Frugal Camping Tips

If you are looking to save money while still having a vacation this summer, camping is a great choice. Although camping is much cheaper than paying for hotels and restaurants, if you aren’t careful, costs can quickly add up.  Here are some easy tips to help you minimize costs while still having a good time.

Stay close to home

Staying close to home means not only saving time, but also money on gas. We are pretty lucky to live in a state with a plethora of options when it comes to camping.  With over 35 million acres of public land, it’s not hard to find a beautiful place to visit. You can visit Visit Idaho to find a campsite in your budget and your area.

Buy used or borrow your gear

Gear can be the most expensive part of a camping trip. However, a lot of people buy brand new gear and end up using it once or twice and then selling it at garage sales, gear swaps, Facebook sales, eBay and Craigslist. Keep an eye out for some great deals out there. Another option when it comes to gear is to borrow what you can from friends and family.

Plan and pack your meals before you go

Avoid having to make expensive trips to a small town grocery store or gas station for things you forgot to bring. Plan out all your meals ahead of time and make a list of any spices, condiments and kitchen items you’ll need to prepare your food.  Bring real dishes and flatware to cut down on costs and things you’ll need to throw away.

Once you get to where you are going, most activities will be free. Enjoy hiking, swimming, bird watching and relaxing around a campfire. Not only will you be saving money by avoiding big hotels and tourist attractions, but you’ll be making memories with friends and family that will last a lifetime.

Earn double points on your summer adventure! With an Idaho Central Credit Union Rewards Visa you can earn 2x points on fuel, outdoor gear, and camping from June 15 through July 15, 2017!

Team Member Spotlight – Ahmed Anbaki

Great job to Ahmed, and all those who worked behind the scenes, to absolutely WOW our members. Here’s what the member had to say about Ahmed.

Dear Kent,

I wanted to send a short note to comment on the excellent service we received at the Overland Branch in Boise, Idaho.

My husband and I have our checking, savings and home loan through ICCU. We recently signed for a HELOC loan that allowed us to purchase a business that we are very excited about.

We were a little nervous because the business was up for sale and to make an offer we needed to know in a fairly short amount of time if we would qualify for a HELOC loan.

I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to Ahmed Anbaki with walking us through this process. Ahmed was upfront about telling us that the normal amount of time to process and receive the loan would be no less than 4 weeks because of how busy the bank was. We asked Ahmed if there was any way to speed up this process, because we were afraid that left on the open market the business would receive another offer before we were able too.

Ahmed worked with the loan processing department who I believe made a call to the escrow people and we were able to sign off on our loan within 6 business days.

We sure didn’t expect to receive such fast service, but we know that if it wasn’t for Ahmed it wouldn’t have happened. I work in sales and can appreciate what a little extra effort does for the customer experience. IT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE.

Thanks again, and we hope as our new business expands that ICCU will be a part of it.

Pocatello 4th of July Parade

Idaho Central Credit Union, is thrilled to be sponsoring the annual 4th of July Parade in Pocatello. The theme this year is Celebrate America!

We are excited to announce that there will be a new route this year! The parade will start at 9am near Portneuf Medical Center and continue down through Idaho State University’s campus. This route will take advantage of some of the most beautiful streets in Pocatello and will be a nice flat or downhill stroll for all those walking in the parade.

Keep an eye out for new performers and fun surprises!  Hear the sounds of the 25th Army Band out of Boise Idaho and watch for a special flyby as we honor those who have served and provided us with the freedoms we enjoy today.

There will be great prizes for those entering this year’s parade.

  • Best School Spirit – First Place: $250, Runner Up: $100
  • Most Original – $250
  • Best Business/Commercial – $150
  • Most Patriotic – $250
  • Grand Prize – $350

If you are interested in being a part of this year’s parade you must visit and enter by Monday, June 26. Registration fees are $25 for nonprofits and $35 for businesses. Any nonprofits with a mission involving patriotism are not required to pay a registration fee.