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    GCS Donates to Girls on the Run

    Last updated 3 days ago

    GCS Credit Union employees had the option to wear jeans on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month in exchange for a $20 donation. For the month of October, GCS employees presented a check to Girls on the Run St. Louis for $700.

    The GOTR mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. This program teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program concludes with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to finish a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to give confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

    Girls on the Run will be hosting their community 5k walk/run on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at Soldiers’ Memorial in downtown St. Louis. For more information about Girls on the Run St. Louis visit girlsontherunstlouis.org.

    To find out more about GCS Credit Union, visit myGCScu.com.

    Founded in 1941, GCS Credit Union currently has assets of more than $309 million. GCS serves more than 41,000 members throughout Bond, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington counties in Illinois via 7 conveniently located branches, numerous ATM locations, and 24-hour account access through a telephone audio response system and PCU online banking.

    A Look at Our Christmas Loan Program

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Giving your family a special Christmas is a joy, but it isn’t always easy on your finances. Many people find themselves dipping into their savings for buying gifts and decorations, but that strategy can leave you financially vulnerable if an unexpected expense surfaces. Instead of putting your financial security on the line this holiday season, try a better way to pay for your needs—a GCS Credit Union Christmas Loan. 

    Our Christmas Loans are exclusively available during the holidays to provide you with the spending flexibility to give your family a special day. The lending period for these loans is October 1 through January 31, and repayment terms are up to 12 months. We offer competitive interest rates and loans for up $2,000.

    Give yourself the gift of a stress-free holiday and learn more about the GCS Credit Union Christmas Loan today. Our O’Fallon, IL credit union offers a range of loans and savings products to help you reach your financial goals. To learn more, call (618) 219-8600. 

    Protecting Your Information When You Shop Online

    Last updated 10 days ago

    If you find yourself purchasing more and more items online, you’re not alone. Online shopping continues to grow in popularity as people embrace the convenience of finding all of the things they want without leaving the comfort of home. However, while online shopping may be easier than facing the crowds at the mall, it does come with one downside—fraud. At GCS Credit Union, we’re committed to doing everything we can to keep our members’ accounts safe at all times, but by taking extra steps to protect your financial information, you can help us help you even more. When you shop online, keep these tips in mind before you enter your debit or credit card number. 

    Look for the Lock

    Never enter your debit or credit card number online unless you’re certain the site is secure. Otherwise, it is too easy for hackers to access your financial information. You can tell if a site is secure by looking for a small lock in the URL bar or by reading the web address. Secure sites start with “https://”. You can also read the small print on the site to find out security information. If you’re at all in doubt, take your business to a different site.

    Be Cautious about Emails

    It’s not unusual to have to exchange messages with customer service representatives about your order, but be careful about what you include in those exchanges. You should never share your credit card or debit card information via email or instant message. These are not secure communication options and they leave your information vulnerable.

    Don’t Shop on an Unsecured Network

    Just as you shouldn’t check your credit union accounts on an unsecured network, you shouldn’t enter your financial information into a website when using unsecured public Wi-Fi. Information you exchange on these networks can easily be hacked, so wait until you’re at home on your protected network.

    For more tips on avoiding fraud and identity theft, talk to a representative at GCS Credit Union in O’Fallon, IL. Our credit union provides a comprehensive range of financial products at great rates to our members. Learn more about our services and credit union membership by calling (618) 219-8600. 

    Understanding How to Save Money Responsibly [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 11 days ago

    No matter how old you are or where you are in your career, chances are you’ve given some thought to how you can save money. Even if retirement seems far away, learning how to save money now can put you in a more secure financial position in the short and long term. Simple steps, such as making a monthly budget, can show you how you spend your money and ways you can save. Put your savings into an account at your credit union and watch your money grow as the months and years go by. Check out this infographic from GCS Credit Union, to find more tips for responsible saving. Please share with your friends and family!

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    Understanding Debt Consolidation

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Trying to juggle several different debt payments is challenging, and it can also be expensive. Debt consolidation allows you to streamline your payment schedule and maybe even save money on interest. This video explains more. 

    Debt consolidation allows you to combine your bills into a single payment so you don’t end up with any forgotten payments or missed due dates. You get a loan for the amount of your debt, pay off your individual bills, and simply pay on that single loan—saving you both interest and confusion.

    You can apply for a debt consolidation loan online or at a GCS Credit Union location in O’Fallon, IL. Do you want to learn more about credit union membership and all of our services? Call (618) 219-8600.

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