Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Simple Steps to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft Millions of Americans fall victim to identity theft each year. According to the Department of Justice, an estimated 17.6 million people, or 7% of all U.S. residents age 16 or older, were victims of one or more incidents of identity theft in 2014 (latest available). What’s more, about 7% of identity theft victims experienced out-of-pocket losses of $100 or more. What can you do to help reduce your chances of having your identity stolen? The steps below can help you prevent significant... Read More

To Remodel or Not to Remodel…

Should You Remodel Your House? Do you need more closet space, need another bathroom for your growing family, or simply want to increase your home’s value? Here are some factors to help you decide. If you’re contemplating remodeling because you want to sell your home, focus on cosmetic changes instead of functional ones – they’re more likely to draw buyers. For example, people who replace garage doors get 98.3% of their value back in sales dollars, while replacing wood windows returns only 69.5%. To make your property more attractive for sale without spending... Read More

Get Out of Debt

Avoid these “get out of debt quick” pitfalls! Everyone has their own personal finance story – a history with money that’s gotten them where they are today. And anyone who has ever managed debt in the past knows getting out of debt is incredibly rewarding. Whether your debt is from student loans, credit cards, auto loans or unfortunate legal debt, there are very few shortcuts to paying off debt.  It’s true that you don’t have to pay off debt for the entire course of a loan. You can refinance an auto loan... Read More

Travel Colorado

Royal Gorge Just a short 2.5 hour drive south of the Denver Metro area you can find the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. This is the home of America’s highest suspension bridge, which was built in 1929 and stretches 1,270 feet across and 956 feet above the Arkansas River. I remember visiting the Bridge as a child and the Bridge was all there was to see and it was spectacular, but now the park and surrounding area has really expanded to offer a number of activities that could easily keep... Read More

Travel Colorado

Highlighting two National Parks   The Great Sand Dunes National Park Colorado has some of the most unique and impressive National Parks in the United States and many of these parks are not far from the metro area. About 250 miles south of Denver, you can find the Great Sand Dunes National Park. This park contains some of the tallest sand dunes in North America reaching over 750 feet tall and covering 30 square miles. The Great Sand Dunes offers a variety of scenic hiking trails that range in time... Read More

Travel Colorado

Camp Colorado – Choose Your Spot Now  By Gabe Toth   Camping in Colorado can mean different things to different people. Some are looking for a place to get away and enjoy the solitude of the outdoors, while others are seeking a location near activities and amenities. From the southwestern part of Colorado to a quick drive out of the Denver metro area, there are plenty of getaways around the state. For those in the Front Range looking for a quick change of pace, there are options along the Peak... Read More

Travel Colorado

Time for a day trip! Working 9-5 Monday through Friday can be really draining, and sometimes you just need to get away from the city for a quick little weekend vacation. However, many people think that they can’t go on a road trip because they’ll spend a lot of money and it will take at least a day of driving to get anywhere worth going to. Well we are here to tell you that you can take a quick two hour road trip to a great spot AND not spend... Read More

Travel Colorado

Beauty Abounds in These Ghost Towns By Jamie Mill Many Colorado towns were born during the 19th century mining boom, when gold and silver attracted folks from across the U.S. Some of the towns had year-round residents, some had newspapers and most had saloons. With the decline of mining, most of the towns have since been abandoned and are now considered ghost towns. We’ve compiled a list of some of the better-known haunts where you won’t find many ghosts, just beautiful terrain.   CRYSTAL On a four-wheel drive route between... Read More

What’s Better than Free? Getting Paid!

Here it is! The last checking account you’ll ever need! You’ve seen and heard all the different banks and credit unions advertising their checking accounts. They ask you to have $500 in minimum direct deposits, carry huge balances you don’t have and jump through major hoops. Well, we have good news! Credit Union of Denver is proud to announce an amazing new checking account that only requires a small initial effort to receive a maximum pay out! The C∙U∙D Cashback Rewards Checking Account benefits are: No Minimum Balance No Monthly... Read More

Credit Union Funds are Insured

Your Money Is Safe at a Credit Union I’m shocked by how often I get asked if money is safe at a credit union, the same way it is at a bank. People want to know if their money is insured like it is at a bank. I don’t know if this is because of the perception that credit unions aren’t as old as banks (credit unions date back to 1852!), or if it’s because they seem (and often are) so much smaller than banks. Either way, I assure you... Read More