Give a Toy to Share the Joy!

trainlogoInsight is proud to support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve as they bring hope and holiday cheer to less fortunate children through their Toys for Tots program.

Help us share the joy of the holidays! Simply bring a new, unwrapped toy to any of our branches by Friday, December 9. We’ll make sure your donations are delivered to well-deserving children in time for Christmas.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a difficult time, you can request toys on the Toys for Tots website. Click on “Request A Toy” and follow the instructions to find the Toys for Tots campaign in your local area.

2015 Holiday Events in Central Florida

holiday events.jpgThere’s plenty to do this holiday season with free (or low cost), family-friendly events all over Central Florida. Check out the list below and join us as we are out and about in December!

Citrus County
From Inverness to Homosassa, there are several events to attend in Citrus County. Music, festivals, parades and chili await you and your family! Click here to learn more.

Hernando County
From boat parades to Candy Cane Acres and train rides to the North Pole, Hernando has some serious fun lined up! Check out all the details here.

Lake County
The Villages is ready to celebrate the holidays! Christmas is certainly on the list, but there is also a great Menorah Lighting Ceremony to check out.

Leesburg’s calendar is jam packed with fun events for the holidays, including the Festival of Trees, Holiday Concert Series and Christmas Wine Walk!

Light Up Clermont is December 3 – 5. This is a “can’t miss” event for those in the South Lake area. Enjoy holiday music, a tree lighting ceremony and much more!

Marion County
The City of Ocala has some great holiday events lined up! (Hint: check out their skating rink!) Click here to learn more.

Orange County
Lake Eola Park is packed with events this holiday season, including Holiday Movie in the Park, What’s Up Downtown for the Holidays and the Tree Lighting Celebration. Check out the details here.

Seminole County
The Big Bang Bazaar on December 6 is a sure bet for the creative artists out there! Bring the whole family out to enjoy handmade arts and crafts and more.

On December 12, Children ages 12 and under can enjoy An Afternoon with Santa at Magnolia Park. The evening also features face painting, cookies, crafts, games and more! (This one costs $4 per child, but adults are free.)

Volusia County
On December 5, Check out the annual Christmas Parade put on by the City of Deltona! Click here for details.

 

‘Tis the Season for Toys for Tots

toys for totsInsight is proud to once again support the United States Marine Corps Reserve in their 2015 Toys for Tots campaign. Each year, our local Marines bring hope and holiday cheer to less fortunate families by providing toys for children throughout Central Florida.

Help us share the joy this holiday season! Simply bring a new, unwrapped toy to any of our 17 branches by Saturday, December 12. We’ll make sure your donations are brought to the appropriate location for delivery to a well-deserving child in time for Christmas.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a difficult time, you can request a toy on the Toys for Tots website. Click on “Request A Toy” and follow the instructions to find the Toys for Tots campaign in your local area.

4 Ways to Save for the Holidays

The holiday season always seems to have a way of sneaking up on us. We think we’re in good shape and then BAM! Our budget goes out the window as the gifts pile up. To keep you financially fit this holiday season, we put together a few tips that you can start implementing now to save you stress and money later. Check them out!

  • Make a list of who you’re going to buy for and try to jot down the gift(s) for those lucky people. Now make a commitment to stick to your list!
  • Start looking for sale prices for the items you’ve written down. Research online, in stores and in weekly ads to snatch up the item at the lowest price.
  • Start purchasing one or two gifts per paycheck NOW! The earlier the better! Leave a sticky note on the gift with the recipient’s name in your secret hiding place. Don’t have a hiding place? Try the next tip instead!
  • Start a Christmas Club account! Transfer cash from every paycheck into your Christmas Club account and don’t touch the money until you’re ready to start your holiday shopping. (If your financial institution doesn’t have a Christmas Club account, come check out ours.)

We hope these easy tips help you with your seasonal shopping. Plan ahead so you don’t break your budget! Do you have any other tips or habits to share? Leave a comment below and tell us how you stick to your budget during the holidays!

Help Us Create Holiday Memories Through Toys for Tots

You know Insight Credit Union is committed to supporting the communities where we live Toysand work, and our commitment continues during the holidays. Please join us in creating holiday memories for thousands of children throughout Central Florida by donating a new, unused toy to support the Toys for Tots campaign.

Drop off your toys at any of our branch locations between now and December 12, and we will work with the Marines to make sure all the toys are delivered to deserving children before Christmas morning. To find a branch near you, click here.

