posted by on Friday, February 7, 2014 in Free, Fun Stuff, Uncategorized


Treats for Tweets

Love is in the air and we LOVE to give away prizes! So…

What’s better than dinner and a movie??? FREE dinner and movie!

Enter to win $25 to Olive Garden AND a $25 Fandango card, just by sharing or retweeting our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram posts with #treatsfortweets. We’ll pick two winners on Monday, February 10, just in time for Valentine’s day!

Here’s how to enter:

Step 1

If you are between the ages of 10 and 22, you’re already half way there! Just follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RT4T Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RT4Teen or find us on Instagram.

Step 2

Share or retweet one of our posts about the contest.

Step 3

Start thinking about who you’re going to take to dinner and a movie for Valentine’s Day!

Rules

Contest is open to youth ages 10-22 within MIDFLORIDA’s service area.   One entry per person.  To enter, you must like or follow RT4T on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and share or retweet the giveaway photo or post. Winner will be contacted via Facebook or Twitter on February 11 and must respond by February 12, 2014, or an alternate winner will be selected.  If you are under the age of 13 and have won a giveaway or prize of any kind from MIDFLORIDA in the past, we must receive your parent’s or legal guardian’s consent to contact you should you win more than one giveaway.  Parental consent can be provided by emailing departmentmarketing@midflorida.com.  Winners without parental consent may be deemed ineligible and prizes forfeited.  Credit union employees, officials, vendors and their immediate families are not eligible to win.

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posted by on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 in Money


Get PAID to shop! (Yes, you heard that right!)

Did you know that your MIDFLORIDA debit card does more than give you an easy way to pay for your essentials?  It can actually earn you money!

Your MIDFLORIDA debit card earns you points for every dollar you spend when you use your card.  Earn:

  • 1 point for PIN-based transactions (except ATM transactions)
  • 2 points for credit-based transactions of $99.99 or less
  • 3 points for credit-based transactions of $100.00 or more

You can earn points going to the movies, shopping at the mall or anywhere else that your adventures take you!  Then, redeem those earned points for cash or gift cards—to go to more movies, or do more shopping at the mall.

Once you earn 200 points, you can redeem them for $5 cash or a $5 gift card to a variety of retailers.  Or save up more points for a or a larger amount.

But, in order to earn, you have to be enrolled!  Visit online banking at www.midflorida.com to start earning today!

  1. Online Banking is required to enroll into a debit card rewards program. Only one debit card rewards program can be assigned per checking account; however, you may change your rewards program at any time. After you enroll your card, it may take two to five business days to begin earning rewards. The per-transaction reward amount may be subject to change without notice. On-The-Go Mobile Banking account holders receive a monthly reward for their account and will not qualify for any type of debit card rewards. Investor Checking and Freedom Banking do not qualify for debit card rewards.
  2. The 10¢ per transaction may be subject to change without notice. To earn the per-transaction donation, you must use your debit card as a credit when making purchases. Purchases using a PIN or transactions at any ATM will not earn “reward money” for the school or green cause rewards programs. Donated funds are accrued daily and paid annually and do not earn interest.
  3. While the Statement Rewards offers are tailored to you, no personally identifiable information is shared to create these offers.

 

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posted by on Thursday, January 16, 2014 in Advice, Free, Money, Shopping, Spending


Saving friendships one Pay-a-Person transaction at a time.

It happens to all of us from time to time. You wait in a loooong line, FINALLY get to a cashier and BOOM! You realize you left your MIDFLORIDA debit card in the pocket of your OTHER jeans, not the one you’re wearing. Oh, the embarrassment… But thankfully, you weren’t shopping alone. Your bestie comes to the rescue and pays for the novelty mustache sunglasses you HAD TO HAVE! What a lifesaver! But now you have a serious problem – you owe your best friend money. Eeek! Owing money to friends is never good. If only there was an easy way to pay them back… Well, thanks to your favorite credit union, there is! Try using Pay-a-Person from MIDFLORIDA. Pay-a-Person turns your iPhone or Android smartphone into an instant friendship saving device.

It’s easy – just log in to your MIDFLORIDA Mobile Branch app and click on the Pay-a-Person icon. (In Mobile Banking world, your friends are known as payees, so don’t let the lingo scare you.)

Click on “My Payees” and follow the prompts to add the person you want to send money to. You’ll enter a “shared word” that only you and your friend will know.  Then, once your friend receives the payment request, they’ll enter the shared word and their account info. And voila!  You’ve paid your friend and salvaged your relationship, thanks to MIDFLORIDA.

