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United Heritage Credit Union's personal loan options give you the freedom and flexibility you need to reach your goals. Whether you want extra money for debt consolidation, cash management or unplanned expenses, a UHCU personal loan is a simple, straightforward solution. No matter where you are, our Austin loan specialists will work with you to ensure you get a personal loan product tailored to your situation.
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Personal Loans

A UHCU personal loan is great if you're in need of cash but don't want to deal with high-interest credit cards or high rates. Use a personal loan to consolidate debt or pay for an unexpected expense. With a fixed rate and fixed terms, you can count on predictable monthly payments that make budgeting easier. Let a UHCU personal loan specialist help you take the hassle out of getting the money you need.

Need cash? Apply online for personal loan.

CashPlease Loans

CashPlease® Loans are designed to help manage your short-term cash needs, even in emergency situations. With no pre-payment penalties, hidden fees or credit checks, a CashPlease loan is a valuable member benefit and smart alternative to high-cost predatory loans, such as payday loans, title loans and pawn shop loans.

Visit the CashPlease® site to learn more and get started today!
CashPlease - Small dollar, short term loans

Line of Credit

Have the peace of mind that you'll be able to handle any fluctuations in your finances by establishing a personal line of credit. Access funds from your line of credit whenever you need, for whatever you need. You can even add your personal line of credit as overdraft protection to your UHCU checking account. In the event you have unexpected expenses, your line of credit will protect you against costly overdraft fees.


Manage your cash flow better with a line of credit.

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Share and Certificate of Deposit Secured Loans

Share and certificate of deposit (CD) secured loans allow you to continue earning interest while using the funds from your savings account or CD as collateral for a loan. A share or CD secured loan is the best loan option if you're looking to establish credit, re-establish credit or borrow money without a co-signer.

Build your credit with a share or CD secured loan today.

Personal Loans Insights & Advice

Planning for Your Next Vacation
Planning for Your Next Vacation

Once the holidays are over and we are back to the everyday grind of work and school, it is no wonder that many of us start to dream about warm weather, vacations and time to actually relax.  Time away has been shown to reduce stress, improve mental health and improve relationships.  Also, planning a vacation has been shown to help keep you motivated in achieving other goals.  If you’ve decided that a getaway is in the plans for you, here’s some financial tips for making that happen.

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Setting and Reaching Your 2022 Goals
Setting and Reaching Your 2022 Goals

There’s a lot of talk around the new year about setting new goals and revitalizing old ones.  Each January, we declare that this is the year where we will get healthier, get a better job or take that dream vacation. As always, life takes over and we often forget the goals we set until the next new year rolls around.  How can we work to make realistic goals, and more importantly, actually reach them? 

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What Is Passive Income and How Can It Work For You?
What Is Passive Income and How Can It Work For You?

If there’s anything that the last few years have taught us it's that every plan should have a backup plan.  Financially, there are several ways to create security around an income.  In the past, if you needed more income often the path meant getting a second job.  The gig economy and advent of self-scheduling jobs like driving for a ride share company or doing food delivery have made earning extra cash easier than ever.  But passive income could be an even better way to pad your accounts and not spend a lot of extra time doing it.

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Financial Budgeting for the New Year
Financial Budgeting for the New Year

Celebrating the New Year is often a time of renewal.  We sometimes resolve to make the New Year “our year,” start new diets, begin new exercise regimens and wipe out the things in our lives that didn’t quite work out.  Financially, clearing the slate and starting over again is one way to set the New Year off on the right foot.  Creating and using a budget can help you have an easier time during tax season, lets you find ways to save and can help you spend more wisely.  Here are a few tips for getting a budget started.

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Managing Credit Card Debt
Managing Credit Card Debt

 Credit card debt is one of the biggest financial issues for many Americans.  Millions of us carry month-to-month balances on credit cards, and many people have found problems just making minimum payments.  Credit card debt can be a barrier to owning a home, buying a car or even saving towards retirement. Managing credit card debt can be overwhelming, but there are several ways to lower debt or pay them off completely. Here are a few tips for managing your credit card debt and improving your financial picture:

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Paying For Higher Education: 5 Tips
Paying For Higher Education: 5 Tips

The cost of higher education continues to outpace inflation, and is perhaps the biggest expense that some people will ever incur outside of buying a home.  Tuition for public colleges averages $9,000 a year, but add in living expenses, books and other fees, and you’ll see a tab that’s closer to $20,000 for an undergraduate degree.  If you choose a private school, those numbers just get higher and higher. Here are 5 tips that may be helpful when trying to navigate the expenses of higher education.

