Marshmallows and savings habits might have a lot in common. A Stanford University study, led by Dr. Walter Mischel, highlighted the power of delayed gratification. The series of studies began in the early 1960s by examining the reactions of preschoolers when given a set of seemingly simple choices:
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How soon is too soon to talk to your kids or grandkids about money? If they are old enough to ask for a toy or a bike, they are old enough to start learning financial lessons that will last a lifetime.
If you’re looking to borrow money, you’re undoubtedly aware that there are many loan options to choose from on the market today. When shopping for a loan, you will notice that loans typically fall into two categories, secured and unsecured. Your borrowing need and financial circumstances will ultimately determine which type is the best fit for you, but it’s also important to understand the basic characteristics of the each loan.
Let’s face it, life can be expensive. Even with the best planning, you will still have times where you will need to borrow money. Here are some of the most common things, outside of home improvements, that might require a loan to finance a portion or all of the expense.
As Americans kick off the spring season by cleaning, sorting and tidying up around the house, Ephrata National Bank is encouraging consumers to add financial organization to their spring cleaning to-do list. To help, Ephrata National Bank has highlighted six tips for organizing your financial house.
It’s your bank account and you should receive a bank statement of what’s in it at no charge, right? After all many folks prefer paper statements because it’s how they bank, and keep track of their finances. Because of printing, postage costs, and fulfillment, many banks are now charging fees for paper statements to recoup the costs of providing them to their customers.
We think you’ll be surprised by the answer to this question, once you take a closer look. Sure, we’ve all learned creative ways to save money, but a lot of times we overlook the most simplest of methods, one of which is who we bank with!
There’s a lot more criteria for choosing a bank than most people realize. To make a good choice, it’s important to take a look at your own behaviors, patterns, and your money management style. Here are a few things to keep in mind…
When it comes to consumer complaints about banks, hidden fees are often at the top of the list. Ironically, banks actually can’t hide their checking account fees as they are required by law to disclose them to customers at account opening. Banks must also give customers advance notice anytime they change a fee.
You just got paid and several large monthly bills are about to come out of your checking account, but luckily you just deposited your check in the nick of time! No worries, right? Wrong. If you’re not familiar with your bank’s funds availability policy, you could be in for a surprise.