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Tips for Saving Money on Clothing

With so many occasions and seasons to dress for, your clothing budget can easily get out of hand. These tips will help you stay fashionable while being more frugal.

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Presidents’ Day Hours

In observance of Presidents' Day, some of our bank locations will be closed or have alternate hours on Monday, February 18th.

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7 Expenses You Can Cut

Saving money can be difficult, but it can often be as simple as cutting certain things or activities from your daily life. Save money by cutting the following suggested money drains from your budget.

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Do You Qualify for Green Tax Deductions?

When it comes to going green, people often think of tax incentives offered to large companies for using more efficient systems in their office buildings. However, a number of green tax incentives are available to individuals as well.

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6 Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

Having a healthy credit score is necessary if you wish to apply for loans to help finance big-ticket expenses such as a house or a higher education. Your credit score determines the interest rate the lender will charge you for the money that you borrow.

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New Year’s Day 2019 Hours

All bank locations will be closed New Year's Day (Tuesday, January 1st.) We wish all our customers a Happy New Year and a great start to 2019!

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Holiday Hours 2018

Happy Holidays to our wonderful customers and their families! All bank locations will close at noon on Christmas Eve Day (Monday the 24th.) All locations will be closed Christmas Day and open regular hours Wednesday, December 26th.

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Putting Your Debt in Focus

If you’re among the large population of consumers who are plagued by debt or at risk of losing your job, it’s critical to find ways to minimize that debt. Here are a few simple tips to help you get started.

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Veterans Day 2018

In observance of Veterans Day, most of our bank locations will be closed on Monday, November 12. The Brookings Hy-Vee, Brookings WalMart and New Prague, MN locations will be open during normal operating hours.

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Tips for Estate Planning

Estate planning can seem to be an impenetrable, looming task. Thankfully, there are some tips on how to make the process quicker and more comprehensive.

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The Pros and Cons of Multiple Savings Accounts

Depending on your spending and saving habits, having multiple accounts can make it easier to increase your savings. Explore the benefits and drawbacks to having multiple savings accounts to see if this option is right for you.

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Taking Out a Loan When Your Savings Fall Short

Ideally, you would never need more money than your savings allow. However, a sudden problem such as a medical emergency or high credit card debt could place a demand on your finances beyond what your savings can handle. At this point, taking out a personal loan to cover the costs could be your best choice.

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Basic Investing for Beginners

Investing money is a vast, complicated ordeal that requires substantial knowledge and practice, whether you’re intending to buy and sell stock, build and rent out office space or invest in a retirement savings program. Because of this complexity, taking your first steps on the road to successful investing can seem daunting; however, every hopeful investor can benefit from understanding these basic ideas.

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Native American Day Hours

In observance of Native American Day, most of our bank lobbies will be closed on Monday, October 8. Please see details on individual location hours.

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Labor Day 2018 Hours

In observance of Labor Day, most of our bank locations will be closed on Monday, September 3. Our Brookings Hy-Vee and Brookings WalMart locations will be open normal hours. Have a happy holiday weekend with friends and family!

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Free Document Shredding Event

We are dedicated to increasing awareness of fraud risks! Please join us for a FREE document shredding event as we help protect your sensitive information.

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Good Friday Hours

In observance of Good Friday, most of our bank locations will close at noon on Friday, March 30. Read more for all location schedules.

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Presidents’ Day Hours

In observance of Presidents’ Day, some of our bank locations will be closed on Monday, February 19. Read more for details on each location.

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The Internet now touches almost all aspects of our daily lives – allowing us to bank, connect with family and friends, and handle our medical records all online. These activities require you to provide sensitive personal information. Learn more about using the internet safely and securely.

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Native American Day Hours

In observance of Native American Day, most of our bank lobbies will be closed on Monday, October 9. Please see details on individual location hours:

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Labor Day 2017 Hours

In observance of Labor Day, most of our bank locations will be closed on Monday, September 4. Our Brookings Hy-Vee and Brookings WalMart locations will be open normal hours.

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10th on 57th

Come celebrate our 57th Street location's 10 year anniversary on Friday, August 4th!

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$7,500 Mortgage Grants Available

First Bank & Trust has $7,500 mortgage grants available to assist with down payments and closing costs on the purchase of your next home. Eligibility requirements apply.

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Presidents’ Day Hours

In observance of Presidents’ Day, some of our bank locations will be closed on Monday, February 20. Read more for full list of hours by location.

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Business Customers Beware of W-2 Scam

The IRS has once again issued a warning regarding an email scam that uses a corporate officer’s name to request employee Forms W-2 from company payroll or human resources departments.

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Holiday Hours

Happy Holidays! Most bank locations will be closed Saturday, December 24 with the exception of Brookings, Pipestone and Milbank (closing at noon.) All of our bank locations will be closed Monday, December 26. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

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Finance Friday: Handling Holiday Gift Cards

It’s that time of year when your wallet may bulk up with plastic – plastic gift cards that is. With the majority of adults planning to purchase at least one gift card this season, you are bound to find one with your name on it under the tree.

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New ‘Nasty’ Ransomware

A new type of ransomware has been discovered and it’s particularly devious. The software turns ransomware victims into attackers by offering a pyramid scheme-style discount.

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Veteran’s Day Hours

In observance of Veteran’s Day, most of our bank locations will be closed on Friday, November 11. Our Brookings Hy-Vee and WalMart locations will be open during normal operating hours.

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Kids-N-Coins Carnival 2016

Our 9th annual free Kids-N-Coins Club Carnival will be held on Saturday, September 24 from noon-2:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Brookings Main Branch.

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Free Document Shredding Day

Shredding personal documents that you no longer need helps to keep your private information safe. Drop off your documents to be shredded at our free shredding days on September 19 and 22.

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Top 10 Things to do with our Mobile App

If you like Online Banking, why not trying our Mobile Banking App? Check out the top 10 things you can do with our mobile app. And - as a bonus, get a free splashproof phone bag when you show one of our employees that you use our app.

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April Fools’ Day Scams Are No Joke

Many people enjoy playing pranks on April Fools’ Day. In recent years, businesses have started to join in the fun. In 2015, Amazon revamped their site to look like the classic 1999 version and Google went over the top with several jokes, including turning its Maps tool to Pac-Man. While these antics are harmless and fun, there are fraudsters who will try to use April 1st to their advantage. A wrong click could leave you vulnerable to phishing scams or identity theft.

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Finance Friday: Avoid Excessive Student Loan Debt

With the cost of higher education sky-rocketing, it may seem that student loan debt is unavoidable for someone wanting a college education. With a little planning and effort though, you can minimize the amount of debt you need to take on.

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Kids-N-Coins Club Carnival

Our 8th annual free Kids-N-Coins Club Carnival will be held on Saturday, September 19 from noon-2:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Brookings Main Branch.

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Free Document Shredding

Shredding personal documents that you no longer need helps to keep your private information safe. Drop off your documents to be shredded at our free shredding days on September 15 and 16.

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Choosing the Right Insurance to Protect Your Business

Business owners invest more than just cash in their companies. It takes time, sweat and lots of heart to maintain a company. Without proper insurance, though, unforeseen challenges could easily disrupt all you’ve worked so hard to build. Here’s what you need to know about business coverage, and which types of insurance might be right for you.

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Finance Friday: Live Within Your Means

In our new Finance Friday series, we share principals you can use to manage your personal finances. The first Finance Friday tip looks at how you measure if you are living within your means.

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