Looking to Ditch Your Bank in Monmouth, Ocean County? [video]

Are you fed up with bank fees in Monmouth County and Ocean County and you’re looking to ditch your bank? If so, you’re not the only one in the New Jersey area who is looking to make the switch. Before doing so, be sure to gather as much information as you can about banks and credit unions to educate yourself.

In an article published by CNN Money, writer James O’Toole wrote about how to choose a new bank orcredit union, some things to keep in mind when making the switch, and why credit union fees tend to be lowerhttp://money.cnn.com/2011/11/11/pf/bank_dumping_decision/index.htm” target=”_blank”>Read the article at CNNMoney.com.

In the video below, First Financial Federal Credit Union’s Penny Smart reminds consumers to THINK FIRST before choosing where to entrust their money, because There’s Harm In Not Knowing — T.H.I.N.K FIRST.

Now, THINK FIRST with Penny Smart!


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Bank Transfer Day – A Recap [with Photos]

We had a successful Bank Transfer Day on November 5th. The parking lots were filled and we want to thank all of those again who made the switch to First Financial!

Those who made the switch on November 5th enjoyed picking prizes out of a grab bag in each branch to win various Visa Gift Card amounts and additional t-shirts, as well as one lucky new member (Carlos of Ocean Twp, pictured below) who provided a testimonial on First Financial’s social media sites and online survey – won a $75 Visa Gift Card.  All new First Financial members who made the switch on Saturday (and throughout November), will get a coupon to receive .15% off a future loan with First Financial and a free “Intentionally Left Bank” t-shirt.

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Carlos is proud to be a new First Financial member.
Here he is with his Left Bank shirt that he got when he made the switch.

Visit our Facebook page to view the comment Carlos left us about his transfer.

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Here is a photo of a crowded parking lot at our Howell Branch.

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Pictured above is our Financial Services Consultant Gary, of the Howell Branch
with new members, a mother and daughter pair.

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In each of our branches, we set up a display with a sign on the differences
between banks and credit unions, and a shirt that we were giving away.

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Another crowded parking lot at our Neptune Branch.

We also had a few testimonials on Bank Transfer Day. Here are some of them:

“Credit Unions are more geared toward the member because it’s a cooperative” 
– Kathleen G., Toms River

“We got tired of all the excessive bank fees” 
– Donna & Rick H., Waretown

“I switched to avoid bank fees and earn interest on accounts” 
– Raymond S., Brick

“First Financial is close to home” 
– Sham Z., Toms River

If you too made the switch on Bank Transfer Day, please leave us a comment below and let us know how it went. We’d love to hear from you!

 

Thank You for Making the Switch

A big thanks to all of you who made the switch to First Financial on Bank Transfer Day!

View a video of 94.3 The Point’s Lou Russo talking with our President and CEO Issa Stephan about Bank Transfer Day.

Bank Transfer Day has ended but that doesn’t mean you still can’t leave your bank and become a member. Stop into any of our branches today or open an account online now.
Learn about how we prepared for Bank Transfer Day

Bank Transfer Day is Here!

Today is November 5th. Do you know what that means? It’s Bank Transfer Day! We are excited to be part of this Credit Union movement and hope you will head into one of our branches today and make the move from your bank. All five of our branches will be open from 9am until 4pm.

Don’t feel like going out but still want to become a member? (We know, it’s chilly out there!) You can join First Financial online now, or stop into a branch during regular business hours all month long to take advantage of our special Bank Transfer Day offers. But, if that still doesn’t work with your schedule – we’d love to have you join First Financial anytime!

Are you ready to ditch your bank and develop a better financial relationship with an institution that has been putting people first since 1936? If so, then …

Open an Account Now or stop into a First Financial Branch today!

Bank Transfer Day – Our Favorite Articles

Throughout the past few days, we have Tweeted several Bank Transfer Day articles.

Here are a few of our favorites in case you missed them:

Bank Transfer Day: A Guide to Closing Your Account
-Yes Magazine

Credit Union Guarantees Free Checking and No Debit Card Fees — Forever
-Time Magazine

Everything You Need to Know About Credit Unions
-Washington Post

What are some of the best Bank Transfer Day articles you have read? Share them below.

First Financial Prepares for Bank Transfer Day

As thousands prepare to make the move to a credit union on Bank Transfer Day, First Financial is gearing up for the expected extra traffic in each of its 5 branches.

The first order of business is that Chief Operating Officer, Alice Stevens, and her team have extended branch hours and scheduled extra staff. First Financial will be open from 9am to 4pm on November 5th, Bank Transfer Day.

“We are excited and honored to be part of this huge credit union movement. To assure everything runs smoothly, we have extended our hours and scheduled extra staff to work,” Stevens said.

Current members are encouraged to take advantage of the credit union’s Tell a Friend Program, where they’ll get $25 for each friend they refer who opens a First Financial account.

“It’s a great way to reward our current members who already have accounts with us. The more friends or family they refer who open accounts, the more they’ll be rewarded. It’s a win-win situation for all, and first-hand experience with the way banking should be done,” Stevens said.

First Financial is accepting new members (those who live, work, worship, or attend school in Monmouth or Ocean Counties) who are interested in opening up checking and savings accounts, loans, and more.Visit First Financial’s website for a complete listing of products and services or to open an accountonline.

Stevens also said that First Financial is especially proud to offer free checking and does not charge members fees to use their debit cards. She understands the state of the economy and believes that saving money wherever possible is important.

Additionally, to further encourage people to make the move to First Financial, qualifying members who go into a branch and open a new membership beginning November 5th 2011 and ending November 30th 2011 will be given a coupon to receive an additional .15% off their APR* for new approved loans. And, on Bank Transfer Day only, there will be an opportunity for attendees to spin the prize wheel or pick a coupon out of the bag to win prizes in the form of VISA® gift cards and t-shirts when they make the move from their bank.

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Open for business with extended hours, First Financial is excited to meet and serve the public on Bank Transfer Day and everyday thereafter.

Questions? Leave a comment below.

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*A $5 deposit in a Base Savings Account is required for membership. First Financial Membership is open to anyone to lives, works, worships or attends school in Monmouth or Ocean counties. APR=Annual Percentage Rate. Current rate will vary based on credit worthiness and terms. Financing for qualified First Financial Federal Credit Union members on a new loan. Excludes credit cards, first or second mortgages and share secured loans. Coupon is only valid for members who open up a First Financial membership during the month of November 2011 beginning on 11/5/11.