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Founded in 1941, Notre Dame FCU has grown from its origins in the Admin Building at the University of Notre Dame. Today, we serve over 850 groups in all 50 states.

No Joke: Why your financial New Year should start April 1

Seriously, April 1 may be April Fool's Day, but starting your new resolutions now still makes sense.

Whenever we reach the end of a year and look ahead to the next, we spend time looking back. We think about the past year and our successes and failures in everything from our income, to our family, to education. The year in review is only something we can remember, not something we can change.

For many of us, the biggest indicator of our past and present success is our financial well-being. Were you able to take that exciting vacation? Did you have money available for that


Stay in Control of your Auto Purchase

If you're like most car shoppers, you may feel like once you show up to the dealership to check their option, you lose all control and the dealership is suddenly holding the strings. With spring right around the corner, you may be looking to purchase a new or used vehicle. Doing your homework before you head to the dealership can help ensure that you have control over your purchase.

When beginning your car shopping experience, here are some tips to help you stay in control before you go:

Establish your budget, and stick to it!

What does quitting mean to you?

Quitting...

What does that word mean to you? Failure? I would like to offer another way of thinking about quitting. After all, people quit all sorts of things: smoking, eating sweets, being coach potatoes for good reasons.

Winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt until they attain their goal. If a bad behavior is in their way, they "quit". If walking can help them to better health, they quit sitting all day. In fact, winners seek out the barrier because the bigger the barrier, the bigger the reward for getting past it!

The season of Lent began recently


Income Tax Deadlines Approaching

The deadline to file your 2013 Income Taxes is fast approaching, so I've come up with some helpful tips to reduce your stress this tax season. Whether self-preparing or using a tax preparation service, organization is key.

Create envelopes or folders for all of your tax documents that you have started to receive in the mail. This will allow the preparer to enter yo ur information more efficiently. Prepare a spreadsheet with any tax deductible expenses. Health insurance premiums, medical expenses, mortgage interest, property taxes, student loan

Financial Aid 101

It's that time of year again when the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( FAFSA ) due dates are fast approaching. This is usually the point when you can start seeing the relationship between parents and their children become strained over all the stress due to the increasing costs of tuition to attend a College or University.

The trend for the cost of attendance over the years has been a steady increase. Due to the current cost of attendance, many families cannot afford to pay out of pocket. The FAFSA was created to help


Valentine's Day... Do I have money for another holiday?

Buying candy hearts and sending flowers are great ways to tell your Valentine you are thinking about them. However, it seems like each holiday brings up another special occasion... the time to have the "budget talk" with your significant other. It's easy to get caught up having this same conversation every month, or every few months, when cash gets tight. It's even easier to not actually accomplish much of anything when you start to chat besides get disappointed when you realize how much money you are spending.

What many people don't realize is that money is one of the top


Shop Safely Online for Valentine's Day

While February may be a couple months closer to spring than December, it still has 2 things in common with that time of the year. First, we're still trudging through the snow in so much of the country. Here in Notre Dame, Indiana, we are still deep in snow with freezing cold temperatures. It certainly doesn't feel any different than a couple months ago. Snow and cold aside, February still has another common element with December. This would be the shopping season. Clearly, February does not quite reach the December shopping levels at this time of year. However, there is still a


Trip for Life

Visa recently announced the Trip for Life Sweepstakes . Use your Visa card from January 1 through February 28, 2014 and you could win a trip to the Olympic Winter Games for life, every four years beginning the winter of 2018 in South Korea. The great news is that you don't even have to do anything to enter. Continue using your Notre Dame FCU Visa for your everyday purchases and you will be automatically entered.

How many contests exist that send you on a trip to different parts of the world every 4 years? And let's not forget all of the exciting events that you


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