Camping

10 SESLOC Rewards for the Great Outdoors

Warm and sunny weather is on the horizon…. Thinking about making a reservation at one of our many local campgrounds to celebrate? You can redeem your SESLOC HomeFREE Checking™ debit card and Visa Signature® Rewards card points for merchandise and gift cards to outfit your next adventure! Check out the top 10 SESLOC Rewards for… Read more »

2020 Holiday Shopping Insights

Local Insights: 2020 Holiday Shopping

In January, we sent out our first ever Member Pulse Survey where we asked our valued SESLOC members about their shopping trends and habits over the recent holiday season. 885 responded, revealing five key takeaways into local spending. Read up to see how you can take action to tackle holiday debt or prepare for the… Read more »

Go Green This Spring

10 Ways to Go Green This Spring

On the Central Coast, “going green” means a lot of things — doing your part for the environment, supporting Cal Poly, hitting the green, saving your green (money), and eating your greens to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Whichever you prefer, here are a few ways to go green this spring: 1. Are You HomeFREE? SESLOC’s… Read more »

SESLOC Spotlight

SESLOC Spotlight: Ecologistics

SESLOC Spotlight highlights local organizations that make the Central Coast the best place to live. Ecologistics is a homegrown nonprofit promoting environmental sustainability through education and community partnerships. Stacey Hunt, CEO, explains how this group of passionate volunteers boosts local conservation efforts: Ecologistics Industry: Nonprofit Serving the Central Coast since: 2010 How many employees? None,… Read more »

CARES Act

American Rescue Plan Act Provides Relief to Individuals and Businesses

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA 2021) was signed into law. This is a $1.9 trillion emergency relief package that includes payments to individuals and funding for federal programs, vaccines and testing, state and local governments, and schools. It is intended to assist individuals and businesses during the… Read more »

Preparing for Tax Season

Preparing to e-File Your Taxes?

Tax season is here again. e-Filing your return is convenient, secure, and allows your payment to process or refund to be deposited quicker than when filing by mail. Instructions for finding your SESLOC account information for withdrawal or deposit are below, as well as information on how to set up a custom alert to notify… Read more »

Vaccine Scams

Protecting Yourself From COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

The recent emergency approval and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines have provided much-needed hope throughout the world. While drug companies, government, and healthcare organizations rush to get the masses vaccinated, unfortunately, but not surprisingly a new threat has developed – COVID-19 related scams. According to FBI Financial Crimes Section Chief Steven Merrill, “We’ve been concerned… Read more »

Stimulus Check 3

What to Know About Your Third Stimulus Check

The American Rescue Rescue Plan Act, signed into law on March 11, 2021, includes a third round of pandemic-related Economic Impact Payments (also known as a “stimulus check”). A statement during the press release indicated that Americans with direct deposit could expect payments within a few days. Here’s what you need to know about claiming… Read more »

Monitor credit score

How Closely Do I Need to Monitor My Credit Score?

First, let’s clear up a common misconception about credit scores. It’s often thought that you have just one singular score, or one for each of the three credit bureaus. The truth is that you actually have many credit scores. This is due to a number of factors: 3 Major Credit Bureaus There are three major… Read more »

Get a Fresh Start on Finances

Get a Fresh Start on Your Finances in 2021

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER There’s no doubt about it — last year was tumultuous. The coronavirus pandemic, a contentious election, and widespread protests were just some of the events that impacted our nation in 2020. Fortunately, the arrival of new vaccines has brought hope for a brighter 2021. If you are looking forward to a… Read more »