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Blono Cash Mob!?!?

It sounds so exciting! But what is it really? BloNo (Bloomington Normal) Cash Mob is the equivalent of a cash mob organized to bring buyers and support to a locally independently owned business! Created and organized by Vikki Baptiste of RelyLocal  Bloomington-Normal. A Cash Mob is like the new wave of a “flash mob.” I… · Read More

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Ditch the Debt!

One of the most important things we do here at Mid-Illini Credit Union (MICU) is to offer free financial education to our members -  and to our community. We visit lots of places and talk to lots of people about their financial concerns. From the financial literacy presentations that we deliver at the high schools… · Read More

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Teen Credit Cards: Teaching Tool or Pointless Plastic?

The school year’s just begun and you can almost see your teenager changing right before your eyes. There are new friends, new teachers, new activities and sometimes it seems like you don’t even know her anymore. With all the other changes, you begin to wonder if your teen can handle more responsibility. And if so,… · Read More

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Budgeting for Time AND Money

It’s been said that “Time is Money,” and in truth, researchers have spent a lot of valuable time trying to empirically prove that time is, in fact, money. How many times have you heard these sayings? We need to buy some more time for this assignment. I can’t afford to spend any more time on… · Read More

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Do I Spend Like the Average American?

Over the months we have provided a lot of information on how to save money. Well as I was reviewing my budget, I began to wonder how I measured up to the average American citizen when it comes to spending. With this curiosity just tempting me, I decided to search for data in this area… · Read More

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What’s The Buzz? It’s Uptown Normal

There are plenty things to do in Bloomington/Normal these days but by far, the greatest buzz has to be about all the Uptown Normal development. For the past few years we have all witnessed the transformation of the downtown next to the Illinois State University Campus to the ISU next to Uptown! The area has… · Read More

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The Heat is On – Cost Saving Ways to be Cool!

  As they say, “the heat is on”……but does it really have to be as hot as it actually is? Well, it is summer after all so what do we expect? I mean, just because we have experienced a number of days with temperatures in the triple digits, doesn’t mean that you have to be miserable… · Read More

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Play Ball! You might learn something.

While it’s not too difficult to quantify the expenses incurred while raising our kids (currently estimated at as much as $250,000 to raise a kid from birth to 18 in the US – not including college), it’s much harder – nigh on impossible – to quantify the time, effort and emotional investment. Never is this… · Read More

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So…you graduated. What now?

If you’re a new graduate, you’ve heard that question a hundred times by now. Graduation does represent a defining moment: a new beginning, a chance to make your own decisions and do things the way you think they should be done. Exciting? Yes. Scary? Yes, that too. So many big questions: Did you choose the… · Read More

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Debt Consolidation – When and How to Consolidate – Part II

Everybody knows: it’s easy to run up lots of debt if you’re not careful. We want to make sure that you know which steps to take to get out of debt and simplify your life. Last time, we offered tips on debt consolidation for folks who are credit challenged. Today, in Part II, we share… · Read More

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