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Learn More About Direct Deposit It’s easy to take conveniences like direct deposit for granted without fully understanding how it works or why you should use it. You may have questions concerning direct deposit, so we want to make sure you fully understand the system. How Does Direct Deposit Work? Direct deposit forgoes the physical printing of payment checks by transferring money online through software like payroll programs. An electronic file is transmitted to or from your financial institution, which lets the recipient know which account should receive payment/deduction and how much...
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Simple tips to save money every day Small changes you implement into your daily life can make a big impression on your financial health. If you’re looking for ways to save money every day without committing to a major financial overhaul, consider the following tips. Take a Closer Look Before you start saving, it’s a good idea to get a clear picture of what you’re spending each month. Examine your bills and track everything you’re buying for 30 days, recommends The Balance writer Paula Pant. The month-long review will help you understand your money habits and allow you to set a better budget...
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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 Illinois Bank & Trust, 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...