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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


This is just a short post to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a joyful holiday season. I would like to thank all of you for your support throughout 2019. I’ll be spending today hosting Christmas dinner for family and friends.

Family members of credit union members are eligible to join

I do have one small banking tip that’s holiday related. If someone in your family belongs to a credit union, you are typically eligible to join that credit union. For most credit unions, only immediate family members can join this way. Immediate family usually includes grandparents, parents, spouses, siblings, grandchildren, and children. In some cases, credit unions allow most all family members to join this way, including uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.

One example of a credit union that allows non-immediate family members to join is the Illinois-based credit union BCU (which is currently offering an 11-month CD Special with a 2.25% APY). According to BCU’s membership page, “eligible family members include: spouses, parents, children, siblings, domestic partners, grandchildren, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.”

Family members of eligible non-members can sometimes be eligible to join

Even if your family member isn’t a member of the credit union, you may still qualify for credit union membership through that family member. If your family member is eligible to join the credit union (such as based on where they live or based on military service), that can make you eligible to join.

One example is the nation’s largest credit union, Navy Federal. If you have a family member who is or was affiliated with the military at any time, you may be eligible to join Navy Federal. Navy Federal often has competitive CD specials. The latest is a 37-month IRA CD Special with a 3.00% APY.

Another example of a credit union that allows members of eligible non-members to join is the New York credit union AmeriCU. You are eligible to join AmeriCU if “an immediate family member has a military affiliation.” Also, a “relative of eligible non-member” is eligible to join. Relatives may be eligible to join “if they live, work, worship, or attend school in a qualifying area in Central or Northern New York.” AmeriCU currently offers several very competitive CDs, which includes a 5-year CD with yields that range from 3.15% to 3.30% based on member levels.

Eligible without joining an association

So when you’re meeting with family for the holidays, you may want to see if there are any credit unions you can join via a family member. Also, if you’re informing an immediate family member about a deal that you have participated in, like the 5-year CD special at Justice Federal Credit Union which has an APY of up to 3.21%, remember that they can join through you. They don’t need to join an association to qualify for membership. In 2013, my brother joined the National Military Family Association to become a PenFed member so he could get that 3.04% 5-year CD. I was already a PenFed member, and I had forgotten to inform my brother that he was eligible for PenFed membership based on my membership.

So hopefully this will help you or your family members earn more interest in 2020.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!

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Thanks for the service that you and Deposit Accounts provide. Happy holidays and a healthy & prosperous New Year to you and my fellow subscribers!
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Merry Christmas to you, Ken, and thank you for your informative and resourceful website!
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Ken, I am very grateful to you and your team for this wonderful website. Since I have been with DA for only about a year, looks like I have missed out on many good deals from years past but it’s never too late.

Best wishes for the holidays to you and my fellow posters!
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My sincerest thanks for the contribution you and your team have made to DA website. Merry Christmas to you, your team, and all fellow posters.
Bah Humbug
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Great site.
Got a bunch of those 3%+ add-on CD's this year.
Who would have thunk that I'd actually be using them?
Sometimes that glass half-full logic actually work!.
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Happy Holidays & Thank You! Ken for the absolutely invaluable service throughout the year that you provide folks working to maximize their savings.
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Thanks Ken your work is greatly appreciated and Best Holiday wishes to you and your family!
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Is that your house, Ken?
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Merry xmas to you and thank you for very useful information you have been providing which has helped my financial situation a lot.
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Happy Boxing Day to all!
sixpak satch
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I have joined credit unions where living in a geographic area was required unless you had family who lived in the geographic area, even if the family member was not a credit union member. These were in Oregon/Washington area. Now, if I have someone living in a given geographic area, I ask because you never know. I was able to grab some 3.5% APY last spring because of this.
AmeriCU Bad EWP
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For AmeriCU, it's important to note the EWP is assessed not just on the amount you take out early, but on the ENTIRE AMOUNT of your CD. So if you have a $200,000 CD and need to take out $11,000 for an emergency, your penalty will be based on $200,000 not $11,000. (This needs to be changed/clarified in your AmeriCU Rates and CD Info page).

Also, joining via military affiliation: they will allow this ONLY if you can produce the DD214 form for yourself or your relative. NOTHING ELSE WILL SUFFICE. If you have a relative who's over 90 and served 70 years and doesn't have the specific "DD214" form they will not let you join (and btw, military records over 62 years old aren't free to obtain).

Thanks for all your hard work!
AmeriCU Bad EWP
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I meant "served 70 years ago"....
Predatory Depositor
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"If you have a relative who's over 90 and served 70 years and doesn't have the specific "DD214" form they will not let you join (and btw, military records over 62 years old aren't free to obtain)."

Bad policy if true. My Dad served in WWII. Passed away this year at 97. Never had a DD-214, but has lots of other records including discharge papers. Not right that they wouldn't accept that.
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Separation Documents (DD Form 214 or equivalent) is the key to obtaining benefits. The DD Form 214 was used for separations/retirements starting in 1950. Prior to that time, various forms were used; War Department Adjutant General Office Form 53-55 (WD AGO 53-55), for example.

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