Online Check Deposit Basics

August 11, 2021 by First Federal Bank

Finding time to visit your financial institution during business hours to deposit a paper check isn’t always easy. Fortunately, you might have access to a 24-hour online check deposit option. If you have a smart device with a camera and a Wi-Fi or mobile data connection, this is a fast, convenient, and secure way to deposit funds into your...

Topics: Personal Banking, Financial Education

When to Hire a Financial Planner

July 05, 2021 by First Federal Bank

No matter where you are in life, handling your personal finances can be a complicated and overwhelming task. One way to get the advice and assistance you need is to consult with a financial planner. These professionals are trained and certified to give you expert advice on how to make the most of your money. If you’re not sure whether seeking...

Topics: Personal Banking, Saving Money, Financial Education

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

CD vs. Savings Account

May 26, 2021 by First Federal Bank

Whether you’re putting aside funds for a rainy day, or a sunny summer vacation, saving money is an absolute must. When it comes to how you save, two of the most popular options are savings accounts and certificates of deposit. The best way to determine which choice is ideal for your situation is to understand the benefits of both.

Topics: Personal Banking, Saving Money

The Basics of Securing Your Check Book

April 23, 2021 by First Federal Bank

Even though financial transactions today are increasingly paperless, there are still advantages to using a check book. They can help you avoid processing fees, leave behind a useful paper trail for your spending, and give you a means of transferring funds should the internet be unavailable. But are check books safe? How do you secure your check...

Topics: Personal Banking, Financial Education

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 Advantages of Multiple Savings Accounts

December 23, 2020 by First Federal Bank

When you want to securely store your money, you can choose to open one or more savings accounts at a financial institution. If you’re unsure how many accounts to open, it’s a good idea to consider the different reasons for having multiple savings accounts in mind before making a decision. 

Topics: Personal Banking, Saving Money

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

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

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