Thank you for your support of this worthwhile cause. All the employees of Insight Credit Union wish you “Happy Holidays”!

2014 Holiday Events: County by County

It’s that time of the year again. Holiday music, great food, beautiful lights, the spirit of thankfulness, and to top it all off, wonderful family Holiday2011events to enjoy quality time with your friends and loved ones. Here at Insight Credit Union, we like to take part in community events. You’ll see us all over Central Florida this season, but with so much to do, how can we be everywhere at once? We hope you will join us throughout the Central Florida area. Enjoy an event near you!

Citrus County
December 6th – Crystal River Christmas Parade, Crystal River
December 6th – Musical Wings of Guitar and Violin, Hernando
December 9th – Holiday Party at Wildlife Park, Homosassa
December 13th – Inverness Christmas Parade, Inverness

Lake County & Sumter Counties
December 5th – Light Up Clermont, Clermont
December 5th – The Sound of Music at Melon Patch Theater, Leesburg
December 5th – Symphony Christmas Concert, Mount Dora
December 6th – Main Street Christmas Parade Festival, Leesburg
December 6th – Wildwood Historical Society’s Annual Christmas Parade 2014, Wildwood

Marion County
December 6th – Family Campout, Ocklawaha
December 6th – Annual Radio Control Santa Fly-in, Dunnellon
December 8th – Ocala Harmony Barbership Chorus, Ocklawaha
December 13th – Ocala/Marion County Christmas Parade, Ocala

Orange County
December 5th – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Orlando
December 6th – WKMG Local 6 Holiday Concert, Orlando
December 7th – Hanukarnival, Maitland

Seminole County
December 5th – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Sanford
December 6th – JJ’s Duelling Pianos, Lake Mary
December 20th – The Russian Academy of Ballet present “The Nutcracker”, Sanford

Volusia County
December 6th – Tree Lighting and Chili Cook-Off, DeBary
December 6th – Deltona Christmas Parade, Deltona
December 13th – Daytona Beach Holiday Parade, Daytona
December 14th – City of DeBary Christmas Parade, DeBary

Thanksgiving: How to Bring Back the THANKS

With the holiday season upon us, it is easy to get lost in the flashing lights and shiny bulbs that are already popping up in your local stores. You probably already have your shopping list started, and are thinking about the never ending task list that comes with the holidays. Do you have everyone on your list? Who is coming over for Thanksgiving and Christmas?

ThanksgivingEvery year it seems like Christmas is coming earlier than Thanksgiving, and you are ready to decorate before you have even finished eating your turkey. With every passing year, it becomes easier and easier to get lost in the materialistic side of the holidays. The faster they come, the less time you have to sit back, relax, and remember what we are even celebrating.

When is the last time you took a moment at Thanksgiving dinner to reflect on what you are thankful for? If you don’t make the conscious effort, are your children being taught the real meaning of these holidays? Does anyone around you seem thankful?

These are all questions that can open a person’s eyes to the fact that they are just muddling through the holidays, rather than enjoying them. Here are 5 simple steps to help you enjoy a more meaning holiday season this year.

  • Share your gratitude out loud
    • It may not be easy to do at first… you may actually need to think about the things that really make you happy. Start a list now and verbalize it on Thanksgiving. Every so often, say something on that list to someone in your family.
  • Make time for thanks
    • If you take a moment and encourage everyone around you to share what they are thankful for, you might just see that your gratitude is contagious. Even if it isn’t in a group setting, you can still make the time in a one-on-one setting.
  • Bring back the “Thank You” note
    • This is an outside the box way of spreading your gratitude. Leave notes for those around you thanking them for something. This will certainly spark someone to return the favor or maybe even pass it on.
  • Write it down
    • Even if you don’t use the “Thank You” note idea, writing your thoughts down will help you focus on what you have to be thankful for. If you are someone that doesn’t like to verbalize your feelings, writing it down can be just the same as telling someone. If nothing else, it’s a great first step.
  • Encourage giving!
    • Whether you’re the person to volunteer at your local soup kitchen or the person who helps their elderly neighbor rake his lawn, give someone something. Encourage yourself and others to give someone something to be thankful for.

These all probably seem simple and if you think about it, they really are. Just taking a moment to focus on these 5 ideas may help you and your family have a more rounded holiday season. We hope everyone enjoys the holidays this year!