Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

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How to make memorial donations

October 11th, 2013 Traci Aswegen

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 […]

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Your child wants a credit card. Now what?

October 4th, 2013 Sabrina Kurka

Has your child expressed interested in a credit card? If the thought of this sends shivers down your spine, you’re probably not alone. Managing credit cards can be challenging for some adults – let alone children. But if you think giving your child a credit card is scary, letting them dive into the world of […]

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Are you using technology to simplify your life?

September 20th, 2013 Melissa Payne

While the amount of technology in our daily lives can be overwhelming at times, it can also have a dramatic impact on our productivity levels. When you use technology to simplify your life, you are not just making things easier you’re also making yourself more efficient and productive. Financial institutions across the country have made […]

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Do your homework before you buy a home

August 23rd, 2013 madmin

Wouldn’t it be great if purchasing a home would be as easy as going shopping at a grocery store? All the products are on display in the same aisle, and if you aren’t satisfied with your choice you can just return it. Unfortunately – the process of buying a home is anything but simple. What’s […]

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Budgeting for college

August 2nd, 2013 Jeff Burkhart

According to the study How America Saves for College 2013, one-quarter of families don’t save for college because they believe the student will qualify for enough scholarships and financial aid to cover the costs of college. In reality, only 61 percent of students received scholarships and those scholarships only covered 29 percent of their total […]

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Best financial advice ever received: Gary Ortale

July 19th, 2013 Gary Ortale

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. My financial values stem from my parents, who […]

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Online tools to compare college costs

July 12th, 2013 Mike Finlayson

The cost of higher education has skyrocketed, and borrowing for a college education has become a reality of life. Unfortunately, making sense of financial aid packages and college tuition is anything but simple. Too often students receive financial aid award letters that are full of jargon, use inconsistent terms and calculations, and make it unnecessarily […]

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3 benefits of paying off your mortgage slowly

July 5th, 2013 Carol Wynja

If you’re like most Americans, you probably made a big down payment on your home and are making extra principal payments from time to time in order to pay off your mortgage faster. After all – owning your home outright is the smart thing to do, right? The answer to this question – and to […]

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Best financial advice ever received: Douglas Benjamin

May 24th, 2013 Doug Benjamin

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. The best piece of financial advice I ever […]

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Does it make sense to consolidate your mortgage with other debt?

May 17th, 2013 Doug Shanklin

If you have equity in your home and are carrying additional debts, such as credit card debt or auto loans, you may be wondering if it’s a good idea to refinance and roll your debts into your mortgage. Just like all other personal finance questions, it boils down to – “maybe.” If your debts are […]

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