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  • capfedwomensway 3:03 pm on June 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Are You Staying Close To Home? 

    The price of gas remains near record highs. What does it mean for your family’s summer travel?


    >> Tell us what you think. And share any stay-cation ideas you have!

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  • capfedwomensway 11:12 am on June 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Enjoy the Summer, Keep your Debit Card Info Safe 

    This summer you may find yourself traveling a long distance for a fun adventure, or you may be driving the kids all over town or around the state for different events, such as swimming lessons and little league baseball games. This means using your debit card more often than you usually do – for the purchase of fuel, flights, food and fun. You’ll also find yourself at your local ATM more often. Even though you’re busy, it’s important to take a moment to manage your money and to remember some safety tips when using your card.

    The following are some Consumer Reports suggestions about staying safe this summer…

    • Beware when using foreign ATMs –
      If you see an out-of-order sign on a legitimate ATM, beware of using a nearby ATM. Thieves may have set up a phony ATM to “skim” card data. Consumer Reports also suggests keeping your PIN code separate from your ATM or debit card. Also, when keying your PIN into an ATM or card reader, shield the keypad with your free hand. Do not allow hidden cameras or any person to be in sight of the keypad.
    • Protect your card and information at gas pumps –
      Consumer Reports reported “Card-skimming at gas stations is likely to increase during summer months, especially in vacation areas.” To protect yourself, they suggest using cash or credit cards at the pump, if possible. Should you have to use a debit card, process it as a credit card transaction instead of using your PIN.
    • Update your account weekly –
      Be sure to maintain your account, so should any unauthorized transactions take place, you may report them to your bank quickly. Time is of the essence!
    • What to do with receipts? –
      Do not discard receipts at ATM locations or the gas pump. Keep them until you match the amounts with the transactions, wait for them to clear the bank, then shred the receipts.
    • Your trash may be a treasure to a thief –
      Be sure to shred bank account statements and other financial information prior to tossing them in the trash. Trash is among the top methods used by thieves to commit Identity Theft. Protect yourself – Don’t let them do it to you!

    >> Have you heard of other “card-skimming” scams? Share with the community, so that we all can work to protect our identity.

     
  • capfedwomensway 10:17 am on May 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy National Transportation Week! 

    It may not be one of the biggies, one of the gift-giving celebrations, but this week, May 15 – 21, is National Transportation Week.


    >> Let’s talk. What are some ways you’re saving money to combat rising gas prices?

     
  • capfedwomensway 10:54 am on April 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Gas Prices Got You Down? 

    Who hasn’t noticed the increase in gas prices lately?

    Just last week, gas prices were up by 98.5 cents or 33.8 percent, from the year-ago average of $2.911 per gallon.  These are the highest levels they have been since August 2008, with really no reprieve in sight, as the summer driving season approaches.  Since gas is nearing $4 per gallon, this is a good time to remember some of the ways to increase your mileage.   The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

    MSNBC.com offers these 9 tipsThe highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

    • Avoid rapid acceleration, harsh braking and speeding.
    • Slow down.  According to fueleconomy.gov, for every five miles per hour that exceeds 60 mph, drivers pay an equivalent of about 24 cents more for each gallon of gas.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.
    • Leave extra weight at home to lighten the load on your car.
    • Use cruise control (but only if on relatively flat terrain).
    • Skip the drive-thru, or needless idling.  An idling vehicle can burn as much as one gallon if it idles for an hour.
    • Make sure your tire pressure is correct.
    • Make sure the alignment on your car is correct to avoid dragging and uneven tire wear.
    • Fill your tank at the coolest point in the day, usually either early in the morning or late in the day. The fuel will be denser at that time, which means that you can pump more gas into your tank.

    If you are planning an upcoming road trip, you can use AAA’s fuel cost estimator to help set your budget.  The AAA fuel cost calculator estimates the amount and cost of gasoline needed to drive from one location to another using current gasoline prices from their daily, online Fuel Gauge Report, as well as the latest highway fuel economy ratings from the EPAThe highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

    And finally, do you want to find the cheapest gas in your area?  Check out AAA’s Fuel Price Finder.  Simply click here, enter your zip code and check the up-to-date price listing.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.


    >> Do you have any gas-saving tips?  We are all dying to know!

     
  • capfedwomensway 4:07 pm on March 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Summer Airfare That Won’t Break the Bank 

    Searching for affordable summer air travel, especially now, is an immense task.  With fuel prices already high and airlines limiting seats available, finding a flight within your budget could prove difficult.  Have no fear though – it is possible to fly to the beach or our Nation’s capitol this summer for a fair price, you just need to keep a few things in mind.

    • Start early and search often. (Early means about 3-4 months prior to your departure date.)    Farecompare.com offers an extensive guide on the best time to buy a plane ticket and provides detailed insight into the airline industry.  Read more here. The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.
    • Know how much you want to spend and jump on a good deal when you see it.  Good flight prices go fast.
    • Be flexible. Always leave mid-week, if you can.  And take a look at other airports in the area.  If you typically leave from KCI, consider smaller airports in Manhattan, Wichita, Columbia or Springfield, MO.

    And always sign up for airlines’ e-newsletters and follow them on Twitter and Facebook!

    Not too worried about the price of airfare, but looking for the least agonizing trip?  HipMunk is to the rescue.  This quirky website, proclaimed as the “better flight search”, shows you your search results by agony, price, stops or duration.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.


    >> Where are you going this summer and have you purchased airfare yet?
    Any tips you could give to the community?


     
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