Monthly Archives: August 2010

Get Your Motor Running

Have you been contemplating on getting a new car? Well now is the right time for a BrightStar Auto Loan. We’re launching our Auto Sale on September 1st through September 20th, we offer New & Used vehicle loan rates as low as 2.99% APR. Get preapproved & close on your loan during the sale period and we give you a $50 Visa Gift Card. Visit http://www.bscu.org/autocenter to apply and get complete details.

Need help finding a vehicle?

Give our wonderful Auto Advisor Roland a call at (954) 497-4186 He can take care of the details in locating your car plus negotiating a great price for you – all without you having to ever step into a dealership. If you have already found the car of your choice get preapproved then use your preapproved loan to buy a new or used car at any South Florida car dealership during the sale period. But HURRY the sale ends SEPTEMBER 20TH

BrightStar Credit Union proudly supports the BRACE Scholarships

For over twenty years, the Broward Education Foundation, the School Board of Broward County, local universities and businesses have all joined forces to work toward the goal of providing students in Broward County Schools the opportunity to attend college. The BRACE (Broward Advisors for Continuing Education) Scholarship Fund raised over $660,000 in scholarship dollars in the past year, which was awarded to 180 students at a reception on Thursday, August 19, 2010, at Hugh’s Culinary in Oakland Park, FL.

BrightStar Credit Union is a long-term sponsor of the program. This year the Credit Union sponsored student Christian C. from McArthur High School helping him fulfill his college education at the University of South Florida. Congratulations, Christian and all of the scholarship recipients!

Check out a letter that we received this week from a Member

To Whom It May Concern:

To me, negotiating the purchase of a new vehicle is akin to being attacked by Aliens. That is until I was told by BrightStar Credit Union to consider contacting their auto advisor. To my surprise, the experience turned out to be more than pleasant. I contacted a gentleman named Roland Gonzalez who not only worked hard to find me the car I wanted, at a fair price, but was also, a kind, considerate man. No matter how many times I called Roland, he returned my calls promptly and attended to my wants and needs. Not only did Roland do a lot of telephone calls and leg work, he also stayed with me during the final process with the financial advisors. He was able to turn something that I consider to be a negative experience into something very positive.

 All too often people write letters of complaint. However, I feel it is important to also write a letter when an experience is made pleasant. I thank Roland for being there for me and I have already recommended him to a friend. What better compliment could there be?

Sincerely,

Joan T.

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Back to School in Broward: A Guide for Parents

The new school year brings a new classroom setting, with different teachers and new classmates. Going back to school means getting into a new routine– no more late nights because you have to rest up for those early mornings. When a family knows what to expect, things are less scary for the kids, and a lot easier for the parents.  We found an interesting article, on Sun-Sentinel.com for families with some great back to school tips.

To view article visit Sun-Sentinel.com

2010 Sales Tax Holiday

Just in time for back-to-school shopping, the State of Florida is offering a reprieve from sales tax. Florida’s Sales Tax Holiday will be in effect starting this Friday, August 13, through Sunday, August 15, 2010. During this three-day tax exemption NO sales tax or local option taxes will be collected on sales of books, clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $50 or less, or on certain school supplies selling for $10 or less. (Source: Florida Department of Revenue).

For more information on the exemption please visit the Florida department of Revenue web site: http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/tips/tip10a01-04.html

The First Day of School is Closer Than You Think

Reminder:

August 23rd is the first day of school for Broward County Public Schools students. Most teachers will start reporting to school on August 16th. Follow the link below to the Broward Schools annual calendar for more information.

Broward School Calendar

Back to School

It’s August, you know what that means summer is winding down and vacations are coming to an end, signaling that back-to-school time is upon us. Parents and children alike scan newspapers and websites looking for sales to shop for a whole host of school supplies and the latest clothing craze. $7.2 billion was the amount of money spent last year in August at family clothing stores. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau) Back-to-School Shopping can be expensive, but we have some tips to help keep the costs down.

  • Make a complete list. Include clothes and school supplies. Obtain a supply list from your child’s teacher, school, or a generic list from a retail store.
  • Take inventory. Include both new and used items you already have in the house. You will be surprised at how many supplies you can check off your list just by going around the house.
  • Create a detailed budget. After you list everything you think you will need to purchase and have crossed off all the items that you found around the house. Begin calculating the approximate cost of each item.
  • Track your spending. Keep your receipts and tally your purchases each time you shop. In order to stay within your back-to-school budget, you need to know how much you have spent.

It’s never too early to develop good spending habits. Ask for your child’s input when making the budget and you will craft a wonderful teaching opportunity.

Don’t Forget Your Visa Extras Points

Have you let your BrightStar Visa Extras Points slide during the last couple of months? Are you ignoring them?

Remember, your BrightStar Credit Union Visa Check Card comes with “Visa Extras” – a fantastic points program. If you compare the BrightStar CU’s Visa Check Card program with some others you’ll find that it’s one of the best.

Visa Extras’ points are earned 2-for-1. Every dollar you spend earns you two points. Whether vacation shopping or making everyday purchases, your BrightStar Visa Check Card is more rewarding. Enroll in Visa Extras and when you use your enrolled Visa Check Card to make qualifying purchases, you’ll earn points towards great rewards. Redeem your points for exciting rewards from leading retailers and restaurants such as Pottery Barn, Old Navy, Target, Stabucks and much much more!

Details and the current and complete selection of rewards can be found at bscu.org/visaextras/. So, don’t forget about those points you’ve been collecting