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We are pleased to welcome ten new employees to our Consumers family. Today marks the completion of their New Hire Celebration, an intensive week-long training with our certified trainers and experts on our team. The new hire group began the week by meeting with our executive team to learn our mission, vision, and goals, which center around TEAM success. The group has also spent time meeting the staff in their new offices and learning and role-playing their new skills. They look forward to serving you! Stop by our offices to say hello to the following new team members: Eliza Estrada – Bilingual Teller at Riley Markelle Kuiper – Teller at West Main Kelly Hagen – Teller at Milwood Nolan Snyder – Intern at Ninth Street and South Washington Jeremy Prins – Business Development Manager Christy Lash – Teller at Mattawan Kristina Purser – Teller at Mattawan Rachael Koch – MSCR … …continue
Few people enjoy preparing their tax returns. That’s why we make it easier for you to access the documentation you need to get them done—and offer discounts on TurboTax federal products. We will be mailing your 1099s and 1098s to you by the end of the month. If you’d like to get a head start on your return, they’re now available to you in Online Banking. Simply log in to Online Banking at ConsumersCU.org and click on “eStatements/Tax Forms” on the “Alerts & Statements” tab. Make sure your pop up blocker is disabled, as this will open in a new tab or window. If you select eStatements from our mobile site, you will be rerouted to our full website. If you earned more than $10 of interest in 2013, you will have a 1099. If you paid more than $600 of interest on a real estate secured loan (a mortgage … …continue
As part of our Consumers ConnectU financial education series, Tim Kosak, our Consumer Lending Manager, will be taking your budget questions on our Facebook page on Tuesday, January 21 from noon to 1 pm. Do you want to know how to start a budget? How to stick to it? How to make budgeting fun? (We promise it can be!) Bring your questions! We’ll start the discussion with a post on our Facebook page. Comment on it with your questions, and Tim will respond as questions come in. Please remember that Facebook is a public forum. For your security and privacy, we ask that you never disclose any personal banking information online. Certain questions may require us to refer you to our Member Service Center for personal attention offline. If you have a question about your accounts with Consumers, please call us at 800.991.2221 for assistance.
You’ve long relied on Online Banking to move money between your Consumers accounts, make loan payments, and pay your Consumers credit card bills. Now you can also transfer money to and from your accounts at other financial institutions, as well as transfer straight to another person or business with accounts elsewhere. To start using this convenient new feature, you’ll simply log into Online Banking and hover over “Transfers” on the menu. Choose “To/from my other CU or bank” or “To any person” to open the enhanced transfer page. There is no fee to send money to another person or to transfer money from your accounts elsewhere to your Consumers account. There is a small fee of $3 for outgoing transfers to another institution. The first time you open this new feature, you’ll be asked to complete the instructions in the Quick Start guide along the right side of the page. … …continue
As one of Michigan’s Healthiest Employers, Consumers Credit Union is committed to our supporting more than just financial fitness. We encourage our teams—and our members—to take care of their whole selves. Save the date and join us for the Girls on the Run Tutu Fun Run and the 5th Annual Consumers Sunburst Run! If you made a resolution to stay active this year, training for and participating in these community events will help you stay motivated. Sunday, February 2 – Girls on the Run Tutu Fun Run powered by Consumers Credit Union Hundreds of tutu-clad women, men and children will be descending upon Spring Valley Park on February 2 in support of the Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run! To learn more and register for the 2.2 mile fun run/walk, click here. Saturday, April 26 – 5th Annual Consumers Sunburst Run Help us celebrate our fifth year and support our … …continue
As part of our Consumers family, you have access to 30,000 fee free ATMs nationwide. Consumers is partnered with other credit unions in the CO-OP Network, a cooperative agreement allowing you to use other credit union ATMs fee free anywhere you see the CO-OP ATM logo. With the CO-OP Network, you can avoid unnecessary ATM fees wherever your travels take you throughout the U.S. That means more money staying in your account! Visit ConsumersCU.org/Locations on your desktop, tablet, or smartphone to locate nearby fee free ATMs. (When viewing our mobile site, m.ConsumersCU.org, just choose “Office & ATM Locations” from the main menu.) Click “Use Current Location” to use your device’s GPS or enter the address you’re searching near. Once you’ve found the closest ATM, you can click for a map and directions. It’s like you’re bringing Consumers with you, wherever you go.
Consumers is pleased to once again partner with Communities in Schools Kalamazoo to provide after-school financial education to local middle and high school students. Over the past year, we have conducted two six-week sessions with 25 students. Our next session begins this month. Downtown Office Manager Clarence Lloyd says, “This particular partnership allows us to provide a basic financial foundation to students who may not have any exposure to sound money management. These classes can change the course of a family’s financial future when the students take that info back to their homes.” Topics covered include the why and how of making a budget, the importance of your credit score, and how good grades now can translate into dollars in your future. The program is designed to grow to include four sessions per school year, one per grade at the high school level.
Consumers Credit Union is proud to bring you a new level of service with our exclusive MasterCard Credit Cards. We’ve deepened our relationship with MasterCard to bring you a card that lets you make purchases safely and conveniently, while enjoying added security and benefits. In January of 2014, Consumers members with an existing Visa Platinum or MasterCard Gold credit card will receive a new enhanced MasterCard. Your new card combines Consumers’ local, superior service with MasterCard’s worldwide acceptance. You’ll also benefit from “zero liability” protection for unauthorized purchases, extended warranty, price protection, identity theft resolution, and 24/7 online account access. You can even earn rewards! Visit ConsumersCU.org/Loans/CreditCardholderBenefits for details. It gets better. To ease the transition to your new card, once you receive it, take advantage of 0% APR* for 6 months on all purchases and balance transfers made through March 31, 2014! (Standard variable APR as low as 8.99% … …continue
20 scholarships of $1,000 and an iPad to be awarded to graduating seniors in 2014 Consumers Credit Union’s Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Program has been helping student members achieve their dreams of attending college for over 20 years. More than 70 scholarships have been awarded since the program’s inception. In 2014, Consumers will award 20 scholarships of $1,000 and an iPad to members of the credit union who are graduating high school seniors. Consumers believes strongly in contributing to the well-being of its membership by supporting student members as they further their education. The Dollars for Scholars program is funded by staff donations on “Casual for a Cause” Fridays, as well as from coin machine revenue. Courtney Rus, co-chair of the Dollars for Scholars Committee, says, “Dollars for Scholars is a great way for Consumers Credit Union to be involved with the development and education of our future leaders and … …continue
Are you still paying for your Christmas vacation? Or paying off store credit cards for your Christmas purchases? Take advantage of 0% APR* for 6 months on all balance transfers and purchases made through March 31, 2014. After that, your standard APR of 8.99%-22.99%, depending on your credit history, will apply With no balance transfer fee, you’ll be rewarded with immediate savings when transferring your high rate balances. Don’t have a credit card at Consumers? Apply today and start saving. Call 800.991.2221 or stop in to get started. *APR = Annual Percentage Rate. 0% APR available for balance transfers and purchases made through March 31, 2014. The 0% APR is good for 6 billing periods from the date of the first purchase or balance transfer. Balance transfers will be processed as cash transactions and at the end of this promotional period, if a balance remains, will be subject to daily … …continue