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Welcome to the Love My Credit Union Rewards Blog!

Love My Credit Union Rewards is an exclusive discount program that was created (as Invest in America) in 2008 to help credit union members save on the products and services they use every day.

We began with the Credit Union Member Discount from GM and soon grew to include the Sprint Credit Union Member Discount as well as savings programs from TurboTax, DIRECTV, Allied Van Lines and ADT. Plus, we offer our own discount partners Love to Shop and the Credit Union Auto Club.

Our blog is to give you insider info on the latest discounts and share other ways to help you save. We hope you enjoy our blog and saving at LoveMyCreditUnion.org!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Invest in America Recognized as Innovation of the Year

Invest in America is proud to be recognized as Credit Union Journal's 2009 Innovation of the Year!  In the article, Dave Adams, CEO of CUCorp discussed the impact of Invest in America on both the U.S. economy and the credit unions across the country.  "Michigan Credit Union League and our member credit unions benefit from the increased loan volumes and the tremendous public relations Invest in America generates.  We also hope the program results in increased membership for credit unions."

Invest in America is a credit union member enhancement program aimed at providing discounts to credit union members on products and services from American companies.  What started out as a domestic automotive program has grown to include wireless services, recreation vehicles, moving and storage services, tax services, florists, lifestyle and medical discount programs and recreation and rental home discounts, with more partnerships joining every month.  Whatever your members' needs are, it's likely there will be an Invest in America partner who can fulfill them.

How does your credit union benefit from Invest in America?
  • Your credit union receives FREE turn-key marketing materials to use in marketing the credit union member discount to your members
  • Your members use the discounts, saving money and increasing the VALUE placed on credit union membership
  • Your credit union benefits from extremely positive press coverage that DIFFERENTIATES credit unions from other financial institutions by helping support U.S. jobs and our economy
  • Member enhancements provide your credit union with a CATALYST for membership and loan growth
  • Opportunities to EDUCATE your members on credit union advantages, including lower loan rates, lower fees and better services
Invest in America works because members TRUST their credit unions.  They trust their credit union to provide low-cost, high quality financial services and real promotional efforts.  Invest in America provides credit union members with discounts on products and services and it provides credit unions with opportunities to increase value to their members and the credit union's loan portfolio.  Invest in America provides all these benefits while providing a stimulus to our economy, what more could you ask for from a credit union member enhancement program?  As Dave states in the Credit Union Journal, "Invest in America is a differentiator for credit unions, who need to find ways to separate themselves from banks and other financial providers."

Thank you to the over 2,100 credit unions supporting Invest in America who helped us win this award.  If your credit union isn't participating, now is the time to join.  Visit www.lovemycreditunion.org to find out more about Invest in America and start participating.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chrysler's Affiliate Rewards Exclusively for Credit Union Members!

Chrysler has re-established credit union member discounts through the Chrysler Affiliate Rewards preferred pricing program.  Thank you to all the credit unions that are supporting the Chrysler program and all the Invest in America credit union member enhancement programs!

Chrysler is currently offering credit union members preferred pricing PLUS cash back offers on select 2009/2010 vehicles* and they have increased their cash back offers on several of the models they are offering:

2009 Model Year:
  • ALL Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Trucks excluding the Viper ACR PLUS:
  • Chrysler 300 (All) $4,000 Customer Cash
  • Dodge Calibar $2,000 Customer Cash
  • Dodge Charger $4,000 Customer Cash 
  • Jeep Wrangler $750 Customer Cash
  • Ram LD Regular Cab $3,500 Customer Cash
  • Ram Chassis Cab $4,500 PLUS $1,500 Bonus Cash
  • Ram LD Quad Cab $5,000 PLUS $1,000 Bonus Cash
  • Ram LD Crew Cab $5,500 PLUS $1,500 Bonus Cash
  • Ram HD (All) $4,500 PLUS $1,500 Bonus Cash 
2010 Model Year:
  • Chrysler Town & Country PLUS $1,500 Customer Cash
  • Dodge Grand Caravan PLUS $1,000 Customer Cash
  • Jeep Liberty PLUS $2,000 Customer Cash PLUS $500 Owner Loyalty**
  • Ram LD Regular Cab PLUS $1,000 Customer Cash
  • Ram LD Quad Cab PLUS $2,500 Customer Cash
  • Ram LD Crew Cab PLUS $2,500 Customer Cash
These are great deals, but why should your credit union promote the Chrysler Affiliate Rewards program if credit union financing is not required?  Because of the over 200,000 vehicles purchased through the Invest in America program, credit unions funded over 161,000 of them - 80% of the loans were funded by credit unions.

