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by Andrew Clapton @ Solarity

I have worked in financial services for nearly 25 years. I have been a banker, a mortgage loan officer, an insurance agent, as well as a team member with Solarity Credit Union. Transitioning to a credit union was a turning point in my career. I have always been very customer-focused and being a team member…

What do our Members Expect from us?

What do our Members Expect from us?

by Gary Caskey @ Solarity

Expectation: a belief that something will or is likely to a happen.  A belief about how successful or good something will be.

Opening a Bank Account

Opening a Bank Account


Consumer.gov

Managing Your Money

Why is Member Experience so Important?

Why is Member Experience so Important?

by Sara Wilson @ Solarity

When I was asked to write a blog about why member experience is important, I immediately thought ‘Piece of cake! I can hammer that out in 15 minutes!’  Yet, as I sat down to write it, I struggled. Not because it isn’t important to me, but because the member experience is unique to everyone and…

Why you’re paying too much for medication

by Andy Webb @ Be Clever With Your Cash

Spend less money to get better. When you’ve got a cold, you’ll ask for Lemsip. When you’ve got a headache, you’ll ask for Nurofen. When you’ve got a hangover, you’ll ask for a Berocca. Yes they cost more than own brand, but surely that’s because they’re better at making you feel better? Well, it turns out […]

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Cheapest ways to watch Sky Sports without a subscription – inc 20% off day pass | £9 week pass

by Andy Webb @ Be Clever With Your Cash

You don’t need a Sky subscription to watch Sky Sports! Here are the latest deals for pay as you go passes on NOW TV. I’m a big fan of NOW TV (we’ve got the Entertaiment Pass to watch Sky Atlantic shows) as a cheap way to watch Sky channels. If you are a fan of the […]

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4 Crucial Facts About Interest Rates on Parent PLUS Loans

by Christy Rakoczy @ Student Loan Hero

Comparing student loan interest rates is important for parents who are helping fund their child’s college education. Parents who borrow loans to help their children pay for school will typically choose between Parent PLUS Loans and private student loans. Interest rates can vary widely between these products. Interest rates impact both your loan payments and […]

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Got Core Values?

Got Core Values?

by Mina Worthington @ Solarity

A group of employees got together to decide what our guiding principles would be.  They were a great collection of thoughts on how we would behave and what we would believe.  The only problem with them was that the end result was a 3 page document, and no one can (or should) memorize a 3 page document.

Trump Budget Proposal Takes Aim at IDR, PSLF, and Billions in Grants

by Miranda Marquit @ Student Loan Hero

With the latest Congressional budget battle just ended, President Donald Trump just submitted his budget proposal for fiscal year 2019. The $4.4 trillion budget boosts spending on the military and infrastructure while cutting funding a number of programs, including Medicare. Among the Trump budget cuts are those to education spending. The budget calls for huge […]

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Why is it Important to Have a Savings Account?

Why is it Important to Have a Savings Account?


Advantage CCS

There's no doubt that having a savings account will help to give you peace of mind. Find out why it's important to have a savings account nowadays.

Hidden Fees Can Derail Your Debt Management

by Lauralynn Mangis @ Advantage CCS

Debt management and debt reduction efforts can be difficult for many people. You may find it challenging to pay your bills on time and reducing debt balances can be even...

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Cash Chats ep50: Battle of the supermarkets

by Andy Webb @ Be Clever With Your Cash

I like Waitrose, and I like Aldi, but which is better? There’s only one way to find out… Fight! We’ve all got different reasons for picking the supermarket we shop in. It could be price, it could be quality, it could just be whichever is nearest. But we’ve all got our favourites too. So in […]

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Estate Planning with Life Insurance

by Ryan Guina @ Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career

This article was originally published on Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career at Estate Planning with Life Insurance.

Although most people don’t like to think about what might happen to their loved ones after they’re gone, the reality is that if you aren’t properly prepared for certain situations, a potentially bad scenario could become much worse for the people that you care about most. In fact, for most people to achieve lasting peace ... Read More about Estate Planning with Life Insurance

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The Perfect Fit

The Perfect Fit

by Elyssa Granger @ Solarity

I am packing for college and trying to decide where in the world was my “fit.” Never did I imagine it would be at a bank, Credit Union, or in a financial industry whatsoever.

TaxAct Review 2017 – A Powerful Tax Software Solution to Fill Most Needs

by Kevin Mercadante @ Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career

This article was originally published on Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career at TaxAct Review 2017 – A Powerful Tax Software Solution to Fill Most Needs.

TaxAct is one of the leading tax preparation software packages available. The service was founded in 1998, and it enables you to prepare all types of returns, regardless of the degree of difficulty. Small and medium-size business tax returns are a niche of this product, but they even have a professional edition available for career ... Read More about TaxAct Review 2017 – A Powerful Tax Software Solution to Fill Most Needs

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7 Top Questions to Ask Before Opening a Bank Account 

7 Top Questions to Ask Before Opening a Bank Account 


Credit.com

 There are 7 questions to ask before opening a bank account, including what type of account you need, and what fees you’ll be charged. Let’s break it down.  

