Don’t Get Caught in a QR Code Scam

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Scammers are always dreaming up new ways to con people out of their money. Recently, they’ve figured out a “quick” way by hijacking QR codes. Here’s what to know about QR code scams and how to avoid them. 

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Pay Down Debt Without the Help of Mom’s Wallet

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Consumer debt can be one of the biggest challenges to financial wellness. With some intentional action and commitment, reaching true financial wellness is possible!

Here’s how to pay down or off your debt in five simple steps:

  1. Organize your debt

List every credit card you own along with an outstanding balance. Jot down the amount owed to each card issuer. Next, list the interest rate of each card. Repeat these steps for other loans you may have as well. 

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Air & Sea Show Drop Zone Beach

April 30th and May 1st - We Florida Financial sponsoring the Drop Zone Beach which features everything you need for a hassle-free and memorable air show viewing experience. Portable restrooms with hand sanitizing stations right on the beach and reserved just for the use of Drop Zone guests. Food, water, soda and beer are available for purchase on the beach so you never have to deal with any crowds or miss out on the aviation spectacle going on in front of you.

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8 Myths About Credit Unions

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How much do you know about credit unions? Test yourself on these 8 myths: How many did you believe until today?

Myth #1: You must meet strict eligibility requirements.

Fact: While credit unions do require that members meet certain requirements to satisfy a common bond, many of these are broad, and few of them truly limit membership.

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All You Need to Know About Auto Loans

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If you’re in the market for a new car or truck, you’re likely also shopping for an auto loan. Your auto loan will affect your monthly budget for the full term of the loan, so it’s important to do your research and make an informed decision before finalizing it. Here’s all you need to know about auto loans and how to choose the one that’s best for you. 

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Watch Out for These 6 IRS Tax Scams

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Tax season is stressful enough without adding vulnerability to identity theft to your list of things to worry about. To keep your sensitive personal information safe, however, you should be a little worried, though – or at least alert and informed enough to know a tax scam when you see one.
Tax scammers have several common tricks they use to lure taxpayers into handing over personal information that can be used for identity theft. Knowing what to look for is key to avoiding tax scams this tax season.

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4 Ways to Trim Your Fixed Expenses

Fixed Expenses BlogWhen trying to trim a monthly budget, most people don’t even consider their fixed expenses; however, with just a bit of effort and research, most of these costs can be reduced.

1. Consider a refinance

Trim your mortgage payments by refinancing at a lower interest rate. It will cost a bit, but you can roll closing costs and other fees into your refinance loan. Plus, the money you save each month should more than offset these costs. A refinance is especially smart in a falling-rates environment or if your credit score has improved a lot.

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9 Ways to Fight Rising Prices on Groceries

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If you’re like most Americans, you’ve probably noticed your grocery bills climb to crazy heights during the coronavirus pandemic. Over the past 12 months, all of the six major grocery store food group prices increased, according to the November 2021 Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Prices for meats, poultry, fish and eggs rose 12.8 percent in 2021, with beef prices jumping the most with a 20.9 percent increase. Dairy product prices rose 1.6 percent. Other prices rose too, ranging from a 4.0 percent increase on fruits and vegetables to 5.7 percent for other foods.
 
Leaving the grocery store with only a few bags of groceries for $100 can be depressing. Fortunately, you can take steps to lower your grocery bill by at least a little, or maybe even significantly.
Here are nine ways to cut your grocery bill despite rising prices.

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Tips for Empty Nesters Downsizing

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Quiet. Calm. Clean. And empty.

These are just some words that may come to mind when your youngest kiddo leaves the nest. No stray sneakers cluttering up the hallway. No trail of school papers. You may even get the TV remote to yourself!

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Last-Minute Shopping Hacks

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Retailers and suppliers have been urging consumers to shop early this holiday season, but that doesn’t mean everyone has been paying attention. If you’ve pushed off shopping until the last minute, we’ve got you covered! Here are five ways to keep your last-minute shopping stress-free and inexpensive. 

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9 Tips for ATM Safety

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With the sun setting by 6 pm since we fell back for Daylight Saving Time, it’s more important than ever to brush up on ATM safety. Using a compromised ATM can mean risking identity theft and/or having cash stolen.

Here are tips to help you keep your ATM transactions secure. 

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String Your Lights, not Your Budget!

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Skip-a-payment is a program that gives members a chance to skip a monthly loan payment during a tight financial season. Most credit unions offer it during the holidays!

Here at We Florida Financial, we understand that the holidays can be expensive for our members. That’s why we offer you our own gift this time of year: the option to skip a monthly loan or credit card payment to give you that extra cash flow. It’s more breathing room in your budget, just when you need it most!

Here’s what you need to know about skip-a-payment:

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Banks vs. Credit Unions – 3 Differences That Matter

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From the outside, banks look sophisticated and glamorous. There’s all that hype advertising and flashy logos. But, when it comes down to it, those things don’t matter much. What counts is how each institution will look after your money and what kind of service you can expect from them. That's why everyday people often consider an alternative to these corporate giants.

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Smarter Smartphone Budgets

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If you’re like most people, you’re probably spending more on your monthly wireless bill than necessary. Maybe you’re paying for overages or mystery fees, when all your need is talk, text and data. As your credit union, we want to help you save.

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Finding Work-Life Balance in the New Normal

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Significant historical events, from the Great Depression to WW2, changed our society in unimaginable ways. The Great Depression gave us some of the social programs Americans have come to expect, such as Social Security. WW2 ushered in a “golden age” for our nation, bringing us prosperity, advancements in technology, and a position as the world’s leader. Now, the pandemic is changing the ways we work, set priorities, and look at our lifestyles. One major area of where are perspectives are evolving is how to find the right work-life balance.

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Fall in Love With Your Credit Union

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As a Member of We Florida Financial, you are uniquely positioned to manage your finances and watch your money grow on the best possible terms. Like a Member of an elite club, you are entitled to exclusive privileges and individualized service, courtesy of your credit union.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the benefits you can enjoy as a member :

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How Not to Labor Over Credit Card Debt

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Q: I’d love to improve my credit score, but I can’t get ahead of my payments. I also find that my spending gets out of control when I’m paying with plastic. How do I use my credit cards responsibly?

A: Using your credit cards responsibly is a great way to boost your credit score and your financial wellness.

Here’s all you need to know about responsible credit card usage.

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Social Media: Five Scams that Work

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Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn and many others can help us connect on a personal and professional level with friends, family, business associates, and causes that allow us to make new connections with others with shared interests. And participation is free to everyone, which has led to an unprecedented use of social media. 

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