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What's New At Mid American

With you all the time

By Jim Holt, president/CEO

 

You are never far from accessing your accounts at Mid American Credit Union. From networks of shared credit unions and ATM locations to a new, free downloadable app for your mobile device, Mid American is literally and virtually available to you all the time.

 

Mid American upcoming Mobile App will give you access from your mobile device anytime and anywhere. With this new app, which will be downloadable from the iPhone App Store or the Android Market, you can check balances, pay bills, transfer money, and find Co-op Network ATMs and Credit Union Service Centers.

 

We are also using social media to give our members another way to interact with us. Our Facebook business page made its debut last month (March 2012). While this is not a place for sharing account information, it is a medium for announcing events, answering general questions and of course, listening and responding to general comments. Find the page at www.facebook.com/midamericancreditunion.

 

This quarter, we will offer a new bank to bank transfer function to Desktop Banking. Members will be able to transfer money from a Mid American account to another institution’s checking or savings account or pay a loan payment with an ACH debit from a non-Mid American account.

 

Here are various ways – old and new – that you can interact with us.

 

Branches and ATMS. Besides using Mid American’s branches, members can conduct cash transactions – deposits, withdrawals, loan payments and fund transfers – at nearly 4,500 credit union facilities nationwide through the Credit Union Service Center network. You can avoid ATM fees by using one of the more than 25,000 Co-op Network ATMs nationwide. You can find shared branch and ATM locations through the Branches link and ATM link.

 

Desktop Banking. Our online service provides you with many functions, from account transactions to paying bills to reordering checks. You can even sign up for e-statements to eliminate paper. If you’re not already signed up for Desktop Banking, see a financial service representative and you’ll have 24/7 access to your account. You can also download a sign-up form from online and mail or fax it to us. To find out more contact financial services, 316-722-3921, ext. 202.

 

Mobile banking. This is similar to our Internet banking, with members using tablet computers or smartphones to get online. Check balances, view account history, transfer funds and do national and local searches for the nearest ATM or branch. The new mobile app will provide more efficient access.

 

Text banking. Text us for your account balance and recent transaction history and even transfer funds. To sign up, go to www.co-opmobile.org.

 

Automated telephone. We’ve recently made changes to make this service, available by calling 316-722-3921, and pressing 3 ,faster and more efficient. You will need a PIN to access this service, which provides you with account information and allows you to do transfers. Contact a financial service representative or download the sign-up form from our website and mail or fax it.

Help your teen get a job

Spring break is over and summer is around the corner. It’s not too early for your teenager to start looking for a summer job. Here are some tips for your teen and ways that you can help them find a job.

• Start looking now. As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. Don’t wait until school ends to start looking for a job. A job search can take some time. Encourage your teen to start with limited hours now, if possible, and increase hours in the summer.

• Be prepared. As a parent, you can help in the job search by proofreading your teen’s resume and putting them through some mock interviews. If it’s hard for your teen to role-play with you, ask a family friend to step in as a mock interviewer.

• Pass on advice. As a parent, you’ve probably been through a few job interviews. Make sure to share good pointers on how to get a job: Dress professionally, show enthusiasm, and send a thank-you note.

• Network. If your teen is ready to hit the job market, start telling friends, co-workers and encourage your teen to do the same. Many job prospects are found by word-of-mouth.

Once your teen is getting those summer job paychecks, help them understand the importance of budgeting and saving. Mid American offers a number of youth accounts, including FirstStep and Freedom checking accounts, open to youth older than 13 who take a financial quiz.

Win a Getaway for Two

It will be the Summer to Love using your Mid American VISA credit card.

Every time you use your Mid American VISA credit card from now until July 31, 2014, you will be automatically entered for a chance to win  a 3-day, 2-night trip for two to Palm Beach, Chicago or San Franciso.  

To find out more about a Mid American VISA credit card, click here.

For complete rules on the Summer to Love promotion, visit summertolove.cscu.net. 

Summer fun with outdoor spaces

Are you enjoying every space of your home – including your outdoor spaces? With some imagination, creativity and a little do-it-yourself effort, you can update and create some fun-filled spaces and times.

