MADISON, Wis. (2/6/09)--Voting began Sunday for the grand prize winner in the Home & Family Finance Resource Center 2008 Financial Fitness Challenge. The challenge solicited reader input throughout 2008 for money management ideas. “We received entries from hundreds of credit union members,” said Jim Hanson, vice president of center for personal finance at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). “Each month, we selected and published five winning entries, with each winner receiving a $50 Visa gift card as thanks for the submission,” he added. The voting, which closes at 11:59 p.m. CST Feb. 28, will select the best of the field, with that winner taking a $1,000 award. “When we know the winner, we’ll send a check to the member’s credit union to make the presentation locally,” explained Michelle Dosher, managing editor for the resource center. “It’s been interesting all year to see how creative people are about managing their money--and all the ideas fit so well with family needs in today's economy.” The 2008 Financial Fitness Challenge chose 60 winners from 37 credit unions. Multiple winners came from American Airlines FCU (seven winners), Oklahoma Employees CU (five), NASA FCU (four), Midwest Financial CU (three), Keesler FCU (three), A+ FCU (two), and AlaskaUSA FCU (two). Anyone may vote, casting up to five votes daily, at any credit union site featuring CUNA’s Home & Family Finance Resource Center. Voters should also remember to register for the 2009 Financial Fitness Challenge, which again will award $50 Visa cards each month to five winners, chosen at random from that month’s registrants, Dosher said.