You're finally living on your own for the first time. As exciting as it may be, there are things you need to learn about handling your finances. The following information addresses two primary areas of importance: learning to manage your money and tackling existing debt. Although these subjects might seem basic, the consequences of failing to understand and take appropriate action can have a long-lasting negative impact on your financial readiness.
Whether you are just out of high school or transitioning from college, this may be the first time you've held a job, received a paycheck, and had to pay for basic living expenses like groceries, clothing, or a phone bill.
Community Bank offers products and services specially designed for the needs of overseas Service members like you, many of which are free of charge. You will also find that Community Bank associates are ready to answer questions, and help you open and customize accounts to best fit your individual needs.
Deposit cash or set up direct deposit to your Checking Account to pay bills and cover everyday purchases. Choose from our regular or interest bearing accounts to set-up automatic payments and pay local bills. Our Online, Mobile, and ATM banking options, and chip-enhanced Debit Card, make it easy to access and manage your money from wherever you are. Visit your local Community Bank and meet with a friendly associate to get started.
Life gets busy and you may not have time to visit your local Community Bank. Using Online Banking can save valuable time and allows you to check what you've spent, how much you have left in your account, and even pay most bills, all in the comfort of your home. Set up customized Account Alerts through Online and Mobile banking to notify you when your account balance is low or a deposit has been made, making it easy to stay up-to-date on your finances.
Student loan debt, credit card bills, and everyday expenses can add up. With a little planning and a lot of discipline, paying down debt and stashing the extra money away in a Savings Account can reduce your debt and the related stress. Once you've tackled your debt, you can begin to save even more money for future financial goals or unexpected life events. Even better, set your savings strategy on auto-pilot through Automatic Monthly Transfers, and watch your money grow!
With the recent recession and high number of student loans, you may have accumulated a large amount of debt. With other bills and expenses to pay every month, it's easy to use credit cards as your safety net. Unfortunately, it's also easy to accrue a high balance on a credit card, and before you know it, you may be unable to make the payments. In addition to the stress of unmanageable payments, high credit card balances will negatively affect your credit score, which could affect you in the future with high interest rates on interest-bearing purchases. Becoming financially secure is difficult when you are only making minimum debt payments each month, which is why it is necessary to put a robust debt-reduction plan in place, and commit to it. Check out the Tackle Debt Financial Toolkit for more helpful strategies.
Going to college is expensive and more students are taking on student loans to make it through school. For some, paying for college is one of the biggest investments a person can make in their lifetime. But soon, payments can become overwhelming.
The following resources can give you a basic understanding of managing your money:
Now that you know more about our checking and savings accounts and how to use them to manage your money, take the next steps to personalize your banking services:
Budgeting and managing your money should be getting easier. Once you've gotten into the swing of things, take a minute to assess where you are:
Read the following articles, and review the app for specific information about credit card debt:
If you have high credit card balances, begin tackling your debt with the following steps:
Read more about student loan repayment for Service members, as well as information on loan consolidations:
Begin addressing your student loan debt with the following steps:
Staying on target with payments takes work, but should be a little easier with automatic payments.