September 2019

Volunteer Spotlight

Earlier this year, SELCO launched its Employee Volunteer Program, which grants team members up to 20 hours of paid time off to volunteer in the community. Here's what they've already accomplished.

Now Accepting SPARK! Grant Applications

It's time again for educators all over Oregon to submit their proposals for a SPARK! Creative Learning Grant. You could receive up to $1,000 for your innovative classroom project.

Project Spotlight: Digital Media Studies

Santiam Middle School used their 2018 SPARK! grant to purchase equipment for their new digital media studies class. We caught up with them to see the results.

The Cost of Going Solar

Solar panels are an increasingly popular way to shrink your footprint and boost your home's efficiency. But how do you cover the upfront cost?

Estimating Your Retirement Income Needs

The simple advice is to set your retirement income as a percentage of your current income. But that approach doesn't account for your specific plans.

QuickTips: Traveling Smarter and Safer

Going out of town for awhile? To get your finances ready, be sure to plan ahead, stay safe, and avoid ATM surcharges.

July 2019

After Lengthy Decline, Certificates Rebound

CD rates are the highest they've been in a decade and SELCO's certificates are offering some of the best returns available. See for yourself how we compare.

The Freedom Certificate

Take no penalty for early withdrawal, but gain a 2.5% bonus if your original balance is untouched after 3 years.

Certificate Calculator

Enter your deposit, select a term, and see for yourself exactly how much you'll save with any of our standard certificates.

Your Personal Boat Buying Guide

Owning a boat is a major commitment. Best to know what's in store before deciding what you're buying, when you're buying it, and your plan for financing.

Don't Forget to Create Your User ID

Log in to online banking with a name instead of a number. This change will soon be required, so set yours up today!

SPARK! Grant Applications Open Soon

Every year, SELCO awards grants up to $1,000 to K-12 teachers throughout Oregon. We're accepting new applications starting August 15.

May 2019

Personalized User IDs Coming Soon!

In response to member feedback, your new personalized user ID will soon replace your member number to access both online and mobile banking.

Our Thurston Branch Has Moved!

New location, added services, same focus on you. Check it out at our open house on May 10.

The 2019 SELCO Pole Pedal Paddle

May 18, Bend: Oregon's definitive multi-sport race is just around the corner!

Market Trends Seminar

May 14, Bend: Join us for a seminar on financial market trends. We'll discuss the opportunities, risks, and cyclical insights of investing.

Signs You Might Be Living Beyond Your Means

It's easy to accrue debt these days. Steer away from the "living paycheck to paycheck" path by checking yourself for these red flags.

3 Ways to Escape a Mountain of Debt

Found yourself trapped on a growing stack of unpaid bills? Here are three different strategies for managing debt and finally becoming debt-free.

March 2019

Looking to Consolidate Debt? Try a HELOC

Burdened by high-interest credit cards? A home equity line of credit can be a great way to consolidate debt and minimize monthly payments. 

The Changes Affecting Your 2019 Tax Return

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 goes into effect this year. What are the biggest changes and what do they mean for you and your expected return? 

6 Barriers to Investment Success

March 28, Bend: Learn more about the practices that get in the way of making the best financial decisions. 

Retirement Planning Seminar

April 10, Eugene: In today's volatile market, it's more important than ever to plan for retirement. 

Apply Today for a $2,500 College Scholarship

High school seniors: Only one month left to submit your applications! Before you do, check out video responses to last year's essay questions for a little inspiration.  

Driving for Uber or Lyft? Make Sure You're Insured

Many insurance carriers require extra coverage for rideshare services like Uber and Lyft. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t realize it.

The Trick to Saving: Pay Yourself First

Don't fill your savings account with whatever's left over. If you set aside a fixed amount each paycheck, your balance will grow faster than you realize.

January 2019

Real Estate Trends to Watch in 2019

There's no shortage of opinions about the housing market for 2019, but three trends seem clear: inventory will stay low, rates will move up, and the number of buyers will increase.

Celebrating Our Members with SELCO Cheer

This January, we're randomly selecting 150 members to receive $100 for themselves and $100 for the charity of their choice.

