Taking A Trip Without Breaking The Bank

Written by Nicole Soltau

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Why Join The Credit Union? Better Benefits Are Hard To Find!

Written by Nicole Soltau

What is a credit union?

A credit union is a not-for-profit, cooperative financial institution that is owned and controlled by its members. Credit unions serve people that share something in common such as an employer or place of worship. Credit unions allow members to pool their savings, lend to one another, and have a voice inrepparttar governance inrepparttar 146656 organization. This aspect of credit unions is particularly appealing givenrepparttar 146657 increasing alienation many consumers are feeling from mega banks.

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Steps to take to find a credit union to join.

Contact your employer to see if your company provides this benefit. If not, ask them to consider makingrepparttar 146659 valuable benefit of credit union membership available. If a family or household member is eligible to join a credit union you may be eligible to join because of your relationship. Also, try contacting occupational, fraternal, religious and alumni organizations you are affiliated with to see if they have a credit union you can join. CreditUnionRate.com is also a good source to use when searching for a credit union.

What are benefits of a credit union?

Because credit unions are democratic, member-owned cooperatives, every member, regardless of account size, has a voice in governance. Each year, your local credit union holds an annual election and meeting where members select candidates forrepparttar 146660 Board of Directors from among its members to represent them in settingrepparttar 146661 policies ofrepparttar 146662 credit union. As a member-owner of your credit union, you are entitled to vote on credit union business and elect new board members. You can also serve on your credit unionís volunteer board or one of its committees. Credit union elections are based on a one-member, one-vote structure. This structure is unlikerepparttar 146663 for-profit, public companies where stockholders vote according torepparttar 146664 number of shares of stock they own.

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