Get the Most From Your Credit Union With These 8 Financial Resources Most of us have adapted to new ways of daily life and work – and banking – during this period of quarantine. Specifically, you’ve likely learned about the advantages of online and mobile banking. What other resources and services might your financial institution offer? And how can you take advantage of them? Here are eight ways you can get the most value from your credit union today. 1. Better interest rates: Credit unions operate differently than banks in that they are not for profit. This allows credit unions like Affinity to give you access to lower interest rates on products such as credit cards and loans. 2. Free financial advice: Schedule a phone call or visit a branch to speak with a financial expert at any time to help you make the most informed financial decisions. 3. Financial education: Many credit unions provide tools and resources you can access directly from the website, such as a blog or financial calculators. Affinity hosts seminars and events (which will resume after quarantine), featuring educational courses and videos, credit counselling and more. All of these financial education resources can be found in its wellness center. 4. Innovative products and services: Since members are part-owners of their credit union, it is uniquely structured to focus on providing products best suited to your needs. For example, Affinity was able to cater to our members with products such as our new SmartStart Savings account and the Cash Back Debit Card. 5. ATM network access: Affinity and other credit unions each have a network of ATMs. 6. Online and mobile banking: Set up alerts, transfer money and deposit checks wherever you are. You can also read our blog post about how to take advantage of online and mobile banking as well. 7. Online money management tools: Create a budget, manage all your accounts from one place and use online calculators, to name a few. 8. Online bill pay: Set up automated bill pay so you never miss a payment while also streamlining your bills. During today’s challenging times and always, your financial institution is here to serve and help you. Take advantage! Learn how to manage your money with confidence and strengthen your financial wellbeing. For additional information and updates from Affinity about COVID-19, please visit https://www.affinityfcu.com/banking/we're-here-for-you.aspx This information is for informational purposes only and is intended to provide general guidance and does not constitute legal, tax, or financial advice. Each person’s circumstances are different and may not apply to the specific information provided. You should seek the advice of a financial professional, tax consultant, and/or legal counsel to discuss your specific needs before making any financial or other commitments regarding the matters related to your condition are made.