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If your son or daughter is heading to college this fall, both you and your child most likely have a lot on your mind – finances, meeting new people, choosing a major, and more. With all of these conversations happening, it’s a great time to talk with your child about the basics of budgeting, establishing credit, and opening a free checking account.

June is a busy month with several opportunities to spend money like graduations, weddings and entertainment. The key to having a strong financial month is finding ways to save on those expenses.  

Categories: Money Matters, Saving, Spending

May is all about graduations, the race and the start of summer vacation season. All of these seem like opportunities to bust your budget however, with a little planning and moderation, you can actually improve your financial situation during the month of May.  

We have heard them our whole life and some even try to live by them, but do we really know what they mean?  Understand how we can put some of these financial words of wisdom into practice can be very helpful for long term financial success.

Categories: Money Matters, Saving, Spending

There are so many ways to spend less or save more that trying to do them all in one month can become overwhelming.  A better way to accomplish your financial goals is to break the tasks down to items to complete each month.  This provides a manageable list of actions to accomplish in the month and we are more likely to see better results.

Another year has come and gone. And while it’s exciting to think of the New Year and new beginnings, there is also value in reflecting on the past. From a financial perspective, taking a look back at 2015 can help you lay the foundation for moving forward in 2016. 

Categories: Budgeting, Finances, Spending

The holiday season is already in full swing, which means you are likely doing a little shopping or at least making plans to. We hope you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the season without any unnecessary stress. That’s why we try to make your banking experience with us as convenient as possible.

Black Friday is the traditional kickoff to holiday shopping and it seems to always begin with a frenzy of activity. This frantic activity often causes impulse buying leading to overspending on the holidays. And it’s not just black Friday but the entire holiday shopping season that needs to be considered.  Whether you are reading this on November 26th or December 15th, the tips below can help you stay out of the red financially speaking.

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