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Marketing Communications Manager


Cindy has worked in the Marketing department at Ideal CU since 1995 and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Ideal CU Community Foundation. She worked as a broadcast and print journalist prior to pursuing a career in public relations and marketing. Cindy has a passion for wine, painting, political advocacy and the Denver Broncos. She enjoys blogging about wine and visiting local wineries, power walking and watching Netflix. Cindy is a member of the Minnesota Grape Growers Association (MGGA), the Southern MN Wine Grower Alliance (SMWGA) and is a strong advocate for cold climate wines produced in Minnesota and the upper midwest. She holds a Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 Certification in Wines and is a certified server.

It's February – Still Working on those Resolutions?

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It's February. Are you still working on those New Year's resolutions you were so determined to keep? If you're like most people, you have already given up on trying to exercise more or eat better. I see so many of my family and friends set themselves up to fail by making unrealistic and unattainable resolutions. Then sure enough, come February 1, they have given up. No one likes to fail - it's hard on the spirit and ego.

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Ideal CU’s Popular ‘Use & Win’ Debit Card Giveaway Returns for 2019; Payout Now $24K Since 2017

Zach Nelson October winner

(Woodbury, MN – January 18, 2019) – Ideal Credit Union’s popular monthly $1,000 “Use & Win” Debit Card Giveaway is back for another year of giving in 2019. Since the program’s inception in January of 2017, Ideal CU has given away $24,000 to 24 lucky members chosen at random in the “Use & Win” Debit Card promotion. Previous winners have used the funds to help pay for everything from adopting a baby to car repairs, home improvements, bills, vacations, maternity leave, tuition, study abroad programs and much more!

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Do You Need An Emergency Fund and a Rainy Day Fund?

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Do you need to have a separate rainy day fund and emergency fund? The answer is yes! Rainy day funds and emergency funds serve different purposes, so it’s important to have both available to tap into as needed. Read on for more reasons why it's a good idea to have both.

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Ideal Credit Union VIP+ Payout Tops $3.6 Million Back to Members

(Woodbury, MN – January 8, 2019) – Ideal Credit Union has returned 10% of its 2018 earnings to members through its exclusive VIP+ Program, rewarding 4,390 VIP+ members with cash dividends between $50 and $600, which were automatically deposited into members’ savings accounts in January 2019. The total payout for 2018 was $546,200. Since the program’s inception over six years ago, Ideal CU has paid out over $3.6 million to VIP+ members.

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6 New Year's Resolutions for a Financially Improved You!

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Okay, I admit it! I am one of those people who like to make New Year's resolutions, only to see if I can actually accomplish my goals. Of course, I try not to set the bar too high so they are achieveable. So imagine my delight when I came across these 6 easy steps for a financially improved me (and you!) in 2019.

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Go Green with Gifting

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Okay, it's Christmas Eve. Are you still shopping for last-minute gifts? Here's a thought for you - wrap up this holiday season by going green with gifting.

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Ideal CU Wins MnCUN Community Impact & Outreach Award for ‘Stop the Texts, Stop the Wrecks’ Campaign

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(Woodbury, MN – December 13, 2018) – Ideal Credit Union is proud to announce it has received a 2018 Minnesota Credit Union Community Impact & Outreach Marketing Award for its ongoing “Stop the Texts, Stop the Wrecks” don’t text and drive awareness campaign. Sponsored by the Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN), the award program recognizes outstanding efforts in the areas of branding, community impact and outreach, digital advertising, video, and complete marketing campaigns.

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7 Naughty Scams To Watch Out For This Holiday Season

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‘Tis the season to be jolly! And unfortunately, ‘tis also the season for scammers to go after your hard-earned dollars. Keep your money safe by reading up on the most common scams taking place this time of year and practicing caution.

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Ideal CU Yearly $4K Holiday Debit Card Giveaway is Back

Lisa Sunderland 3rd 2017 Holiday Debit Winner

(Woodbury, MN –November 20, 2018) – Ideal Credit Union’s yearly $1,000 Holiday Debit Card Giveaway is back for another four weeks this holiday season. Ideal CU has held this popular holiday promotion since 2012 and has given away $24,000 to 24 lucky members. To qualify, members with an Ideal CU personal checking account simply use their Ideal CU Debit Mastercard® or My Rewards™ Gold or Platinum Debit Card for purchases and earn a chance to win one of Ideal CU's four weekly $1,000 random drawings. Members earn 100 bonus entries into the weekly drawing when they make 25 or more purchases a week.

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5 Scams To Avoid This Black Friday

Black Friday Cyber Monday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday can be fun – but they can also put you at risk. Here are 5 scams to look out for as you brave the frenzied crowds while trying to snag the best deals after Thanksgiving.

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2018 - 19 Holiday Hours

Martin Luther King Jr Day

Monday, January 21st
All locations closed.


Presidents' Day
Monday, February 18th
All locations closed.


Good Friday
Friday, April 19th
All locations open regular business hours
Lobby - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Drive-thru - 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Memorial Day
Monday, May 27th
All locations closed.


Independence Day
Thursday, July 4th
All locations closed.


Labor Day
Monday, September 2nd
All locations closed.


Columbus Day
Monday, October 14th
All locations closed.


Veterans Day
Monday, November 11th
All locations closed


Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 28th
All locations closed.


Day after Thanksgiving
All locations are open regular business hours
Lobby - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Drive-thru - 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Christmas Eve
Tuesday, December 24th
All locations open until 1:00 p.m.
Lobby - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Drive-thru - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Christmas Day
Wednesday, December 25th
All locations closed.


New Year's Eve
Tuesday, December 31
All locations open regular business hours
Lobby - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Drive-thru - 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


New Years Day (2020)
Wednesday, January 1st
All locations closed