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July 1 is national Financial Freedom Day, and it's a great time to check out these tips for enhancing your financial security.


The COVID-19 pandemic has left millions of Americans out of work and laid bare the fragile financial situation of an estimated 78% of U.S. workers who were already living paycheck to paycheck.


FAIRWINDS Credit Union has built its more than 70-year reputation on an altruistic approach to helping members achieve financial freedom. July 1 is national Financial Freedom Day, and this year, FAIRWINDS marked the occasion with practical advice to help people get back on their feet and build toward the financial security to prepare for the next time the unexpected happens.

 1. Build an emergency savings fund to prepare for the unexpected, like car repairs or medical emergencies. Setting aside $2.74 per day can save $1,000 in a year.

 2. Work toward saving three to six months' worth of expenses to replace lost income from a future layoff or extended illness without having to rely on credit cards or dipping into retirement funds. Open a designated savings account for the emergency savings and 3-6 month expense funds, so you’re not tempted by seeing that extra money sitting in your checking account.

 3. Track spending with a budgeting app that lets you categorize transactions, see where your money’s going, and make adjustments; all from your phone or tablet.

 4. Use the snowball method to gain momentum on paying off debts by applying extra money each month toward your smallest debt first, while making only the minimum monthly payments on all your other debts.

 5. Chose a shorter-term auto loan like 36 or 48 months. Once your loan is paid off, keep your car and start putting the same loan payment amount into your savings account. That way, you can save to buy your next car with cash or make a sizeable down payment.

 6. Participate in your company's 401(k) or 403(b) retirement match program to avoid leaving "free money" on the table.

 7. Pay off your home or auto loan faster by making biweekly payments. Dividing your monthly payment in half and paying that amount every other week will result in an extra full payment toward principal each year.

 8. If you’re passionate about helping your community and those in need, donating your time and talents is just as impactful as donating money. In fact, the value of a volunteer hour is $25.43.

 9. Life is a journey, and financial freedom is no different. You need a goal to guide you, and a savings plan to help you stay the course and be ready for detours that come along the way.


Founded in 1949, FAIRWINDS is a nationwide members-only, member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution. Its mission is to help members achieve financial freedom by providing tools, products, and advice to encourage them to save more, eliminate debt, build wealth, and live generously. Membership which includes access to consumer checking, deposits, and low-rate, short-term auto loans. For more information, visit

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People who live and work in Lake Highlands, Desoto, and Arlington can now experience Dunkin’s store of the future. Dunkin’ opened three new restaurants at the end of December at the following. addresses: 6401 East Northwest Highway,( Northwest Highway and Abrams) Dallas; 834 N. Hampton, Desoto, and 5801 Office Park Drive, Arlington. All feature the brand’s next generation store design, with a modern atmosphere and innovative technologies to make running on Dunkin’ faster and more convenient than ever before.

To celebrate, the three new stores will offer a free medium hot or iced coffee daily from January 15 through  January 31, and all Dunkin’ locations in the Dallas- Fort Worth area will offer a free medium hot or iced coffee on Tuesday, January 15. Limit one per guest per visit, excludes Cold Brew.  

Exciting elements of Dunkin’s new restaurant experience include:


  • Modern Design: The openness, colors and materials used in the design help to create an approachable, positive and energetic environment.
  • Premium Pours: Dunkin’s signature cold beverages are now served through an innovative tap system serving eight consistently cold beverages such as coffees, iced teas, cold brew coffee and nitro infused cold brew coffee. Crew members will use top-quality flavor-maximizing espresso machines to make hand-crafted drinks to order.
  •  Increased Energy Efficiency: The new Dunkin’ locations are DD Green Achievement™ restaurant, which are designed to save 25% more energy compared to a standard Dunkin’ restaurant.


To learn more about Dunkin’, visit, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ blog to receive notifications at





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Mention the holidays and most of us are immediately transported to a favorite family tradition: preparing time-honored recipes, baking cookies, decorating our homes and spending time with family and friends. Increasingly, Dallas - Fort Worth area families are creating a new tradition of giving back to their community during the holidays, particularly through service opportunities in which the entire family can participate.

This year, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), a Christian non-profit that tackles world hunger by sending volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to 70 countries, invites families to start or continue a holiday tradition of service by volunteering at the Hope Filled Holiday event Sunday, December 2 and Monday December 3 at the Irving Convention Center.

This MobilePack event will give individuals and families the opportunity to join more than 4,000 volunteers to pack 750,000 meals over the course of the two days. Each two-hour volunteer shift includes an orientation, time spent packing meals in an assembly-line fashion and the opportunity to learn more about hunger in our world and how FMSC works to alleviate it. Families will learn more about the problem of hunger around the world and feel good about the positive impact they have made through packing nutritious meals.

Volunteering at the Hope Filled Holiday event can truly be a multi-generational endeavor. Kids as young as five can pack meals if accompanied by an adult. There are seated jobs available for those who cannot stand for a two-hour packing session. Volunteers need to register at


  • Hope Filled Holiday MobilePack, an FMSC food-packing event, to be held at Irving Convention Center, 500 West Las Colinas, Irving Tx
  • An estimated 750,000 meals will be hand-packed for hungry children around the world
  • That’s enough to feed approximately 2,055 children for a year



  • Sunday, Dec.2- Monday, Dec. 3; various shift times (see link for details)



  • Irving Convention Center –500 West  Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving Tx 75039


  • Hunger-relief organization Feed My Starving Children
  • 4,000 volunteers will pack 750,000 meals with their own two hands in just two days


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Take a friend for coffee on National Coffee Day- at Dunkin', you'll get the second cup of equal or smaller size free!

