By the Slice

This is Financial Literacy 101 but better, because there is free pizza! Learn to manage your money at ‘By the Slice’ sessions, where there will be discussion topics like: budgeting, account basics, building your credit, identity theft, etc. in a casual, conversational way. These sessions are typically an hour long and are hosted next to the on-campus UCU branches at the University of Maine, University of Southern Maine, and the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

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I joined Campus Branch Manager, Lesley Ridge for a session at USM’s Gorham location on Tuesday, where we had a discussion about identity theft. There were tons of great tips being brought up and the conversation was very organic. I walked away having met some new faces and gained some knowledge that I’ll be applying to my everyday life. Oh, and the pizza was amazing – did I mention it was free!? Here are some of the helpful tips that were discussed:

  • Keep personal documents in a safe
  • Examine your credit union account statements regularly/sign up for e-alerts
  • Monitor your credit
  • Shred personal documents before throwing them away
  • Collect mail promptly to reduce the chance of theft
  • Avoid online banking/shopping on public WiFi networks
  • Install firewalls and virus-detection software on your home computer
  • Create complex passwords that identity thieves cannot guess easily
  • Guard your Social Security number/don’t keep your Social Security card in your wallet
  • Leave personal details off social media
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For more tips on foiling identity theft, click here.

University of Southern Maine, Gorham Campus sessions:

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Brooks Student Center next to UCU Branch

Tuesday, Jan. 30 - 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Tuesday, Feb. 27 - 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Tuesday, Mar. 20 - 12:00 - 1:00 pm

University of Southern Maine, Portland Campus sessions:

Woodbury Amphitheater, Woodbury Student Center

Tuesday, Jan. 30 - 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Tuesday, Feb. 27 - 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Tuesday, Mar. 20 - 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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I hope to see you at the next session!


Take care,

Jake