Extra Money? Should you buy experiences or stuff?

May 15, 2014

When you’re fortunate enough to find yourself with extra spending money (it doesn’t happen a lot for us!), how do you typically choose to spend it? A fancy dinner, shopping spree, that extra latte in the morning? While all these options may sound fun, what really gives you the most bang for your buck? Harvard [...]

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Learning About Money

March 25, 2014

We love teaching people, young and old, about how banking works. One of our favorite, most fun families recently stopped by their neighborhood Washington Federal branch to give their kids a hand-on lesson about how saving money and making a deposit is done. Visit http://www.thenerdcan.com/learning-about-money to read the family’s blog post this adventure!  

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Spring Cleaning for your Finances

March 3, 2014

It’s that time of year again. For many of us, the start of the spring season means cleaning closets, de-cluttering attics and basements and organizing those pantries and junk drawers. During this process, it can be easy to use all of your organizational focus on your home and forget about reviewing and cleaning up your [...]

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Money Management Tips for Couples and Newlyweds

February 13, 2014

From “Yours and Mine” to “Ours” Money matters can be a difficult subject, especially for young couples and newlyweds. In fact, a recent survey by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants showed that money causes more arguments among men and women than other typical domestic disputes. So where do couples go wrong? “Differences over [...]

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Money Matters

February 4, 2014

Money Matters: Fun Ways to Teach your Kids About Money Money, money, money… It is what makes the world go round! Financial education both in the school setting and at home is of the utmost importance for our children to have the strong foundation they need to be successful. But studies have shown that our [...]

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Annual Stockholder Meeting

January 13, 2014

Attend our Annual Meeting. Washington Federal’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle. The Westin is located at 1900 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, 98101. You may view our Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report and Proxy Statement here.

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Preparing your Teen for Independence: Setting Rules and Allowances

January 3, 2014

What parent doesn’t want his or her teenager to exhibit personal and financial responsibility? The process requires a delicate balance of giving them enough guidance to ensure they are making healthy choices while also giving them enough freedom to be independent. “In a few short years, your teenager will be on his or her own, [...]

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Cyber Shopping Security Tips

December 19, 2013

For those deal shoppers that prefer to skip the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, online buying reigns king. While shopping from your home can feel safer than braving the holiday crowd, it’s especially important to keep your electronic information safe and secure this time of year. Keeping your Electronic Information Secure When shopping online [...]

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Holiday Guide to Being a Good Role Model

December 13, 2013

The holidays can provide happiness and excitement as friends and family come together for celebration. While this is true for parents, the stress around holiday parties, gift buying and time constraints can lead to poor decision-making that ultimately may impact the whole family. “There is no denying this time of the year is stressful, but [...]

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Spending is Trending this Holiday Season

December 6, 2013

What you need to know about staying out of debt going into the end of the year With the holidays just around the corner, many parents find themselves filled with stress as expectations run high and the pressure to buy the latest gadgets and fashions for everyone weighs heavily on the mind. And, while you [...]

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