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 update on Marilisa A.
Marilisa A.: Keep Your Eye on the Prize
Coach: Michelle Panzo, Orange Branch Manager
It’s the last week of the competition and Marilisa has been focusing on the prize. Did I save enough? Did I pay down all I could? I have to get my video ready. Where are my sticky notes for that? I hope my credit score went up!!!
The truth is – she did a great job! Win or lose, she is a winner. She has changed her habits in the last six months. She set up sub-accounts to save for her bills so they would be paid prior to their due dates. She has an account for emergencies, she shops for the best prices and she paid down her credit cards. Marilisa has looked back at where she was six months ago and doesn’t recognize that person. She has changed the way she thinks about money and how she approaches saving. She doesn’t stress over how she is going to make that payment this week because she stuck to the plan all month, and the money is there. It’s a new feeling and she likes it. I have faith that Marilisa will continue with her plan and we will work together to help her reach her financial goals.
Ready to step your financial game up for 2017? Join our ConneXfactor contestants and let our Financial Advocates work with you to create a financial plan and a budget to help you achieve your goals. Stop by any branch or get started online today!