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Hanscom FCU Extends LifeLine to Department of Homeland Security Workers

Posted by Josh Paul on Feb 27, 2015 9:35:00 AM

Hanscom Federal Credit Union, stands ready to offer assistance in the event of a shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security.

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Topics: Hanscom FCU Community

Nine emergency budget cuts to help you through a government shutdown.

Posted by Josh Paul on Feb 25, 2015 1:59:00 PM

The potential Department of Homeland Security shutdown could impact many of the Hanscom FCU family. The suddenness of a furlough combined with it's undetermined length is enough to throw anyone into a panic. But the best way to get through times like these is to stay calm and put a budget plan together that reduces expenses.  Here are nine areas for quick and effective cuts.  Some are obvious and some you may not have considered.

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Topics: Hanscom FCU Community, Money Management

What to Do if Your Income is Reduced

Posted by Josh Paul on Feb 24, 2015 3:51:00 PM

It’s challenging enough for many of us to make a paycheck last when it comes on a regular basis, but what happens when you have to take mandatory vacation or are paid for some months out of the year but not others? Or what if you find yourself on government furlough? With planning and a careful look at your finances, you can survive the times when the checks are on hold but the expenses march on.

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Topics: Hanscom FCU Community

A Spouse’s Pre-Deployment Financial Checklist

Posted by Josh Paul on Feb 24, 2015 8:30:28 AM

Deployment is an emotional time for everyone in the family. Financial issues might not be at the forefront of your mind, but having a plan in place for taking care of all the money issues before deployment will relieve financial stress in the long run. If you are a military spouse, this checklist will help you prepare for deployment. 

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Topics: Hanscom FCU Community

How Two Became Four: Team Hanscom Runs the Marathon for Children’s Hospital

Posted by Patti Conty on Feb 23, 2015 3:42:51 PM

When I think about teams, Ray and Andy come to mind.  They have been a part of the Boston Marathon for 15 years, fundraising for Boston Children’s Hospital. For the first thirteen years, Ray ran, and Andy waited impatiently at the finish line to complete the final 600 yards with him. They are quite a pair.

Last year, Andy realized his goal of joining the Marathon participants in the wheelchair division. Both he and Ray completed the course, a triumph that probably neither would have completed without the other.

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Topics: Hanscom FCU Community

Dam Ice! 6 Steps to Cleaning Up After Water Damage

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Feb 20, 2015 3:10:00 PM

Buckets_of_FunIn the past month, Mother Nature has turned on New England with such a lashing that we suspect she is a Seahawks fan. Snow, ice and rain have homeowners scrambling to stay ahead of growing ice dams. We are raking, salting, picking and scraping at gutter ice. Yet, despite our efforts to avoid home damage, many of us are also cleaning up water damage inside of our homes.

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Topics: Home Equity

Military Saves Week is Your Program to Start Saving!

Posted by Patti Conty on Feb 20, 2015 11:59:00 AM

It’s Military Saves Week — a time to commit (or recommit) to saving money. Military Saves is a national movement created to provide support for successful saving, establishing credit, paying down debt, and planning for retirement. Anyone can participate by visiting to get advice, tips, worksheets and ideas for starting a savings program.

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Topics: Hanscom FCU Community

Our Top 5 Frequently Asked Home Equity Questions

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Feb 16, 2015 12:53:00 PM

With so many products, options, and uses, questions about home equity abound.  Here are the top 5 questions we get all the time.

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Topics: Home Equity FAQs

Create a Valentine’s Day with Meaning Not Money

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Feb 13, 2015 8:08:00 AM

My husband and I used to try to skip celebrating Valentine’s Day. There just seemed to be so much pressure to come up with the perfect gift. Or plan the ideal date. Or send the most beautiful bouquet or heartfelt card. It got to be a little exhausting.

But then one year, we had a moment of clarity and reminded each other that Valentine’s Day is really just about love. Spending a lot of money shouldn’t have to be a part of the equation at all.

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Topics: Money Management

Rising Home Values Fuel Interest in HELOCs

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Feb 11, 2015 2:36:00 PM

Now that home prices are starting to climb, homeowners are tapping into the equity of their homes at an increasing rate.

“In 2014, Hanscom Federal Credit Union opened over 1,300 HELOCs (Home Equity Line of Credit),” said Tom Becker, Senior Vice President of Lending. “That’s an increase of nearly seven percent over 2013.”

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Topics: Home Equity

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