The Modern Wallet Blog

7 Money Myths You Need To Stop Believing Now

We all grow up hearing the same financial advice: Spend less, save more and invest early. While most of these words of wisdom ring true, there are lots of widespread money management tips that are actually false.

6 Ways To Save on Summer Vacation

How do you save big while getting the most out of your summer vacation?

9 Steps To Buying Your First Car

The process can be daunting, but we'll walk you through it.

What To Buy And What To Skip On Memorial Day

You might be surprised at the things you should and shouldn’t buy this time of year.

Don't Get Caught in a Pyramid Scheme

Let’s look at what constitutes a pyramid scheme and how to avoid falling for one.

Mortgage Rates are Dropping; Should I Refinance?

Q: I’ve heard that mortgage rates have dropped dramatically since the start of 2019. Should I refinance my mortgage loan to take advantage of these lower rates?

Beware Tech Support Scams

The FTC is warning of a surge in tech support scams, many of which can be difficult to spot.

Spring Cleaning Hacks

Use these cleaning hacks to help banish those dust bunnies without spending a fortune on cleaning solutions and organizers. 

7 Signs You're Living Beyond Your Means And How To Fix Them

Let’s take a look at seven red flags that might mean you’re living beyond your means and the steps you can take to get back on track. 

Fake Check Scams On The Rise

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) released a report warning about a spike in fake check scams across the country. 

Should I Be Concerned About Rising Mortgage Rates?

On June 13, the Federal Funds Target rate was increased for the second time in 2018. What does this mean for you? If you’re a homeowner, should you be taking any action now? 

Don't Get Caught in a Free Trial Scam!

You know what they say: “If it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t.” And yet, dozens of people fall for scams that promise them the moon — and they don’t realize they’ve been played until it’s too late.

What Can I Do About Robocalls?

Are you sick of grabbing your ringing phone only to find a robocaller on the other end? Those automatic calls are enough to make anyone go bonkers. Read on for the inside scoop on robocalls and what you can do about them.

7 Questions to ask Yourself Before Making a Large Purchase

You’re convinced: You really want that Coach handbag. Or maybe you just know that gigantic entertainment center will transform your weekends. So you swipe your card and the dream item becomes yours. You’re thrilled! 

Is Your Contact Info Up To Date?

It's important that the credit union can communicate with you regarding your account, so this is a friendly reminder to ensure we have your up-to-date contact information on file.

Smishing Scams

Text messaging has come under attack as one of the most vulnerable mediums for identity theft and more. Here’s what you need to know about an SMS message-based scam called “smishing.” 

Debit Card Safety

How do you pay for your purchases? It may be instinct for you to pull out any piece of plastic without thinking, but your random card of choice might not be the safest way to pay. 

Don't Drink Your Wallet Dry!

You probably already know water is the best beverage choice for your health and for your money. But did you know bottled water may be costing you a fortune? 

6 Ways To Turn Your Dream Vacation Into a Reality

Everyone has their own version of a dream vacation. But, for most of us, it never becomes a reality. Read on for six ways to make that dream vacation come true.

Saving on Mother's Day

Here’s some low-cost ways to show Mom how much you care.

Beware of Social Media Scams!

Over the last few years, social media scams have exploded, with fake Twitter and Facebook profiles increasing by 100% in just one year. That also means there are several types of social media scams, most which involve a phishing scheme component.

How to Fund an Emergency

Q: I’ve had a financial emergency and I don’t know how to pay for it! What are my options? 

A: Ideally, you’ll want to have an emergency fund in place. If you don’t, consider these options… 

7 Ways To Spring Clean For Extra Cash

When that first delightful spring breeze starts blowing, you know it’s time to get your house in shape. But there’s more than just a neat house awaiting the end of all that hard work. With just a few steps, you can put some extra cash in your wallet. 

Rising Interest Rates

Interest rates have been steadily increasing over the last year. So, if you’re thinking of taking out a large loan in the near future, you might be waiting until those rates start going down again. 

Here’s why that might not be the best idea. 

Saving on Home Renovations

Is your home in desperate need of a facelift? As you probably know, renovations don’t come cheap. In fact, the average kitchen remodel tops $60,000 and bathroom overhauls can cost $18,000!

With some careful planning, though, you can shave thousands of dollars off these price tags.

How To Use The Money Envelope System

If you’re like many of us, you’ve been trying to stick to a budget for a while, but by the time each month is over, you’ve busted your budget – again.

How To Talk Money With Your Partner

What happens when you and your partner have different approaches toward money?

It's a common scenario.

6 Common Tax Mistakes To Avoid

It’s that time of year again! Get ready to break out the calculator and pencils; dig out the enormous pile of receipts, tax forms and pay stubs, and get to work.

How to Shop Smarter at the Grocery Store

These tips will help you save big the next time you go grocery shopping!

Phone Cloning and Digital Self Defense

Did you know it’s possible to clone a phone? It involves copying the identity of one phone to another. In fact, in today’s digital world, when we use them for everything from ordering an Uber to paying for purchases, mobile phones can be a major source of security breaches. And as frightening as it sounds, the only thing a hacker needs to launch a major attack is your phone number.

10 Tax Scams to Avoid

The IRS often warns consumers about tax scams this time of year. While it's important to be vigilant as you work with your tax preparer or do your own yearly tax filing, watch out for many of these scams that happen year-round. If you come across any of these, consider it a red flag.

The Dos And Don'ts Of Credit Repair

Looking for ways to improve an unfavorable credit score? Look no further! Our handy guide will help you get on the road to improving your score.

Updates On The Equifax Breach

It’s been several weeks since the massive Equifax data breach became public knowledge. While there are still more questions than answers, lots of factors have been clarified. 

Beware Of Phishing Scams!

There has been a recent upsurge in phishing scams involving credit union brands.  In all phishing scams, the scammer poses as a legitimate business or service provider where the victim may have familiarity. In this case, they claim to represent your credit union.

Creative Ways To Save On Energy Costs

We’ve all heard it before: Close the vents in rooms you don’t use, regularly replace your AC filters and vacuum the coils on your fridge. But what if you’re following all the conventional energy-saving tips and your summertime electricity bill is still astronomical?

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