Unity One CU informs: Santa is coming!

6c616e6a-a89e-4263-878a-ded025f5cbdbYes, you read that right!

Santa is coming this Saturday, July 28, to our North Tarrant branch from 12 - 1 p.m. He'll be decked out in his finest summer attire and ready to take pictures with your little ones. 

And, we'll be handing out gifts and sweet treats to our members at other locations as well.

Plus, you can still take advantage of our special Christmas in July loan rate at any of our branches and online from now until July 31.

We hope to see you there!

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Credit union informs: Make the most of your vacation money

One reason to cut costs during your next vacation: You can relax knowing that you'll have funds left over when you get home. Plan ahead to ensure that you get the most vacation for your money:

shutterstock_97530329-small1. Airfare. Book flights on Tingo or Yapta and be eligible for a voucher if the airfare goes down after you've purchased your tickets. Sign up for alerts from Airfarewatchdog; follow other travel sites on social media as well. Call your airline agent and ask for a deal. Use a regional airport--low-cost airlines often don't service the large international airports;

2. Lodging. If you book by phone, ask the desk agent to beat the online rate. Consider an apartment or home rental instead of a hotel--you'll save even more by cooking your own meals. Consider booking a place to stay through airbnb.com;

3. Food. Make lunch your main meal. Lunches often are 30% cheaper than the same entrées on a dinner menu and you'll be less likely to splurge on expensive alcoholic beverages. Stock up on snack foods before you leave home and replenish your supply at local grocery stores rather than convenience marts;

4. Search for vacation package deals. Package deals often give great discounts. Find them on Expedia and Priceline, or daily deal sites like Groupon Getaways and LivingSocial Escapes;

5. Book by your budget. If budget is more important than destination, search "explore" on kayak.com or "flights" on Google.com. Select your departure city, season of travel, price and get ready to be inspired;

7. Add a free destination. Find deals under "special offers" or by searching "stopover" on your airline's website. You might be able to squeeze in an extra destination at little or even no cost; and

8. Travel off-season. If you're flexible, travel in the shoulder seasons--just before or after peak season depending on your destination. Prices are low, the weather could be really nice, shops and restaurants are open and there are fewer tourists.

Summer Loan Sale

Credit union informs: Branches celebrate Summer Loan Sale


Join us this Friday, June 19, at participating branches (listed below) to celebrate our Summer Loan Sale. Whether it's helping you get a loan to purchase the perfect Father's Day gift or entering for your chance to win one of many prizes, our staff can help you. 

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  • North Tarrant Branch: Chill out with some summer time treats as you fill up your summer fund jar. 
  • BNSF Campus Branch: Bring your dad into the future with our summer loan sale.
  • BCTAL Branch: Enter for your chance to win a summer movie package, featuring the Back to the Future trilogy. 
  • Stockyards Branch: Explore different summertime attractions without ever leaving the branch. 
  • Vadnais Heights Branch: Enter for your chance to win one of four gift cards to help you build the patio of your dreams. 

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Credit union informs: Create your own backyard movie theater

Unity One Credit Union informs you on how to create your own backyard movie theater. With its summer loan sale, you can make this dream a reality.

SummerLoan14   plasmaOne of the most enjoyable things you can do with your family, relatives and neighbors is to create a temporary or permanent backyard movie theater. With the high cost of movies, and the price of concessions and drinks, it may be well worth considering this idea, even if just for the fun of a one-time event. Here are five things to consider when planning for an outdoor theater experience.

Types of projectors 

First things first: You will need a projector of some sort. There are DLP and LCD projectors available. DLP stands for digital light processing, using mirrors for reflecting light. LCD stands for liquid crystal display, and is like the displays used for most home TV screens. What type you will choose is a matter of preference — and budget — and you will need to do a little research to decide which is best for your needs.

Screen possibilities

There are varying types of screens, from inflatable (costing $300 to $10,000 or more) to manual projection, pull-down types and screens on tripods. Doing a search engine comparison of these screens will provide you with many options to fit most budgets and lifestyles.

Sound speakers and amplifiers

What type of sound you want to provide is also a cost/quality trade-off. However, you can find many speaker systems at your local electronics store that will fit the bill. Consider whether you want to keep it simple, or whether you want full-blown surround sound. How much sound can your community handle where you live? How big will the event be? From small speaker systems — think old time drive-ins — to larger scale PA systems, there are many options to consider for any price range.

What about seating?

Are you going to provide blankets to sit on? Maybe lawn chairs? Folding chairs? Most movies are two hours or so in length; it'll be important to consider your guests' comfort.

Other things to consider

It might be wise to keep track of what the weather is going to be like on the night of your event. Weather.com is a great website for forecasting several days ahead. Also, do you live in an area where bugs are flying about? Maybe consider little handouts of bug spray, citronella candles or some other form of mosquito control. Also consider setting up a self-serve vending area for popcorn and snacks.

Outdoor theaters provide great family and community fun, and make for memorable good times for all ages.

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