Category: Personal Finance

Scholarship Winner Turns Lifetime Minster Bank Customer

Minster Bank customer Jennifer Moore Hirschfeld poses with her husband and daughter

It has been a few years since New Bremen graduate Jennifer Moore Hirschfeld earned a Minster Bank Scholarship, but Hirschfeld continues to use Minster Bank’s financial services. Read on as Hirschfeld reflects on winning that scholarship, where she’s come since and why she continues to be a Minster Bank customer. Awarded the Minster Bank Scholarship… Read more »

7 Perks of a Good Credit Score (That Save You Money)

A credit report with a good credit score laying on a table next to a pen, reading glasses and a laptop keyboard.

Achieving and maintaining a good credit score will help you fund the major purchases that you’ve been dreaming about — and save money over time. Here are just some of the doors that having a positive credit history will open for you. 1. More Confidence in Obtaining a Loan Granted, financial institutions take more than… Read more »

Four Signs of Undetected Water Damage

A leaky pipe under the sink causing water damage that will be undetectable

With summer underway, it’s important to be prepared for storms as well as signs of potential water damage to your house. A failing sump pump or poor drainage can be two causes; leaky pipes are another. To avoid undetected water damaging your dwelling place, keep your eyes peeled for these signs of concealed water damage… Read more »

Try These 3 Tasty and Healthy On-the-Go Snacks

Homemade oat energy bars, strawberry fruit roll-ups and celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins ants on a log make for tasty and healthy travel snacks

Following a healthy meal regimen is challenging when your family is always on the move. Sitting around the dinner table might have been replaced by a detour to a fast food drive-thru. While you can buy pre-made, packaged snacks to regulate your family’s nutritional intake, you can save money and avoid preservatives by making your… Read more »

3 Ways to Make Your Car Last Longer

Father teaches his son how to make a car last longer

In a tougher economic climate, it’s important to save money where you can. One of the most expensive purchases you might be facing is a new car. But did you know you can take easy steps to make your car last longer and delay having to buy a new one? Follow these tips below to… Read more »

Six Affordable, Healthy Items to Add to Your Grocery List

Avocado, Swiss chard and sweet potatoes

For many people, cooking at home can seem daunting. What should I make? What are some healthy options that still taste good? And can I really save money by doing this? Your local supermarket is loaded with affordable and healthful gems that taste great – it’s just a matter of knowing what to look for… Read more »

Are You Making These 5 Budgeting Mistakes?

Couple looking over bills and discussing their budgeting mistakes

Regardless of your age or expenses, it’s important to stick to a budget so you’re always aware of your financial stability.  According to, “Budgets can be a great tool to help you achieve your financial goals. But if you approach budgeting the wrong way, it can lead to frustration, stress and even more spending.” … Read more »