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I've Graduated High School, Now What? Part One: Understanding Different Types of Student Loans

Posted by August on Jun 1, 2023 12:35:59 PM

You've just graduated high school; what a major life accomplishment! Before you do anything else, pat yourself on the back. 

After the initial excitement of finishing up a chapter of your life ends, it's time to start planning for your next big adventure, college for most. One of the biggest things that people worry about when starting college is how they'll pay for it, which is why it's so important to understand the different types of student loan options that are out there. 

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Topics: Personal Finance, Home, Life & School, Youth Financial Literacy

Memorial Day Events in the Grand Strand

Posted by August on May 25, 2023 11:12:06 AM

We're coming up on Memorial Day Weekend, which to most, is like the official kick-start to the summer. Schools are starting to get out for summer break, people from all over head to the beach for vacation, friends and family join together for cookouts, and everyone breaks out the fireworks and red, white, and blue. Although Memorial Day is a great time to gather with friends and family and celebrate the start of the summer, it's important that we all take time to remember the true meaning of the holiday and the individuals who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. 

Below are some of the different Memorial Day events happening in our area that you can attend with loved ones and acknowledge those fallen soldiers:

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Topics: Home, Life & School, Seasonal

Downtown Conway Mural Guide

Posted by August on May 18, 2023 1:06:19 PM

If you didn't quite get your art fix at the recent Artfields festival in Lake City and want to discover more public art, you must check out the beautiful murals in Downtown Conway. All within walking distance from each other, or a quick peel scooter ride if you want to make it a bit more interesting, Historic Downtown Conway boasts nine gorgeous murals with unique backstories.

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Topics: Home, Life & School

Tips to Control Emotional Spending

Posted by August on May 4, 2023 11:00:00 AM
Is it just me, or do you, too, succumb to the pressure of retail therapy? Have you had a bad day? Browsing the aisle of your favorite store will help. Were you not feeling great? Splurge on your comfort food; it's sure to work its magic. Did you get a promotion at work or find out your child got an A on a test at school and want to celebrate over a fancy dinner? 

Whether for happy reasons or sad, emotional spending is easy to do and can easily throw you off your budget. Check out the blog post below for tips to help you control your emotional spending and stay on track to achieving your long-term financial goals.
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Topics: Personal Finance

10 Energy efficient Home Improvement Tips and How to Finance Them

Posted by Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union on May 3, 2023 11:45:00 AM

Investing in an energy efficient home improvement has never been more important. We all want to do our part for a clean environment and energy efficient upgrades help reduce our carbon footprint. But some people feel held back by the upfront investment needed to make repairs or enhancements, even though they tend to increase property values.

At Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union, we offer low-rate Smart Home Loans of up to $25,000, so our members can make energy efficient home improvements that lower utilities, reduce emissions, and raise property values. We hope the following 10 cost-effective tips prove helpful.

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Topics: Home Improvement Loans

5 Smart Home Upgrades That Are Worth the Investment

Posted by Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union on Apr 27, 2023 10:45:00 AM

Smart technologies offer homeowners wonderful conveniences, improved safety, and lower utility bills. While many property owners would like to enjoy the benefits of these technological advancements, the initial costs tend to hold them back. That’s why Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union provides the Home Smart Loan program with low rates and flexible terms. We hope the following information about smart technology will inspire you to invest in the peaceful enjoyment of being at home.

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Topics: Home Improvement Loans

Things Your Teen Should Know About Their First Job

Posted by August on Apr 26, 2023 11:31:15 AM

April is CUNA Youth Month, a time when credit unions around the country join together to promote youth financial literacy. When looking for literacy material for kids, there tends to be a lot of material for younger kids, including activities and stories similar to what we've shared on our CUNA Youth Month page. However, there's not a lot of material for older kids, who are reaching the age where they're starting to manage their own money and have to consider things like bills, credit, and taxes. 

Below is a BALANCE blog post with things your teen should know about their first job (but they probably don't). If you're looking for additional literacy resources for your teen/young adult, BALANCE offers entire tool kits for teens and those just starting out

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Topics: Personal Finance, Home, Life & School, Youth Financial Literacy

Everything You Need to Know About Artfields

Posted by August on Apr 20, 2023 3:20:27 PM

Artfields is officially back! During ArtFields, the town of Lake City, once one of South Carolina's most prosperous agricultural communities, becomes a living art gallery as we recognize, celebrate, and share the artistic talent of the Southeast.

ArtFields started in 2013 with a simple goal: honor the artists of the Southeast with a week's worth of celebration and competition in the heart of a traditional Southern small town. The competition and exhibition offer over $145,000 in cash prizes. The votes of people visiting ArtFields determine the winners of two People's Choice Awards; a panel of art professionals selects all the other awards, including the $50,000 Grand Prize and $25,000 Second Place award.

With Carolina Trust having a branch in the heart of Lake City, I'd been through the town several times before, but last year was my first Artfields experience. Saying that Lake City completely transforms for Artfields would be an understatement. The amount of fine arts culture and community closeness that Artfields creates left such a lasting impact that this event will find a spot on my calendar year after year.

If you're planning to attend Artfields this year, here are all the things you need to know:

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Topics: Home, Life & School, Seasonal

Tips on How To Talk to Your Kids About Money

Posted by August on Apr 12, 2023 1:27:13 PM

Every April, credit unions around the globe join us in celebrating CUNA Youth Month. Youth Month is a great annual opportunity to engage with our young members and show them that Carolina Trust is here to help them throughout their financial journey.

The official theme for this year's National Credit Union Youth Month is "Unleash the Power of Saving at your credit union™." This theme makes saving for the future fun and encourages younger members to create financial dreams and work hard to see them through.

We know that talking to children about financial concepts can be challenging, as it's not always the most exciting topic, and they don't yet have money of their own to truly understand how to manage it. Here are a few tips that you can try to start the conversation about finances with your children at an early age and help prepare them to be financially literate adults. 

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Topics: Personal Finance, Home, Life & School, Youth Financial Literacy

5 Pros and Cons of Using a HELOC for Home Improvements

Posted by Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union on Apr 12, 2023 9:00:00 AM

It may come as something of a surprise, but a reported 90 percent of homeowners plan some form of upgrade. Most anticipate making home improvements within the next 24 months, and that often requires borrowing from a lender.

The home equity line of credit, also known as HELOC, has emerged as a go-to option for homeowners wanting everything from expansive kitchens to a new roof. But deciding which line of credit or loan product makes sense for your home improvement project can be complicated. By understanding what a HELOC is, as well as the pros and cons of using it to finance your home improvement project, you can rest easy knowing you will make an informed financial decision. 

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Topics: Home Improvement Loans

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