5 Ways to Cut Spending…and Still Get to Do and Buy Cool Things

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Do you want to find ways to stretch your money, so it goes farther and is there when you really need it? Here are some suggestions from STAR Bank and the FDIC for knowing how much money you have, how much you need for expenditures, and how to reach your goals by cutting back on what you spend.

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How to Ace Your First Test Managing Money in the Real World


As a teen, you’re beginning to make some grown-up decisions about how to save and spend your money. That’s why learning the right ways to manage money…right from the start…is important. Here are some suggestions, from STAR Bank and the FDIC, to get you started making smart financial decisions early that will make a big impact over adulthood.

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Money


If they are old enough to ride a bike, they are old enough to start learning financial lessons that will last a lifetime.

The best financial lessons are part of everyday experience. Look for opportunities to talk about money, read books aloud and play games that center around spending money wisely. Be open and honest when you discuss your financial experiences—good or bad.

STAR Bank is proud to partner with Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana and the American Bankers Association in taking an active role to help teach children how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits.

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Property and Casualty Insurance is a Valuable Tool in Risk Mitigation

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Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote “Nothing ventured, nothing gained” has been the mantra of many great leaders, touting the importance of taking risks in order to advance in life. Certainly, there is a level of risk involved in running a business or investing in real estate, but fortunately there are risk mitigating tools at our disposal. One of these resources is property and casualty insurance.

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Short-Term Mortgage May Be Best Option for Savvy Home Buyer


CNBC’s Diana Olick recently announced an interesting discovery resulting from a national survey of 1,000 adults. Findings uncovered that 35 percent of those included in the survey did not know their mortgage interest rate. Chances are they may also be unaware of the refinancing options that could be advantageous to their overall financial landscape.

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5 Documents to include in your Estate Plan

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In 1789, Benjamin Franklin once wrote in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, and later re-printed in The Works of Benjamin Franklin in 1817, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”.  Even though we would be hard-pressed to find truer words spoken, many people fail to financially prepare for the inevitable.
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Take Your Financial Future into Your Own Hands


Did you know that only half of Americans report having good savings habits? Even if you are already saving, it’s good to take a look at your greater financial picture and decide whether there’s potential to save more or set a new savings goal. Read More

7 Ways to Turn Saving Money into a Habit


The spending and saving habits of your past don’t define your future — your current ones do. And this America Saves Week is a great time to start with a clean slate. Hitting the reset button won’t cure all your financial woes, but when it comes to adopting good saving habits it’s truly half the battle. The other half, of course, is drafting a well-planned road map for success. Luckily, we’ve got a primer to get you started. Read on for our guide to adopting seven money-saving habits that stick.

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5 Simple Steps to Save Successfully this America Saves Week


America Saves Week (February 23 – 28, 2015) is an annual opportunity for individuals to assess their savings and take financial action. America Saves’ mantra – and the focus for America Saves Week – is simple: Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically. When you know what your current financial picture looks like, you can be more proactive in setting yourself up for future success. Read More

Crop Insurance Trends: Higher Premium Outlay for Farmers?

iStock_000020911349_FullOver 85 percent of all farmable acres in the United States are now covered by some form of crop insurance.  In 2013, crop insurance protected $6.2 billion of liability on growing Indiana crops.  There were 9.3 million acres insured and more than $119 million was paid in indemnities for production and/or revenue losses. Read More


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