If you’re like most Americans, the mountain of gifts you’ll be buying during the holiday season is likely to rival the one in Santa’s sleigh. And the price of it all? Let’s just say it won’t leave you feeling very jolly: According to a recent National Retail Foundation survey, consumers plan on spending an average of $935.58 on their holiday shopping this year.
Identity theft skyrockets during the holiday season. Don’t let this crime put a damper on your holidays with friends and family.
Here’s a little-known fact about me: I am obsessed with checklists. Weekend shopping lists. Weekday to-do lists. Lifetime goal lists. If you pat me down at any given moment, you’re guaranteed to find some sort of list crumpled up in my pockets.
You don’t have to gobble up all your cash to host a knockout Thanksgiving dinner! There are plenty of shortcuts you can take that will fatten up your wallet—without sacrificing any of the trimmings.
You don’t have to wait until spring to clean out your closets. The holiday season is the perfect time to get rid of gently used sweaters, coats and jackets your family no longer needs. As temps begin to drop, less fortunate families begin to feel the impact.
When it comes to stealing money, fraudsters don’t always work solo. In fact, many bring their unsuspecting victims in on the scheme and make them do the majority of the work—leaving their penniless prey behind to pay hefty fines or even do jail time.
Since 1948, the third Thursday of every October has been recognized as International Credit Union Day®: a day to celebrate the credit union difference. This year, on October 20th, VyStar Credit Union and credit unions around the globe will be honoring the rich history of the credit union movement, as well as the men and women who worked hard to make it possible.
You’ve finally secured a night out with your wife. All the preparations have been made: You’ve made reservations at your favorite place at 6:30, booked a babysitter that the kids love and have made sure they are all set for the night. You have even left work early to make sure everything is in place at home and the car has gas so you don’t have to stop once you’ve picked up your wife from her job. Nothing will get in the way of your night out!
Each October, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors provides notice to our membership on our website and in our VyStar Facts newsletter that VyStar’s external audit firm—Nearman, Maynard, Vallez, CPAs, P.A.—is conducting our annual verification of member accounts.
Parents have a long back-to-school checklist, from buying basic school supplies to signing up for after-school programs. Now, thanks to identity thieves, they have one more thing to worry about: protecting their children against identity theft.
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