For five months, Connex Credit Union will be working closely with five participants to see who can become the most fiscally fit to win a $3,000 grand prize. Each participant has been paired with a Connex Financial Advocate who will offer real-world, practical advice on how to reduce debt, build savings, and many other helpful financial tips and advice. Connex received over 140 applications for the third annual ConneXfactor competition! Below is our first update on Natalya C.-B.
Natalya C.-B.: New Baby, New Momentum
Coach: Mike Nowicky, Meriden Branch Manager
ConneXfactor has just started and Natalya is already off to a bang! She had two exciting updates over the last week. The first is that she has accomplished part of her first goal, which was to find a summer job. The second update – a HUGE one – is that Natalya has welcomed a daughter to her family on April 30th!
Even as her due date was approaching, Natalya really showed dedication by communicating with me via email. She has already made headway on one of her goals by paying down 20% of her credit card balance! She was able to do this by reducing her expenses, which opened up more funds in her budget. She used these extra funds for her credit card debt.
I’ve really been impressed with Natalya’s excitement and commitment so far. Even though she will be taking a few weeks off for Maternity Leave, she has already found summer employment and is chipping away at her credit card balance. She has been careful about shifting her spending habits now as her paycheck will be smaller while she is out on leave.
She mentioned that she has followed the last two ConneXfactor competitions and was eager to be a participant this year because she needed the “coaching” to help push her towards meeting her goals and looks forward to continuing her fantastic start. In fact, Natalya recently emailed me from her hospital room just to make sure I was up to date on her progress!
Are you expecting a major life change soon? Join our ConneXfactor contestants and let our Financial Advocates work with you to create a financial plan to help you stay on track! Stop by any branch or get started online today!