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4 Challenges to Test Your Money Management

4 Challenges to Test Your Money Management

Posted On: January 11, 2021 by American First Credit Union in: General, Savings

We may all think we know a thing or two about finances, but do we really know it all? There’s always more you can learn to better yourself and that includes money management skills. Today, we’ll give you five challenges to test your money management in order to whip your finances into shape!  1. 52-Week Money Challenge  This is a fun one! This occurs weekly for a whole year, so it will really hold you accountable. Start with saving $1 for week 1, $2 for week 2, and so on. By week 52, you’ll be putting away $52. The 52-week challenge adds up to total savings of $1,378! You can choose what you’ll spend that money on if you make it all the way. Will it be for vacation, child’s college fund or emergency fund? 2. No Spend Challenge  We know this sounds scary, but you can still buy groceries and pay your recurring bills. Try not spending money on any unnecessary items for one week or one month. Yes, we
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4 Challenges to Test Your Money Management

4 Challenges to Test Your Money Management

Posted On: January 11, 2021 by American First Credit Union in: General, Savings

We may all think we know a thing or two about finances, but do we really know it all? There’s always more you can learn to better yourself and that includes money management skills. Today, we’ll give you five challenges to test your money management in order to whip your finances into shape! 

1. 52-Week Money Challenge 

This is a fun one! This occurs weekly for a whole year, so it will really hold you accountable. Start with saving $1...

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Financial Literacy 101: Teen Edition

Financial Literacy 101: Teen Edition

Posted On: January 4, 2021 by American First Credit Union in: Savings, Youth

If you have a teenager who doesn’t quite understand how important good financial habits are, it’s time to teach them! Giving them the building blocks on saving, budgeting, and understanding debt will help make them become responsible adults and establish a solid foundation for financial independence.

Different Account Types

Explaining the different types of accounts to your child is crucial. Start by opening a Youth Account with them so they can understand...

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5 Major Life Purchases to Plan For

5 Major Life Purchases to Plan For

Posted On: December 7, 2020 by American First Credit Union in: General, Savings

Once you enter adulthood, your finances become your own and major life purchases quickly approach. While not all of these purchases take place at the same time nor is everyone guaranteed to make them all, the average person will make most of these purchases at some point in time. Continue reading to be better prepared for your financial journey in the future! 

1. New Car 

That car you got when you turned 16 won’t last forever, and soon enough you’ll be ready...

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Apps to Help You Save Big Bucks While Holiday Shopping

Apps to Help You Save Big Bucks While Holiday Shopping

Posted On: December 1, 2020 by American First Credit Union in: Digital, General, Savings

It’s no surprise that holiday shopping can often put a big dent in the wallet, especially if you go in unprepared. After you make your shopping list, consider these apps that can help make the most of your savings while you shop! Keep reading to find out which tool can best help you this holiday season! 

Looking for Online Deals? 

Shopkick is a great app for your online shopping needs – big or small. You can earn rewards by watching videos, shopping at certain...

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How to Avoid Overspending on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

How to Avoid Overspending on Black Friday

Posted On: November 24, 2020 by American First Credit Union in: Digital, General, Holiday

For many shoppers, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the signal to begin their holiday shopping, while it is merely a good time to pick up a few bargains for other consumers. With stores slashing prices on many items, it's an excellent time to save money. However, it's also easy to overspend.


This year’s holiday shopping will be different than any other year. With new shelter-in-place and lockdown orders being announced, consumers will all...

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AFCU Raises Over $5200 for CHOC

AFCU Raises Over $5,200 for CHOC

Posted On: November 19, 2020 by American First Credit Union in: Community, COVID-19, Youth

For three decades, CHOC Walk in the Park presented by the Disneyland Resort has been a cherished community event benefiting the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). The 5K walking unites many communities to support the medical wellbeing of children. COVID-19 brought on a new set of challenges to support the annual event, but that didn’t stop American First Credit Union (AFCU). AFCU brought many creative solutions to the table.

To support CHOC and the virtual CHOC...

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These New Year’s Resolutions Are Game-Changers

These New Year’s Resolutions Are Game-Changers

Posted On: November 16, 2020 by American First Credit Union in: General, Holiday, Savings

As the new year quickly comes around, it’s time to consider what this year’s resolution will be. These resolutions aren’t about working out, eating healthy or losing weight – they're all about money moves. 2021 is the year to rethink your finances, stick to a budget and rid yourself of debt! Keep reading to find a resolution that works for you.

Rethink Your Budget

Don’t let the idea of a budget scare you away – it doesn’t have to be as...

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The Secret to a Cheaper Holiday Season

The Secret to a Cheaper Holiday Season

Posted On: November 9, 2020 by American First Credit Union in: General, Holiday, Savings

As the holidays quickly approach, managing your money wisely becomes difficult. We shower our loved ones with gifts, celebrate the season with fancy dinners, and go all-out on new décor. The budget tends to go out the window when the holidays come around. There’s no harm in enjoying the holiday season, but this blog will help you make sure you don’t enter January with empty pockets.

Set a Realistic Budget

Odds are, if you set a tight and strict budget for the holidays,...

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AFCU Provides Space for Conversation with Men of Color

Posted On: October 19, 2020 by American First Credit Union in: Community, COVID-19, General, Youth

It’s a Friday night, and is it time to binge-watch The Office on Netflix? Not with MSI (Make Success Initiative) – Fullerton. MSI helps to foster academic success, establish a support network of mentors, and increase graduation and retention rates of Cal State University, Fullerton’s men of color. MSI has proven effective at improving the GPA and graduation rates of its scholars. On September 25, 2020, their students chose to spend their Friday fostering life and professional...

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Why is Having an Emergency Fund a Necessity?

Why is Having an Emergency Fund a Necessity?

Posted On: October 12, 2020 by American First Credit Union in: General, Savings

The recent events causing widely experienced job loss has been a clear reminder of how important emergency funds are. When layoffs or other unexpected circumstances take place, having a backup fund will be what keeps the rest of your financial life going in a positive direction. 

What’s an emergency fund? 

An emergency fund is money you’ve set aside for unexpected expenses. This stash of money allows you to be...

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