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Welcome to Mutual Security Credit Union's news and insights page where you'll find updates, tips, and tricks for your banking, borrowing, and financial planning needs.

Mutual Security Credit Union

MSCU is a Credit Union in Connecticut, open to everyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven County.

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Finances  |  Financial Wellness

Raise Negotiations | How and When to ask for a Raise

Asking for the occasional raise should be part of any career path, but it can sometimes be difficult to know when and how to ask for an increase in salary. Follow these tips to make negotiating your next raise easy. 

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Budgeting  |  Finances  |  Financial Wellness  |  Holidays

How to Celebrate Memorial Day on a Budget

Celebrating Memorial Day can cost a pretty penny, but there’s no need to spend lavishly to have an epic holiday weekend. Here’s how to celebrate Memorial Day on a budget.

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Credit Card  |  Cyber Security  |  Financial Wellness  |  Fraud Protection  |  Safety

Fraud Rings

Q: I’ve been hearing a lot about fraud rings and how dangerous they can be for both businesses and consumers. What is a fraud ring, and how can I keep myself safe from falling victim?

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Budgeting  |  Health & Wellness

Mindful Spending

Creating a budget and deciding to stick to it is easy; it’s actually carrying through on your plan that’s the hard part. For too many people, financial responsibility ends at having good intentions and real life gets in the way of all well-laid plans. A large part of the discrepancy between what they want to do and what they actually do is caused by their failure to spend mindfully. When every indulgence and impulse buy is just a swipe away, it can be super-challenging to rein in that spending instinct – but it is possible. Here’s how to learn the art of mindful spending. 

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Cyber Security  |  Fraud Protection  |  Health & Wellness  |  ID Theft Protection  |  Safety  |  Technology and Finance

Grandparent Scams

Scammers will capitalize on anything to pull off another ruse, even the special bond between a grandparent and grandchild. Grandparent scams are not new, but they have gotten a lot more sophisticated in recent years, so they can be difficult to spot. Here’s what you need to know about grandparent scams and how to avoid them. 

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Cyber Security  |  Finances  |  Fraud Protection  |  ID Theft Protection  |  Safety  |  Student  |  Technology and Finance

Beware of Job Scams

It’s an amazing employment opportunity – or is it? Scammers often hijack the job market and ensnare hopeful job seekers into their schemes. If you’re job-hunting, it’s a good idea to review the way these scams play out and how you can avoid them. To help you out, we’ve put together a short primer on what you need to know to stay safe from job scams. 

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Holidays

6 Gifts for Mom that Don't Break the Budget

It’s time to show Mom how much she means to you! If the idea of Mother’s Day brings thoughts of pricey chocolates, flowers and other gifts, along with a busted budget, you may be going about this the wrong way. No worries, though; we can help. Here’s a list of six ways you can show your mom how much you care without draining your wallet. 

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Budgeting  |  Finances  |  Health & Wellness  |  Savings

How to Save Big Bucks by Brown-Bagging Your Lunch

Did you know that choosing to bring your own lunch to work each day can save up to $3,000 a year? Each takeout lunch can easily cost $12 more than a homemade meal. If you’d put that money into an index fund and contribute to it for 25 years, you can save $500,000! 

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Cyber Security

Don’t Get Caught in a QR Code Scam

Scammers never take a break from dreaming up new ways to con people out of their money. Recently, they’ve even been hijacking QR codes to pull scams on innocent victims. Here’s all you need to know about QR code scams and how to avoid them. 

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Financial Wellness

Step 4 of 12 to Financial Wellness: The Money Talk With Your Partner

Talking finances with your partner may not be your idea of a shared romantic moment, but communicating openly about how you manage your money is a crucial part of having an honest and trusting relationship. It’s fairly common knowledge that arguing about money is the leading cause of divorce in the U.S., and no one wants to be the next statistic. Unfortunately, though, people often grow defensive when discussing the ways they choose to spend their money. How, then, can two partners have a calm, productive discussion about money? Here are six tips we’ve compiled to help guide you in this super-important conversation.

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