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How to save money on summer vacation

2024-01-12T18:08:56+00:00May 21st, 2023|

How to save money on summer vacation Summer is a time of fun and adventure, but it can also be a time of significant expense, especially when it comes to planning a family vacation. The good news is that with a little bit of planning and creativity, it is possible to enjoy a

Retirement Planning

2024-01-12T18:09:43+00:00May 8th, 2023|

How to ensure you're on track for a comfortable future. Retirement is a phase of life that many look forward to. It's a time when you can relax, travel, pursue hobbies, or spend more time with loved ones without the burden of a full-time job. However, you must have a solid plan to

Is the Money in My Account Safe?

2023-03-16T20:08:41+00:00March 16th, 2023|

Your financial institution is one of the safest places to store your hard-earned cash. The best part? All you have to do is open an account. Your Money is Protected There are two organizations, both backed by the United States government, that insure your money at participating institutions. The FDIC (Federal Deposit

SMART LIVING: Teaching Children About Money

2022-11-23T15:59:52+00:00November 23rd, 2022|

Whether you’re teaching finances to your kids, your grandkids, or those of a loved one, it’s absolutely essential to teach children how to manage the money they have and invest for the future. Spending An understanding of spending, including the ability to budget for and track it, is perhaps the most essential

8 Internet Safety Rules for Kids

2022-10-28T15:45:02+00:00October 12th, 2022|

Protect kids from online threats by teaching them internet safety rules on cyberbullying, scams, personal info, & online predators. Cyberbullying, cyberstalking, and internet scams are on the rise—how can we help kids navigate the internet safely? Since the internet has grown integral to communities worldwide, the question is not how do we help

Cybersecurity Best Practices

2022-10-28T15:44:06+00:00October 7th, 2022|

Cybersecurity Best Practices Scammers use phone calls, email, or text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information. They may try to steal your passwords, account numbers, or other important information. If they get that information, they could gain access to your email, bank, or other accounts.  Scammers launch thousands of phishing attacks like

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

2022-10-07T12:56:10+00:00October 7th, 2022|

Whenever you’re online, you're sharing information, whether you mean to or not. It's up to you to protect your data, your privacy, and your identity. While it's likely that you access the internet nearly every single day, that doesn't mean that you can let your guard down when it comes to your cybersecurity.

Playing the long game in business and life

2022-03-17T14:11:01+00:00March 2nd, 2022|

There is an oft-repeated urban legend that when asked to name the greatest invention in human history, Albert Einstein simply replied, “compound interest.” Depending on the source, perhaps he called compound interest the 8th wonder of the world. What he actually said does not matter. We all know that compounding is a powerful thing. As a banker,

To Buy or Not to Buy?

2024-01-02T20:27:29+00:00November 10th, 2021|

They say there’s no place like home, but does that mean you have to purchase one to get the benefits? Just like everything else, buying a home has its pros and cons. Pros of Buying a Home Fulfilling a Dream There’s a reason buying a home is considered a

Mortgage Application Checklist

2024-01-09T16:47:12+00:00November 3rd, 2021|

One of the most tedious parts of home buying is gathering the right documentation, but prepping beforehand makes it that much easier. The documents required for a mortgage application can be categorized by type: Proof of Income/Employment, Proof of Assets, Credit History, and Residential History. These give potential lenders a glimpse into your situation so

Three Jar Allowance For Kids

2021-08-24T15:32:06+00:00August 23rd, 2021|

The sooner you teach your children the basics about budgeting, the better, and the three jar money system is a great way to get started. Kids and Money To learn how to manage money in the three jar system, kids need some money to manage. How they get that money can vary.

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