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    Most people that join a credit union are employed with a large company, organization or a medical facility. Credit unions are non-profit financial entities. They operate similar to a bank to a certain extent, but they don't offer all of the services that a bank has.

    However, they do have options that would be more appealing to some that are not interested in having an account at a regular commercial bank.

    Here are five benefits of using a credit union that can be in your best interest:

    1. Even though the membership is open to certain group affiliations, for those that can join a credit union, you can take advantage of the benefits that it offers. Being a part of an affiliated group or organization makes your chances easier for you to join.

    2. They offer savings and checking accounts to their members, just like a regular bank would. Some of the other benefits of using a credit union include having a free checking or interest bearing checking account. With a free checking account, you won't incur monthly charges.

    Having a free checking account from a credit union can help you save money every year. With an interest bearing checking account, there are no monthly charges to deal with, either. You would gain interest regardless of the balance in the account. They also offer ATM cards in the event that you need money right away.

    3. They offer loans to their members. These loans have lower interest rates than you would find at a regular bank. They don't charge enormous fees. Since the credit union is a nonprofit entity and the members are the owners, they benefit from having lower interest rates. So if you wanted to get a car loan or a mortgage, you would benefit more from using them by getting a low interest loan.

    4. Along with the lower fees and lower interest rates, you will be able to save wisely and allow your money to accumulate so that it can grow. Using a credit union is safe and secure. The members make sure that their institution is strong and dependable for the people that they serve.

    5. Your money is federally insured up to the maximum per account just like banks are. Your money is insured through the NCUA (National Credit Union Administration). So if something were to happen, you can be assured that you would get your money back.

    Joining a credit union is a great alternative to opening an account at a regular bank. Not only will you benefit from using them, but you can also get great service. Being able to offer some of the most attractive rates for financial services is a plus.

    Along with that, being able to avoid those enormous bank fees is a godsend for a lot of people that benefit from using them. Since the members are the owners, they are proud of a financial institution that they can call their own.


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    Credit unions are well known for better interest rates, lower fees

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