Explore Your Savings Account Options with KeyBank

Explore Your Savings Account Options with KeyBank


Key.com

Building a savings strategy starts with opening the right account. Use this comparison chart to see which KeyBank savings account is right for you.

Around the World in Eight Inflight Magazines

Around the World in Eight Inflight Magazines

by Anthony Grant @ The Points Guy

You’ve settled into your seat, a middle with no way out. There is no in-flight entertainment monitor. You left your iPad on the rental car counter. Things are looking grim. But then you realize you’re not condemned to hours of boredom: Your salvation is coming in the form of a little handheld friend in the seat pocket …

Will Your Relationship Last? Depends on Your Investment

by Kevin Voigt @ NerdWallet

On Valentine’s Day, lovers scramble to order flowers or book a table at the right restaurant. But are these really the kinds of “investments” that pay off in building a…

Is a Reading Retreat the Next Yoga Retreat?

Is a Reading Retreat the Next Yoga Retreat?

by Jeffrey Preis @ The Points Guy

In the past couple years, a new kind of retreat has been popping up and it doesn’t feature a spa or yoga, nor is it a creative writing getaway. Nope, it’s a reading retreat and there’s only one rule here: The reading room must be silent at all times. You don’t even have to BYOB (bring …

Waiver of Premium Rider

by Paul Moyer @ Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career

This article was originally published on Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career at Waiver of Premium Rider.

Life insurance can provide peace of mind in knowing that loved ones and survivors will have the funds that they need in case of the unexpected. But, not all life insurance policies are exactly alike, so in many cases, adding various riders can help to better “customize” the coverage to fit specific anticipated needs. A ... Read More about Waiver of Premium Rider

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Learn How To Budget Your Expenses The Right Way

by Lauralynn Mangis @ Advantage CCS

The word “budget” gets tossed around a lot, from the mom who tells her teen that a new gaming system is not “in the budget,” to the school officials who...

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Cash Chats ep48: Escaping the 9-5 rat race

by Andy Webb @ Be Clever With Your Cash

Get your money in shape so you can start working on your dream job. Five years ago I knew I want to do something different, something outside the normal corporate working regime. Now, I’m my own boss, doing something I love (that’s this blog and podcast by the way). So how do you get yourself […]

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Is it worth going the extra mile to save money on petrol?

by Andy Webb @ Be Clever With Your Cash

Anyone who drives will have noticed the gradual creeping up of petrol prices. Prices at the pumps are actually at their highest since November 2014, with the average price last week 122.4p per litre, going as high as 150p per litre in some parts of the country. So it goes without saying that saving money on […]

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Life Insurance and Millennials — What to Consider Now

by Barbara Marquand @ NerdWallet

Getting married, buying a house and having kids are all good reasons to purchase life insurance. But if other financial priorities keep getting in the way, there’s an economic consideration…

4 Reasons I’ve Outgrown the W Hotel Brand

4 Reasons I’ve Outgrown the W Hotel Brand

by The Points Guy @ The Points Guy

I’ve always been a Starwood fan and have spent many years staying in properties from its different brands — I’m even a Lifetime Platinum member. The St. Regis is luxury (almost) perfected, and I always enjoy a solid Westin or Le Meridien stay. Even Sheraton has surprised me recently — Starwood seems to be upgrading the …

Press Release: Resource One Credit Union names Mary Beth Spuck as the Next President & CEO

by R1CU @ Resource One Credit Union

Resource One Credit Union named Mary Beth Spuck as their new President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing long-time leader, Jim Brisendine. The Board of Directors conducted a rigorous search and Board Chairman, Tony Goebel, said “Ms. Spuck brings an abundance of professional skill and qualifications in both organizational development and sales and will be an immense asset to Resource One. We look forward to working with Ms. Spuck to find additional ways to increase value to our members.”

Your Guide to Insuring Someone Else's Life

by Barbara Marquand @ NerdWallet

Buying life insurance on someone else and naming yourself as beneficiary might sound like a plot point in a film noir mystery. But taking out a policy on another person…

Constructive Conflict

Constructive Conflict

by Pete Stromberg @ Solarity

Taking advantage of constructive conflict requires a high degree of trust.  Relationships are key here so it is essential that you take the time to get to know your team, for the team to get to know you, and for the team to get to know one another.  Everyone must feel comfortable in disagreeing with one another and everyone must accept that conflict will be a key element of the organization’s culture.

Becoming a Solarian

Becoming a Solarian

by Pete Stromberg @ Solarity

Solarity recognizes that its greatest strength is its employees.  A highly competent and intrinsically motivated team is what sets us apart from the competition.  In light of this, Solarity has just completed a comprehensive overhaul of its onboarding and training program.  This program is designed to ensure that all Solarians are ready and able to…

I salute you. Leveraging recognition to support our core values.