Dunkin’ Donuts Celebrates National Coffee Day

With Buy One, Get One Offer



Saturday, September 29 is National Coffee Day, and at Dunkin’ Donuts, they want you to share the coffee love--Buy one medium or larger hot coffee, and you can get a free hot coffee the same size or smaller. Bring a friend! Offer good at DFW locations, including in Plano, Dallas, McKinney, Frisco, Rockwall, Southlake, Colleyville, Flower Mound, Cedar Hill, Arlington, Euless and more!












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Take a friend for coffee at Dunkin' on Natl. Coffee Day, September 29, and the second cup of same size or smaller is free!

Dunkin’ Donuts Celebrates National Coffee Day

With Buy One, Get One Offer



Saturday, September 29 is National Coffee Day, and at Dunkin’ Donuts, they want you to share the coffee love--Buy one medium or larger hot coffee, and you can get a free hot coffee the same size or smaller. Bring a friend! Offer good at DFW locations, including in Plano, Dallas, McKinney, Frisco, Rockwall, Southlake, Colleyville, Murphy, Hurst, Flower Mound, Cedar Hill, Arlington, Euless and more!












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Each $15 one- lb. bag of Hope Blend that is purchased at Feed My Starving Children will feed 33 children.

Feed My Starving Children Offers Hope Blend


Here’s a twist on National Coffee Day — people can drink their favorite beverage and help feed hungry kids at the same time, by purchasing Hope Blend from Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). FMSC works with volunteers to pack meals to be sent to starving children in 70 countries around the world. At all of the FMSC sites they have MarketPlace shops, selling items from the communities they serve. One of those items is coffee from Nicaragua, produced by the Fabretto Coffee Cooperative. Fabretto also runs a feeding program for kids — serving more than 1 million meals to local school kids each year. 


People can purchase FMSC’s Hope Blend coffee at the FMSC MarketPlace at 1680 N. Glenville, Richardson, Texas, or online at Each $15 one-pound bag provides 33 FMSC meals. 


To learn more, visit

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Volunteers at Feed My Starving Children assemble the packaged rice, dehydrated vegetables, soy and vitamins which will go to children in developing countries.

Christian nonprofit Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) opened a permanent meal packing facility in Richardson, Texas on July 1. The site will have the capacity to welcome more than 150,000 volunteers each year to hand-pack nourishing FMSC MannaPack™ meals.  FMSC has partnered with the local DFW community for years through its MobilePack™ events. Now the meaningful volunteer experience will be available year-round for volunteers to support FMSC’s mission of feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit. Individuals,  Families,  groups  and companies can sign up to volunteer for a packing session, which take place Wednesday- Saturday each week .   Volunteers will help the site produce 50 million meals each year, to be distributed to children around the  world.  

DFW community members are encouraged to sign up for future packing events at The site is located at 1680 N Glenville Dr., Suite 300 in Richardson, Texas. FMSC is also looking for additional talented staff to support its new site. Learn more about career opportunities at


Feed My Starving Children is a Christian nonprofit dedicated to providing nutritious meals to children worldwide. FMSC meals are hand-packed by volunteers and sent to an incredible network of partner organizations who distribute them to those in need. Nearly 1.2 million volunteers packed more than 333 million FMSC meals in 2016. More than 90 percent of total donations go directly to feed kids. More at


About FMSC MobilePack events

Volunteers just like you join hands with neighbors across the U.S. to pack and fund lifesaving FMSC MannaPack meals through FMSC MobilePack events. Churches, businesses, community groups and schools host these food packing events and make a real difference in the fight against world hunger.



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All classic donuts are free at Dunkin' on Friday, June 1, with the purchase of any beverage. Celebrate National Donut Day!


National Donut Day is Friday, June 1!


All  visitors  can get a free classic donut with the purchase of any drink at Dunkin’ Donuts, all day long at

participating North Texas  area Dunkin’ Donut  locations, on Friday, June 1. 




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Veterans and active members of the military can receive a free donut at all participating Dunkin' Donuts locations on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11.

 All active military and veterans who present a military or veteran ID will receive a free donut at participating Dunkin' Donuts locations throughout the Dallas / Fort Worth area on Veteran's Day, Saturday, Nov. 11. This  offer  is  good  all day long, and no purchase is required.      

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Celebrate National Coffee Day by sharing a cup with a friend- buy a medium or larger hot coffee at Dunkin' on Sept 29, and get an additional medium free.


This National Coffee Day, Friday, September 29,  Dunkin’ Donuts is inviting its guests to share the coffee love with a free coffee.  Any guest who purchases a medium, large or extra large cup of the brand’s signature hot coffee will receive an additional medium-sized hot coffee for free at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide, including the 31 locations in the North Central Texas area.


“Connecting over coffee with friends, family and colleagues is often a key part of an on-the-go day. This National Coffee Day, we’re celebrating this spirit of sharing by giving our guests a free medium-sized coffee when they buy a medium or larger cup, making it easy and affordable to bring the joy of coffee to their favorite people, or to perhaps keep themselves extra energized to make the most of the day,” said Tom Manchester, Vice President, Field Marketing, Dunkin’ Donuts.