Your 2021 Financial Checklist

Your 2021 Financial Wellness Action Plan

If your New Year’s resolution is to renew your focus on financial wellness, this 7-step financial action plan will give you the tools you need to succeed. The best part? It’s easy! 1. Check Your Credit Report Credit report errors are more common than you might think, and errors negatively impact your credit score. A… Read more »

2020 Year in Review

2020 Year in Review

As the sun sets on the final day of 2020, we’re reminded of the many GOOD things that happened this year. We made your credit union more convenient and accessible, PLUS helped your money go a little further. One Service. One Program. One Webinar at a time. Watch the video… …or read on below: Surpassed… Read more »

Education Grants Surpass 100k

Over $100,000 in Education Grants Awarded

In 2020, SESLOC reached a milestone, surpassing $100,000 in education grants awarded to local K-12 teachers. Each month since 2013, SESLOC has awarded education grants in amounts up to $500 for innovative and creative classroom projects and equipment that go beyond the usual classroom budgets. “This year COVID has put additional stress on teachers’ resources as… Read more »

Second stimulus check

What to Know About Your Second Stimulus Check

On December 29, the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced that they are beginning to distribute the second round of Economic Impact Payments, also known as a “stimulus check,” as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 to millions of Americans who received the first round of payments… Read more »

SESLOC “Gives Joy” This Holiday Season

The holidays look a little different this year, which is why we recently held a fundraiser in our branches and online in support of the Family Care Network. This local nonprofit supports children and youth in foster care, as well as families struggling with homelessness and unhealed trauma in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa… Read more »

Congrats Save to Win Winners

Celebrating 100 Save to Win Winners!

This past November we celebrated a year of saving — and winning!  SESLOC introduced the Save to Win certificate in 2019 to give members a fun, unique way to develop a habit of savings. One year in, and 100 members have won a collective $7,150! Ready to start saving? Book an appointment to open a… Read more »

Year-End Tax Moves

2020 Year-End Tax Tips

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER Here are some things to consider as you weigh potential tax moves between now and the end of the year. 1. Defer Income to Next Year Consider opportunities to defer income to 2021, particularly if you think you may be in a lower tax bracket then. For example, you may be… Read more »

Synthetic Identity Theft

Synthetic Identity Theft

The holidays are upon us, and so is the increase in risk for identity theft. Fictional characters are a big part of the season, but sadly they’ve also become a big part of identity thieves’ tool kits as well. According to a Federal Trade Commission Report, over the last five years, Synthetic Identity Fraud has… Read more »

Holiday Shopping

Online Holiday Shopping — Buyer Beware!

The rise of online shopping during the pandemic has led to a proportional increase in online fraud and scams. As the Holiday season approaches, we want to make sure you are armed with the knowledge and the skills to protect yourself. With a little awareness, you can avoid online shopping fraud as the busiest time… Read more »

Homeowners Tax Tips

Tax Tips: Homeowners Insurance

The purpose of home insurance is obvious. The tax rules surrounding home insurance, though, aren’t always so clear. For example, if your insurance won’t cover you for a given loss, are you simply left holding the bag, or can you expect some tax relief? And what about premiums — can you deduct them or not?… Read more »