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Child Tax Credit Payments - What You Need To Know
Child Tax Credit Payments - What You Need To Know

The American Rescue Plan, which expanded the income tax credit program for families with children for 2021, has kicked off monthly child tax credit payments that began on 7/15/2021.

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Refinancing Student Loans - What You Need to Know
Refinancing Student Loans - What You Need to Know

Student loans can be a huge burden to many Americans, and there has been much talk of government intervention in helping relieve some of the debt, but in the meantime, many are putting up with high payments and high interest rates. The main reasons for refinancing are to lower interest rates, lower payments, and to consolidate several loans into one. These have some attractive advantages including possibly lowering your monthly payment, shortening the length of a loan, and limiting the number of lenders you may have to make payments to.

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Now Is the Time to Plan Your Summer Getaway
Now Is the Time to Plan Your Summer Getaway

Now that a COVID-19 vaccine is becoming more widely available, it looks like there may be an end to our time in quarantine.  This means that all the things we’ve put on hold like vacations or seeing family may soon be possible again.  If you’ve been longing to travel and are wanting to see the sights this summer, it’s not too early to start planning your trip now as there may be a bit of a rush as summer gets closer.
 

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5 Reasons to File Your Taxes Early
5 Reasons to File Your Taxes Early

Doing your taxes early really is worth the effort. The majority of Americans end up with a return, so filing earlier means that for many, you’ll have money back in your pocket sooner. Besides having some cash, here are 5 other reasons to get down to work and get your return in as soon as possible!

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Cutting Your Energy Costs - 10 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Electricity Bill
Cutting Your Energy Costs - 10 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Electricity Bill

Reducing your bill can lead to significant long term savings and we’ve got some ideas to help get that cash back into your pocket!
 

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 Top 7 Things to Purchase in January
Top 7 Things to Purchase in January

January is a great time to pick up some great deals, and we’ve compiled a list of the top 7 items that are usually discounted in the New Year!

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5 Steps to Creating a Budget
5 Steps to Creating a Budget

One of the best decisions you can make for your financial future is to create and then stick to a budget. Taking a deep look at your finances can be intimidating, but it’s important to do especially if you are looking forward to buying a home, retiring or making another large purchase. Putting a budget together takes some work, but once it’s done, you’ll find it's easy to maintain and to adjust when needed.

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Holiday Budgeting - Avoiding Over Spending
Holiday Budgeting - Avoiding Over Spending

This year has been unprecedented, and many of us have adapted to online shopping, and therefore an increase in our online spending. As a country, we generally overspend our budgets each year. A few purchases here and there can really start to add up and with the ease of online shopping and savvy offers from advertisers, it’s easy to see why we spend so much. With the holiday season in full swing, it’s time to take a look at your spending and how you can stay within your budget.

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8 Best Tips for Holiday Road Trips
8 Best Tips for Holiday Road Trips

Road trips - the quintessential American mode of travel that highlights the joys of the holidays like no other activity. It's a tradition, much like listening to your Uncle’s high school football highlights, which can set your teeth on edge. If you are lucky though, you'll have your aunt’s pecan pie to look forward to and make the whole trip worth it. Here are some tips to get you safely to into your relatives’ warm and cozy kitchen.

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5 Tips for Buying a New Car
5 Tips for Buying a New Car

Whether you're buying a new vehicle or a pre-owned vehicle that’s new-to-you, the experience should feel rewarding. Unfortunately, many people find buying a new car to be stressful. Don't let the negotiation process and fine print prevent you from enjoying your new set of wheels! Consider these tips the next time you're car shopping.

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7 Steps for First-Time Car Buyers
7 Steps for First-Time Car Buyers

Are you a first-time car buyer? Before heading to the dealership, check out these steps on how to best buy a car.

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Upgrade to an EMV Chip Debit Card Today!

EMV Chip Debit Cards are available for United Heritage Credit Union members! Call or stop by any full-service UHCU branch to upgrade your card today.

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Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when a thief steals someone's personal information to commit fraud. Generally, the thief will use a stolen Social Security number or other personal information to open new accounts, make purchases or get a tax refund.

