What are the benefits of being a member of a credit union? Many people don’t understand the advantage being a member of a credit union has over being a customer at a bank. We’ve written about the differences between banks and credit unions before, but today we are going to highlight 5 benefits of being a member of WCU.
Eager to Please
When you join a credit union, you become a member and a shareholder. This means that you are co-owners with all the other members of the credit union. Like any other business, credit unions want to please their shareholders. This means they are more willing to work with you on issues you may have, and you will find that your credit union has friendlier policies than those of bank. It’s a democracy, where you have a say.
Branches, Branches Everywhere
Who says that your small community credit union isn’t accessible everywhere? Co-op Shared Branching gives you nearly 5,000 branches and over 2,000 self-service locations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and military bases around the globe. You are never far from your money when you need it. Whether face-to-face, over the phone, or self-service, there are full-service locations and a toll-free member service center number you can call that have you covered as an extension of your credit union. Simply have your credit union name, account number, and government ID, and you’ll have access to your accounts. It’s that simple!
Rates and Fees That Are Different
WCU, like all credit unions, are not-for-profit. That means whenever a profit is made, it is passed down to all the members of the credit union. This usually takes the form of lower interest rates on loans, lower service fees, and higher deposit interest rates. We offer some of the lowest rates you can find around our area on car loans, starting at just 2.0%! You will notice that your checking, savings, retirement funds, and other accounts will make a little more in accrued interest than the typical bank account. These are our profits being given back to you! We like to make life a little easier on our members if at all possible, and this is just one benefit that comes with your membership.
Being a credit union member also gives you access to thousands of free ATM’s in the United States. Through our credit union network, you can safely use any of the participating ATM’s all over the country for free. So no matter where you go, there will be no pesky ATM fees following closely behind. To find an ATM near you, go to the WCU homepage and click “Find an ATM” at the top of the page.
Rewards for All
Another fun benefit for credit union members is the “I love My Credit Union Rewards Program”. It gives you special discounts on goods and services just for being a Credit Union Member. Log on to their site, lovemycreditunion.org, with your email and receive special promotions and coupon codes for all sorts of stores and businesses. A little discount never hurt anyone, and you have access to a whole database full of them!
So, as you can see, being a member of WCU certainly has its benefits. Credit unions offer a lot more than just a place to hold your money. If you let them, they will become part of your community and a name you can trust.