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Entries for February 2013

Lose the Stamp and Envelope. Pay Your Bills Online and On Time!

February 22, 2013

We remember running outside to our mailboxes on Saturday afternoons when the sight of the white US Postal Service truck was at the curb to see if the postal carrier had any extra samples of cereal or giant rubber bands that worked well for homemade sling shots. This childhood memory may only be a memory due to recent announcements that the Postal Service may be ending Saturday letter deliveries. Affinity Plus does not have boxes of Fruit Loops, but we do have solutions that will help you pay your bills on time even facing the adversity of a shortened delivery week.  Read More...

Our CEO is Freezin’ for a Reason!

February 15, 2013

On Friday, March 1, Affinity Plus President/CEO, Kyle L. Markland, is going to jump into Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis as a participant in the inaugural Executive Challenge, which is an additional event held in conjunction with the Polar Bear Plunge. The Executive Challenge questions the commitment and sanity (like, the water is really cold) of CEOs by challenging them to raise $10,000 for Special Olympics Minnesota so that they can plunge into freezing waters.  Read More...

Spending and Saving on Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2013

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend an average of $130.97 on Valentine’s Day this year – that’s a lot of red and pink hearts on cards, weaved into flower arrangements, and dancing on the cover of special chocolates. But if you’re looking for other, last minute alternatives to make this day meaningful without spending as much as average romantics don’t fret! There are abundant resources out there to inspire budget friendly, creative ideas to help you make this day special for your valentine. We liked the ideas in Family Mint’s blog post, “Valentine’s Day on the Cheap,” and’s blog post, “Valentine’s Day Gift Trends Then and Now.”


Fight for Your Right to Have an Accurate Credit Report

February 12, 2013

The blizzard-like conditions on Sunday allowed us an excuse to relax on the couch and peruse local content on TV. In between nature specials and crime thrillers, we landed on CBS just in time for the 60 Minutes segment about the consumer credit reporting industry called, “40 Million Mistakes.” The story revolved around Judy Thomas, who spent six years battling with Equifax and TransUnion, two of the three largest consumer credit reporting companies, to correct mistakes made on her credit report. Eventually, she brought her case to federal court and sued them for an undisclosed sum.  Read More...

College Students Battle On Campus Banks

February 07, 2013

Providing financial services for college students may not seem like a lucrative endeavor because it’s not uncommon for us to use the phrase, “poor college student,” so we found it interesting when we read The Huffington Post’s article, “CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) Launching Investigation of College Debit Cards, Financial Products Marketed to Students.”