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Smart Financial Moves for Furloughed Workers

Approximately 800,000 employees are living without a paycheck due to the government shutdown. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep up with your financial obligations during this difficult time.

Depending on your personal position and what your family's financial needs are, consider some of the following options:

1. Skip an eligible loan payment with Skip-A-Pay

If you have one or multiple loans at Listerhill Credit Union, you may be eligible for Skip-A-Pay. Skip-A-Pay allows members to pay a $25 fee and skip an eligible loan payment. It's our way of helping members prepare for whatever life throws at them. If you need to skip a loan payment and use your money for more important things, go ahead, we've got you covered. To apply for Skip-A-Pay, just follow these simple steps:

  • Log in to Online Banking at listerhill.com.
  • Click the Welcome tab at the top of the page, then select All Services & Settings.
  • Click Request Skip-A-Pay under Other.
  • Click to agree to the terms of use, then click Accept.
  • Complete the Skip-A-Pay form and submit.

If you have questions about whether or not you are eligible for Skip-A-Pay or which payment to skip, feel free to call us at 256-383-9204 and we will help you make the decision that is best for you.

2. Apply for unemployment

Furloughed employees are eligible to receive financial assistance during the shutdown. If you haven’t done so already, apply for unemployment benefits. You won’t receive your normal compensation, but some additional cash can help you pay your bills.

To learn more about what you can expect from unemployment insurance as a furloughed worker, visit this government resource.

3. Review your budget

With money being tighter than usual, it’s a great time to re-examine how you spend your cash. Most importantly, review discretionary expenses. Do you go out to the movies? Consider having a movie night in with the family (popcorn not required, but recommended!) Do you enjoy shopping all weekend long? Invite your friends over for a clothing swap instead. Small changes like these can make a big difference when paying your bills at the end of the month.

We recommend not touching your savings if possible. The shutdown might go on longer than expected, and you may eventually need to access your rainy day fund for necessary expenses.

4. Consider temporary, part-time work

Depending on your situation, you may need income sooner than later.

It might feel awkward to start a new job knowing that you’re going back to your full-time position eventually. However, these days many people participate in the so-called “gig economy.” This refers to part-time jobs that you’re able to control on your own terms, such as driving for a ride-share company. It could be the perfect solution while you wait to return to work.

5. For emergencies, consider a credit card

Opening a new credit card is not an ideal solution during these times, but it is an option for emergencies. If you have loved ones in the hospital or recently experienced major home or car damages, a credit card may be a necessity. Learn more about our Platinum Visa Rewards Card and other credit options and select the one that is best for you.

Being furloughed isn’t easy, but hopefully a few of these simple tips will help you increase your chances of staying financially secure until you receive your regular paycheck again.



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  • The Great Giveback Official Rules

    1. Eligibility: No purchase or obligation necessary to participate and win. All participants must be 19 years of age or older at time of contest participation. Employees of Listerhill Credit Union are not eligible to register for the contest.

    2. How To Enter the Contest: All Listerhill members who have consumer loans in good standing, (subject to limitations below) are automatically entered. Anyone who takes out a new loan with Listerhill Credit Union, or refinances a loan from another lender with Listerhill Credit Union (subject to limitations below) will automatically be entered to win. Limit of one entry per loan.

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY: To enter the contest without a loan, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Listerhill Credit Union, P.O. Box 566, Sheffield, AL 35660, Attn: Great Giveback Contest Entry. Limit one entry per person. Written entries must be received no later than July 3, 2021.

    Listerhill Credit Union will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, misdirected or illegible entries or for failure to receive entries. All entries become property of Listerhill Credit Union and none will be returned. Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted shall be determined by Listerhill Credit Union in its sole discretion, and Listerhill Credit Union reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to be tampering with, violating, or abusing any aspect of the contest.

    3. Contest Entry Requirements: In the event the Credit Union, in its sole discretion, determines that any Entry contains content that does not comply with these Official Rules or does not otherwise comply with regulatory guidelines, Credit Union reserves the right to disqualify the entry.

    4. Determining the Winner: A Credit Union employee will select at random four (4) $500 winners (one per day July 12-15) and one Grand Prize Winner from all entries received on July 16, 2021. You do not have to be present to win.

    5. Prizes: $500 Cash Prize: the Credit Union will award four (4) members with $500 cash each. Grand Prize: The Credit Union will pay up to $25,000 toward your loan with Listerhill Credit Union, or combination of loans. No loan payments will be made to loans with any other lender. No cash equivalent provided, and the total prize amount may be less depending on the outstanding amount of loan balance(s) with Listerhill Credit Union. In no event will the prize awarded exceed the total amount of the winner’s outstanding balance of qualifying loans with Listerhill Credit Union. Federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. IRS regulations require the Credit Union file a 1099 on behalf of the winner.

    A Credit Union employee will call the prize winners and the prize winners will be called up to five times during regular business hours at number provided on entry form and will leave no messages. Failure to reach winner during these calls may result in disqualification of winner, forfeiture of his or her interest in all prizes, and selection of a substitute winner drawn from the drum. Winner will be required to schedule a time, at least 48 hours in advance, to visit Listerhill Credit Union, located at 4790 2nd Street, Muscle Shoals AL, 35661 in person, during regular business hours within seven (7) days of being notified to claim prizes by providing proof of eligibility for prize won and completing and signing an affidavit of eligibility and a liability and publicity release. Failure of any Winner to timely contact the Credit Union, visit the above Credit Union office in person and sign and return any required affidavit and release, or to claim a prize or comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules, will result in drawing Winner's disqualification and the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize. Winners may waive their right to receive prizes. Prizes are non-assignable and nontransferable. No substitutions allowed by winner.

    6. To be eligible to win, all loans must be in good standing (not more than 30 days past due at the time of drawing. Eligible loans are limited to auto loans (no indirect dealer loans), personal loans (no loans secured by real property, such as mortgages, 2nd mortgages, and Home Equity Lines of Credit) and recreation loans made to consumer borrowers (not business or commercial loans).

    6. Participation. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Contest. Except where prohibited, acceptance of any prize constitutes winner's consent to the publication of his or her name, biographical information and likeness in any media for any commercial or promotional purpose, without limitation the Internet, or further compensation. Prizes not won and claimed by eligible winners in accordance with these Official Rules will not be awarded and will remain the property of the Credit Union.

  • How do I redeem my Merchandise Rewards?

    The easiest way to redeem your Merchandise Rewards is to log into Listerhill’s Online Banking and click the “Get Info” link to the right of your credit card information. This will take you to our credit card servicing site within the same window. Select “Rewards” on the upper right side within the screen (below FICO Score) and on the next screen, click on the CURewards logo. This will automatically sign you in to be able to redeem your Merchandise Rewards points!