I salute you. Leveraging recognition to support our core values.

by MaryAbigail Dills @ Solarity

Data has shown that happy employees produce more and accomplish more. It is an exciting age to be in. We have gone from Ford creating the standard eight hour work day to beginning to harness the creativity, individuality and diversity of our employees to benefit our companies. The challenge is for business leaders to figure…

Your Credit Score: The (Other) Key To Your New Home

by R1CU @ Resource One Credit Union

Fantastic Advice for Saving Money during the Holidays

by Lauralynn Mangis @ Advantage CCS

During the holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in the desire to give the perfect gift. This can lead to people only thinking about getting that perfect present,...

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They Moved Up!

They Moved Up!

by Carrie Gabbard @ Solarity

In the year 2016, forty-five (45) percent of our positions that became open were filled with internal applicants. Nineteen (19) percent of our positions that became open were filled with external applicants – who were referred by internal employees.

Cash Chats ep49: Ask Andy inc unused credit cards, O2 trick, Monzo changes & spending Nectar

by Andy Webb @ Be Clever With Your Cash

I’ve answered your questions in this week’s episode of the podcast. It’s been a while since I’ve tackled the questions you’ve sent me via email, Twitter and through comments on the blog, so I picked four of the recent ones to share my answers. Here’s what’s in this episode. Do you have to keep putting […]

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Looking for Credit Union Student Loans? Here’s How to Find and Apply for Them

by Christy Rakoczy @ Student Loan Hero

Do you need private student loans to cover the cost of your education? Though many prospective borrowers head straight to a big bank or online lender for a student loan, these aren’t your only options. Consider student loans from credit unions, too. Like banks and online lenders, credit unions are financial institutions that lend money. […]

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How Listening to our Members has Helped us Provide Better Experiences

How Listening to our Members has Helped us Provide Better Experiences

by Ralph Cumbee @ Solarity

Solarity launched a ‘Voice of the Member’ initiative in October of 2015, and we have received nearly 5,000 surveys since inception. Of those nearly 5,000 surveys, we have responded to every single one. 

411 on the 509

411 on the 509

by Solarity @ Solarity

Adventure, nature, and the Yakima Valley will begin to unfold as you dive into it. There is so much to explore in the Yakima Valley…from music and craft beverages, to outdoor activities and local sports…one just has to look.

7 Things You Can Use College Loans For — Besides Tuition

by Elyssa Kirkham @ Student Loan Hero

As a student, figuring out the wisest way to use college loans is tricky. You want to borrow enough to pay for college and focus on your studies, but it can be hard to know where to draw the line. Can you borrow to pay for a new computer? What about your internet bill? Some […]

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Debt Consolidation vs. Debt Management: Which Strategy Is Right for You?

by Ben Luthi @ Student Loan Hero

If you’re drowning in debt, you might be feeling a sense of helplessness. You’re not alone. U.S. households carry an average of $110,095 in debt, according to data from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Census Bureau. Your borrowing options are probably limited because of how much debt you have, and your credit is likely suffering. […]

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Beer; Washington’s Craft

Beer; Washington’s Craft

by Ben Record @ Solarity

It is Friday night in Yakima and you are headed out with a few friends for a beer. But, where are you going for this beer? And what beer will you drink? If this sounds like something you and your friends might struggle with, don’t worry I am here to help! I have put together a list with my top three breweries in the Yakima Valley, explaining why they are my favorite and what my favorite beer is at each. Enjoy!

Review: Buying and selling gift cards with Zeek

by Andy Webb @ Be Clever With Your Cash

Buy unwanted gift vouchers and gift cards at discounted prices, then use them to double up on other sales and promotions. I use Zeek a lot. So much so that I wouldn’t be surprised if I’ve bought more discounted gift cards than anyone you know… which possibly gives away the verdict at the end of […]

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Integrity & Trust

Integrity & Trust

by Pete Stromberg @ Solarity

Bringing integrity to our roles as organizational leaders is an essential component of our success.  Integrity is vital to the establishment of a trust-filled environment.  Together, integrity and trust represent a powerful team for when they align positive outcomes are achievable by all. 

Innovation & Creativity

Innovation & Creativity

by Pete Stromberg @ Solarity

Given the option, most employees would choose to join organizations whose culture and values align well with their own. They want to be engaged, they want to be consulted, and they want to feel as though they are having a positive impact.

On The Brink

On The Brink

by Carrie Gabbard @ Solarity

The financial services market is entering a new era of continuously changing consumer demands. Consumers simultaneously want and need world-class digital capabilities, and in-depth, personalized financial guidance. How will employees approach work when the type of work they actually do will change over their career? With optimism, openness, and ability, they jump right in. Being…

What’s Coming Next: Digital Banking Platform

What’s Coming Next: Digital Banking Platform

by Chad Ritchie @ Solarity

Technology has simplified things for me and I no longer need to resort to questionable parenting acts to remain comfy on the couch.

The best bank switching, cashback and interest offers | Be Clever With Your Cash

The best bank switching, cashback and interest offers | Be Clever With Your Cash


Be Clever With Your Cash

One of the quickest ways to make some extra cash is to take advantage of the very competitive current account market and get a switching bonus, cashback or high interest on your savings. If you’ve been with the same bank since your first job or University, you’re probably missing out. Since seven-day switching was introduced in …

How I got To Where I Am Today

How I got To Where I Am Today

by Patrick Lilly @ Solarity

I’ve been very fortunate to have been steadily employed in the financial industry for the last 40 years. By fortunate, I mean that I never applied for a job in the financial industry until 2014, and then it was in connection with the acquisition of the bank I was working at by another bank that…

When Will I Get My Tax Refund? 2017 Tax Year Refund Schedule (2018 Tax Season)

by Ryan Guina @ Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career

This article was originally published on Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career at When Will I Get My Tax Refund? 2017 Tax Year Refund Schedule (2018 Tax Season).

The first day to file your 2017 taxes is January 29, 2018. The IRS reports that 9 out of 10 taxpayers who filed electronically in 2017 received their tax refunds within 21 days. Some taxpayers receive their refund in as little as 8 days, and most receive it within 10-14 days. The IRS no longer ... Read More about When Will I Get My Tax Refund? 2017 Tax Year Refund Schedule (2018 Tax Season)

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Savings & Money Market Accounts - Personal Banking

Savings & Money Market Accounts - Personal Banking


Gate City Bank

Gate City Bank offers competitive interest rates for Money Market and Savings, helping you reach your goals faster. See the latest online money market and savings rates and open your account online today.

Are you oversharing on social media?

by Andy Webb @ Be Clever With Your Cash

It’s easy to reveal more about yourself online than you realise – and that could help scammers and hackers. This week a couple of blogging friends shared one of those little games that are so popular on Facebook. This one used your answers to tell you “Who you are”. The month you were born decided […]

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You Don’t Have to Overpay for Your First Home

by Holden Lewis @ NerdWallet

A typical first-time home buyer pays thousands of dollars more than an experienced buyer would pay for the same house, according to research from two housing economists. First-time buyers overpaid…

Best Bank Account Bonuses and Offers February 2018 - NerdWallet

Best Bank Account Bonuses and Offers February 2018 - NerdWallet


NerdWallet

Excellent cash bonuses are available if you open checking or savings accounts with some banks. Here are the best offers this month: Checking account offers and savings promotions Top picks…

How do savings accounts work?

How do savings accounts work?


HowStuffWorks

Basically, a savings account is a way for your money to earn money. That may be a bit simplistic, but in this article we'll dig deeper and help you determine how to save and decide which accounts are the best fit for your lifestyle.

Why I Chose Solarity

Why I Chose Solarity

by Sam Johnson @ Solarity

My first job out of college in 2011 was for the State of Washington Department of Financial Institutions Division of Banks as a financial examiner in Seattle.  Over almost three years I examined nearly 30 community financial institutions all over the state and met their executive teams, learned about their strategies, assessed their financials, and…

Why You?

Why You?

by Brandon Babin @ Solarity

If you find yourself sliding out of bed, dreading to go to work, waking up in the morning knowing your contribution to society isn’t rewarding, driving the long route to work only to wait in your car until the last minute with a massive inhale exhale before entering your work space, then it’s time to make a change and this blog is speaking to you.

5 Insider Tips to Making $15,000 Off Your Side Hustle

by Jordi Lippe-McGraw @ Student Loan Hero

Taking on a side hustle is a great way to make some extra money. For attorney and creator of personal finance blog Financial Panther, Kevin Han, these extra gigs helped him pay off his $87,000 worth of student debt in just two and a half years. Even though he had a well-paying full-time job as […]

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Keys to Successful Leadership

Keys to Successful Leadership

by Pete Stromberg @ Solarity

To be successful as a leader, one must display behaviors and adhere to a set of standards on which the members of the organization that he or she leads can observe.  Through consistent adherence to these standards of behavior, success can be achieved.  These qualities run the gamut of leadership behaviors and encompass what you…

Flying With a Cartoon Penguin, on EVA Air’s Badtz-Maru Airbus A330

Flying With a Cartoon Penguin, on EVA Air’s Badtz-Maru Airbus A330

by J. Keith van Straaten @ The Points Guy

EVA Air's cartoon-themed aircraft offers one of the world's most unique passenger experiences. Pros: Outstanding service and an absolutely unique themed aircraft. Cons: No choice of food in Economy, sub-par lounge options in Fukuoka.

Rebrand or Brand Refresh?

Rebrand or Brand Refresh?

by MaryAbigail Dills @ Solarity

A brand is not something that you create and then put on the bookshelf.  It requires attention and evolves organically along with your business. It is your company’s personality. Think about all of the things you have learned over the last year. Have you learned to use some new words, present concepts more clearly, changed your hair or bought a few new outfits? You are constantly refreshing your personal brand, and it is vital that you pay the same level of attention to your company’s brand.

10 Bank Promotions That Pay You To Open An Account

10 Bank Promotions That Pay You To Open An Account


Investopedia

Find out which banks are running cash promotions this summer.

How Not To Bust Your Holiday Budget

by R1CU @ Resource One Credit Union

Meet the 6 Amazing Winners of Our Spring 2018 Student Loan Hero Scholarship

by Rebecca Safier @ Student Loan Hero

Student Loan Hero is excited to announce the six winners of our spring 2018 scholarship. After reviewing hundreds of applications, our financial experts selected six amazing students who impressed us with their drive and commitment to their education. Not only are these students determined to reach their goals, but they also demonstrated incredible resilience in […]

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Everyday Banking: Checking & Savings | BECU

Everyday Banking: Checking & Savings | BECU


BECU

Great rates + no hidden fees = a better way to bank. Our personal checking and savings accounts offer benefits most traditional banks just can’t. Learn more here.

Do’s and Don’ts When Using Shopping Apps

by Lauren Schwahn @ NerdWallet

Retailers such as Target and Amazon are embracing mobile applications to help consumers save money and time with features like digital wallets and augmented reality. When used strategically, apps can…

Get Paid to Live on Bahamas and Care for Flamingos

Get Paid to Live on Bahamas and Care for Flamingos

by Jeffrey Preis @ The Points Guy

Baha Mar, a massive resort that recently opened on Nassau, Bahamas, after more than 10 years of construction, sits on 1,000 acres and a half-mile stretch of beachside property and cost over $4 billion to build. The resort includes three hotel properties (totaling 2,300 rooms), 42 restaurants and lounges, an 18-hole golf course, a casino and the resort’s …

The 8 Best Bank Promotions (Checking and Savings) in 2018

The 8 Best Bank Promotions (Checking and Savings) in 2018


The Dough Roller

Looking for the best checking accounts or savings accounts? These bank promotions can get you cash back when you open a new account and a top APR.

Bank accounts: �200 switch bonus or 5% interest current account

Bank accounts: �200 switch bonus or 5% interest current account


MoneySavingExpert.com

Martin Lewis reveals how to compare and switch to the best bank accounts that can save you �100s a year.

How To Save Money On Valentine’s Day

by Lauralynn Mangis @ Advantage CCS

Hey lovebirds, are you ready for Valentine’s Day?  It’s right around the corner! This special holiday is all about love and showing your significant other how much you care. Consumer...

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Alaska Flash Sale: West Coast to Texas and Midwest From 10,000 Miles Round-Trip

Alaska Flash Sale: West Coast to Texas and Midwest From 10,000 Miles Round-Trip

by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

Just after Delta’s flash sale, Alaska launched its own sale fares for award flights this afternoon. Travelers based in Texas or on the West Coast will benefit the most from these deals, which begin at 10,000 Mileage Plan miles and $12 round-trip. In order to take advantage of these flash sale rates, you must purchase your …

How It’s Done in an Organization that Develops

How It’s Done in an Organization that Develops

by Mina Worthington @ Solarity

I would definitely call Solarity a Development Organization.  This is not to be confused with those entities that work with government to develop business and infrastructure in geographical regions.  It is also not the same as organizational development, which is a term used from organization-wide planning and management to increase performance of the organization. Solarity…

How to Plan a Purr-fect Flight With Your Cat

by Gregory Karp @ NerdWallet

Taking a cat or kitten along on a commercial flight can seem like a straightforward idea, but the logistics can mount. You may face additional costs, not to mention documentation…

Banks Will Pay You Up to $400 Just for Opening a Checking Account

Banks Will Pay You Up to $400 Just for Opening a Checking Account


MONEY.com

But you'll have to jump though a lot of hoops to get the cash.

PNC

PNC


PNC

We can help you gain the confidence you need to make important financial decisions for you, your family or your business.

Leadership has nothing to do with gender

Leadership has nothing to do with gender

by Carrie Gabbard @ Solarity

Based on my experience in the workforce, I don’t think that leading and how one leads should be correlated with gender in the least. To me, a strong leader has a strong leadership philosophy and practice that far transcends gender and all of the hundreds of other things that make us unique. To divide it…

Tax Season Fraud and Identity Theft

by Lauralynn Mangis @ Advantage CCS

Founded by the Federal Trade Commission, Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week sets aside 5 days to encourage and educate taxpayers to protect their tax and personal identification information. As reports...

