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Thanksgiving Dinner can be expensive, especially if you are cooking for the whole family! Big families and big appetites can mean a stranglehold on your wallet. Here are a few ways to save money on dinner this Thanksgiving. Bring Your Own Dish– Having one-person handle all the kitchen duties on Thanksgiving is just plain difficult. […]

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Goolish gear doesn’t have to make a dent in your wallet! This Halloween, try out these DIY Halloween Costume ideas that are sure to steal the show. Hot Air Balloon Halloween Costume Materials: Laundry basket Spray paint Twine Large balloon Grab a laundry basket, spray paint and twine for this easy, DIY hot air balloon […]

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Looking for an extra special way to ease your child’s transition to college? Send a little love via snail mail! Here are our top picks for creating a cost-effective college care package. Plan In order to make your special surprise as cost-effective as possible, plan ahead. Is there a date on the calendar you’re planning […]

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‘Tis the season for celebrating love, and the celebrations don’t come cheap. According to the popular wedding website The Knot, the average couple spends $35,000 to walk down the aisle and say, “I do.” But, before you pull out your pocketbook and write a check for the equivalent of a new car, there are some […]

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  Home equity. What is it exactly? Here’s our cheat-sheet of a definition! Home Equity: The difference between what your home is worth and how much you owe on it. For example, if your home is worth $250,000 and you owe $100,000 you have $150,000 in equity. As time goes on and you make more […]

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Do you love crafting? Get your creative juices flowing this weekend with these fun, budget-friendly DIY projects! “I love crafting and creating new things,” says Two Rivers Bank & Trust Loan and Client Services Administrator Jade Huls. “I’ve actually been doing a lot of DIY projects for my wedding this summer. It’s a great way […]

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School’s almost out, which means that soon your kids—and you—will be looking for fun, summer activities to partake in. While summer may be a time for your kids to relax, it’s also a great time to plan some family adventures. Here’s a list of a few frugal summer activities to keep you and your kids entertained […]

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We know what you’re thinking, Valentine’s Day on a budget? How romantic. “Although Valentine’s Day is typically a day set aside for showering your loved one with gifts and fancy dinners,” explains Central Iowa Senior Branch Manager Igor Cavlovic, “Don’t get caught up in the Valentine’s Day “norm”—you can still show your significant other how […]

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