Summer is in full swing and you may be wishing that you had planned a vacation for you and your family this season. If you are looking to take a last minute vacation or would like to take a vacation, but it’s just not the right time for you financially, consider taking a “staycation”! What’s a staycation? Great question! A staycation is a vacation where you can relax, getaway and have some fun right in your own home.
If you are excited about the thought of saving on vacation costs, but just aren’t sure about the idea of a staycation, Raccoon Valley Bank brings you 4 tips for making the most of your staycation:
No matter what your financial goals may be, one of the first steps to achieving financial success is creating a monthly budget.
Whether you are focused on saving for retirement or having enough money in your bank account for dinner tonight, there are a variety of budgeting processes and systems to choose from. Raccoon Valley Bank wants to help you get started with a budgeting process that works for you.
Here are some general rules of thumb to consider when starting a budget to achieve your financial goals:
The warm weather, seasonal foods and grill outs make summer a favorite season for many people. You may have already hosted a neighborhood or family grill out this summer and know how much it can cost to host a BBQ. Raccoon Valley Bank wants to help you enjoy your next cook out while sticking to your budget! Check out these simple, money-saving ideas for your next summer get-together:
As we enter the “dog days” of summer here in Iowa, we can expect days that near 90, 95 and even 100 degrees! It can be a challenge to stay cool on these days, especially when you are concerned about the cost of your energy bill. Today, Raccoon Valley Bank has some tips to help keep you cool and to help keep your cooling bill low throughout July and August.
Use these tips to improve your smartphone’s security.
Smartphones are incredibly useful pieces of technology. Not only do they allow you to communicate, but you can also access vital information. This includes your Raccoon Valley Bank accounts accessed through Mobile Banking or your device’s web browser.
However, there are criminals who have mastered the art of gaining access to your smartphone to steal information. If you access your bank accounts on your phone, your account numbers can be stolen. The best thing to do is follow security best practices, such as the following: