It almost tax time – be prepared!

January 10, 2014 by  
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Now that the holiday season is over, it’s time to start thinking about the dreaded tax season! Here are some ideas for preparing to file your 2013 taxes and to help you prepare for the 2014 tax year. Hold on tight because I’m going to fly through these quick tips about as fast as Christmas […]

Target Compromise

December 20, 2013 by  
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First Castle Federal Credit Union is aware of the data breach suffered by Target and impacting their consumers. We have been contacted by Master Card (Debit Cards) and are in the process of clarifying what members are impacted by this. We are currently waiting on information from VISA to identify any FCFCU Credit Card accounts […]

Don’t Let Black Friday Mess up your Holidays!

November 27, 2013 by  
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Yes, we all know those Black Friday deals can be hard to resist, and sometimes they can be really good deals. However, you need to set a budget a stick to it! Overspending is never a good thing even when the deals you are looking at seem to be too good to be true. The […]

The $40,000 Mistake and How To Avoid It

February 21, 2013 by  
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Have you ever given away over 40,000 dollars unintentionally? Most people I know haven’t even given that amount away on purpose. However, a hairstylist in Great Britain gave another person over 40,000 over the course of two years by accident! She thought she was putting the money in her husbands account but in fact she […]

What You Need to Know About the 2012 Tax Code

February 9, 2013 by  
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Let’s face it: tax preparation can be confusing. There are exactly 73,608 pages in the 2012 tax code. Aside from those who wrote it and financial scholars not too many people have the time to read all 73,608 pages of the tax code. That can make tax preparation pretty intimidating. Too complicate matters even more, […]

What Do People Really Want for Valentine’s Day?

February 1, 2013 by  
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What’s the normal go to gifts for Valentines Day? Flowers and candy. But is that what your Valentine really wants? In a recent study done by Money Talks, the reality was practically the opposite. Find out what’s on the Top 5 list of most wanted Valentines Day Gifts.

Cost of Eating Healthy to Rise

January 19, 2013 by  
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Several weeks into 2013, and several weeks into those New Year’s Resolutions. How are yours going for you? Remember, if you’ve made any resolutions in regards to your finances the team at First Castle want to help in any way that we can. That includes setting up a savings plan and refinancing high interest debt. […]

10 Ways to Fight Back Your $1,000 Payroll Tax Hike

January 10, 2013 by  
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Feel like your paycheck is getting smaller? You’re not imagining it: The two-year reduction that decreased the payroll taxes you pay from 6.2% to 4.2% of your salary were allowed to expire at the beginning of the year, which means that a family with a household income of $50,000 will now have about $1,000 less […]

New Year’s Resolutions

January 4, 2013 by  
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As we head into the New Year, many have already made New Year’s resolutions. In fact, a study shows that 45% of all Americans make at least one New Year’s resolution, and 34% of those resolutions are related to finances. And now the bad news: Only 8% are successful in reaching their New Year’s Resolutions. […]

Reader Question: How does Auto Refinancing Work?

December 11, 2012 by  
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Refinancing your auto loan is a very simple process. Basically, it involves paying off your existing loan with a loan from another lender, at a more favorable rate. The first step in refinancing is to find a lender who is willing to offer you a lower interest rate.  According to Danny Trahan,  V.P. of Lending, […]

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