 

Online Banking is required to access Pay-a-Person. To sign up for free Online Banking, call us at the Help Desk or visit any branch.

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posted by on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 in Free, Fun Stuff


Win a Tablet!

Maybe you’ve written your Christmas wish list and sent it to Santa – or maybe you’ve dropped a million hints to your parents about what you want for Christmas.   Or maybe you haven’t thought about it at all (but we doubt that!).  Whatever you’ve done to ensure you get what you want for Christmas, we’re making it a little bit easier to get one awesome gift this year.

We’re giving you a chance to win a Google Nexus 7 tablet.   It’s easy to enter. 

Step 1

Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RT4T.

Step 2

Post a comment on the giveaway photo on Facebook.

A winner will be randomly selected on Monday, December 23, at 9am.  The winner will be contacted via Facebook so be sure to check back that day.  Good luck!

Rules

Contest is open to youth ages 10-22 within MIDFLORIDA’s service area.   One entry per person.  To enter, you must like the RT4T Facebook page and comment on the giveaway photo posted on Facebook.  Winner will be contacted via Facebook Messages on December 23 and must respond within 5 business days or an alternate winner will be selected.  If you are under the age of 13 and have won a giveaway or prize of any kind from MIDFLORIDA in the past, we must receive your parent’s or legal guardian’s consent to contact you should you win more than one giveaway.  Parental consent can be provided by emailing departmentmarketing@midflorida.com.  Winners without parental consent may be deemed ineligible and prizes forfeited.  Credit union employees, officials, vendors and their immediate families are not eligible to win.

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posted by on Monday, December 16, 2013 in Spending


Christmas on a Budget

Christmas is a magical, joyful time! But it can also be hard on your wallet.

Be Creative!

How do you give a gift to your favorite people without breaking the bank?  Revert back to your younger school days and make gifts!

Below are some ideas (and instructions on how to create them) your friends are sure to love!

For that fashionista friend who likes to be different, the bleach pen shirt is perfect!  There are so many design ideas online, so you’re sure to find the perfect one.

http://www.thenextbird.com/2011/11/new-old-clothes.html

bleach pen shirt

The Cassette Tape Wallet will be a Number #1 hit for the music lover in your life!

http://www.chezlin.com/pursebag/cassette-tape-tutorial/

Cassette Tape wallet

Bottle cap magnets can spruce up any friends locker or fridge!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-and-simple-bottle-cap-magnets/

Bottle cap magnets

The Vinyl Record Bowl will top the charts for the collector that has lots of stuff to store!

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf895928.tip.html

Vinyl Record bowl

If baking is more your thing, you can make cute bags to present your baked goods in.  Just use scrapbook paper and ribbon to decorate the top of the bag.

Treat bag

There you have it!  Fun, fabulous and thrifty ideas for the holiday season!

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posted by on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 in Introduction


Check it out! Banking is easier than ever B4!

Your phone is your lifeline—it keeps you connected with your friends; shouldn’t it keep you connected to your cash too?

MIDFLORIDA now offers text banking.

You can get your account info in seconds and it works with any mobile phone! To sign up, you just have to log into Online Banking (under the Profile section) or Mobile Banking (under settings). Then, you can text commands to get account info, without having to log into your account.

Just text MIDFL (64335) with these commands:

  • bal= balances on all enabled accounts
  • bal nickname= balance on any one account
  • hist nickname= transaction history on any one account
  • dep nickname- last deposit on any one account

It’s super easy, so sign up ASAP! At school, work or play, you’ll always be in the know with MIDFLORIDA.

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posted by on Friday, November 15, 2013 in Advice


Make the most of your days off school

If you're like most high school students, you may already be looking forward to the breaks listed on your school's calendar.

It’s true that holiday breaks give you a great chance to spend quality time with family and friends. But if you have a few extra days off from school and you don’t have much to do, it can also be a perfect opportunity to tackle some big projects.

Here are some ideas

Reorganize your room. If you have outgrown your bedroom’s décor along with last year’s tennis shoes, go through your dated or unused possessions and decide what you can donate or hand down to younger siblings. Sort and put away only the clothing that fits and the items you’ll use. 

Start or continue your college search. Spend some time on the Internet reading about colleges you may want to visit. Or if you are a senior already, filling out school applications and checking on scholarship deadlines are an important use of your time.

Check out internships or volunteer positions. These types of activities look great on college or job applications. See what’s available in your area that you are interested in and schedule a visit to learn more.

