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Five Tips for Beating Office Distractions

March 16th, 2017

Forget the 8-hour workday. There’s a lot of wasted time at the office. Recent studies suggest the average American is productive for just 3-5 hours per day. It’s not that your employees don’t aim to do more (at least we hope), but quick check-ins, last-minute tasks, the ever-growing inbox and other distractions get in the […]

There’s a Silent Killer Within Your Business

January 24th, 2017

It’s no secret that good business communication helps to build an efficient team. And yet, only 7% of employees can be counted on to speak up when witnessing an incident of poor customer service, according to a study by VitalSmarts. The study reveals the typical employee spots 19 incidents of poor customer service each year, […]

Too Many Sticks-in-the-Mud, Not Enough Land Roamers

January 3rd, 2017

Most small business owners claim that they are too busy to engage in volunteer programs. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find a skeptic who fails to see how volunteerism relates to their business. In reality, being socially responsible can build rapport, confidence and enthusiasm for your organization. In what Deloitte calls a “Glassdoor era” […]

Reduce Energy Use

August 14th, 2014

Stop Draining Your Wallet   For the majority of homeowners, high energy bills are the result of insufficient energy conservation. If you make your home more energy efficient, you’ll be able to take up to 20% or 30% off your total bills. And it isn’t as hard to do as you might think.   The […]

Avoid Fighting Over Finances.

July 17th, 2014

Don’t let money come between you! Do your spending/saving habits cause problems between you and your significant other? Do you like to hold on to your money too much or spend it regularly? Does that upset the other person? Here are some tips to avoid fighting over finances.   Take your emotions out of the […]

Credit Union Tax Exemption Explained

March 25th, 2014

Why are Credit Unions not taxed? There has been a lot of talk this year about the government trying to tax Credit Unions. As most of you know Credit Unions are tax exempt but some of you might not know why. John H. Murga (Chief Executive Officer of  Hidden River Credit Union) wrote a great letter in […]

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The Cost of Pet Ownership

February 4th, 2014

What is the cost of pet ownership? If you’re planning to welcome a new pet into your home, you’ve probably already taken steps to prepare your house for the arrival of your furry/feathery/scale-covered friend. But have you also taken the time to prepare your finances? One of the most common—and most frequently overlooked—side effects of […]

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Reducing your Heating Bill This Winter

December 21st, 2013

If you live in a cold-weather state, you’ve most likely felt the pain of winter heating. With energy costs continuously rising, the outlook of a heating bill lowering on its own is not so hot. Take matters into your own hands by making a few changes in your home. Not only will you help the […]

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Don’t Tax my Credit Union!

September 12th, 2013

Over the past several years we’ve informed our members about legislative issues that would negatively impact Bucks First FCU and our ability to serve you. This time, the issue is federal tax code reform. The House Ways and Means Committee is basically starting from scratch, and all exemptions are getting a new look, including the […]