A Certificate Perfect for Rising Rates

SELCO's new Bump and Boost Certificates offer a more flexible and easier to get started alternative to traditional share certificates.

Weathering a Volatile Market in 2019

Long-term financial planning is never more important than when you're facing market uncertainties.

Working on Your Relationship with Your Credit Card

Jen's dragged to couple's therapy by her credit card which is at its limit. Literally.

November 2018

Generation Z and the Minefield of Online Scams

Young people's familiarity with technology—specifically, social media—can create a false sense of security when targeted by online scams.

Upcoming Event: Estate Planning Seminars in Eugene and Bend

Learn how to ensure your estate is protected and passed on at one of our free events, November 14 and 15.

Fall: The Sleeper Season for Home Buying

While people don't typically associate autumn with home buying, it can be less competitive, less frantic, and more flexible than the peak seasons.

Planning Your Spending for the Holidays...

The average American ends the holidays with an extra $1,000 in debt. A manageable budget is the best way to keep that stressful debt from piling up.

...And Making Sure You Stick with It!

Every SELCO member has access to Money Manager, a free tool that lets you set spending targets, monitor spending, receive alerts, and more.

The Many Schemes of Scam Artists

From unexpected winnings to fake charities, this anthropomorphic inspector breaks down the increasingly complex ways fraudsters collect financial info.

September 2018

Extended Vehicle Warranties: Worth the Cost?

Is it better to purchase coverage you might not need or risk covering maintenance expenses yourself?

Upcoming Event: Long-Term Care Seminars

Bend & Eugene, Sept. 19-20. Join us for a talk on the importance of planning ahead and protecting your estate.

Upcoming Event: Medicare Seminars

The latest version of the SELCO Mobile Banking app includes touch ID, an improved design, and an easy method to send money to friends and family.

SPARK! Grants: From Gardens to Guitars

We're now accepting applications for our SPARK! Creative Learning Grants, which finance inventive school projects around Oregon. Need some inspiration? Check out some of last year's recipients, who launched a school garden and a guitar-building workshop.

A Loan, a Good Neighbor, and a Dream Boat

This member found the deal of a lifetime on his dream boat, but needed a little help from SELCO (and a very generous neighbor) to secure it.

Start Saving Now for Your Child's Education

College tuition has tripled over the past 30 years. All the more reason to take advantage of savings tools (like 529 College Savings Plans) early.

July 2018

Your Personal RV Buying Guide

In terms of major life purchases, an RV lands somewhere between a car and a house. So the more you know before you buy, the smoother things will go.

What's New With Our Mobile App?

The latest version of the SELCO Mobile Banking app includes touch ID, an improved design, and an easy method to send money to friends and family.

Car Dealership Due Diligence

There's more to used car shopping than picking whatever's newest and cheapest. These basics cover the research worth doing before you head to the dealer.

When Buying a Used Car, Beware of 'Curbstoning'

Used car sales through private sellers don't have the same protections as through a dealer. So it's important to make sure you're not misled.

SPARK! Creative Learning Grants

Teachers: Tell us about your idea for an innovative and engaging K-12 project and you could receive funding. Applications open August 15.

May 2018

4 Ways to Watch Your Savings Grow

Conventional savings accounts offer the easiest access to funds but the lowest interest rates. Don't overlook these alternate savings vehicles; they're more accessible than you might think!

Our Annual Highlights

Curious how SELCO's doing? We're sharing our annual financial info with our fellow member-owners, along with a short video covering some of our accomplishments of the past year.

Earn 1.25% APY on an 18-Month Certificate

Give us a call, visit a branch, or log into online banking to get started.

Our 2018 Scholarship Winners

These 20 ambitious high school seniors will receive $1,500 toward their first year of college.

Tricks to Selling Your Home Quickly

Nobody ever wants to drag out the process of home selling. Here are a few tips from our mortgage team on getting it done ASAP.

A Parent's Guide to In-Game Purchases

Not all virtual purchases are equal. Understanding the differences is key to helping your kids spend responsibly.

March 2018

Before You Sign Your Auto Loan...

Financing can be complex. Here are a few questions to keep in mind to make sure you fully understand your options, before you sign on the dotted line.

