What is Credit Union Strong? Great Links & $$$ Prizes!

FB_Poster Polaroid_1200_9What is Credit Union Strong?

Our month-long youth celebration is focused on the theme of “Credit Union Strong”.

Young people face a bewildering financial landscape in their immediate future—one where technology has made spending as easy as breathing and the cost of higher education continues to skyrocket. That’s why we believe it’s more important than ever to ensure our youth possess strong money management skills.

As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, our core values include member education and social responsibility. We care about the community where we live and work, and the people in it. We look forward to watching the next generation grow and make it even better.

By instilling the habit of saving at a young age, offering positive encouragement, and providing financial education, we can prepare our community’s youngest members for brighter futures by helping them grow into financially capable adults. Credit union strong means having the money skills to embrace an awesome future, and leaving your community better than you found. That’s why we take our mission of helping youth so seriously.

Of course, we realize the biggest influence on anyone’s life is his or her parents. So if you want to start your kids on a path to financial strength, participating in Credit Union Youth Month is a good start.

Bring your financial fitness buffs into Wauna Credit Union and help them pump up their savings.

Young People Can Win at Wauna CU!FB_Make Your Future Awesome

  • Coloring Contests! Prizes will be awarded for Coloring Contest winners!
  • Download the coloring sheets: EAGLE / STRONGMAN
  • New Jump Start Club members drawing! Win bonus deposits of $25 or $50 just for opening a Jump Start Club account!
  • JUST ANNOUNCED! Make a video & Win $100 (All Jump Start Club Members are welcome to participate) – Grab your phone, video camera or other device, and make a quick video, tell us in one minute what you like about Credit Unions, and especially Wauna Credit Union. Post it on any of our social media channels, and we will pick a winner and a runner up! $100 for the winner & $50 for the runner up.

GREAT LINKS FOR KIDS & PARENTS:

YOUTH MONTH: How to Do Allowances Right, According to the Experts

Allowance rulesOne of the best ways to ensure your children grow up financially fit is to give them practice managing money with an allowance.

But what’s the best way to do an allowance? There are many theories on that.

Ron Lieber, personal finance writer for The New York Times, says he and his wife pay their 7-year-old daughter $3 a week, no chores necessary.

Lieber’s daughter puts $1 in a “save” jar and $1 in a “give” jar for a cause of her choosing. The final $1 she can spend as she wants. Lieber’s reasoning is that an allowance is a teaching tool, and making it contingent on chores muddies the issue. What if the children decide they don’t want money? Do they still have to do the chores?

Lewis Mandell, a financial economist and professor emeritus at the State University of New York, Buffalo, however, says unconditional allowances are a “terrible idea,” citing a 2000 study that showed kids who received a regular allowance left high school knowing less about personal finances than kids who received no allowance—though the differences were slight.

One problem may be that, like many Americans, kids aren’t the most diligent about saving. While 61% of parents pay an allowance, only 1% report that their children save any of it, according to a 2012 survey by the American Institute of CPAs.

The survey found that as children age, they receive a higher allowance, but across all ages the average take is $780 a year. That’s enough to buy an iPad or a good start for a college savings plan—if they were saving.

About 90% of the parents who paid their children an allowance required them to do chores to earn it, but only 81% had spoken to their kids about money management. More parents had spoken to their kids about good manners, their grades, and healthy eating habits than how to handle their money.

So how should you handle an allowance with your own children?FB_Poster Polaroid_1200_4

Use it as a teaching tool

Regardless of how your children earn an allowance, use it as a tool to reinforce good money habits from an early age. Talk about finances early and often, and set a good example.

Consider matching their savings

To encourage savings, tell your children for every $1 they set aside for long-term goals, you’ll match it in their Wauna Credit Union Jump Start Club youth savings account. Share the statements with them so they can see their money grow.

FB_Poster Polaroid_1200_1Gradually introduce them to financial products

Deposit their allowance into a Jump Start Club youth savings account, later a share draft/checking account, and help them manage them wisely. And we can help. Bring in your children to participate in Credit Union Youth Month at any of our branches, and we’ll help them pump up their savings.

Research shows that kids who learn to manage money at an early age are better prepared to handle their finances when they leave home. And, ultimately, teaching children good money skills is a sound investment for parents, who often are the ones helping their adult children when they run into real-world problems.

Learn More about Credit Union Youth Month in this previous blog: https://waunafcu.org/blog/its-credit-union-youth-month-coloring-contests-more/

It’s Credit Union Youth Month!!! Coloring Contests & More!

FB_Poster Polaroid_1200_5Hey Kids! April is Credit Union Youth Month!

It began many years ago, as merely  Credit Union Youth Day, then it grew into Credit Union Youth Week, and last year the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) decided Credit Union Youth deserved an entire month!

WOO HOO! Credit Union Youth Month!!!

All month check this blog and your favorite social media outlet for savings tips & info for a better financial education – from allowance plans, and money making ideas for kids, to info about college funds.

Coloring Contest:

Our younger members are welcome to get in on the coloring contest – prizes will be awarded! Pick your picture, print it off at home, or pick one up at any branch!

Credit Union Strong Coloring Page
Credit Union Strong Coloring Page
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Eagle Coloring Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Know a kid who needs an account?

All new Jump Start Club members (Ages 0-17) who joined Wauna CU during the month of April will be entered to win $$$, and we’ll deposit it right in your shiny new account! Plus, Jump Start Club accounts earn a higher rate of interest on your first $500 balance than any other saving account, AND all Jump Start Club members get a cool piggy bank when they open their account!

Jump Start Club – Account Information:  https://waunafcu.org/accounts/youth.shtml

College Scholarship Info:

High School Seniors – April 15th is the deadline for our annual Scholarships!

Apply Today: https://waunafcu.org/annual-scholarship.shtml

College Savings Plans:

Wauna Credit Union can start a Coverdell Education Savings Account or Coverdell ESA, also known as a 529 College Savings IRA, and our knowledgeable staff can help you easily set it up. College saving is less daunting if you start early.

Learn More: https://waunafcu.org/accounts/youth.shtml