GCS Credit Union
GCS is a full-service financial institution serving the following counties in Illinois: Sangamon, Logan, Macon, Marion, Jefferson, Perry, Jackson, Williamson, Jersey, Macoupin, Montgomery, Madison, Bond, Clinton, St. Clair, Monroe, Washington and Randolph.

The Couple's Guide to Money Management

Developing good money management skills can be critical for fostering a happy marriage, building a strong foundation for your relationship, and avoiding stress related to your checking account. To get started, refer to this guide on money management for couples.

Beginning the Conversation

If you have yet to discuss finances with your spouse, then this is a critical step for you both to take. You can start by letting each other know how you expect money to be handled, how much debt you have, and what accounts you have. Because finances will play a significant role in your lives together, you should bear in mind that being honest is ideal when it comes to discussions about money.

Setting Financial Goals

Once you know where each of you stands financially, as well as what you expect from each other as far as spending and saving go, you can have a conversation about your long-term financial goals. You can discuss, for example, how much you want to have saved in five years or when you would like to retire. Also, if one or both of you have debt, then eradicating it should be at the top of your financial to-do list. To remind yourselves of these goals, consider putting them in writing where they will regularly be seen. Finally, try to work as a team and utilize each other’s strengths as you work toward your financial goals.

Considering Account Options

Many couples wonder if a joint bank account is a good idea. Combining your finances can offer benefits, such as building trust within your relationship and simplifying your finances. However, some individuals prefer a level of financial independence and feel more comfortable keeping accounts separate. Some couples even choose to keep individual accounts and open an additional joint bank account. What’s right for you and your spouse will depend on your needs and preferences.

If you and your spouse are interested in joining a credit union in O’Fallon, then contact GCS Credit Union at (618) 797-7993 for information about our online bill pay and checking account services.

Keeping Your Online Financial Information Safe

Online banking makes managing savings and checking accounts quick and convenient. However, it’s always important to think about security when it comes to financial data. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to help keep your online financial information safe.

First, never give out your online banking details if someone contacts you. Instead, contact financial institutions yourself to initiate the conversation. Next, shred any financially-related printed materials that you don’t need. Also, you should occasionally switch any passwords that you use to access your online financial information, ensuring that they are difficult to guess and out of sight if you must put them in writing. Finally, use secure portals to share financial documents and log in through an app’s portal instead of using links that you receive in emails.

GCS Credit Union offers online banking that is available 24/7 and allows you to conveniently and securely pay bills, manage your accounts, and make transfers. For more information about our services for online banking in O’Fallon, call (618) 797-7993.

Finding the Right Credit Card

While going overboard with a credit card is a bad idea, having one can still offer you benefits. If you’re thinking about contacting your credit union to sign up for a new credit card, then watch this video for tips on finding the right one for you.

Begin by thinking about how you plan to use the card and would like to apply the points that you earn. The right card for you will offer rewards for shopping places where you frequently spend money, as well as allow you to use your reward points in a way that makes sense for you.

You can get more out of shopping with a Visa rewards credit card from GCS Credit Union. To learn if this card is right for you, please contact our credit union in O’Fallon by calling (618) 797-7993.

When to Consider a Debt Consolidation Loan

If you’re overwhelmed by debt, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, debt can become a damaging cycle of high interest rates and other fees, especially when you have multiple accounts you have to manage. If you’re struggling to see the light with your debt, your credit union may be able to help in the form of a debt consolidation loan. Debt consolidation can make your payments more manageable and can help you save money by lowering your interest rate.

A debt consolidation loan from your credit union rolls all of your accounts into one loan, so you only have to pay a single payment each month. Because the interest rates are usually lower with debt consolidation loans than with other accounts, you could save a significant amount of money over time.

Simplify your accounts and take control of your budget with a debt consolidation loan in O’Fallon from GCS Credit Union. To learn more about the approval process, please call (618) 797-7993.

What Are the Top Reasons to Buy a New Car?

Making the leap to buying a new car isn’t always an easy decision, especially if your car is technically still running. What are some of the reasons you should consider looking into auto loans? Watch this video to find out.

Many of the benefits of new cars have to do with upgraded technology. From touchscreens with navigation to self-adjusting headlights, the features that are standard in many new cars can make driving more enjoyable and keep you safer on the road.

At GCS Credit Union, our great rates on auto loans in O’Fallon make the decision to buy a new car easy. Find out more about the loan services at our credit union by calling (618) 797-7993.

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