The Trick to Faster Mobile Deposits

Do your mobile deposits keep getting held up for "review"? Here are some tricks to make sure your money shows up in your account right away.

$1,500 Toward Your Tuition and Textbooks

Headed for college? We're now taking applications for our annual scholarship program.

Find Your Tax Information

From dividends earned to deposits made, we've put together a list of all relevant tax forms and where you can find the info you need.

The Financial Mistakes of Our 20s and 30s

The future has a habit of sneaking up on you. Keep an eye out for these all too common—but avoidable—financial miscalculations.

January 2018

Schedule an Appointment with Our New Tool

Need to meet with us? Our site's recently been upgraded with an easy-to-use scheduler. Find "Schedule an Appointment" in the footer of any page and let us know what time and place works best and what you want to talk about.

Alerts, Tips, and FAQs About Your Security

That’s not all that’s new at Our new Security Center includes warnings about known scams, advice for staying safe, and next steps if your account is compromised.

Coming Soon to West Bend

Introducing the newest branch in SELCO’s family: West Bend! It’s a new approach to a credit union, with 24/7 indoor ATMs, video conferencing with specialists, and an open layout instead of teller windows. Mark your calendar for the open house on February 2!

How Students Can Keep Money in Their Pockets

In the moment, it can be hard to tell the difference between what you need and what you want. That's the beauty of having a budget to fall back on.

Everyone Needs an Emergency Fund (Yes, You Too)

When you're healthy and insured, it's hard to imagine you'd ever need an emergency fund. But that thinking can get you into hot water.

November 2017

Learn to Do New Things with Online Banking

Our new "How To" section features a growing list of click-through tutorials on everything from automatic alerts to paying bills.

Tips to Control Holiday Spending

You like to take risks when investing, but your partner wants to play it safe. Where to start when coming up with a plan?

Be Aware of Free Trial Offers

Sometimes “free” isn’t all that free, which can come as a real shock if you find an unexpected charge on your account.

How Long Does It Take to Double an Investment?

The exact math behind long-term investment growth can get complicated. Luckily, there’s a shortcut to making a pretty good estimate.

September 2017

For a Limited Time, Get a Special 4-Year Certificate

Guarantee your savings growth with a 1.85% APY* on new 4-year certificates.

Our Mini-Grants Aren't So 'Mini' Anymore

Every year, we award grants to K-12 educators to fund creative learning projects. This year, our grants have a new name, bigger award amounts, and a new way to share your innovative ideas.

Smart Speakers Answer Your SELCO Questions

Own an Amazon Echo, Dot, or Show? Download the SELCO Skill for voice-activated access to branch hours, up-to-date rates, and other handy information.

6 Essential Tips for Renting an Apartment in College

Living on your own can be equally intimidating and exciting. Don't be afraid to ask questions!

Which Mortgage Type Is Best for You?

Naturally, you pick the mortgage with the lowest rate... right? Turns out it's not that simple.

July 2017

Welcome to the New

If you haven't seen it yet, we've made some big changes to our website and online banking. Check out our simplified navigation, prominently placed rates, quick link icons, and much more.

Homeowners Can Put Equity to Work with a HELOC

A home is likely the largest investment most of us will make. Learn how to protect that investment by leveraging your home's value.

Finding a Balance While Investing

You like to take risks when investing, but your partner wants to play it safe. Where to start when coming up with a plan?

How Can I Boost My Credit Score?

We've talked about credit before, but what practical steps can you take to get and keep a high score? Credit Squirrel returns to explain.

May 2017

What's Your #GoodLifeGoal?

Whether it's starting a family, getting an education, or seeing the world, each of us defines our own goals for a good life. Share yours to be entered into a monthly drawing for $100 (and maybe even featured in one of our ads)!

Congratulations to Our 2017 Scholarship Winners

These 20 exceptional high school seniors will receive $1,500 toward education expenses.

Consider Your Options Before Taking on Home Improvements

The arrival of spring means the start of renovations, landscaping, and other big projects around the house. What's the best way to finance these?

Is It Better to Buy or Lease Your Car?

Payment plan questions to ask yourself (and the dealer) when shopping for that new car ... or spaceship.