetPulse.com “Budget your finances to keep track of where your money is going. BudgetTracker is a complete online money management tool designed to keep track of all your transactions and bank accounts from your computer, mobile phone, or iPad. Receive reminders to your phone or email when your bills are due.”

Balance Central Star’s own choice for members.

 

Budgeting Tools: Central Star’s Balance Program

21 Jun

First up, in our Budgeting Tools category is Central Star’s own program Balance.

Balance offers members certified counselors to speak with, help with managing money and debt, credit report reviews, home purchase counseling, and solutions to prevent identity theft.

They also offer three online tools designed to guide you through understanding and maintaining your finances. BalanceTrack offers mini financial education courses. OnTrack is an actual budget-making program. Financial Education provides in-depth articles, podcasts, calculators, and other resources to expand your fiscal knowledge.

Directly from their website, here is a detailed description of their services:

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Central Star Credit Union provides all members with free access to Balance and all it has to offer. It is a wonderful resource to help you learn about, construct, and cultivate your new budget plan.

A bit about our upcoming posts

12 Jun

Hi there.

We are going to have a few reoccurring categories: Meet the… and A Few Questions. Meet the… will introduce interesting people in the financial industry. A Few Questions will be just that, a few questions for someone in the community interested in finances. We would love your feedback. What questions do you want answered? Who do you want to know more about?

Starting off the summer will be a series on Budgetting. How to start. Best options. Everything you want to know and more you didn’t know you wanted.

We will also be posting articles on important information in the banking sector.

Drop us a line in the comment section and let us know what kinds of articles you want to see.