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February 2018  
February 2018

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How to Prepare for Tax Season
Tax season prep tips

It might not be as highly anticipated as the holidays, beach-weather days or spring, but tax season still rolls around each year and often takes taxpayers by frantic surprise.




6 Retirement Planning Mistakes
Avoid these mistakes when crafting your retirement plans

Planning for retirement is exciting, anxiety-inducing and complicated. Sometimes it seems you can’t even plan further than the weekend, so to plan your entire work-free retirement? That seems like a lot to handle.




10 Steps to Buying a Home
Great information for home buyers!

The home buying season is almost here and if you are thinking about purchasing a new home now is the time to start preparing. To make the home buying process a little easier the professionals at the MassHousing Finance Agency have provided us with a list of the 10 Steps to Buying a Home and we at HCU want to share it with you.




Relax and Clean Up Your Debt
2.99% APR on Balance Transfers for 12 Months

Still struggling with those holiday bills or just need to consolidate your debt?

Use your HCU Visa Platinum Credit Card to consolidate those outstanding, high interest credit card debts. Just transfer those old credit cards balances onto your HCU credit card and pay just 2.99% APR for 12 months. 





Don’t Forget to Notify HCU of Your Travel Plans
Traveling this winter?

Is traveling on your agenda this winter?  Don’t get stuck without use of your debit card or credit card because you forgot to notify HCU that you will be away.

One of the best features of HCU’s debit card is the Fraud Protection Services, which monitor your card for any suspicious activity; that includes use of your card in unusual locations as well as an increase in the use of your card.

What do you need to do? It’s easy and you can even do it yourself!





Best Cars for Teenage Drivers
Provide your teen with a safe and reliable ride

As teenagers are new to driving, they require vehicles that are responsive, intuitive and, above all else, safe.




Should You Splurge for that Extended Warranty?
Dealerships love to offer extended warranties, but is it worth it for you?

After hours spent researching, test driving and negotiating the price of a new vehicle, there is one final question for which many car shoppers aren’t prepared: Do you want to buy an extended warranty?




FHA Loans 101
Financing your first home doesn’t require a perfect credit score

Purchasing your first home can be a daunting task. There are quite a few different ways of funding this major life expense, and navigating those options can be confusing. If you’re in the market for a new home but have limited financial means, pursuing an FHA loan might be best for you.




Setting Up an Emergency Management Plan for Your Business
How to prepare your business for unexpected disasters

All individuals and businesses should be prepared for the unexpected by setting up an emergency management plan. While an emergency fund can help individuals cover unexpected expenses such as a large medical bill, it will take more for businesses to be ready for a disaster.




NYC on a Budget
See what the Big Apple has to offer without breaking the bank
New York City is a popular destination for travelers across the world. With fancy restaurants, Broadway shows and opportunity galore, it can be an expensive trip, too. But don’t fret; there are plenty of ways to explore the Big Apple without completely emptying your wallet.



Lesser-Known Pioneers in African American History
History-making African Americans you need to know
There are countless African American pioneers standing in the shadows of famous African Americans such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, Malcom X, Rosa Parks and Booker T. Washington. And although their names are not as well-known, their actions, spirit, determination and intelligence also helped shape history and ultimately changed the world. Below are just a few who made their mark.



Are Meal Subscription Boxes Worth the Hype?
The joys and woes of subscribing to weekly meals
Even though meal subscription boxes remove the dreaded “What’s for dinner” question and time in the grocery store, are these food prep meal boxes worth the cost?



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