Advice for Teaching Your Child How to Use Checks

May 13, 2022 by First Federal Bank

Talking to your kids about finances is an ongoing conversation. Starting with saving coins in a piggy bank and earning an allowance to opening up a savings or checking account, budgeting for major purchases and investing for the future, there are many facets to your child’s financial education. Here is a closer look at teaching your child how to...

Topics: Personal Banking, Financial Education, Family

When Should You Start Banking Online With Your Kids?

March 16, 2022 by First Federal Bank

Part of your job as a parent is to prepare your kids for the future. One important component of their future is learning how to handle money. Yes, financial literacy can seem daunting and complex, but you can start small by introducing your young kids to simple concepts like saving money in an online savings account. Here is a guide to help you...

Topics: Online Banking, Personal Banking, Kids, Family

Checks and Balances: Balancing Your Checkbook

February 16, 2022 by First Federal Bank

Balancing a checkbook has been shorthand for financial responsibility for generations. While it’s always been presented as a laborious, unenviable task, keeping your money in order is fairly simple as long as you stick to a routine. Since so much of our world is now paperless and digital, balancing your checkbook is easier than ever.

Topics: Personal Banking, Financial Education

What Happens After You Pay Off a Loan?

January 05, 2022 by First Federal Bank

Paying off a loan comes with a sense of relief and satisfaction. But what happens after you pass this milestone? You’ll have a few loose ends to wrap up — and some big advantages to pursue. Here are a few points to keep in mind once you’ve made that final payment:

Topics: Personal Banking, Financial Education, Personal Lending

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 account.

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 out...

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 spending....

Topics: Personal Banking, Saving Money, Budgeting

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