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Below you will find articles and press releases pertaining to Neighbors FCU and our Community Partners.

Community News
8/1/2014 How to build or rebuild credit
 Building credit has become a very popular topic and consumers want to know more.  How do you build credit?  What if you have no credit or bad credit?  How do you change your situation and start building credit? 

Get these answers and more!
8/12/2014 Neighbors wins Desjardins Award
 Neighbors wins their third Desjardins Award in five years for outstanding financial literacy program development!
8/14/2014 Practical Money Skills: Budgeting Back to School
 As summer comes to a close, it's time to sharpen those fresh pencils and prepare for school starting again. But perhaps the most important back-to-school item you'll need is your budget. Take a look at these tips for creating – and sticking to – a back-to-school budget.

9/1/2014 Before it's too late: Recognizing and avoiding phone scams
  The phone rings and an automated voice states that your account has been compromised.   Worried that you might be a victim of fraud you must decide whether to share personal and account information.  Is this a phone scheme designed to steal information or is this a legitimate attempt to contact you about fraud?
Learn more about what to do here!
9/2/2014 Consumer-Action: Hotline Chronicles: IRS Calling? absolutely Not!
 Consumer Action is receiving information from consumers about calls and voicemails about bogus IRS calls.  Learn more about avoiding IRS scam calls here!
10/1/2014 Developing financially independent teens
 As children enter their teen years and their autonomy grows, parents try to prepare them for success as adults.  How will your teen learn financial responsibility and independence?  Do teens listen to parents anymore?  How can parents impact their teen’s financial development?  The good news is that parents are more influential that they realize!  Some tips to guide you are listed below:
10/1/2014 Practical Money Skills for Life: Here's Credit 101 for Your College Freshman
  This article written by Jason Alderman gives parents tips about how to help their college freshmen learn about money and credit.
10/9/2014 Neighbors Federal Credit Union Participates in Statewide Initiative to Boost Local Business Sales through ‘CU Lunch Local’

(Baton Rouge, LA) – Be it lunch at a local deli or a shopping at a neighborhood store, Louisiana credit unions are being called to show their support of small businesses with cash. Neighbors Federal Credit Union is just one of many credit unions in the area putting money back into Louisiana’s economy by participating in ‘CU Lunch Local’.

10/23/2014USA Today: 10 Best ways to save money
 USA Today explores ways to save money and your budget in this article.  Learn more about the many options to fix up your finances, and these will have the greatest impact
11/1/2014 Ways to pay this shopping season
  As the holiday season kicks into high gear shoppers are at the stores with a variety of payment methods including cash, plastic and checks.  Each of these payment methods has benefits and possible drawbacks, so pick one that fits your style. 
11/12/2014Community Outreach
 Neighbors works hard to be a partner in the community we serve and we constantly strive to help improve our members' well-being.  See some of the activities we've been up to lately.
11/14/2014Neighbors Federal Credit Union Member Appreciation Week 2014
Neighbors Federal Credit Union (NFCU) will have a week-long celebration of our members on November 17-21. We will begin the week giving away air fresheners in the drive-through and cookies in the branches on Monday.
12/1/2014 Planning for Christmas
 Christmas is right around the corner and family gatherings and holiday festivities will be the main focus of the season.  By planning ahead, you can keep holiday spending in check without wiping out all your hard-earned financial gains made this past year.  Get some tips to make the season shine even brighter here!
12/10/2014Practical Money Skills Budgeting: Holiday Budget Center
 It's the time of year for giving gifts, entertaining, hosting holiday parties – and for many, overspending and financial stress. Setting a realistic holiday budget and making sure to stick to it are the first steps to a more affordable and less stressful season. Use the tips and tools below to enjoy the season without letting holiday spending get the better of you.
12/11/2014Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Spotlights Concerns with Medical Debt Collection and Reporting
 Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report that found medical debt has a significant impact on consumer credit, as 43 million Americans have overdue medical debt on their credit reports. Read the CFPB article here.
1/5/2015 Wrapping up the holidays and planning for the 2015 season now!
 As we stow away the holiday decorations and vacuum up after the Christmas tree, this is the best time to take a moment to prepare for a successful 2015 holiday season.   A little planning now will reap big rewards in just twelve months, so check out these tips to make this year even better than the last! 
1/22/2015 IRS: Six tips on who should file a 2014 tax return
 Most people file their tax return because they have to, but even if you don’t, there are times when you should. You may be eligible for a tax refund and not know it. This year, there are a few new rules for some who must file. Here are six tax tips to help you find out if you should file a tax return.
2/1/2015 Credit Worthy: Know how to play the game
Many of life’s important activities require a credit check during the decision making process.  Knowing your credit history is the first step to ensuring that you get a good review regardless of what activities you are pursuing.  Check out these tips below to learn more about how to check on your credit.

2/13/2015 BATON ROUGE PARENTS MAGAZINE: Avoiding the entitlement trap
Want to raise a responsible child who doesn't demand constant gratification? Read on for expert tips on curbing a child’s sense of entitlement, from toddler-hood through the teen years.
3/1/2015 Making your tax refund work for you
Tax season is already upon us and Americans everywhere have big plans for their refunds.  For many adults refund season is better than Christmas!  Before setting your mind on one purchase consider making your refund really work for you.  

Here are some ideas to use this money to set 2015 up for financial success.