The leaves are raked (hopefully) and the turkey will be leftovers soon. Most of us have a shopping plan – stick to the budget, make a list and don’t shop at the last minute. But do you have a plan for being safe?
Congratulations to Amanda and Jeremy Ghent, who won our Facebook PayBack video contest. The Rock Hill couple got 231 votes out of more than 800. But the big winners are the 3,000-plus members who have PayBack Savings, our high-yield savings account that rewards members who use multiple services.
For the second year, the rivalry between Clover High and York Comprehensive is going on beyond the football field. The two schools are competing in a food drive sponsored by Family Trust to see who can collect the most canned food items for area charities. They’ll learn the winner at Friday’s game in York.
Family Trust did it again. For the fifth consecutive year, we won three Buzzies from The Herald’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
Buying a house can be a daunting task. There’s so much to do – save for a down payment, have a good credit score and get insurance. A free workshop on “Home-Buying Made Easy” will walk you through the details so you can get the home of your dreams. It’s part of our “Know Your Dough” series on money management being conducted with the York County Library.
When you’re a teen and it comes to learning about money, there’s no better way than to serve on the Family Trust Youth Advisory Board. “You have to make more money than you spend,” said Scott Fletcher, a Fort Mill High School senior. He’s serving his second term on the board, which tells Family Trust what teens want and need.
The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce is embracing the buy-local movement that is sweeping the country, and recently launched a summer campaign designed to boost its “Buy Into It” program.
Fourteen Family Trust employees and members recently painted part of a cottage at the Children’s Attention Home. The work was an extension of our Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament held in late May that raised $21,000 for the Attention Home and the Children’s Attention Home Charter School.
Employees who don’t have a relationship with a financial institution can be dependent on expensive check-cashing companies to get access to their paychecks. Family Trust recently introduced a reloadable card from Visa that provides a safe place to keep money and help the user manage his or her finances.
The debate is just getting started for proposed changes to interchange fees that are charged when consumers use their credit or debit cards. Legislators are trying to rein in financial institutions by regulating the fees. But chances are the proposed changes could actually hurt card users. Lee Gardner, Family Trust’s president and CEO, blogs about the issue at good2cu.org.