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Setup an Emergency Savings Account Online The coronavirus has impacted all of us and we are working closely with our customers to adjust during these uncertain times. One best practice customers may want to consider is setting up an emergency savings account. This emergency savings account can be created online without having to visit a branch. What is an emergency fund? An emergency fund is a separate account that can be used to help cover unforeseen expenses like a broken air conditioner or heater, auto repairs, medical treatment, or some other type of emergency. Each month, you can...
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Deposit Your Next Check With Your Phone Making a deposit with your phone is an easy process and will save you a trip to the bank. But, if you have never done this before it may be a bit intimidating. At Citywide Banks, a division of HTLF Bank, we want to make this process as easy as possible for you - it's as simple as sign, tap, snap, deposit: Sign: Sign and endorse check with “For Mobile Deposit Only.” Tap: Tap “Deposit Check” in the app, enter the check amount and then select your account Snap: Snap a picture of the front and back of your check Deposit: Confirm the details, hit submit and you’re done! We are in...
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Avoid Using Your Savings For the Unneeded Things Sometimes there’s not enough room in the budget for extras. Perhaps you have your eye on a new pair of shoes, are eager to upgrade your living room with a new couch or you have to be the first in your friend group to possess the latest gadget. If you need funds for a shopping spree or splurge, consider the following tips to earn extra money. Get a Side Gig A part-time job or side gig is one way to earn another paycheck to cover wanted expenses. If you love dogs, offer your services as a dog sitter or dog walker. NerdWallet recommends the Wag...
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Protect your most important valuables We all have things that we want to keep safe. While we all hope that our homes are an ideal place for that, sometimes it’s a good idea to keep important items in another location. That’s where safe deposit boxes come in handy. What Are Safe Deposit Boxes? We work to keep the money of our accountholders safe, but certain locations offer the opportunity for you to rent a safe deposit box. You can ask a Personal Banker for more information about where your institution offers space for your valuables. While many things in our lives are digital, these storage...
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Practices that reduce your spending and save you money The steps mentioned below are designed to help you create a financial plan and provide access to helpful resources during these times. Create a Budget Making and sticking to a budget is key to handling money and financial planning during tough times. It helps you to get a handle on debt and spending. Until you get a realistic picture of how much money you’re bringing in and where it’s going, it’s difficult to know whether you’ll have enough left over to put away. Getting started can be the hardest part, especially if your finances feel out...