Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

A framework to help your kids develop money skills

December 7th, 2017 Melissa Koop

Managing money is one of those important life skills that parents try to instill in their kids before they leave the nest. Unfortunately, there are no step-by-step instructions for teaching your kids to be responsible money managers. It takes time and effort on your part to help your children learn the healthy money habits that […]

Managing finances while a family member is enlisted or overseas

November 9th, 2017 Mike Finlayson

November is Military Family Month, and as we show appreciation for the sacrifices those in the military make, it’s important not to forget the unique challenges they face, such as serving overseas or being deployed in conflict zones. Those challenges also impact the service members’ ability to effectively manage their finances while also dealing with […]

Get Smart About Credit Day is Oct. 19 – here are three key takeaways

October 12th, 2017 Cindy Roberts

National Get Smart About Credit Day is Oct. 19, and we hope you take the opportunity to review your credit report and take action, if needed. Get Smart About Credit Day was launched in 2003 by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation as a way to help educate young adults about the importance of their […]

Is there a “right” way to do allowances?

September 7th, 2017 Andrea Hartman

When it comes to children and money, there are few topics that cause more confusion among parents than allowances. How much should you give? Should you require chores in return for allowances? Do you make your child save a portion of allowances? How do you know if it’s “working?” While having a set of “rules” […]

Keep your eyes open for these warning signs of elder financial abuse

August 10th, 2017 Cindi Schrock

Unfortunately elder financial abuse is increasingly becoming a problem we all need to be aware of. Nearly 1 in 5 Americans over 65 say they have been a victim of financial exploitation, according to a poll released by the nonprofit Investor Protection Trust. What’s worse, these numbers are expected to get worse as the boomer […]

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How to make memorial donations

July 6th, 2017 Melissa Koop

One of the ways to honor someone who has passed away is to make a donation in their memory. Not only does this honor the deceased’s life, it also helps create a legacy for that individual in the future. But what’s the best way to go about this? And how can you ensure the money […]

eBook: Your guide to investing

June 22nd, 2017 madmin

Investing can be a daunting task. While you want your money to work as hard as you do, it can be difficult to determine where to start. Shall you open an IRA account or put all your money in a 401(k) account? What are bonds? How should you adjust your investment strategy as you age? […]

Money tips to share with your kids before they leave for college

April 7th, 2017 Melissa Koop

Sending your kids off to higher education can be a nerve-racking time. You hope you’ve prepared them for life as much as possible, but you still worry. One tactic to ease your stress is to provide them with a few simple tips when it comes to managing their money. While lectures about being financially responsible […]

Shredding financial documents

Most popular blog articles of 2016

January 12th, 2017 madmin

It’s the beginning of a new year and everyone is filled with good intentions. As you make resolutions about your personal relationships and your health, don’t forget about your finances. January is the perfect time to complete those money management tasks you’ve been pushing off for 12 months. We’ve pulled together the most popular money […]

Your guide to smart spending during the holidays

November 10th, 2016 madmin

The holiday season is just around the corner and we all know how challenging the time period can be on our budgets. After all – with gifts, entertaining, decorations and more, it’s not surprising that many people find it challenging to keep spending in check. In this article you’ll find a collection of posts about […]

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