Using Automatic Bill Pay

June 02, 2021 by First Federal Bank

Do you ever feel like you’re spending too much time paying bills, juggling account passwords, and keeping track of due dates? If so, you can reclaim some of that time by automating some of your predictable, recurring bill payments. Here’s a look at the benefits and drawbacks of using automatic bill pay:

Topics: Personal Banking, Technology, Budgeting

Staying Motivated while Eliminating Debt

April 07, 2021 by First Federal Bank

Although not a traditional four-letter word that would get you into trouble if you said it as a kid in school, there is no doubt debt is one of the worst words in the English language. Financial debt affects your sense of self, your present lifestyle, and your hope for the future. Getting out of debt is a daunting, time-consuming task, but the...

Topics: Saving Money, Financial Education, Budgeting

Common Business Budget Breakers

March 24, 2021 by First Federal Bank

When you run a small business, every dollar counts. Even with a great vision and budget sheet, you may be losing money on a regular basis by paying too much for things you need or paying for things you don’t actually need at all. Focusing on a few key areas can help your business’ balance sheet reach the black, letting you invest more revenue...

Topics: Small Business, Budgeting

Get the Most Out Of Small Spaces

March 20, 2021 by First Federal Bank

When you are dealing with a limited amount of square footage, whether it is a living room, bedroom, or studio apartment, you want it to feel as open, airy and spacious as possible. With the following design tips, you’ll be able to take advantage of every inch and make a small space feel much larger than it is.

Topics: Budgeting, Home Owners, Home Improvements

Essential Financial Lessons For Kids

March 01, 2021 by First Federal Bank

As a parent, you are your child’s first and most enduring teacher. The example you set, the lessons you teach, and the instruction you neglect will live in your child’s psyche forever. That includes how to handle money. Help your kids develop good money habits now and throughout their lives with the following financial lessons:

Topics: Saving Money, Financial Education, Budgeting, Kids

Budgeting Systems To Fit Your Life

January 27, 2021 by First Federal Bank

Whether you’re on a fixed income or simply looking to make smarter financial decisions, a budget can help you guide your spending and supplement your savings. However, it’s important to find a budgeting system that suits your lifestyle. Here are some common budgeting methods to help you achieve your financial goals:

Topics: Saving Money, Budgeting

4 Unnecessary Expenses to Cut From Your Life

January 20, 2021 by First Federal Bank

As a hard-working adult, you know saving money is an important thing to do. Unfortunately, it can also be difficult. Life is expensive, and it often feels like our money is gone no sooner than we’ve earned it. But are all of life’s expenditures necessary? Far from it; a close look at your budget is likely to reveal plenty of unnecessary...

Topics: Personal Banking, Saving Money, Budgeting

The Financial Accounts Everyone Should Consider

December 04, 2020 by First Federal Bank

Diving into the choppy waters of financial planning can feel intimidating, especially when you realize just how many types of accounts there are. Thankfully, many experts agree there are a few accounts everybody should consider holding to keep your money organized, set you up for the future, and even help grow your wealth.

Topics: Personal Banking, Saving Money, Retirement, Investing, Financial Education, Budgeting

Three Things You Should Know Before Consolidating Debt

October 16, 2020 by First Federal Bank

Consolidation is a common and proven debt management strategy. In short, it involves combining multiple debts into a single payment, making your overall debt easier to handle. It may even reduce total debt via lower interest rates. However, consolidation is not always as simple as it seems — if it even works for your specific situation. Here...

Topics: Personal Banking, Financial Education, Budgeting, Credit Cards

Little Ways to Save Money, Even in a Pandemic

October 09, 2020 by First Federal Bank

Whether you’re preparing for a big purchase, or tightening your belt during a rough patch, saving money is a good idea. There are plenty of big ways to keep more money in your financial accounts, but here are some smaller ones that add up to more than you expect:

Topics: Saving Money, Financial Education, Budgeting

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