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

Are Shopper Loyalty Programs Worth It?

February 15, 2021 by First Federal Bank

Shopper loyalty programs may seem like an easy way to save money on your favorite products. The choice to sign up for exclusive savings and customized coupons may seem like a no-brainer — however, these savings come at the cost of your personal data being sold to marketers. Here’s what to know about the benefits and risks of these store loyalty...

Topics: Saving Money, Financial Education

Refinancing A Loan

January 18, 2021 by First Federal Bank

Refinancing a loan involves replacing an existing loan by paying off the debt with a new one. Ideally, the new loan has better terms or features to make the process worthwhile. This can help save you money in the long term or make your life easier in other ways.

Topics: Financial Education, Credit Cards, Personal Lending

How to Prepare for an IRS Audit

January 06, 2021 by First Federal Bank

A letter from the Internal Revenue Service states you are being audited. Not news you were expecting, so it’s understandable to feel a little unsettled, panicked or scared. Don’t let you emotions take over. An IRS audit isn’t fun, for sure, but you can handle it. The following tips will help you prepare for an audit:

Topics: Financial Education, Taxes

Learn About Cryptocurrency

December 28, 2020 by First Federal Bank

In recent years, cryptocurrency has been a booming topic among investors. Just like traditional currency, you can exchange it for services, products or other types of cryptocurrencies. You can also cash it out, much like chips at a casino. However, these digital currencies have many key differences when it comes to storage, transactions and...

Topics: Technology, Investing, Financial Education

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

Financial Fraud: How to Spot the Warning Signs

November 06, 2020 by First Federal Bank

In today’s fast-paced, online-centric world, scammers have more tools than ever to separate you from your hard-earned money. These efforts often ramp up during the holidays season. It is important to know these major warning signs for financial fraud:

Topics: Fraud Alerts/Scams, Personal Banking, Financial Education, Credit Cards

Passive Investments 101

October 30, 2020 by First Federal Bank

As you seek out effective strategies for investing your money, the options available to you may seem complex or overwhelming. If you’re feeling unsure of your ability to pick good stocks for your portfolio and make timely trades, or if you don’t possess the time or inclination to take a more hands-on approach, take a closer look at passive...

Topics: Investing, Financial Education

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