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Credit and Budget Counseling

Your path to a Bright Financial Future Begins Here...

We’re happy to announce our newest partnership and member benefit – GreenPath. We’re committed to serving you and providing these free money management and financial education services.

Our new partner GreenPath Debt Solutions is an organization that has been assisting individuals for more than 50 years. Through GreenPath you will enjoy unlimited access to certified, degreed financial counselors who will help you
develop a budget and action plan based on your personal financial situation and goals

You can receive assistance with:
- Personal and family budgeting
- Understanding your personal credit report and how to improve your score
- Personal money management
- Debt repayment
- Avoiding bankruptcy, foreclosure, and repossession

GreenPath can give personalized answers to your individual needs. For issues ranging from a proactive savings plan to saving a home from foreclosure, advice is only a phone call away.

GreenPath counselors are available:
Monday through Thursday 7:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

To use this service simply call (877) 337-3399 or visit the GreenPath website.

What’s BudgetSmart? A Smarter Way to Manage Money

BudgetSmart is a new and exciting software program exclusive to 1st Gateway Credit Union. This easy-to-use software tool uses simple graphics, “pop-up” boxes and bar charts to help you manage money more effectively.

If you’ve been looking for a quick and easy way to get started on your budget – then BudgetSmart is for you!

You can use the program to:
- Establish a budget
- Track spending
- View tips for improving areas of overspending (or inadequate saving)
- Experiment with “what if” scenarios to determine how a major purchase or change in income would impact your budget

Get your copy of BudgetSmart here. The download is free.

Get your Finances in Check with CheckRight.

Want to learn more about managing your checking account? Need tips on how to stay organized and avoid overdraft fees? CheckRight is a web-based checking account education module designed to teach you how to manage your checking account properly.

Use CheckRight to learn how to:
- Open an account - Write checks
- Make deposits
- Maintain a check register
- Reconcile an account
- Create a spending plan

Whether you’re looking to open a checking account for the first time, have had difficulty handling your account in the past, or are somewhere in between, CheckRight can help you learn how to manage your account and strengthen your relationship with your financial institution. CheckRight can be found here.

This credit union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration. Additional insurance available through ESI.

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