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How to Teach Your Kids about Money

How to Teach Your Kids about Money

When should you start teaching your child about finances? Are they too young to start learning? Will it stress them out to think about money at such a young age? Today we are talking all about kids and finances. Kids are our future and we want them to develop a healthy relationship with money along with the ability to confidently handle their finances. In this blog, you?ll learn easy and actionable ways you can begin to introduce your child to money and set them up for a future free of financial fear.

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So, You're Getting Married

So, You're Getting Married

Planning your wedding is exciting, but don't forget about the practicalities of marriage, like merging your finances! Allow us to guide you through crucial financial decisions before and after the big day. From changing your last name to navigating joint bank accounts, we've got you covered. Learn about the process of updating your legal documents and explore options for managing finances as a couple. Whether you choose to combine your accounts or keep them separate, communication and trust are key. Join us as we help you build a solid financial foundation for your happily ever after. Congratulations on your upcoming marriage!"

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How to Protect Yourself from Fraud

How to Protect Yourself from Fraud

Did you know fraud happens all the time? Yes, even here in small town southern Illinois! Fraudsters in our area are becoming more and more bold in their efforts and in ways we've never seen before. When it comes to fraud, your community bank can become your greatest wall of defense against some of the examples we will share with you. We will be talking ways to build a relationship with your bank to ensure you'll never be caught in the midst of a fraudulent scandal. Whether it's fraud over the phone, in person, through a stolen check, or online, you'll get the best tips on how to best protect yourself and your finances.

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Taking a Financial Inventory Part 2

Taking a Financial Inventory Part 2

We're about to talk about something super important - getting our financial lives together. We know, it sounds a bit boring-ish, but trust us, it's crucial, and it's not as mundane as it sounds. Last week, we chatted about gathering all the necessary documents to tackle our financial future. Now, we're diving even deeper into the nitty-gritty - our bank accounts, investments, insurance policies, and more. Knowing where we stand financially is like unlocking the secret to achieving our money goals. And guess what? It all starts with something called a financial inventory.

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Taking a Financial Inventory: Part 1

Taking a Financial Inventory: Part 1

When was the last time you took inventory of your finances? And we mean not just the usual "logging into your bank account to see how much money you have left" inventory, but really took record of everything you own? Until last year, the two of us had never taken a full financial inventory either, but now that we have, we couldn't recommend it more!

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