Housing 34.

4%
Transportation 16.0%
Food 12.7%
Personal insurance
and pensions 11.2%
Healthcare 6.6%
Entertainment 5.2%
Apparel and services 3.5%
Cash contributions2 3.4%
All other 7.0%
All Other
Cash Contributions
Apparel and Services
Entertainment
Healthcare
Personal Insurance and Pension
Food
Transportation
Housing
All Other 7.0
Cash Contributions 3.4
Apparel and Services 3.5
Entertainment 5.2
Healthcare 6.6
Personal Insurance and Pension 11.2
Food 12.7
Transportation 16.0
Housing 34.4
34.4%
16.0%
12.7%
11.2%
6.6%
5.2%
3.5%
3.4%
7.0%
Housing
Food
Personal Insurance
and Pension
Cash
Contributions
2
Entertainment
Healthcare
Transportation
All Other
Apparel and Services
contents
Where does your money go?
Meet Alliant’s summer intern,
Nikki
Alliant scores an ace for the
National MS Society
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DIVIDEND
September Savings Dividend
DECLARED AUGUST 16, 2012
The September 2012 Savings
and IRA dividend, declared
08/16/2012, provides a Compounded
Annual Percentage Yield of
0.80%
APY

Dividends are paid on the
last day of the month to
accountholders who have
maintained an average daily
balance of $100 or more.
Savings dividend is subject to
change monthly.
September Checking Dividend
DECLARED AUGUST 16, 2012
The September 2012 High
Rate Checking dividend,
declared 08/16/2012, provides a
Compounded Annual Percentage
Yield of
0.75%
APY

Checking dividends are paid on
the last day of each month to
accountholders who meet the
requirements of the account.
Checking dividend is subject to
change monthly.
August 2012
Where does your money go?
Do you use a comprehensive, detailed plan to track how
you spend your money? Most Americans don’t. Instead,
they use what bankrate.com calls a “smudget” – an
informal way to monitor spending based on loose guide-
lines, common sense or intuition. Smudgets are valuable
because, to some extent, they enable people to live within
their means, avoid debt and put money aside for short-
and long-term goals.
Meanwhile, 40% of Americans make no attempt to
budget at all, according to bankrate.com. That said,
how does the “average” American household spend
its money?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks American
spending habits through its Consumer Expenditures
Survey. The most recent survey captures 2010 spending
habits. For this study, “consumer units” are defined as
“families, single persons living alone or sharing
a household with others but who are financially
independent, or two or more persons living together
who share expenses.”
Of course, the “average” consumer unit won’t fit you
to a T.
It’s difficult to make broad assumptions in some of
these categories because, among other factors, spending
varies widely by income levels, costs vary by region (for
instance, a pack of cigarettes costs $11.80 in New York
vs. $4.74 in West Virginia
1
) and it’s unlikely that any two
families spend exactly alike. Plus, these figures do not
include money used for expenses such as taxes or paying
down debt – or in building savings. Nevertheless, the
study can serve as a comparative rule of thumb for you to
use in evaluating how you use your own money.
members circle
The average “consumer unit” spent a total of $48,109 in 2010. Here’s what we spent our dollars on.
If you’d like to get a better handle on how you use your money, log your expenditures into Alliant’s Personal Financial
Management (PFM) tool, which you can access from your summary page in Alliant Online Banking.
And, if you’d like professional guidance in setting a budget and managing your money, you’re in luck. Alliant partners
with GreenPath
®
Debt Solutions to provide our members with access to financial counselors for free. To use this service,
simply call 877-337-3399 or visit GreenPath at www.alliantcreditunion.org/services/financialcounseling/.
1 theawlcom 2.The cash contribution category used by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics includes payments to charities, religious and political organizations, students living away from home,
alimony and child support. Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, bankrate.com, npr.org, cnn.com and financialplanabout.com
I CAME WITH A LOT OF MISCONCEPTIONS THAT I THINK MANY PEOPLE STILL HAVE, SUCH AS
· That only people frou a qualifying coupany can join
· That you have to pay a fee to join if you're not frou a qualifying coupany
· That credit unions are in business to uake a proht for stockholders instead of being in business to
help their members
· That credit unions don't offer all the products and services that banks do
I was glad to lose these misconceptions and to also learn that Alliant is huge on giving back to its
members and various, worthy charities.
Because I’ve had internships before, I was used to working long hours and attending
meetings so the transition from college into the working world was not hard for me.
AT ALLIANT, I WORKED ON ALL SORTS OF PROJECTS, SUCH AS
· Filing paperwork for hF
· Froducing copy for social uedia posts
· Conducting research for the Members Circle newsletter
· üesigning a Nyer for Alliant's annual charity volleyball tournauent and a certihcate for
Alliant’s employee recognition program
· helping to design a prouotional postcard. (I also scoured the Internet to find suitable photographs to
use for it)
office closings
Alliant will be closed in observance
of the following holidays:
Columbus Day
–Monday, October 8, 2012
Veterans Day
–Monday, November 12, 2012
Thanksgiving Day
–Thursday, November 22, 2012
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and iPhone
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at 800-328-1935
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2 “You can never learn too much!”
Alliant scores an ace for the
National MS Society
On July 19, 2012, Alliant fielded 10
teams for its 7th Annual Employee
Volleyball tournament for charity. The
games took place at Alliant’s Chicago
headquarters. One team was com-
prised of branch managers from across
the country. The tournament raised
$10,600 for the National Muscular
Sclerosis Society – $5,600 in employee
donations and a $5,000 grant from the
Alliant Credit Union Foundation.
Senior Systems Engineer Allan Nielson
scores a point with a mighty spike.
Nikki Goncalves recently graduated from Bradley
University, in Peoria, IL, with a B.A. in communications.
Nikki grew up as a foster child. Through Alliant’s special
relationship with the Foster Care to Success organization,
she was invited to be our summer intern. Here is her account
of the experience.
Before interning with Alliant, I had no idea how a credit union
functioned and I didn’t know what the work environment
would be like. The only thing I knew for sure is that credit
unions are different from banks.
Alliant intern Nikki Goncalves and the poster she
designed for our charity volleyball tournament.
Meet Alliant’s summer intern, Nikki
I loved the advice and support I received from employees of several different departments and the
feedback I got from Alliant’s design team.
As my internship drew to an end, I was asked what advice I have for young people graduating from
college. It’s this: ‘Try everything. Don’t shy away from exploring subjects and companies you’re unfamiliar
with. Such experiences will always benefit you in the long run. And you can never learn too much!’
My next stop is South Korea where I’ll take classes and work another internship. I don’t have a job
lined up yet, but I’m open to whatever comes my way. And I’m sure the experience I gained at Alliant
will prove beneficial as I conduct my job search and begin my career.
Facilities Manager Kevin Daly prepares to hit the ball over,
through or around the blocking hands of Wholesale Consumer
Product Representative Jimmy Williams. Mortgage Loan Officer
Rob Jones (background) gets ready for the follow-up.
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