Talk Money week kicked off Monday 18th November and is running all week, and aims to get the UK talking about financial wellbeing. Blues and Twos are getting involved in the drive to promote and improve financial wellbeing. We have created a small list to help you with your finances, and money lessons that we should all know.
Budgeting is a vital lesson you should learn if you are trying to manage your finances. By creating a budget, you make the first step to controlling your finances and giving you the freedom that you need. Use the budget planner on our website to help you start off.
Saving for something feels good
Seeing your savings pot grow is rewarding, we all know we are supposed to save money – for emergencies or just for the future in general. By saving money on payday, you can reduce your stress, pay your bills and save for the better things in life. Credit Unions offer you a safe place to save your money.
It is important to shop around for the cheapest deal
Shops are there to make money, that’s their job, but your job is to keep your money in your pockets, or safe in your credit union account. By searching online or even in store you can find the best price, compare before making the purchase.
What is debt and why you should be mindful
If you can get through life with no credit, you are one lucky person! Borrowing money and taking on credit is the only way many people can afford big-ticket items, like homes and cars. ‘Good credit’ is taking on debt you can afford to repay at sensible lending rates. Whereas it is generally considered to be ‘bad debt’ if you are borrowing money to purchase depreciating assets. Some special considerations, like consolidation loans where consumers take out a low interest loan to consolidate higher interest borrowing. (that’s where credit unions can help with ethical borrowing).
Credit cards should be used with caution
Credit is the ability to borrow money, while debt is the result of borrowing money. Credit cards can be great if you are bulking up your savings, building credit, or looking for rewards. However, they can be detrimental to your finances if not used correctly. For example if you use and abuse your credit card, spend beyond your means and fail to make repayments on time you will destroy your credit score.
Credit Unions are your friend
Credit Unions can help you with regular savings, and ethical borrowing. They usually give good returns on savings, lower interest on borrowing and promote financial freedom to help you get on top of your money. Take a look at our website and see what we are doing to help over 8300 members. https://www.bluesandtwos.org.uk/
Blues and Twos Credit Union is “Here to help you Save, and there when you need to Borrow”. Owned entirely by its members and managed by a trained and professional team.
The Blues & Twos team are passionate about improving the financial well-being of all members and offer you regular saving encouragement and affordable credit union loans, repayments direct from your pay or pension, which means that you save as you borrow.
Regular savings direct from salary that you can withdraw at anytime, no account fees, no annual charge, annual dividend payment.
Affordable loans up to £25,000, with no early redemption fees or hidden costs, repayments directly from your wage.
Free life cover on your savings up to the age of 75, at no extra cost.
We help over 8800 members to manage their finances, we encourage you to join today and start enjoying the benefits.
With a non-profitable credit union, we put the focus on ensuring that you are always provided with the best service, rather than maximising profits. This way, the credit union is run with the end goal of rewarding the members. Join Blues and Twos today!
Happy & Healthy New Year from all at Blues and Twos
You are wished a happy, healthy New Year from all at the Blues and Twos. Now that Christmas is behind us your team are planning ahead for a January busy with new memberships and assisting with your revised savings plan for 2022. This is always a busy time with members requesting to increase their savings […]
As Storm Barra looked set to hit the North West of England the Board of Directors knew their decision taken in September for a first every Hybrid AGM was a wise move. This first ever hybrid AGM for Blues and Twos was welcomed by members on Wednesday 8 December. Attending online or in-person, members listened […]
BLUES & TWOS SOCIETY BUMPER LOTTERY DRAW – DECEMBER WINNERS
The Winners of the December Blues and Twos Society Lottery draw are now available to view. “You have to be in it – to Win it!” The next bi-annual Bumper Draw is due to be drawn in July 2022 with an additional prize of £1,000 up for grabs. If you would like to join, or increase […]
Congratulations to our 15,000 member welcomed to the Blues and Twos Credit Union in June. Abby said “I’d been aware of Blues and Twos since I joined Lancs in 2019 as a number of colleagues had saving accounts and recommended them but I just never got round to signing up. When I changed job roles, […]
NEW Secure messaging increasingly popular with members…
Just over 2760 Blues and Twos members are now using NIVO, the secure messaging option introduced at the start of the Covid19 pandemic. By simply registering for NIVO using the “Chat with us” button on our homepage you can register for easy contact with the credit union 24/7. Leaving a message out-of-office hours is proving […]
Meeting with pre-retirement delegates at last weeks Police pre-retirement event held at Lancashire Police Headquarters, Hutton Lisa from the Blues and Twos team said it was lovely to see so many familiar faces, many of which were already members of the credit union. “A great opportunity for them and us, to give details on the […]
Chief Constable visits Lancashire Police Credit Union
Our CEO, Vicky Harrison, welcomed the recently appointed Chief Constable, Chris Rowley, to our offices this week to meet with the Blues and Twos team and witness first hand the commitment and role we play in helping our members with their finances throughout their career & retirement. Leading on well-being, Mr Rowley was keen to […]
Our new open banking option gives you the loan applicant, faster access to your bank account statement data to support your loan application. Same day decisions and funds now possible for loan applications from £300-£25,000 received before 2pm Monday to Friday. Register to ‘Chat with us on NIVO’ and we will send you the open […]
Blues & Twos recently received paperwork from an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) company. Our member owed a maximum of £5,900 across three creditors (3 loans/credit cards). The IVA company wanted to charge our member £3,750 in fees (63.5% of the members total debt) and this was just to set up the arrangement. This fee, added […]
We are proud to be mentioned in the Lancashire County Councils guidance on where to find help if you are worried about your finances: Worried about money? If you or a member of your family are worried about reduced income as a result of the Corona virus this information will be useful to you. 1. […]
Glad you have your Blues and Twos emergency fund to fall back on?
We are all in this together… Many of us have never experienced such times as these and we hope never to have to experience them again. We hope members are managing to stay safe. This includes looking after your physical and mental health. Your well-being can be affected in different ways. Financial worries are just […]
“For some people it just means a little more effort. Some believe they are, some believe they can never be – Controlling your finances isn’t easy but once you start you will be more positive” says Victoria Harrison, CEO, Blues and Twos Credit Union . Saving a little each month on payday, being confident towards […]
Talk Money week kicked off Monday 18th November and is running all week, and aims to get the UK talking about financial wellbeing. Blues and Twos are getting involved in the drive to promote and improve financial wellbeing. We have created a small list to help you with your finances, and money lessons that we […]
Passing of Blues and Twos former Supervisory Committee Chair
It is with great sadness we inform you on the passing of John (Jack) Ward on Thursday October 24th, aged 81 years. Jack joined Preston Borough Police in 1963 and worked his way up to Head of Scenes of Crime and Federation Chair before retiring in the mid-1990’s as a Detective Inspector. Jack volunteered his […]
This September take time to talk, think and change… RELAX and let Blues and Twos help you with regular saving and ethical borrowing. Enjoy the range of benefits when you join today, like: Instant access to your savings FREE life cover on your savings (T&Cs apply) Flexible/Affordable low cost loans £10 when you recommend your […]
Our lending team are working hard to approve members holiday loans as quickly as possible, funds are paid directly into your bank account THE SAME DAY. No Administrative fees, no Penalty for repaying early click here to calculate your repayments now.
The Fairbanking Mark was awarded by the Fairbanking Foundation following a rigorous assessment which includes independent research involving borrowing members of the credit union. To receive the Fairbanking Mark, this research had to confirm that members have changed their financial behaviour for the better by having the product. Following the 5 stars Award, on behalf […]