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It's a Money Thing Academy

 

Get money smart, one topic at a time

Become financially proficient in a matter of minutes. These quick videos explain and interpret key financial information to help you make sense of your money.

Click on each of the lessons below to learn more about the topic. Check back, new topics will be introduced monthly!

 

7 cooperative principles

 

 

Go deep into the credit union history and learn the guiding principles that make credit unions unique.      

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Acing the job interview

 

Learn tips and tricks for preparing for a job interview.

 

                 

 

 

 

 

After Grad: Work or College?

Start thinking about life after high school. Compare going to school with joining the workforce. 

 

 

 

 

Breakdown of a credit score

 

This lesson shows you how credit scores are calculated and why they are important. Learn helpful tips to monitor and improve your credit score. 

 

 

 

 

 

Boosting your credit score

 

Credit Squirrel is back with plenty of tips on how to maintain a healthy credit score. Learn how to use your credit report as a useful financial tool. 

 

 

 

 

 

Buying a used car

 

Walk through the benefits of buying used and show you what to check for and how to get the best deal. This lesson will help you make informed decisions before committing to such a major purchase. 

 

 

 

 

 

Choosing your financial institution

 

Learn the general differences of a credit union and a bank. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compare and contrast debit cards, credit cards and prepaid debit cards to help you make informed decisions when it comes to your preferred method of payment. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compound Interest Mind Bend

 

Learn the effects of compound interest and introduce powerful examples of how starting early can translate into big savings in the long term. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Demystifying mortgages

 

This lesson shows how mortgages work and explain fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgages, annual percentage rates, pricipal, interest and amortization. This is great information for a first-time homebuyer or refresher content for the seasoned pro. 

 

 

 

 

 

Know your checking account

 

Take a look at the ins and outs of managing a checking account including history, overdrafts, holds and checkbook registers. This is great information to help young adults start out on the right financial footing. 

 

 

 

 

 

Loan basics

 

This is a good introduction to loan types and vocabulary, and can be used as a refresher before tackling more advanced lending topics.