• Online Banking Safety 101

    If you are considering using online banking to manage your credit union accounts, you may be wondering if it is really safe. After all, there are many horror stories about identity theft and security breaches. Is your information really safe when you use online banking?

    Watch this video to find out what the experts say about online banking. As long as you are using a trusted company, online banking is completely safe. At GCS Credit Union, our online banking has integrated, top-level security features to protect your information with every log-in.

    Do you have questions about online banking in O’Fallon? Call GCS Credit Union to learn more about online banking and all of our mobile services. Dial (618) 797-7993 for much more information.

  • The Dos and Don’ts of Buying a Car

    If you’re in the market for a car, you know how many decisions you have to make along the way to finding your perfect ride. Since cars are one of the biggest purchases most people ever make, it is important to take your time and make the right choices for your wallet and your lifestyle. As you consider your options for buying a car , keep these dos and don’ts in mind.

    DO: Research Your Purchase Before You Buy

    Before you start car shopping, research some of the models you are considering buying. Investigate reviews, quality ratings, trim options, and long-term value. All of these things will help you select a car that meets your needs, is safe and reliable, and has the features you want at a price you can afford. If you see any promotions from car dealerships that catch your attention, be sure to read the small print, so you know exactly what make and model is being offered.

    DON’T: Focus on the Monthly Payment

    Of course, having a monthly payment you can afford is important, but focusing on the overall price of the car, including the interest rate, will help you know if you are getting a good deal. Look at the total price of the car, keeping in mind that, with good credit, it should cost about $20 for every $1,000 financed for a 60-month auto loan. Although there are variations in that price based on credit history, it is a good guideline to remember when evaluating the deal you’re getting.

    DO: Get Advice from Your Credit Union

    Not only can your credit union almost certainly offer a lower rate on a loan than a dealership, but they are also motivated for you to make smart financial decisions. As nonprofit, member-owned institutions, credit unions listen to your needs and can advise you how much you can afford to spend on a car.

    GCS Credit Union offers competitive rates on auto loans in O’Fallon and can help you make the right choice about your car purchase. Contact our credit union today by calling (618) 797-7993.

  • Teens: Landing, Surviving, and Profiting from Your First Job

    A first job is a rite of passage for teens. Not only does having a job mean spending money, but it also gives teens a chance to learn about responsibility, work ethic, and financial management . Whether you’re a teen getting ready to start your first job or a parent who wants to give their working teen some solid advice, here is what you need to know to make this experience a success.

    Landing the Job

    Before you start working, you’ve got to make it through the interview process. No matter what the style of the workplace is, you should show up to your interview dressed professionally. Being on time for your interview is critical—show up a little early so you don’t run the risk of being late. Do some research about the company before you go, and be ready to answer questions about your schedule, school, goals, and why you think you would be a good fit for the position.

    Surviving the Job

    If you feel overwhelmed when you start working, don’t worry—that happens to everyone. The most important thing you can do is stick to your schedule closely and always be on time for your shifts. When you’re working, stay off your phone, and pay attention to the task at hand. Stay positive and polite with your boss, co-workers, and the public.

    Profiting from the Job

    One of the biggest lessons you’ll take away from your first job is managing your paychecks. Start by opening a checking account and savings account. GCS Credit Union offers the Student Success Account Package, which gives you the tools you need to track your spending, save money, and get used to using a debit card responsibly. Decide to save a little money from each paycheck, so you don’t leave the job without anything to show for it.

    GCS Credit Union can walk you through the process of getting your first credit union accounts, so you’re ready when the pay starts coming in from your first job. For more information about opening an account at our credit union in O’Fallon , call (618) 797-7993.

  • Automate Your Savings with Kasasa Cash

    Are you ready to make saving easier than ever? If so, then you need to take advantage of Kasasa Saver along with your free Kasasa Cash checking account. With Kasasa Saver, the rewards you earn with the Kasasa Cash account will be transferred to your savings automatically. You get a 0.50% APY monthly on your savings when you meet your rewards requirements, so you can watch your savings grow quickly.

    With a linked Kasasa Cash checking account, all you have to do is make at least 12 posted and settled debit card purchases each month, be enrolled and receive an eStatement notice, and be enrolled and log into your online banking account. If you do these things, you’ll earn rewards that will automatically transfer to your Kasasa Savings account.

    At GCS Credit Union, we’re committed helping you reach your financial goals by providing a range of financial products to get you there, from checking accounts and auto loans to Visa Rewards cards and home mortgage loans in O’Fallon. To learn more about our credit union, please call (618) 797-7993.