Category: Personal Banking

You know that mobile banking with Compass is a convenient way to access your account wherever you might be.  While mobile banking with us is also safe and secure, there are some simple rules you can follow to ensure that your private information stays that way: Keep your phone password protected. To learn more about …

Mobile Banking: Keeping it Convenient, Keeping it Safe!

You know that mobile banking with Compass is a convenient way to access your account wherever you might be.  While mobile banking with us is also safe and secure, there are some simple rules you can follow to ensure that your private information stays that way:

  • Never send your account information or password via text message or e-mail
  • Know that public internet connections are not always secure; before you log into your account, make sure you’re not connected to a public network, such as in a coffee shop
  • Avoid using your phone to visit any websites that seem illegitimate – even if there is just a hint of doubt
  • Avoid clicking on hyperlinks embedded in emails unless you know the source is legitimate
  • Create complex user passwords

Keep your phone password protected.

To learn more about mobile banking, click here.

Save Time with Mobile Deposit Capture

Your time is valuable, so here is a service we think can be helpful. With our mobile deposit capture, you can deposit your check directly into your account without visiting a branch. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. On the back of the check, write “For mobile deposit only CompassCCU”, along with your account number and endorsement.
  2. Snap a picture of both sides of the check
  3. Click “submit” and wait for your confirmation

It’s that easy! Mobile deposit helps you spend time doing what matters most to you. We encourage all members to use our secure mobile banking app. Please feel free to call us with any questions.

As a reminder, effective 11/1/2022, mobile deposits are subject to a 3-business-day hold.

Tips to avoid missing a bill’s due date.

Being late every now and then when paying your bills doesn’t sound like a big deal. However, those late fees can really add up.

In addition to charging a late fee, creditors could increase your interest rate. Some credit card companies will even reset your rate to a default APR as high as 29.99%.

Fortunately, Compass Community Credit Union has a way you can avoid all this and simplify your life in the process. It’s our free Bill Pay.

With Bill Pay, you’ll never have to worry about missing a payment or paying late fees. Simply schedule the payment date and that’s it. No need to spend time writing a check, paying for stamps and dropping it in the mail.

Taking care of your financial future is important. Using our free Bill Pay can make it a little simpler. To get started or to learn more, click here.

The most important financial account you probably don’t have

Financial stress haunts many of us. We say, “If only I had more money?”

At Compass, helping members become more financially confident is a big part of who we are. One step you can take to increase your peace of mind: create an emergency fund.

For those who have limited income or little room in their budget to put money away, an emergency cash reserve may be even more essential than college funds or retirement savings. You may know how many years you are from retiring and how soon the kids will be old enough for college. But, there’s no way to tell when your car’s transmission will begin to slip, your goalie daughter will break a tooth or an arm, or your job will evaporate.

Emergencies happen when we least expect them, and our wallets usually suffer collateral damage.

Here are five steps to reduce your financial stress:

1. Figure out the cost for your monthly “must-haves.” On your most recent checking account statement, circle the amounts you paid for essentials. This means the necessities required for bare-bones living, such as your rent or mortgage payment, groceries, gas, insurance, utilities, credit card and loan payments.

2. Estimate how long you might need to stay afloat in an emergency. Most people should have enough savings to cover for three to six months without a paycheck. You may want to adjust this target up or down if your job would be harder or easier to replace. Let’s say your monthly amount is $2,500, so your emergency savings goal, if three times that, is: $7,500. Mission impossible? Maybe not, if you set up milestones on the way.

3. Make a road map toward your goal. Using $2,500 as an example, you’d get there in about 23 months by putting aside $50 every two weeks. Boost that $50 to $75, and it would take only 15½ months to get to $2,500. Within four years, you could reach your goal of $7,500.

4. Set up “driverless savings.” Once you’ve decided how much to set aside regularly, set up automatic transfers in online banking. Instead of hoping there’s money left to save at the end of each pay period, set it and forget it. That’s a crucial step for success.

5. To manage your stress, keep on saving after you reach your goal. Life is unpredictable, so there may be times you’ll need to draw cash from your emergency account. Just keep squirreling away into your savings, and you’ll replenish your reserve.

Some credit union members like to use our low-interest credit card or equity line of credit as a financial safety net. But when it comes to building confidence, nothing beats having savings in reserve. If you would like to open a separate “Emergency Savings Account”, you can open a secondary savings account online or stop by one of our branches.

Where did all my money go?

If you find yourself running out of money before you run out of days until your next paycheck, you’re not alone. In fact, even people who earn tons of money find themselves in this situation every month. And the reason they do is because they have no idea where all their money went.

To figure that out, start with a money diary. Every time you buy or pay for something, write it down. This includes everything from your mortgage and car payment to something as small as a candy bar. Then at the end of the month, take a look and see where all your money is going.  Now look to see which expenses you can reduce or eliminate — like that large cup of fancy coffee every morning.

Once you find and reduce frivolous expenditures, take that money you would normally spend on them and deposit it into your savings account for a rainy day fund.

Next, establish a budget. Most financial experts recommend the 50/30/20 budget. 50% of your after-tax dollars on necessities like a mortgage, groceries, and other bills. 30% on wants like clothing and eating out. And 20% on savings and debt repayment. Tracking expenses and living on a budget may take some getting used to in the beginning, but over time it will give you a better financial future.

How much is in your checking account right now?

That may seem like an odd question, but knowing the answer can help ensure that you’ll never have to pay any fees for overdrafts or insufficient funds.

