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Welcome Home to Our First 100% Financed Mortgage Home Buyers

Posted by Diana Burrell on Sep 17, 2018 9:08:00 AM

Like many young couples, Bryan and Allysann looked forward to owning their first home together. They quickly discovered, however, the financial requirements for home ownership can be daunting … even a bit discouraging.

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Topics: mortgage, Home Ownership

Hanscom FCU's Financial Education Programs Win Excellence Award

Posted by Diana Burrell on Sep 14, 2018 8:42:22 AM

Earlier this summer Hanscom FCU was presented with the America Saves Designation of Savings Excellence Award in recognition of our member outreach during America Saves Week, February 26 - March 3, 2018. The award was given by the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America, which coordinates the week-long spring campaign.

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Topics: Military, Financial Wellness

How to Protect Your Computer From Malware

Posted by Diana Burrell on Sep 11, 2018 2:40:32 PM

Recently two of our members reported unauthorized charges on their Hanscom Federal Credit Union credit cards. Both members stated their cards had been compromised when they clicked on a pop-up ad that appeared after they’d completed a survey on a third-party web site. The pop-up ads offered a choice of three “free prizes” when the member paid a shipping and handling fee. What neither member realized is they were also signing up for ongoing subscriptions of products, which would be charged to their credit cards each month.

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Topics: Credit Card, scams, security

Sgt. Ryan Jallad is a Hero Among Us

Posted by Diana Burrell on Aug 8, 2018 2:53:10 PM

Hanscom Federal Credit Union has named Sgt. Ryan D. Jallad, U.S. Army, as its third Heroes Among Us honoree in 2018.

Sgt. Jallad was honored at a Lowell Spinners game played against the Vermont Lake Monsters on August 6, where he met some of the players, threw the first pitch of the game, enjoyed delicious summertime food at The Home Plate BBQ, and watched the Spinners win from a prime spot at LeLacheur Park.

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Topics: Hanscom FCU, Community, Hero

Get Ready for a Tax Holiday in Massachusetts!

Posted by Diana Burrell on Aug 7, 2018 2:05:53 PM

If you've had your eye on a new laptop or need to replace a washer/dryer, this may be a good weekend to drop some serious cash. Last week Massachusetts lawmakers passed an economic development bill that includes a tax-free holiday on the weekend of August 11-12, 2018...the first tax-free holiday since 2015!

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Topics: Money Management, Savings

5 Reasons to Consider GAP Insurance on Your Next Automobile Loan

Posted by Diana Burrell on Aug 1, 2018 12:04:00 PM

One of my coworkers at the credit union recently forwarded me a news clip about a single mother whose car caught on fire. The young mother was stunned when she learned that although the car was totaled by her insurance company, she still owed $5,000 on the loan she'd taken out to buy the car. On top of this stress, she needed a new car to replace the one that had been totaled. You can see the news clip here.

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Topics: Money Management, Insurance, Cars

WWII Vet Henry Benson is a Hero Among Us

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jul 30, 2018 9:38:30 AM

Hanscom Federal Credit Union has named Henry Benson, a retired U.S. Army veteran, as its second Heroes Among Us honoree in 2018.

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Topics: Hanscom FCU Community, Community, Hero

Hanscom FCU Welcomes Our Heroes Home

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jul 20, 2018 9:13:30 AM

Employees at Hanscom FCU's main office on Hanscom Air Force Base welcomed home military and civilian service members. Nearly 50 service members returned to base within the last year after being deployed overseas.

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Topics: Hanscom FCU Community, Hanscom FCU, Community

Why You Should Pay in Local Currency When Traveling Abroad

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jul 18, 2018 12:25:00 PM

When I mentioned to a co-worker that I was vacationing in Europe this summer, this intrepid traveler shared an excellent money-saving tip with me:

When you're using your credit card to pay for a purchase in a foreign country, make sure you're charged in local currency, not your home currency.

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Topics: Credit Card, Saving Money, Travel

Hanscom FCU Raises Over $12,000 for Relay for Life

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jul 17, 2018 11:33:00 AM

On a glorious spring evening last month, Hanscom Federal Credit Union participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Burlington, MA, raising a grand total of $12,860 through a variety of channels, the most ever raised by Hanscom FCU’s “4 A Cure” 17-member team. ("4 A Cure" was also the top fundraiser in this year's event. Go team!) Throughout the year, the team surpassed its own financial goal of raising $5,000 by hosting fundraisers and collecting pledges from friends, family, and co-workers.

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Topics: Hanscom FCU Community, Hanscom FCU, Community, Relay for Life

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