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Budgeting Mistakes to Avoid

Failure is an inevitable part of learning any new skill, whether that skill is riding a bicycle, learning to drive stick, or tackling your personal finances. When we fail, it’s tempting to throw...

Financial Fitness for 2024

The beginning of the New Year is an interesting time. It’s the time of year when people reflect on the past year of achievements while planning goals for the next. The tradition of making New Ye...

How To Teach Your Child Financial Literacy

Of the many lessons parents need to teach their children, one of the most difficult concepts to impress upon children is the importance of financial literacy. While most American parents have no troub...

Putting Customers First

Owning a small business today can feel like David facing down Goliath, with the popularity of retail brands like Amazon and Walmart. However, if there’s one strength that small businesses have t...

Essential Interviewing Skills

For many people, the most daunting part of any job application is sitting down for an interview with a potential employer. The impression you make on an interviewer can often outweigh your credentials...

Preparing to Buy as a First-Time Homebuyer

Buying your first home is an exciting — and slightly intimidating — experience for anyone. The process can be overwhelming for a first timer who may not even know where to begin. Before yo...

The Importance of Volunteering

Volunteers are the glue that holds the community together, offering essential support to worthwhile causes and people in need. Most nonprofit organizations and charities rely on the generous help of v...

Cybersecurity for Small Businesses

As a small business owner, you may not consider yourself likely to become the target of a cyber-attack. You might think your business is too small for cyber criminals to take notice, or that you don't...

Tips for New College Students

This fall will be the first time for many young people who are living away from home as they pursue college education. Some students will find it easy to adapt to their newfound independence while oth...

The Benefits of Banking Locally

If you’ve ever wondered if it matters where you deposit your hard-earned money, let me assure you it does. We know there are more options for where to bank today than ever before. But consider t...

Staying Safe Online

These days, it seems like we use our computers and the internet for everything. Whether it’s sending mail, shopping, checking the news, or keeping in touch with friends and family, chances are y...

Being a Smart Consumer

A smart consumer is more than someone who can find the best deal. They know their spending limits, understand their rights and responsibilities as a consumer, and do research before making a purchase....

How to Build (and Maintain) Good Credit

The start of each new year is a time for us to reflect on the past year and plan for the next. 2022 was a challenging  year for a lot of reasons, not the least of which was record-high inflation ...

Shop Locally for the Holidays

Planning to spread some cheer this holiday season? Extend that cheer to your community during the holidays by purchasing one-of-a-kind creations from local small businesses in the Lehigh Valley. By do...

Tips for Fall Budgeting

Autumn is here and while the leaves and temperatures are falling, it seems like price of food and gas aren't following suit. On top of that, the changing season means more reasons to spend money inclu...

Beware Debt Relief Scams

With the government unveiling its sweeping new student loan forgiveness plan, millions of Americans are going to be looking for a piece of the debt relief package. This is the ideal setting for scamme...

Cybersecurity While Traveling

Cybersecurity should not be limited to the home, office, or classroom. It is important to practice safe online behavior and secure your Internet-enabled mobile devices whenever you travel. The more yo...

Reinvesting in the Community

The idea of “sustainability” is linked to a lot of local activities these days—whether it’s reusing or recycling products, sampling culinary delights from a local bakery, or ch...

Safe Shopping This Holiday Season!

As we head into November, the weather starts to get colder, the sun starts to get lower, and the holiday shopping season officially begins! With all the hustle and bustle of Black Friday deals and Cyb...

Dealing with a Death in the Family

No one likes thinking about death, but it's something we all must face sooner or later. If you are dealing with a recent passing in your family or have a family member with a terminal illness, it's im...

Simplifying Your Financial Life

Managing your money as an adult can be stressful. Between checking accounts, savings accounts, IRAs, 401(k)s, bills, mortgages, and loans, handling your personal finances can be a lot to think about....

Financial Fitness for New Homeowners

The paperwork has been signed, your new living room is full of several cardboard boxes labeled “clothes” and “silverware” and such, and the keys to your new home are resting sa...

Teaching Teens Financial Literacy

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan once stated, "Financial education is a process that should begin at an early age and continue throughout life. This cumulative process builds the skills ...

How To Prioritize Debt

Between credit cards, student loans, and mortgages, there are a variety of different types of debt out there. Part of tackling your debt obligations is knowing which of your debts to prioritize first....

Have a Financially Healthy Holiday

When the holiday season rolls around, it’s normal to want to splurge on gifts for friends and loved ones. The holidays can be an exciting time full of advertisements for the hottest new toy and ...

Budgeting In Uncertain Times

Creating and sticking to a budget can be a stressful task—even in the best of circumstances—and right now we aren’t living in the best of circumstances. The effect of COVID-19 on our...

Six Tips to Maintain Mental Well-Being

While following quarantine and social-distancing recommendations or requirements can help stop the spread of COVID-19, if you don't take proper precautions, your mental well-being could also suffer. U...

What You Need to Know About COVID-19

Updated 3/23/2020 If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your hom...

Financial Preparedness Tips

Rebuilding after a disaster or emergency can be a difficult challenge for people at every level of income. In these stressful situations, having easy access to your personal financial, insurance, medi...

Go Local for the Holidays

The holidays are a time for spreading cheer and giving gifts to friends and loved ones. When you’re looking for the perfect gift this holiday season, it can be tempting to default to the interne...

Securing Financing For Your Small Business

Obtaining a small business loan can be daunting, but community banks offer the most reliable route to financing a local enterprise. As a small business themselves, community banks only thrive when the...

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