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4 Scams You Should Know About
4 Scams You Should Know About

As fraud constantly evolves, United Heritage Credit Union reminds members to remain vigilant when it comes to their finances. Outlined in this blog post are a number of common scams that you can avoid if you are attentive and armed with the right knowledge.

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5 Ways for Austin Drivers to Minimize Auto Expenses
5 Ways for Austin Drivers to Minimize Auto Expenses

Although sitting in traffic can take a toll on the health of your vehicle, following a few simple guidelines can help ensure you're not spending a fortune on your car.

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3 Must-Dos Before Buying a Home in Austin
3 Must-Dos Before Buying a Home in Austin

With an average list price of $414,563 for a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house, Austin-area homes are the most expensive in the Lone Star State. Check out these money-saving tips to ensure you don't overstretch your budget when buying a home in Texas' capital city.

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Maximize Your Refund with These Tax Tips
Maximize Your Refund with These Tax Tips

Preparation is key to guaranteeing the annual tax deadline doesn't overwhelm you. Check out the following tips on how to reduce stress and increase your refund, or decrease the amount you owe.

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Get Financially Fit This Year
Get Financially Fit This Year

The beginning of the year is a great time to get your finances in order. Though money management can seem a bit daunting at first, it doesn't have to be. Check out our advice below to see how you can make this the year you set a strong foundation for your financial future.

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EMV Cards: What You Need to Know
EMV Cards: What You Need to Know

An EMV card is a standard-size credit or debit card that has a microchip embedded on the front of the card in addition to the traditional magnetic strip on the back.

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Tax Time Tips

Tax season is upon us and we've compiled a list of  tips to help you make the most of it. So before you file your taxes this year, read our advice on how you can reduce stress and increase your refund (or decrease the amount you owe). 

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Financial Resolutions for the New Year

We're bringing back our first post of 2014 since it contains a lot of valuable information regarding financial resolutions that are still relevant. One of the best things about beginning a new year is getting a fresh start. It's nice to press that imaginary "Reset" button on January 1 and forget about the pitfalls of the previous year. Some of our favorite resolutions involve finances (surprise, surprise) – planning to spend less and enjoy more, or save more and worry less. While these are great ideas in theory, sometimes it's difficult to follow through with such goals. So, we've rounded up three, simple financial resolutions to help you keep your finances under control this year… and beyond. 

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6 Holiday Travel Tips
6 Holiday Travel Tips

This is a great time to visit friends and family. Unfortunately, holiday travel can cause your budget to suffer due to high-priced airline tickets, unexpected lodging expenses and more. Therefore, we’ve put together six tips to keep in mind when planning trips during the holidays.

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Virtual Currency: 5 Things to Consider

Although virtual currencies like Bitcoin, Dogecoin and XRP have been receiving a lot of press lately, many people are unaware of what they are, how they’re used or the risks associated with them. Virtual currencies are electric money with growing global acceptance, even though they aren't tied to actual coins or bills. They offer an innovative, inexpensive and flexible method of payment via the internet. However, due to how these funds are exchanged and their dependence on the processing power of vast networks of private computers around the world, they pose a challenge to regulators and can cause certain issues for those who adopt them as a payment method.

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First-Time Homebuyer: 10 Steps to Homeownership
First-Time Homebuyer: 10 Steps to Homeownership

Buying a home is an exciting experience, but it can also be overwhelming. It will probably be the single largest purchase you ever make and it requires thoughtful planning. Therefore, all first-time homebuyers should take a few things into consideration before they head down the path of homeownership. Here are ten important steps to follow when purchasing a new house.

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How Much House Can You Afford?
How Much House Can You Afford?

If you’re like most Americans, the question isn’t, “Am I going to finance my new home?” But rather, “What mortgage payment can I afford?”  Before you begin hunting for a new house, there are many factors to consider. 

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3 Financial Resolutions

One of the best things about beginning a new year is getting a fresh start. It’s nice to press that imaginary “Reset” button on January 1 and forget about the pitfalls of the previous year. Some of our favorite resolutions involve finances (surprise, surprise) – planning to spend less and enjoy more, or save more and worry less. While these are great ideas in theory, sometimes it’s difficult to follow through with such goals. So, we’ve rounded up three, simple financial resolutions to help you keep your finances under control all year long. 

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