One of the easiest ways to update your outdoor spaces is by adding plants and flowers. Shop garage sales, thrift stores and flea markets for containers, and don’t forget you can repurpose items such as metal buckets into plant containers. For example, plant some herbs, which not only smell great but can be used in your grilling and summer dishes, in old cookware.

Find other ways to be creative and low-cost in sprucing up your patio or deck. Pallets are a very popular item to repurpose. Check out sites such as www.1001pallets.comfor ideas on creating garden furniture, a potting bench and even a children’s playhouse.

Take advantage of warmer weather to move some indoor activities outside, as well, Create your own backyard theater, for example, with a video source (a laptop computer or a home DVD player), a projector, sound system and a screen. There are plenty of low-cost options for a screen, ranging from bed sheets to the side of your home. You can even move your gaming systems and play outdoors.

Make it a family game night by creating backyard-friendly board games. For example, play lawn Jenga, using 54 blocks made from 2x4 pieces of lumber. Sand ‘em and stack ‘em and have fun. Use leftover boards or reclaimed wood to make 28 oversized domino game pieces. You can find more ideas on various blog sites or Pinterest, an online site where you can collect ideas for different projects and “pin” them to your virtual corkboard.

To help finance your summer projects, consider a second mortgage-home equity loan. Currently, we are giving away a $100 Lowe’s gift card for those getting a second mortgage-home equity loan.To find our more or to apply for a second mortgage-home equity loan, click here.

Give your loan payment a summer vacation

Send your loan packing this summer with Skip-a-Payment. It’s an easy way to get your hands on extra cash. You can Skip-a-Payment on all loans, except mortgages, home equity loans or VISA credit card loans. Here are the terms for taking advantage of this benefit:

• You must have made six full monthly payments before using this benefit

• Your loan must be in current and good standing

One Skip-a-Payment allowed per loan every six months

• Fee is $10 or 10 percent of the payment amount, whichever is less, and will be added to the loan principal

Visit www.midamerican.coop/loans/home for a printable Skip-a-Payment coupon.

New ATM fees effective Sept. 1, 2014

The following new ATM fees will take effect Sept. 1, 2014:

• Nonnetwork ATM charge ……. $2.00

• Rejected ATM transaction ……. $0.60

Also effective Sept. 1, ATM withdrawals on savings accounts, Charter checking and Checking Plus accounts will be allowed three free withdrawals each month. The fee for each additional withdrawal in that month will be $0.75. Direct deposit and e-checking accounts have unlimited withdrawals from their checking accounts when done through the Co-op ATM network.

Take inventory

When was the last time you updated the inventory of your belongings to ensure you have adequate insurance coverage?

With a current inventory, you can be sure your belongings are properly insured for their value, in the event of theft or disaster.

Most basic home insurance policies have standard limits for big-ticket items such as electronics, jewelry, sporting equipment or art, according to the Kansas Insurance Department, but you’ll want to check with an insurance agent if you need additional or special coverage.

Several resources, from hard copy lists to smartphone apps, are available to make the inventory process easier. Here are three such resources:

• Printable inventory sheets at www.insureuonline.org/home_inventory_checklist.pdf
• The Insurance Information Institute’s free Know Your Stuff software, www.knowyourstuff.org
• The National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ free smartphone app, myHome.Scr.APP.book, from iTunes or Google Play

Photographing or making a video of belongings is recommended. The NAIC has the following tips for creating an inventory for insurance purposes:
• Group possessions by logical categories, such as by room or item.
• Don’t forget infrequently used items, such as holiday decorations.
• Make copies of original sales receipts or appraisals.
• Write down model and serial numbers for electronics and other items.

Keep your inventory lists and supporting material in a safe deposit box. Mid American offers annual rentals of various-sized safe deposit boxes at its northeast and west branches in Wichita and in Larned.

Cashing in bonds

Because of changes in federal guidelines, Mid American Credit Union will no longer offer the service of cashing in paper savings bonds.

If you wish to redeem an electronic EE/E bond, you can log into treasurydirect.gov, and select Tools in the Individuals pull-down menu. Follow the directions to have the cash amount credited to your checking or savings account within two business days of the redemption date.

At treasurydirect.gov, you will also find information on how to redeem paper EE/E bonds.

Savings bonds may be redeemed after they are 12 months old. EE bonds can earn interest for 30 years.

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