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Cheap Chromecast deals: £22 (Save £8) and two months free Sky Cinema

by Andy Webb @ Be Clever With Your Cash

The Google Chromecast is a cheap device that makes your TV smart without the wires, letting you watch Netflix, iPlayer, Amazon Prime and much more on any TV in the home. These deals can save you a packet too! I’m a big fan and avid user of my Chromecast. You plug the Chromecast in the […]

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Return of Premium Rider

by Ryan Guina @ Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career

This article was originally published on Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career at Return of Premium Rider.

If you have people in your life that you care about, then you are likely a good candidate for life insurance coverage. That is because the funds that are received from a life insurance policy can be used by the beneficiary (or beneficiaries) to pay off debt, continue paying ongoing bills, and even to make ... Read More about Return of Premium Rider

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How to Motivate Employees

How to Motivate Employees

by Mina Worthington @ Solarity

I’ve long held fast to the belief that Managers can’t really motivate their employees.  Motivation is something that you either have or don’t have; it’s internal and specific to each individual.  Sure, bad Managers can leave employees feeling un-engaged; but motivated people in an un-engaging environment will leave.  The opposite is true of people who…

Are These 5 Things Worth Credit Card Debt?

by Erin El Issa @ NerdWallet

People don’t talk much about their credit card debt, but it’s common to have it — and to have mixed feelings about it. A recent NerdWallet survey found 55% of U.S. adults…

Am I Accountable?

Am I Accountable?

by Sarah Welch @ Solarity

Accountability in the basic sense is taking ownership of your actions, no “if’s,” “and's,” or “but’s” about it. What makes me accountable?

Corporate Culture: What it Means & Why it Matters

Corporate Culture: What it Means & Why it Matters

by Tina Torres @ Solarity

Corporate culture is a collective value system shared among an organization’s employees. It’s what gives an organization personality and purpose. Organizational values largely influence both the employee and customer experiences, whether intended or not. Why does that matter? If corporate culture can define the customer experience, great care must be invested to develop a culture…

Quality of Life in Yakima

Quality of Life in Yakima

by MaryAbigail Dills @ Solarity

I promise you, that if you live in Yakima too, you will find your very own top ten that truly makes the Yakima area your home.

Press Release: 44% of Parents Feel Guilty They Haven’t Saved More for Kids’ College

by SLH Staff @ Student Loan Hero

“A new survey by Student Loan Hero finds more than 57% of parents have saved less than $10,000” Austin, Texas, Feb. 13, 2018 — 44% of parents who are currently saving for family college costs reported feeling guilty that they haven’t stashed away more to date, according to a new survey from Student Loan Hero. […]

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The best bank switching, cashback and interest offers

by Andy Webb @ Be Clever With Your Cash

One of the quickest ways to make some extra cash is to take advantage of the very competitive current account market and get a switching bonus, cashback or high interest on your savings. If you’ve been with the same bank since your first job or University, you’re probably missing out. Since seven-day switching was introduced in […]

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Culture is King

Culture is King

by Chad Ritchie @ Solarity

Sitting on my desk is the most prized possession in my financial institution. It is a plastic replica of Thor’s Hammer which probably cost fifty cents to manufacture.  Yet every Friday people wait in anticipation for a chance to win this costume accessory.

Member Experience: A Rallying Cry

Member Experience: A Rallying Cry

by Ralph Cumbee @ Solarity

For us, the Member Experience has become a key competitive differentiator, driving decisions on where and how to do business, while attempting to build brand loyalists. This effort has been carried to all levels of the organization and has become a rallying cry for our team.

Life in Yakima

Life in Yakima

by Micayla Lemieux @ Solarity

I’ve always kind of disliked the Yakima Valley.  Being born and raised in the Lower Valley I always felt bored by the lack of nature and the small town feel and the fact that there was never anything interesting to do in town.  Then I had the chance to move to Southern California for a…

Best Bank Account Bonuses For February 2018 | Bankrate.com

Best Bank Account Bonuses For February 2018 | Bankrate.com


Bankrate

Walk away with sacks of cash just for opening a checking or savings account.

Accountability

Accountability

by Pete Stromberg @ Solarity

Individuals and teams derive their accountability not from being directed to do something but rather by being empowered to make choices around how best to approach the work in front of them.

Branches Are Changing…

Branches Are Changing…

by Sam Johnson @ Solarity

Introducing the Engagement Center and the Engagement Center Guides The Engagement Center is a new concept for Solarity Credit Union. It merges world-class staff training with the power of new technology, which allows us to focus on building lasting relationships with our members. We call the Engagement Center staff “Engagement Center Guides” because they have…

Up to $500 for Opening Chase Checking and Savings Accounts

Up to $500 for Opening Chase Checking and Savings Accounts


The Points Guy

For a limited time, Chase is giving up to $500 in bonuses when you open new checking and savings accounts.

