5 credit union perks for the little guy

Advantages for family members
6 of 7

Credit unions are usually family oriented.

"You'll find a product for every lifestyle from the first checking account to retirement products," says Legg.

For example, there's a bevy of kid-friendly accounts. Chicago-based Alliant Credit Union has a Kidz Klub savings account that pays high dividends, includes a newsletter and comes with a special ID card. Affinity Federal Credit Union in Basking Ridge, N.J., has a College Planning Center, where advisers help members create a free financial plan to save for college. Many credit unions also offer college scholarships to members.

Credit union programs aimed at seniors can go beyond just retirement plans. Summit Credit Union in Madison, Wis., has a senior club with free perks like traveler's checks and ID theft recovery services.

Many credit unions also offer wide-ranging financial services, including brokerage accounts, life insurance and health insurance. "We want to make the entire relationship the best it can be," says Legg.




Show Bankrate's community sharing policy
          Connect with us

Learn the latest trends that will help grow your portfolio, plus tips on investing strategies. Delivered weekly.

Ask Dr. Don

Duped by 1970s bond scam?

Dear Dr. Don, Back in 1976, there was a chain letter scam involving savings bonds. I got caught up in it. You could buy a bond for the person at the top of the list and you were then supposed to receive many more in return.... Read more

Partner Center

Connect with us