Update and de-clutter your digital life. Your online data can quickly grow out of control if it’s not organized. Create file folders on your computer that are labeled in a way that allows you to easily find your documents, emails, photos and music. Consider updating your Facebook page or applying additional privacy features.

Organize your finances

Break time is also perfect for getting your finances organized. At MIDFLORIDA, we would be happy to demonstrate our online banking capabilities for your checking and saving accounts.  Call or stop by a branch.

(863) 688-3733
Toll free (866) 913-3733

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posted by on Friday, October 18, 2013 in Events, Free, Fun Stuff


Selena Gomez Ticket Giveaway

We heard Selena got a little emotional at her Brooklyn concert while singing “Love Will Remember,” which has been said is about her ex-flame, Justin Bieber.  Aww!!  Even so, it was no doubt an incredible concert. Which is why we thought, “Hey! We should send our fans to a Selena Gomez concert!”

Well, we’ve got 4 tickets to give away to her concert at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Wednesday, October 30.  Two lucky fans will win two tickets each.  And we want you to win! 

Here’s how to enter:

First, you gotta like our Facebook page.  How else can you keep up with the cool giveaways?!

Then, text SELENA to 64335.  Entries will be accepted from Friday, October 18 – Monday, October 21.  You can enter once per day and 2 winners will be randomly selected on Tuesday, October 22.

The Fine Print

So, now that you know how to enter, let’s go over the rules:   Contest is open to youth ages 10-22 within MIDFLORIDA’s service area.  Standard text message rates apply.  One entry per person per day.  Entries will be accepted from October 18-21, 2013.  Winners will be contacted on October 22 at the number used to enter the contest and must respond within 2 business days or an alternate winner will be selected.  If you are under the age of 13 and have won a giveaway or prize of any kind from MIDFLORIDA in the past, we must receive your parent’s or legal guardian’s consent to contact you should you win more than one giveaway.  Parental consent can be provided by emailing departmentmarketing@midflorida.com.  Winners without parental consent may be deemed ineligible and prizes forfeited. Credit union employees, officials, vendors and their immediate families are not eligible to win.

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posted by on Friday, October 11, 2013 in College, Events, Fun Stuff


Where Football Meets Ballgowns

History of Homecoming

It’s that time of year again when schools across the country celebrate Homecoming in the most obnoxious, yet spirited ways possible and every school has their own way of celebrating. Homecoming rituals vary but many schools participate in dress up days, pep rallies, Homecoming court competitions, dances and the crowning of the King and Queen! (Oh, and there’s a BIG football game in there too.) School walls become plastered with glittered posters begging students to vote for their school’s Homecoming King and Queen, and students and teachers dress up in school colors, pajamas, camouflage, or suspenders… all depending on what wild and crazy themed dress up day it is. But why do we do all of this?

Homecoming is the tradition of welcoming back the alumni of a school, and is celebrated by universities, colleges, and high schools around the nation. Homecoming dates back to the 1800’s, and it’s still making its rounds. But who can we thank for this exciting American tradition? Surprisingly, many schools claim to have had the *first* homecoming, but the NCAA actually recognizes the University of Missouri as the “birthplace” of homecoming.

Times have changed drastically, but most Homecoming rituals have remained the same. Although history tells us that the celebration was solely for welcoming back alumni, Homecoming is now celebrated by students, faculty, alumni, and the community. It offers an exhilarating experience that allows everyone to show their school spirit!

We’d love to hear what kinds of festivities the schools in our area are up to during this Homecoming season. Feel free to comment and tell us how you show your school spirit!

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posted by on Thursday, October 10, 2013 in Events, Free, Fun Stuff


Friday Night Football

Pep rallies and marching bands are part of the high school football tradition and MIDFLORIDA knows how important Friday night football is to our communities.

This fall, MIDFLORIDA will be at schools all over our service area giving out mini footballs with your school logo and info about our awesome checking accounts!

Look for us at:
Lakeland
Haines City
Winter Haven
Auburndale
Alonso
Sebastian River
Lake Gibson
Sunlake
Kathleen
Wharton

Along with a sweet memento of your high school days, these mini footballs give info on Debit Card Banking – a perfect option for teens. Debit Card Banking has no fees, FREE mobile banking and a FREE reloadable debit card that you can personalize with your favorite pic! Plus, you can score $77 cash if you open your new account with direct deposit. But even if you don’t have direct deposit, you can still get $25! Visit our Debit Card Banking page to find out more and keep an eye out for our mini footballs at your next home game!

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