Discover Bank Increases Rates - Savings Account, Money Market and CDs

Discover Bank Increases Rates - Savings Account, Money Market and CDs


Deposit Accounts

Discover Bank is the third internet bank to increase rates today, but unlike the other two, the new rates aren’t high enough to give Discover a rate leader...

Why am I Involved in my Community?

Why am I Involved in my Community?

by Molly Greenwalt @ Solarity

I vividly recall, spending hours in front of a local grocery store in below freezing temperatures while ringing bells for the Salvation Army, handing out candy canes and singing Christmas carols to the patrons entering and exiting the store.

A day in the life of a Central Operations Assistant

A day in the life of a Central Operations Assistant

by Kari Thompson @ Solarity

Supporting the front-line is the most rewarding part of this position here at Solarity Credit Union. I love being able to assist staff members when they have questions and need help. It makes me feel good to be a “go-to” person for my coworkers.

In The Near Future

In The Near Future

by Chad Ritchie @ Solarity

In the near future, a touch of a screen is all you will need to apply for a loan, pay your bills, and transfer money to family and friends.  Members who visit Solarity Credit Union’s digital ecosphere will be amazed and inspired by a simple, seamless banking experience.

Life Insurance Living Benefits Rider

by Ryan Guina @ Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career

This article was originally published on Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career at Life Insurance Living Benefits Rider.

Having life insurance in place can allow you the peace of mind in knowing that those who love and care about will not have to face financial hardship in the case of the unexpected. That is because, in addition to providing funds for replacement of income, the cash that life insurance offers can also be ... Read More about Life Insurance Living Benefits Rider

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Consumer Credit Laws And What You Need To Know About Them

by Lauralynn Mangis @ Advantage CCS

There are certain laws in place specifically meant to help consumers in terms of credit, debt, and the lending industry. The Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA) is a consumer credit...

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The Pros and Cons of Renting Versus Buying

by Lauralynn Mangis @ Advantage CCS

The never-ending debate over whether it’s best to rent or buy a property has been on-going for decades and seems to never lose any steam. Everyone has an opinion and...

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The Complete Guide to Private Student Loans for Undergrads

by Jordi Lippe-McGraw @ Student Loan Hero

You’ve gone through all of the steps to secure as many scholarships as possible for college and filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). But you still have a gap in covering all the costs of attending school, so you need to take out private student loans. You’re not alone. In fact, […]

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Amazon vouchers & deals: Fire, Kindle and Echo price drop | top-up bonuses | Cheap Prime | Amazon Prime Now code | More!

by Andy Webb @ Be Clever With Your Cash

From Amazon vouchers and free trials of Amazon Prime to flash sales and tricks for free delivery. Let’s face it, Amazon is probably the one website that most people will use at some point each year, so it helps to have a voucher or discount stored up. Here are the best deals at the moment. Read […]

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This Is The Tallest Hotel In The World

This Is The Tallest Hotel In The World

by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

In Dubai, a city synonymous with superlatives, the Guinness Book of World Records just confirmed newcomer Gevora Hotel to be the world’s tallest at just over 356 meters high (1,168 feet). Neighbor and previous record-holder the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai stands just one meter shorter at 355 meters (1,165 feet). The Gevora Hotel has four restaurants, …

A day in the Life of a Process Improvement Analyst

A day in the Life of a Process Improvement Analyst

by Adi Vagicherla @ Solarity

Bill Gates once said he’d rather hire the lazy people since they find the easiest ways to accomplish given tasks. I’ve seen that quote float around the internet many times and just like my annoying uncle on Facebook, I believe everything on the internet is true. Process Improvement is finding the best ways to achieve…

The 10 Best Checking and Savings Accounts for Your Money | Student Loan Hero

The 10 Best Checking and Savings Accounts for Your Money | Student Loan Hero


Student Loan Hero

Are you looking to open a bank account? Here is your guide to some of the best checking and savings accounts available today.

Smoke in Rear of Southwest Plane Causes Emergency Evacuation

Smoke in Rear of Southwest Plane Causes Emergency Evacuation

by Jeffrey Preis @ The Points Guy

A Southwest Boeing 737 headed from John Wayne International Airport (SNA) in Orange County, California, to San Jose (SJC) was evacuated in an emergency Monday night due to a fire. Flight 2123 was stopped by ground crews after being pushed back from its gate when they noticed a fire in the rear of the plane. The Boeing 737-700, with …

Mobile Banking – 4 Ways To Stay On Top Of Your Finances While On The Go

by R1CU @ Resource One Credit Union

Delta Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Nigeria, Injuries Reported From Evacuation

Delta Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Nigeria, Injuries Reported From Evacuation

by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Tuesday night a Delta flight from Lagos, Nigeria (LOS) to Atlanta (ATL) experienced serious engine issues, requiring the crew to make an immediate emergency landing back at Lagos. The airport’s fire authorities scrambled to meet the plane once on the ground. The issue was determined to be serious enough that the crew initiated an emergency …