Although the Invest in America program does not require Chrysler to send financing to the creidt union, your credit union is going to market auto loans to your members anyway.  The Invest in America program gives you a new way to market auto loans and generate excitement.  And, why wouldn't you want your members to know they could save money?  Look at it this way, if you don't tell your members about Invest in America, and they find out about it from the dealer, odds are greater that the dealer will use another financing source instead of your credit union.

What should your credit union do?
Market the Chrysler Affiliate Rewards program and the other Invest in America credit union discounts to your members.  Please insure your credit union members are fully aware of the tremendous savings the Chrysler Affiliate Rewards preferred pricing offers and let them know they can learn about Chrysler and all the Invest in America discount offers by visiting Love My Credit Union.  This is your credit union's opportunity to benefit from Invest in America - grab onto it!

*Affiliate Rewards Discount varies by model and model year.  Not all vehicles apply.  See dealer for details.  Valid November 3, 2009 - January 4, 2010.  **For qualified buyers.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

CompleteTax - the newest Invest in America Partner

We are excited to announce the newest Invest in America partner - CompleteTaxCompleteTax provides credit union members huge savings over leading online tax providers.  Powered by the same software tax professionals and CPAs use, CompleteTax is nearly 25% less than the leading provider PLUS credit union members receive an additional exclusive 30% discount.  Credit union members who use CompleteTax will save up to 53% compared to the standard pricing of other providers.    Additionally, credit union members can file their state taxes at the same time, all for one low price.

CompleteTax offers credit union members four products to choose from:
  • Free - For simple returns with limited assistance
    • 1040 EZ form
    • Single or married filing jointly
    • No children or dependents
  • Basic - For simple returns with children and/or itemized deductions
    • Any 1040 form
    • Any marital status
    • Children or dependents
    • Itemized deductions
  • Deluxe - For advanced returns with investment and/or retirement income
    • Basic PLUS
    • Investments
    • Pre-tax savings income
  • Premium - For advanced returns for business owners and/or freelancers or contractors
    • Deluxe PLUS
    • Business owner/partner
    • Contractor/self-employed
Not only will CompleteTax save credit union members up to 53% more than other online tax providers, credit union members will also receive:
  • Ability to file state taxes - when applicable, state taxes can be filed at the same time for the low price of $17.47
  • Faster refunds - directly deposited in their credit union checking or savings account in less than two weeks
  • Free E-filing - As an authorized IRS e-file tax provider, CompleteTax allows credit union members to prepare and file their federal and state tax returns (when applicable) electronically at no extra charge.  CompleteTax does it all - prepares their tax returns online and e-files straight to the IRS
  • Free Federal Tax Guide - CompleteTax's Tax Guide offers IRS tax help such as how to report income and expense items.  In addition to offering information on tax deductions and child tax credit, the Tax Guide also provides information on other ways credit union members can help minimize taxes and maximize refunds.
Now that you know all the great benefits of providing CompleteTax to your credit union members, how can you market it to them?
  • Promote investing tax refunds in your credit union CDs, money market accounts or other savings plans as a means of building savings 
  • When opening new accounts or assisting members, ask if they have begun to think about filing their taxes.  Promote the fact that as a member of your credit union,  they can save up to 53% on online tax preparation and e-filing services with CompleteTax
  • Utilize free marketing materials available through the Love My Credit Union website for newsletters and other member communications
  • Place Invest in America and CompleteTax information and links on your homepage
  • Provide copies of the CompleteTax checklist in your lobby and teller line
  • Include information about CompleteTax when mailing 1098 and 1099 forms
Credit unions continually put their members first.  When your credit union offers CompleteTax and the other valuable discounts available through Invest in America, you're increasing the benefits of membership to your credit union - what could be more important than that?