Archive for February, 2013

5 techniques for smarter, happier shopping

February 21st, 2013 Sue Armbrecht

Shopping is something we all do. Some shopping trips are for necessities such as groceries and clothes. Others are for buying life-enhancing things you want – from toys to furniture to electronic devices. No matter what you’re shopping for, though, it’s important – both financially and emotionally – to make smart decisions.  Here are five […]

The best ways to start your credit score

February 6th, 2013 Sabrina Kurka

One of the “twists” in today’s financial world is that you need to have a good credit score to get a loan…but to establish a credit score, you need to have a credit history! If you don’t have any credit history, then you might not have a credit score, and might not be able to […]

5 tips for surviving a personal financial setback

February 5th, 2013 Susan Koehn

One of the last things we anticipate in our “Empty Nest” years is having our personal financial world crash down on us. Unfortunately, it can happen. People can lose their jobs, face huge medical costs, have stocks/investments drop significantly and other financial catastrophes. That’s the bad news. Fortunately, there is some good news. There are […]

Best financial advice ever received: Greg Turner

February 1st, 2013 Greg Turner

Editor’s Note – this article is part of our series “Best financial advice I’ve ever received.” People frequently ask bankers the best piece of advice they have ever gotten. So for this series, we’re asking MidWestOne employees to share the best money management tips they’ve ever gotten. There are three big pieces of financial advice […]