Is Online Banking Safe? How to Boost Your Banking Security

by Margarette Burnette @ NerdWallet

When you bank online, you trust that your account is safe from hackers. Even so, online accounts can seem to consumers like easy targets: Instead of robbing a bank, a…

Latest food & drink deals inc Pizza Day discount | Uber Eats/Amazon Restaurant codes

by Andy Webb @ Be Clever With Your Cash

The best deals right now for some free or cheap food and drink! From lunch discounts and vouchers to free samples and restaurant deals, read on for the best food and drink deals you currently available. Here are a few quick links to help you navigate. Restaurant deals, including Tastecard offers and Pizza Day discount  […]

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How to Get Out of Debt, Fast! A Step-by-Step Guide

by Ryan Guina @ Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career

This article was originally published on Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career at How to Get Out of Debt, Fast! A Step-by-Step Guide.

If you know the basics of personal finance, you may already know the most powerful force in the financial universe is compound interest. With compound interest, it’s easier to grow wealthier over time as the interest you earn compounds on itself over and over again. Unfortunately, compound interest can just as easily work against you as ... Read More about How to Get Out of Debt, Fast! A Step-by-Step Guide

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As an Authorized User, Can I Open My Own Account for the Same Card?

As an Authorized User, Can I Open My Own Account for the Same Card?

by Brendan Dorsey @ The Points Guy

“Reader Questions” are now answered twice a week — Tuesdays and Thursdays — by TPG Assistant Editor Brendan Dorsey. Brendan has been with TPG for a year and a half and hails from Northern California. After being an authorized user on someone’s credit card account, you may be considering an account of your own. Maybe …

Accelerated Death Benefit Rider

by Ryan Guina @ Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career

This article was originally published on Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career at Accelerated Death Benefit Rider.

Having life insurance means that those you love and care about may not have to suffer financial hardship at an already difficult time in their lives. That is because the proceeds from a life insurance policy can be used for a wide variety of different needs, such as the payoff of debt, the continuation of ... Read More about Accelerated Death Benefit Rider

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From Faith to Finance

From Faith to Finance

by Sherrin Melcher @ Solarity

So there it was, my career, I was going to be a youth pastor. I had a plan in motion to go the college get a counseling degree and then on to seminary for my pastoral license. But life is funny just when you have it all figured out; it throws you a curve ball.

The Ultimate Checklist for 2018 Grads Preparing for Student Loan Payments

by Andrew Pentis @ Student Loan Hero

For all the knowledge you gained in college, you might feel uneducated and unprepared about how to handle your student loan payments once you graduate. After all, that grace period after graduation when you don’t have to make student loan payments won’t last forever. With the average graduate’s monthly payment hovering around $351, you might […]

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How 12 Olympians Pinched Pennies to Chase Gold

by Teddy Nykiel @ NerdWallet

We’re used to hearing stories of triumphant Olympians overcoming all odds to achieve their dreams. But for many, staying afloat financially is a lesser-known hurdle as they ski, skate, jump,…

The Why. The What. The How.

The Why. The What. The How.

by Jason Weatherley @ Solarity

The Why To be the financial services organization of choice for people who want extraordinary experiences. This is “the why;” this is filter every member interaction, every decision and every project is run through at Solarity. If a project doesn’t pass this filter it doesn’t get approved to move forward. The What If it provides…

Diamond Savings Account - Diamond Bank

Diamond Savings Account - Diamond Bank


Diamond Bank

Diamond Bank

A Guide to Savings Accounts (and How to Open One)

A Guide to Savings Accounts (and How to Open One)


The Balance

Do you want to know more about savings accounts? Use these resources to help you open, understand, and maximize your earnings.

Exploring the PNW

Exploring the PNW

by Luz Medrano @ Solarity

I asked one of my soldiers, “where is Yakima, and what is there to do there?” To which they replied, “Sgt., nothing. It's a small town that has nothing but farming, take what makes you feel at home because I am sure they will not even have a mall.” So, for three weeks of training, I stayed in the barracks, didn't leave the base, and was miserable. I promised myself I'd never come back to a town like this.

Do You Need Free Consumer Credit Counseling?

by Lauralynn Mangis @ Advantage CCS

If you are in debt and owe a considerable amount of money to your creditors, you may be a good candidate for free consumer credit counseling. You shouldn’t have to...

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These 5 Gas-Saving ‘Tips’ Don’t Work

by Philip Reed @ NerdWallet

When gas prices spike, drivers love to swap gas-saving tips. The crazier the tip, the faster it seems to spread. The problem is, some such “tips” are more urban legend…

How to Open an Online Savings Account | Discover

How to Open an Online Savings Account | Discover


Discover Bank - Banking Topics Blog

Learn how to open an online savings account in 5 easy steps, and explore what features to consider before opening an online savings account.

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