Eighth Annual School Supply Drive a Success!

Area residents worked together to present CWL Schools with the supplies needed for a successful school year. CWL Schools Principal James Rotert received the cash donations and school materials for the 2012-2013 school year presented by Corinna Hefty. The bank donated $250 and collected an additional $183 in cash donations along with two large boxes full . . . → Read More: Eighth Annual School Supply Drive a Success!

Affordable & Family-Friendly Summer Fun

Summer passes quickly, and perhaps your children are already running out of things to do. The good news is summer fun doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and often the simplest things are the most enjoyable. Here are some ideas for your family to consider this summer.

Look for local events. From concerts to festivals, there . . . → Read More: Affordable & Family-Friendly Summer Fun

Twelve Secrets of Financial Power

Most of us don’t make one big financial decision that makes us successful. Instead, everyday decisions on spending put us on a path to succeed or fail. Follow these 12 steps form Iowa Jump$tart to get on the path to success.

1. Make a budget and be frugal.
2. Find money to invest; even small amounts add up.
3. . . . → Read More: Twelve Secrets of Financial Power

Five Money Tips for the Graduate

Graduation season is here, and whether you’re graduating from high school or college, there has never been a better time to prepare for your financial future. To get the class of 2012 started on the right foot, here are five tips every graduate should consider.

1.  Save now.  As you prepare to enter college or the workforce, . . . → Read More: Five Money Tips for the Graduate

Plan Your Summer Vacation on a Budget

As the weather continues to get warmer and the days grow longer, many people are beginning to plan their summer vacations. Consider these tips for ways to get the most vacation for your buck.

As you plan…

Budget, budget, budget. No matter your plans, begin your vacation wtih a realistic budget. Be as detailed as possible and include items . . . → Read More: Plan Your Summer Vacation on a Budget

Teach Children to Save Day Tips

Today, April 24, is Teach Children to Save Day, a component of the national Teach Children to Save campaign that aims to raise awareness about the important roles that banks and bankers play in helping young people develop lifelong savings habits. So far, it’s reached more than 5 million young people with the help of more . . . → Read More: Teach Children to Save Day Tips

Teach Children of All Ages to Save

Teach Kids to Save this Spring

Give your kids a colorful future. Teach them about the power of saving money.

On March 28, Gov. Branstad signed a proclamation declaring April 2012 Financial Literacy Awareness Month. Additionally, April 24 is . . . → Read More: Teach Children of All Ages to Save

Spring Clean Your Finances

It’s official. Spring has arrived. During your annual spring cleaning crusade, it’s more than just your closets and windows that need attention. Spring is also the perfect time to clean and organize your finances. Here are some ways to get started:

Clear the clutter. Consider investing in a financial organization system, such as alphabetized file folders. Also . . . → Read More: Spring Clean Your Finances

Put Your Tax Return to Work for You

According to a recent National Retail Federation survey, this year more Americans plan to save — not spend — their tax refunds than any year in the survey’s nine-year history. The survey found 43.8 percent of those expecting refunds will stash some of their cash in savings, up from 42.1 percent last year. If you’re fortunate . . . → Read More: Put Your Tax Return to Work for You

America Saves Week: 10 Tips to Save Money When Budgets are Tight

This week is America Saves Week, an annual event sponsored by the Consumer Federation of America to encourage saving, debt reduction and wealth building. Use the following tips inspired by the America Saves Week website to save money when budgets are tight.

To find small savings that add up to big savings over time, keep a careful . . . → Read More: America Saves Week: 10 Tips to Save Money When Budgets are Tight