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Shopping on the big three sales days, Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, can get mind-numbing. How do you know what to buy, when? The worst feeling is buying an item on one of these big shopping days only to find the deal got better later on.

Here is a run-down on some best bets based on the past two Black Friday seasons. Use these rules of thumb while crafting your perfect, personalized Black Friday shopping game plan. Continue reading

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High school seniors with an EECU account in good standing (or a parent/guardian with an EECU account) are eligible to apply for EECU’s Glenn Mandeville Memorial Scholarship. If you know a deserving senior who may qualify, download the eligibility criteria and application here.

Here is an excerpt from 2013 Scholarship Winner Koby Wulfjen’s winning essay: Continue reading

Tarrant Area Food Bank Drive

Now through December 10, bring non-perishable food items to any EECU Credit Union branch to donate to our annual food drive benefiting Tarrant Area Food Bank.

As the holidays approach, families across North Texas will struggle to put food on the table. Tarrant Area Food Bank provides nearly 2 million meals each month across 12 counties surrounding Fort Worth through the donations of generous people and businesses.

Annual Food Drive Pounds of Food
2013 Goal: 1000
2012 769
2011 818

List of Accepted Items (Non-perishable Only)


Now, in addition to our iPad users, those of you with an Android tablet or a Kindle Fire can access your EECU accounts on the couch or on the go with our new tablet apps.

Download the free application for your device, and enjoy the freedom to securely:

  • Check your account balance and recent activity
  • Pay bills any time, any place
  • Transfer funds with a few taps

Simply search EECU Mobile Banking on the App Store, Google Play or Amazon Appstore for Android. Or, click the appropriate icon below.

EECU Mobile Banking app is free, but standard rates and fees from your wireless carrier may apply.
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As you learned in part one of this blog, Willingly Robbed: Modern Payment Scams, there are many tricks con artists use to scam you out of your hard-earned money. While online security can be a scary topic to approach, there are some tips to keep in mind that can protect you from falling victim to one of these ruthless tricks. Continue reading

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October 17, 2013, is International Credit Union Day, a time to celebrate credit unions’ histories of connecting people to their dreams through affordable financial products. So to celebrate, we want to hear your #MyCUStory.

Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to tell us how a credit union has helped you reach your personal goals. Interested in hearing our #MyCUStory? Click here to see it!

2014 Mandeville Scholarship

Are you a high school senior? Do you or your parent have an EECU account? Then you may qualify for a Glenn Mandeville Memorial Scholarship.

Each year, EECU awards six $5,000 scholarships to deserving students—three awards for students pursuing a career in education, and three awards for students in other fields of study. If you meet the following eligibility requirements, download an application and submit it to us by January 31, 2014.

  • You are currently a senior in high school
  • You or your parent/legal guardian must be a member in good standing with EECU
  • You plan on attending an accredited college or university
  • You demonstrate excellence in the areas of academic achievement, character, leadership and personal relationships

Be sure and read the instructions and criteria carefully, as incomplete or incorrect applications may not be considered. Awards will be presented in March 2014 at EECU’s annual shareholders meeting.

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You check your email one day and see you have a job offer. You already have a job, but the offer is one that would allow you to pick up a little extra money in your spare time. And the job itself sounds fun—secret shopping. All you need is a bank account. You respond to the email and get a friendly message back welcoming you to the program. You’re told your first assignment will be for a money wiring service. You are told that you will receive a cashier’s check for $4,000. You are to deposit it into your bank account and then wire $3,500 of that money back to the secret shopping service using a local Western Union outlet. The remaining $500 is yours to keep. You are also given a form to fill out about your experience. This is likely the easiest $500 you will ever make.

You follow the instructions you are given and everything works just as you expect, until one day you get a call from your bank telling you that the $4,000 cashier’s check was returned as fraudulent and you are out not only the $4000 for the check that was no good, but also the $3,500 in real money that you wired out. You are now $7,500 in the hole.

Unfortunately, this happens more than you might think. And it’s not just fake secret shopping jobs. Fraudsters have come up with a number of ways to get you to willingly send them money. Here are just a few of them: Continue reading

During the fall 2013 semester, EECU will be hosting an intern from Texas Christian University. Through the internship program, she will have the opportunity to gain exposure to the operations of your credit union and to contribute to EECU’s mission of educating individuals about personal finances by leading a program for TCU students. Stay tuned throughout the semester for updates from Menglu Cai about what she’s learning!

Coming from an engineering family, I find my passion in the business world. Now, I am studying accounting and finance at Texas Christian University. As a senior, I have enough fundamental knowledge about my majors, but I don’t have any related work experience. However, accounting and finance are all about being practical. Some business students might be able to get the real experience from their family. However, coming from an engineering family, I need to find my own way into the business world. I think the only way to get into the real professional world is through an internship. I really appreciate that EECU Credit Union is providing me with this valuable opportunity. Continue reading

Tuesday evening, we will make updates to EECU’s Online Banking program to enhance security for your accounts. Many of you have already updated your account with a new username and a phone number or email address for account verification purposes, but if you haven’t already, you will be required to do so when you log in after the update.

What will change?

The first time you log in after the update, you will be greeted with a new screen. What you are asked to do at that point will depend on your current settings.

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