America First Credit Union (AFCU) is a federally chartered credit union headquartered in Riverdale, Utah, United States. As of Jan 2017 AFCU is the 6th largest credit union in the United States in terms of total membership and 11th largest credit union in assets in the U.S.

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  • Banks and credit unions may have many similarities on the surface, but there are some pretty big differences between the two. For example, banks are owned by shareholders whereas credit unions are owned by members. So, which type of financial institution is right for you? In order to answer that question, you'll have to figure out what you want to do with your money, what kind of access you want ...

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  • Checks hold an odd place in our personal finances. In many ways, checks seem like relics from a previous era. We maybe write one or two checks a month (usually for rent or similar bill-paying situations where electronic payment simply isn’t an option). This is vastly different from only a few decades ago, when checks represented more than 85% of all non-cash retail payments. (Can you imagine whi...

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  • Don't be intimidated the next time you walk onto a used car lot--gain confidence with education. Arm yourself with the knowledge of what kind of car you need, new or used, as well as the price range you want and how much you can qualify to borrow. You should also learn how to evaluate your potential vehicle, what to look for during a test drive and how to negotiate. By educating yourself you'll b...

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  • If you've ever applied for a loan, then you know how your credit score can affect how much you can borrow from a financial institution--or if they'll loan you the funds at all. But what is a credit score? What is considered good? What is considered bad? Why does this score matter? By understanding where this score comes from and how it's calculated, you'll be able to better control your score and...

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  • What is your relationship with money? Are you the type that saves for a rainy day? Or do you have fun spending money as soon as you get it? Who do you trust when it comes to financial advice? Answering these kinds of questions can be helpful determining who you are when it comes to finances. We've come up with four different personality types that describe some of the most common financial behavi...

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  • When papers start piling up around your house, it's easy to want to throw them all in the recycling bin. Or maybe you want to clear up some space on your hard drive by deleting old files. While there are some financial documents that you can toss, you should hold on to some for a period of time, while others you should keep forever. In this section, we'll help you determine what to keep and what ...

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  • If you're ready to make the leap from renting an apartment to owning a home, you're going to need a mortgage. And while this is a very big decision to make, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Learning the difference between an adjustable rate and a fixed rate, or how much of your payment goes toward principal versus how much goes to interest will alleviate some of the stress you might have when...

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  • What works for another person's finances may not work the same for you. It's important to find a budget that works for you, otherwise you're not going to stick to it. There are, of course, some obvious examples of "good" and "bad" financial practices, but, for the most part, your plan must be customized to your wants and needs. There are, however, some basic building blocks for creating a budget ...

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  • An emergency fund isn't just needed in times of natural disaster. Job loss or unexpected medical expenses can also drain your bank account quickly. Start building your rainy-day fund before the clouds start to appear. However, in addition to preparing for the unknown, you should also prepare for known unknowns, or expenses that are somewhat predictable--such as car repairs or replacing a major ap...

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  • Budgets are like the New Year’s resolutions of personal finance. We all know we should have one and we all know it’s a fairly simple thing to follow—at least in theory. Like resolutions, we often map out personal budgets with the best of intentions, only to abandon them a couple of weeks later. It’ s easy to blame our budget failures on the numbers we use, or the categories we create, or even ...

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  • Think fast: what’s the most recent financial decision you made? You likely won’t have to think too far back. It’s not the last account you opened, or the school loans you consolidated—it’s something much simpler that’s part of your daily routine. Think back to the last thing you purchased—your most recent financial decision was likely what form of payment to use for that transaction. It’s a deci...

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  • Loans help finance some of our biggest goals in life. They can provide access to possibilities that we can’t afford upfront—possibilities like going to school, buying a home or starting a business (to name just a few). A loan is also one of the biggest financial commitments we make in our lifetime. Rushing into a loan without fully understanding how it will affect your budget can create a very ...

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  • Insurance coverage can be tricky to shop for, because it requires making specific financial decisions about some hazy and unpredictable concepts. Depending on the type of insurance you’re looking into, you might find yourself pondering some downright uncomfortable questions: •What would happen if I get sick the day I’m supposed to leave for the three-week European vacation I’ve been planning fore...

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  • f you’re considering financing your college education with the help of a student loan, the smartest thing you can do for yourself is to only borrow what you truly need. (This advice applies to pretty much all loan products, by the way.) Pursuing post-secondary education should be an exciting time in your life. You’re making decisions and opening up possibilities that will shape your future—a futur...

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  • Identity theft is nothing new, and yet it still manages to cost its victims billions of dollars (yes, that’s billions with a “b”) globally each year—not to mention the time and hassle involved in recovering a stolen identity. The good news is that there are tons of things you can do to deter identity thieves. The bad news is that many of us do little beyond choosing a decent password—and some peo...

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  • Speed and precision are factors in the success of most businesses, but to Quick Turn Precision Machining, they are absolutely essential. Quick Turn is a full-service machine shop in Ogden that specializes in small to medium fast-response machine work—from custom tooling and intricate molds, to small, specialized parts. Along with state-of-the-art CNC milling, turning, and water-jet cutting, they ...

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  • R&R Bbq is out to smoke the competition. Four years ago, brothers & co-owners Rod and Roger Livingston traded in careers in the mortgage industry for a business in the intense world of competition-level barbecue. With their family’s roots in the South, the Livingstons grew up with barbecue. Rod’s mother-in-law bought him his first smoker several years ago, and from there it wasn’t long before the...

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  • FOR SIXTEEN YEARS, Scott & Tammy Gordon have worked to keep Electrical Control Techniques Sales & Service (ECT) energized and growing. Though, as is the case with most small businesses, that hasn’t always been easy. America First has always been impressive to me because of the way they treat their members. They treat us like we matter—not like we’re just accounts, but like we’re people. And you f...

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  • SIERRA RV is a company on the move. When Carl and Geri Jensen began it almost 50 years ago, they hoped they were building something they could pass down to their family. However, it became a little more than that. It is now the largest family-owned and -operated RV dealer in Utah, and as it prepares to expand into a new facility this year, it is poised to become the single largest family-owned RV ...

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  • DRS. Colby Frost and Jason Campbell know something about the value of great partnerships. The co-owners of Wasatch Foot & Ankle Institute became friends as kids playing sports together. They went to high school together, then college, and were accepted into the same medical school, where they both earned their Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and Master of Healthcare Administration degrees. Incredibly...

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  • “A PACE BAR IS THE KING OF POPSICLES,” Ralph Pace says with a smile, speaking over the hum of busy equipment. “There’s just nothing else like it. The best way to explain it simply is that it’s shaved ice on a stick. And people love them. I think that’s because Pace Bars have a stronger flavor and a different texture than other popsicles. They’re really just one of the highest-quality popsicles yo...

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