Crazy Money Guru

The beauty of the Internet is that anyone can start a blog. The ugly truth about the Internet is that anyone can start a blog. And no, that’s no typo. There’s a lot of content floating out there about how to manage your money and build long-term wealth, but not all of it is good.… Read More


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Worrying about money is natural. Almost everyone’s done it at some point. But worrying also could be a sign that there are serious problems you’re avoiding —a persistent little reminder that these problems are not going away. So if you’re finding yourself stressed about this holiday season, there are some simple things you can do… Read More


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Congratulations to all the Moline-Coal Valley School District first graders who completed this year’s Grrreat Tiger Tales Reading Challenge of reading ten books in one month! Students were invited to bring their family to a special presentation and pizza party at the Moline Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 5th, where they were given a certificate… Read More


In 1950 credit was a luxury not available to many. Buying a home or auto was very difficult to do. This moved a few dedicated individuals to organize and create a lending cooperative in the basement of the plant of its sponsor company, Arconic, which was know as the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) in… Read More


For many parents, it’s a relief when their kids get drivers’ licenses. They can cart themselves around, help transport siblings, and even pick up a few things from the grocery store. But the convenience of having an extra driver in the house comes at a cost; it’s a given that insurance premiums will increase. Young… Read More


Download the latest software versions. Updates often fix security flaws. If you have out-of-date software, you’re vulnerable. Create strong passwords. Mix numbers, letters—upper and lower case—and special characters, and make your password at least eight characters long. Use different passwords for different sites and services, or consider using a secure password manager to help keep… Read More


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It’s time to start thinking about your year-end money strategy. Christmas and New Year’s are closer than you think. Use the following strategies to make the rest of the year count. 1. Clean out your closet. Ever feel tempted to head to the mall and buy new clothes because you just have *nothing* to wear? Clean… Read More


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When you swipe your credit card, you might not be thinking about what your creditors are doing to make sure they recover the money they just loaned you. But, as you make your next purchase, make sure to protect your credit score. Your credit score is a three-digit number that creditors use to assess how… Read More


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With the cost of attending a college or university going up every year, Ascentra Credit Union is dedicated to creating opportunities for members to pay for higher education in the form of the Ascentra Credit Union Scholarship Competition. The competition is now underway with a total of $10,000 in scholarships available to Ascentra members planning… Read More