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posted: 3/31/2014 8:38 AM

CCU hosts 'The Psychology of Spending' seminar

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Consumers Credit Union has teamed with BALANCE Financial Fitness and Consumers Cooperative Association to host a no-cost educational workshop titled "The Psychology of Spending" Thursday, April 10.

The event, which is open to the public and CCU members, will be held at the Holiday Inn, 6100 Grand Ave., Gurnee.

Understanding why we buy, what we buy and when we buy can help us make better decisions in the future.

"We've all been there before, we enter a store intending to purchase one specific item, or maybe nothing at all, then leave with numerous items that weren't even on our radar before we walked in," said Sean M. Rathjen, CCU president.

"Our 'Psychology of Spending' workshop helps us to understand why we make the choices we do when spending our hard-earned money, while also offering solutions geared toward helping us make more sound and informed decisions in the future. That's information just about everyone can use."

The seminar is hosted by Buck Austin, a financial educator with BALANCE Financial Fitness, one of CCU's strategic partners. Austin has more than 13 years in the financial field and began his career with BALANCE in 2008, placing a strong focus on helping families and individuals create a better financial future for themselves.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and the seminar starts at 6 p.m. RSVP to Cedric Ivy at or call (847) 265-5541.

Consumers Credit Union is member-owned with offices in Waukegan, Mundelein, Round Lake Beach, Gurnee, North Waukegan, Volo. Visit