This holiday season, WESTconsin Credit Union offices will again be decorating trees in their lobbies with donated mittens, gloves, hats and scarfs as part of The Mitten Tree campaign. The goal of The Mitten Tree is to provide cold weather-wear accessories to those in need as we head into the winter season’s sub-zero temperatures. Last year, the credit union collected over 2,700 items for this cause.

The project runs Monday, November 17 through Saturday, December 6. Those who have items to donate may do so by dropping them off at any WESTconsin location during regular office hours. Acceptable items include new mittens, gloves, hats, scarfs and earmuffs; please no previously used ones. They can be handmade or store purchased, and suitable for all age groups. When donated, the items will be proudly displayed on The Mitten Tree. Local distribution will take place prior to the holidays thanks to the following community partners:

  • Amery Office | Operation Christmas and the Amery School District
  • Baldwin Office | St. Croix Valley Family Resource Center
  • Barron Office | Gift from the Heart
  • Eau Claire Office | Bolton Refuge House
  • Hudson Office | Operation Help
  • Menomonie Offices | Dunn County School Districts
  • New Richmond Office | Grace Place
  • Prescott Office | Prescott Food Shelf
  • River Falls Office | Our Neighbors’ Place
  • Spring Valley Office | Spring Valley Food Shelf

WESTconsin Credit Union has been serving members since 1939, and membership is open to anyone who lives or works in the Wisconsin counties of Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix, Sawyer, Taylor, Trempealeau, and Washburn, or the Minnesota counties of Anoka, Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Isanti, Ramsey, Wabasha, and Washington, with a $5 minimum deposit in a Membership Savings Account. Credit unions are financial institutions owned by their accountholders, and member funds are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) up to at least $250,000.


Several employees of WESTconsin Credit Union’s New Richmond Office pose by a Mitten Tree on display in 2013.


Five Ways to Trim Your Thanksgiving Budget

by Erika Torres on November 12, 2014

Halloween has passed, Thanksgiving is among us, and stores are already shoving Christmas down our throats. It’s this time of the year that makes even the most financially savvy among us fear for our budgets.

But don’t worry, GoGirl has you covered on how to throw a fabulous Thanksgiving feast on a budget. Here are five of our best tips.

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101 Holiday Savings Tips

Source: InCharge Debt Solutions,

If you’re still paying off the bills from last year’s holiday merriment, we’ve got a list for you. You’ll find 101 money-saving tips from InCharge’s SAVvy Elf. From food to gifts, entertainment to travel, these tips prove that you don’t need to let money (or lack thereof) get in the way of the holiday spirit.

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How to keep your finances safe while shopping for the holidays

Black Friday is only two weeks away! Many of us are already starting to plan for our shopping ventures. Check out the article below from NCUA and learn how to keep yoru finances safe while shopping for the holidays.

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Don’t scare your budget this Halloween!

Halloween can be a fun time for kids and adults, but it doesn’t have to break the bank! We have compiled some of our favorite Halloween pins on Pinterest so you can skip the tricks and enjoy just the treats this year. These pins include budget-friendly DIY décor, treats and costume ideas. Click on the image below to view our Halloween on a Budget board.


Have a DIY idea to share? Comment below.