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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.

5 Ways to Save Money While Traveling

"Travel is a wonderful way to boost happiness. We savor the anticipation, and then we savor the memories afterwards." – Kimberly Palmer

Research has shown that spending your money on experiences may bring you longer lasting happiness and satisfaction than spending on material items. You won’t be so happy, however, if you come home from vacation to a big credit card bill that you’ll spend months paying off. It is possible to travel on your discretionary income without getting into debt if


Frugal Father's Day Gift Ideas

Last month was Mother’s Day and in June, it is now Dad’s turn to be celebrated and showered with gifts. But between all of the holidays and warm-weather gatherings, money can start to get a bit tight this time of year. Don’t worry if your funds are limited - you don’t have to skimp on Dad’s gift. With some thought and creativity, you can get Dad a gift deserving of him without breaking the bank!

Create a Culinary Experience

If your dad is like most, when you ask him what he wants for a Father’s Day present, you get a gruff, “I don’t need anything, save your money” in


How to Achieve Your Financial Goals

Money is constantly on our minds, whether it’s because you’re one of the ones who have lots or not enough. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, you may have financial questions you’re embarrassed to ask – but you know your ignorance is holding you back from achieving your financial goals. Even if you want to ask, you may not know who to turn to who will give you straight, unbiased answers.

At Notre Dame FCU, we are committed to promoting


Memorial Day on a Budget

Memorial Day is a federal holiday intended to honor the men and women, past and present, who have served our country. For some, the holiday is synonymous with outdoor barbeques packed with food and activities. While throwing a party is one of the most common ways to celebrate Memorial Day, as all hosts know, it is also one of the hardest on the wallet. But just because you don’t have a lot of money to spend doesn’t mean you have to become a Memorial Day Scrooge and not celebrate at all! There are plenty of


Job Tips for New Graduates

Graduating college and stepping into the "real world" can be overwhelming. After working hard to graduate, now you're hoping to land that perfect job! So all you parents out there and grads, here are 10 tips from job expert Janice Bryant Howroyd that may help you get a job in this economy.

1. Do Your Homework

2. Ask Somebody.

3. Think Small.

4. Follow Every Lead.

5. Work Your


How Much Do I Need to Save?

Many Americans realize the importance of saving for retirement, but knowing exactly how much they need to save is another issue altogether. With all the information available about retirement, it is sometimes difficult to decipher what is appropriate for your specific situation.

One rule of thumb is that retirees will need approximately 80% of their pre-retirement salaries to maintain their lifestyles in retirement. However, depending on your own situation and the type of retirement you hope to have, that number may be higher or lower.

Here are some factors to


Benefits of Donating Money

With monthly bills, debt repayment, and all of those other unexpected expenses that pop up, money (or feeling like you don’t have enough) can be a major cause of stress. However, if you can make a small amount of room in your budget to perform financial good deeds for others, it may make you happier and alleviate stress.

A study in which participants were given small amounts of money ($5-$20) to either keep or donate found that those who gave away just $5 to others reported feeling happier than the people who spent it on themselves.

So if giving away money makes us happier


Frugal Ways to Go Green

It's Earth Week and if there was ever a time of year that saving the environment should be on your mind, it’s probably now. Oftentimes, advice on “going green” involves large (or pricey!) gestures, such as switching to a hybrid car, purchasing all organic food, or installing energy-efficient appliances. While these are tremendous ways to help the environment, they aren’t exactly easy on your wallet. Don’t fret or give up on your quest to save the planet! You can go green without spending all of the hard-earned


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