As the largest locally based financial institution exclusively serving San Diego County, we take pride in providing our members financial services to help them reach their goals—and financial education to help them make money-wise decisions along the way. The Live Smart Bank Smart Blog provides information on a variety of topics that will help you learn more about financial services, money management, and our community. Check back each week to learn something new! At Mission Fed, your success is our bottom line, and that includes providing information to help our members live smart—and bank smart.

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Benefits of Credit Union Credit Cards

August 23
With little to no fees and low interest rates, credit unions provide a new way to think about credit cards. With credit unions, there is no profit incentive, so there are no tricks or traps to keep people in debt. This is just one of the many benefits to credit union credit cards.
With little to no fees and low interest rates, credit unions provide a new way to think about credit cards. With credit unions, there is no profit incentive, so there are no tricks or traps to keep people in debt. This is just one of the many benefits to credit union credit cards.
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Student Checking Account

August 16
Having a checking account is a crucial step toward financial independence that can help you solve a multitude of money-related issues both on and off campus. Read on for everything you need to know about the importance of having a checking account, and what to look for when choosing the best option for you.
Having a checking account is a crucial step toward financial independence that can help you solve a multitude of money-related issues both on and off campus. Read on for everything you need to know about the importance of having a checking account, and what to look for when choosing the best option for you.
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Why Teens Should Open a Checking Account

August 9
As a teen, opening a checking account does not sound like the most eventful moment of your life. However, putting your money in an account that is yours and yours alone, will bring a new sense of independence.
As a teen, opening a checking account does not sound like the most eventful moment of your life. However, putting your money in an account that is yours and yours alone, will bring a new sense of independence.
Couple reviewing their finances.

Requirements for Opening a Checking Account

August 2
If you haven’t previously opened up a checking account, you’re likely curious about what’s required of you. The good news is that starting a new account is simple. There are only a few things you’ll have to bring in and do in order to get the ball rolling. But what exactly? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover the list of requirements you should be aware of, so you show up ready to set up shop.
If you haven’t previously opened up a checking account, you’re likely curious about what’s required of you. The good news is that starting a new account is simple. There are only a few things you’ll have to bring in and do in order to get the ball rolling. But what exactly? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover the list of requirements you should be aware of, so you show up ready to set up shop.
Couple reviewing their finances.

5 Reasons Why You Should Start a Savings Account Early

July 26
With more young people choosing to live in the city where rent is high, dining is expensive, and commuting has become an annual expense; it is easy to see why they are not optimistic about their finances. The question then becomes “what can be done about it?”
With more young people choosing to live in the city where rent is high, dining is expensive, and commuting has become an annual expense; it is easy to see why they are not optimistic about their finances. The question then becomes “what can be done about it?”

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