First Trust Credit Union’s Tree House Kids Club Makes Money Matters Fun

First Trust Credit Union’s Tree House Kids Club Makes Money Matters Fun
By: Kayla Belec Last Updated: October 12, 2018

The best financial businesses keep the customer’s best interest at heart, both for today and for the future. For many customers, their best future interests lie with their children. No matter what age, it’s never too early for children to start learning the fundamentals of saving money, and that’s why First Trust Credit Union offers Tree House Kids Club.

Tree House Kids Club memberships are open to children ages 0-12. The club is designed to create incentives for First Trust’s youngest members so that they can best learn the value behind saving money and how to manage that money. Each money-minded decision a Tree House Kid makes garners a reward. For instance, kids receive a free piggy bank and a quarter card saver upon joining the club. The cardboard quarter saving card holds up to $5.00 and encourages children to save so they can fill up each slot. When their card is filled with $5, the child then reaps the rewards of another "perk" of the Tree House Kids Club: Savings Rewards. This feature of the club rewards young members any time they make deposits of $5 or greater by giving them a fun gift of their choice from the "Treasure Chest." Young members can take advantage of this perk every time they make such a deposit!

Another fun encouragement for a Tree House Kid to save their money is the Savings Goal Tree. In the lobby of each First Trust Credit Union location is a Savings Goal Tree, and any time a club member has a savings goal for something special, be it a toy or a treat, they can place a green savings goal apple on the tree. Once the goal is reached, the member gets a red apple announcing their accomplishment on the tree, and the child can be featured in the Tree House Kids quarterly newsletter!

Teaching children the importance of saving money and using it wisely is at the heart of First Trust’s Tree House Kids Club, but the rewards go beyond money matters. Other good decisions and accomplishments are rewarded, as well, such as Report Card Rewards. For every A or equivalent on a member’s report card, First Trust enters that member into a drawing for a $10 Gift Certificate. Plus, the club hosts seasonal activities such as coloring contests and drawings for gifts like GIANT HOLIDAY STOCKINGS given away at each of the four branch locations: Michigan City, La Porte, Valparaiso, and Wheatfield. Tree House Kids Club members can get all the fun details in the newsletters mailed to them each quarter for FREE.

AND...Can’t forget birthdays! Members get a postcard mailed to them on their birthdays; the card can be redeemed at any First Trust location for McDonald’s or Dairy Queen gift cards. Beyond all these fun incentives, kids have the chance to have their very own First Trust Credit Union account card! The sense of pride and ownership that comes with that personal responsibility will make any kid excited about saving!

For more information about First Trust Credit Union’s Tree House Kids Club, call 800-276-6161 or visit their website.