Bellwether's Blog on life and money
Budget your bills and save for that big-ticket item with zero effort—all by automating your personal finances
Sometimes banking can be a hassle. Paying bills, depositing checks, even just managing your money and savings can be a chore requiring multiple visits to the bank. Shouldn’t it be just a little bit faster and easier? Luckily, yes, and more importantly most of it can be done from a computer or smart device. Let’s go through some personal finance strategies to automate your financial life and take some of the work out of banking.Read More
bccu recognized with community pillar award
Bellwether Community Credit Union was honored to receive the Community Pillar Award at the 15th annual Spirit of NH Awards. The event, organized by Volunteer NH and held November 7th, was a great night that saw over 100 awards given out to individuals and organizations that promote community service across the state.
The Community Pillar Award, selected by the Volunteer NH committee and Board of Directors, is given to a member of the community whose work has fostered the civic engagement of others and has provided a lasting impact on NH citizens. It is a tremendous honor to receive recognition for this award, and all of us at Bellwether would like to extend our most humble gratitude to Volunteer NH for selecting us as the recipient. Bellwether was also proud to serve as the Legacy Sponsor for the event.Read More
Foiling identity theft
Hey wait a minute; I didn't spend $500 on assorted chocolates. I didn't take out a loan for a Segway either! And I definitely didn't open seven new credit cards and take a vacation to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I've been cutting back from impulse buying, so someone must have stolen my identity, but how?!
5 smart tips to fight those impulsive shopping urges.
Impulse buying is the scourge of every budget everywhere. Whether it’s small purchases over time that add up or one big purchase that you just have to have, the urge to spend and buy can be overwhelming and at times seem so harmless. So how do you break the habit and learn how to say no to yourselves? Here are a couple of strategies to fight against our shopping impulses and use better judgement.Read More
Be Prepared, Because Life Happens
An emergency fund is an essential part of your personal finances. Its importance is stressed in almost every personal finance book and budgeting blog, and yet 26% of Americans currently have no emergency fund in place.
Of those who do have an emergency fund, up to two-thirds do not have the often-recommended six months' worth of expenses saved up.Read More