More Than Just A Number

Finding a financial institution that fits your needs can be tough. Sure, you need a place that offers the basic accounts such as checking and savings. But your finances aren’t just for everyday purchases – they hold the key to your dreams for the future. You need an institution that understands who you are, not as a number that it can profit from, but as a person with unique needs and goals.

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Worth Its Weight In Gold

You’ve probably heard a lot about credit and how important it is. But what’s the big deal? There’s so much in your everyday financial situation to keep up with. If you continue to pay the minimum  on your credit card, you should be good, right? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

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Don’t Let the Unexpected Sneak Up On You

It’s easy to look at a seemingly daunting task and think, “That’s too much to tackle right now – I’ll do it later when I’m ready.” More often than not, we end up putting it off again and again until it’s too late. By that point, things are worse than if we’d accomplished the difficult…

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Paving the Path to Stability

Navigating the chaos of everyday life is not for the faint of heart. Throw managing your finances into the mix and now you have the perfect storm for stress and burnout. That is, unless you are a member of a credit union that has your back during some of the most difficult times in your life. Here at SunWest, we know just how overwhelming things can get when it comes to your finances and we strongly believe everyone needs a partner to help them on their journey.

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What Is A 401k?

If you’re starting your first full-time job in college or right after you graduate, you might begin to hear a lot more about contributing to a 401k. But what does that mean? How does it help you? A 401k can actually help you prepare for your future when your career has just begun.   A…

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Saving Money on Your Cell Phone Bill: Part 1

In the last ten years, cell phones have transitioned from a “nice to have” to a “need to have” service.  In many cases they have replaced land lines and other traditional phone services. Where cell service has become essential for many, finding a way to keep the associated costs to a minimum has become more important than ever. So how can you save money on your cellphone bill?

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Protecting Your Personal Information Online

Most people nowadays spend a lot of time online. We use the internet for research, keeping up relationships, ordering food, and so much more! But with all we do online, we need to also be careful about how much information we put out there. Everyone should be aware of the dangers and doing their best to protect their identity from those who want to steal it.

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Get to Know Your Credit Score

Have you ever been uncertain about what the point of a credit score is? And how do you improve it? A credit score is a number that represents your creditworthiness. Basically, lenders use it to decide whether or not they want to offer you credit, like in a loan or credit card, and what kind of offer they’ll give you. The better credit score you have, the better deal you get, like a lower interest rate or down payment.

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Making Smarter Financial Decisions

Sometimes it can be really hard to know what to do with your money. Should you invest now, or wait? When should you write up your will? Do you really need that insurance, or will you never use it? These decisions can be difficult enough on their own, but even worse when emotions come into it. So what can we do about them?

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