Today, with so many different ways to withdraw from your checking, it’s easier than ever to mistakenly take out more funds than your checking account has available. Checks, ATM transactions, debit cards, automatic bill pay, electronic payments – they can all lead to overdrafts or insufficient funds if you don’t keep accurate track of every transaction.

To make matters worse, the recipient of the non-paid check can also charge you an additional fee of their own — and refuse to accept checks from you in the future.

To avoid finding yourself in this position, keep track of how much money you have in your account by recording all debit card purchases, checks written, ATM withdrawals, and automatic bill payments or other electronic payments. You might also want to get into the habit of using banking tools like mobile or online banking to check your account balance before you make a purchase.  In addition, you can also ask us about setting up overdraft protection from your savings account. 

Ways to save money that you might actually do.

Any time you research ways you can save money, you usually see the same things: Stop eating out. Stop buying fancy coffee. Even we’re guilty of offering those up as great suggestions for saving money.

But let’s be honest, people like eating out at nice restaurants and drinking coffee with fancy names. So we put on our thinking caps and tried to come up with some other things you can do to save money that you might actually be willing to do.

Let’s start with the most obvious and least painful. Get a big jar. Then at the end of every day, drop any change you have in your pockets into that jar. (If you really want to go crazy, you could add the singles in your wallet.) Once the jar is filled, bring it in and deposit it into your savings account — not your checking account and definitely not back into your pockets.

Next, try living on the 50/30/20 budget. Basically, that means 50% of your income is devoted to necessities like bills, etc. 30% goes to wants. And the final 20% goes into your savings. To help make sure that 20% will actually go into your savings, just pretend it’ s a bill and pay it into your savings every time you write out your bills.

Another easy trick is to take whatever balance is remaining in your checking account on the day before payday and transfer some of that balance into your savings. For example: If your balance is $150 then transfer at least $50.

Here are a few other money-saving tips:

• Have a weekly “no spend day” and don’t buy anything (even lunch) on that day
• Stop paying others for work you can do — like yard work or cleaning the house
• Cancel any auto-renew subscriptions that you aren’t using regularly
• Only make big purchases like furniture or appliances during annual sale periods
• Ditch cable for streaming services
• Shop around for the best cell phone plans and insurance services
• Grocery shop with a list so you’ll be less likely to buy stuff impulsively
• Buy generic whenever possible. According to an NPR study, it’s something even chefs do
• Save your raise (if you’re lucky to get one)

We hope you find these tips helpful. Or at least more palatable then giving up your favorite restaurant or morning cup of coffee.

Never miss getting your paycheck on payday again

Are you having to make sure you’re at work every payday to get your paycheck? Do you race to the credit union and spend your lunch hour depositing it into your account? Then you should definitely consider getting Direct Deposit.

Simply put, Direct Deposit makes sure you receive your paycheck every payday, even if you’re not physically at work. It doesn’t matter if it’s because of bad weather, an emergency, you’re out sick, taking a vacation, or you’re working from home; with Direct Deposit your paycheck is automatically deposited into your account on payday — no matter what! Plus, with Direct Deposit, there’s no risk of ever losing a paycheck.

Another advantage of Direct Deposit? You can start using your funds right away. You’ll have your money payday morning, regardless of the time your employer normally hands out the paper paychecks.

With Direct Deposit you can also split up your paycheck between different accounts. For instance, you could divide your check between your checking account, savings account, and retirement fund which could help you improve your ability to save money. That is what we in the banking business call the “pay yourself first” financial strategy. It helps you avoid the temptation to spend money that you’ve originally planned on setting aside.

Finally, Direct Deposit is more environmentally friendly than paper checks and it offers better protection from identity theft, which can be a risk if your paycheck is lost or stolen.

So, stop waiting around for your paycheck every payday and ask your employer if they offer Direct Deposit. Then you can spend your lunch hour actually eating lunch instead of racing to the credit union.

Poor or no credit? Here’s a way to fix it that you probably never thought of.

If you have poor or no credit, don’t feel bad. Because you’re not alone. According to Experian, a credit reporting agency, 68 million people in the US are in the same boat.

The good news is that since you’re a Compass Community Credit Union member, you already have an easy way to start building or rebuilding your credit score. It’s your Compass Savings account.

Simply take out a loan against the balance you have in your savings account. Make payments on the loan on time. And your credit score will start to reflect that in a positive way. Plus, you can use the money from the loan to help pay down any high interest credit card debt or catch up on other bills that you may not be paying on time.

But while taking out a loan against your Compass Savings Account is a really easy way to start improving your credit, it’s not the only step you can take. Here are a few other tips we recommend you try:

• Pay all your bills on time — including your utility and cell phone bills
• Pay off debt and keep balances low on credit cards
• Don’t close unused credit cards unless they charge you annual fees

Remember, having a good credit score can help you qualify for better interest rates and terms when borrowing money, buying a car, or applying for a mortgage. It’s also used by landlords when you apply to rent. And it might even influence your smartphone lease and your life or car insurance rates.

If you’d like to learn more about taking out a loan against your Compass Savings Account, stop by your local branch. A Compass representative will be happy to tell you more.

In short, a credit union is a cooperative financial institution where people work together to make everyone’s lives better. Everyone who has an account here is a member. And every member is an owner.

Rather than making profits to send to far-off shareholders, Compass CCU reinvests in our credit union. Which means we reinvest in YOU. That’s why we say that, at Compass Community Credit Union, we guide you to better banking.