Savings Story

Welcome to Savings Story! Here we invite you to share your experiences with money and savings, your own Savings Story. Maybe you're good at finding the best deals on things? Maybe you have a tips for living smarter and making more efficient use of your money? Maybe you have a story of how your savings saved you? Maybe things aren't so good and you need some advice about how to get back on the right track? Whatever your experience with money, feel free to share it here.

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Important Info - Student Loans

If you have federal student loans or if you know someone with federal student loans, take a look at the new program called Income Based Repayment.  You must contact the U.S. Department of Education to see if you qualify for the program. Click here to learn more... ... keep reading...

Repair vs. Replace

"...Being one who like to tinker with things I offered to take a shot at repairing it!  Amazingly, Bill agreed to let me have a try..."  Does Bill get his stereo repaired or does he have to buy a new one?  Click read more to find out... ... keep reading...

Weed-Eat Your Wallet

Weeds just choke the life out of your garden's plants!  It's not all that different when it comes to the garden of personal finances... Read about reclaiming that precious cash flow that 'Wallet Weeds' are draining! ... keep reading...

Are You a Pack Rat?

Today at the credit union I was looking through old files for some paperwork from the very earliest days of our credit union.  The credit union saves EVERYTHING!  Being a pack rat is a requirement for credit union records retention.  But what about your personal life?  What are you hanging on to at home that is ... (click Read more below) ... keep reading...

Speed Demon or Mileage Maniac?

I'm the latter.  Which one are you?  How fast we drive can have a huge effect on the efficiency of our cars.  It's possible to save alot by changing a few little habits.  How much savings, you ask?  Take for example my Toyota Corolla.  It's rated at 26/36 mpg.  When driving it hard it gets about 26-27 mpg.  When driving easy it jumps up to 32-33mpg.  At today's gas prices that makes a difference of about $230 per year.  For you, those figures will be different depending on your car and how much you drive.  Attached is a spreadsheet which you may use to calculate the savings found by becoming a Mileage Maniac!  Also, here are a few tips to help you go a little farther on what's in your tank! ... keep reading...

Take in Some History for Father's Day

On Saturday, June 20, 2009, Dad's get a free tour of the Chinqua Penn Plantation in Reidsville, NC. Here's a quote from

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If You Borrow...Save a Little Too

When taking out a new loan, consider increasing your savings at the same time.  Most of the time when someone gets a loan at the credit union they use payroll distribution to make their loan payments for them automatically.  It is so easy to setup your payment to also put a little into savings when the payment is made.   If you're one who likes to dip into their savings this is a good way to keep your savings out of sight and out of mind.  Just consider it part of your loan payment and you'll have a nice surprise when the loan is paid off!

Million Dollar Mattress

From the Jerusalem Post... "An Israeli woman mistakenly threw out a mattress with $1 million inside, setting off a frantic search through tons of garbage at a number of landfill sites."... Full Article.

This is just one reason to save money in a federally insured credit union such as Piedmont CU... ... keep reading...

Free Root Beer Float!

From 8pm to Midnight on Wednesday, June 3, Sonic will be giving away a free 10oz. Root Beer Float. Link to Sonic website with details.

The Extra Mile, A Different Kind of Saving

Here's an article about a credit union employee who went the extra mile to literally save a member's life... Arizona State CU employee saves member's life.

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