Why Should I Budget? Here are 5 Top Reasons

Black woman creates budget on her desktop computer based on budgeting tips from Minster Bank blog.

Merriam-Webster defines the word “budget” as “the amount of money that is available for, required for or assigned to a particular purpose.” Hearing this word can often make us cringe, but in reality, having and following a budget is one of the most useful tools in personal finance. If you’re still on the fence, think… Read more »

Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County: ‘We Wouldn’t Be Where We Are if it Wasn’t for Minster Bank’

The Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County’s new, 24-hour accessible women’s abuse and domestic violence shelter, located at 530 Crescent Drive in Troy, Ohio.

Barb Holman serves as the executive director of the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County — a shelter that was started by her mother, Miami County Deputy Sheriff Barbel Adkins, to serve Miami County in 1979. Holman eventually took over as executive director of the shelter, which she has assisted since 1996, and she credits… Read more »

Charitable Donations and Business Taxes: Learn About the Guidelines for Giving Back

Illustration showing raised hands with hearts to portray charitable donations for business.

By making a charitable contribution, your business can help people in need while potentially reducing your tax burden. However, there are rules and restrictions you should consider before contributing your money to a cause. From your corporate structure to the nature of your donation, here’s a primer on what you should know about tax-deductible charitable… Read more »

4 Easy Ways To Make Family Budgeting Fun

Father and daughter save money together with piggy bank

Setting spending limits and crunching numbers isn’t a traditional recipe for family fun. But it is possible to make the process of creating, maintaining and benefiting from family budgets an enjoyable one. You can also involve kids to start teaching them about the value of money and how saving works – important lessons that can… Read more »

Charitable Giving: Make a Big Impact on a Small Budget

Little girl plants tree in earth with parents’ hands helping

Between medical expenses, car payments and rent, it can be hard to find room in your budget to give, no matter how much you want to contribute to a good cause. With the following tips, you can still help those in need even while on a tight budget yourself. Pick a Cause You Care About… Read more »

How to Give Back During the Holiday Season

Volunteers sorting clothing for the holidays

The holiday season is a time of giving. Yet, it can often be difficult to determine just how to give back to others during this time of year – especially if you can’t physically be near others. Though it may not seem like it, a simple donation or act of kindness can make a world… Read more »