Success Story: Welcome Home to Marge Meiring

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Between understanding closing costs and filling out paperwork, buying a home for the first time can be daunting. But for Marge Meiring, a Minster Bank customer who took advantage of the Welcome Home program, it was much smoother. “I’m 67 and I had never bought a house, so I was a little overwhelmed with it… Read more »

7 Financial Road Trip Tips That Won’t Break The Bank

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Summer is here and that can only mean one thing — it’s vacation time! With a little pre-planning and self-discipline, it’s easy to stay financially healthy on a road trip. Here are seven tips for saving money and ensuring that your money stays safe during your travels. 1. Budget for Your Trip Ahead of Time… Read more »

How to Talk to Another Insurance Company After a Car Accident

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If you’ve recently been in a car accident, the other driver’s car insurance company might try to ask for a statement. Before you say anything, learn about the risks of talking about the crash with the other insurance company, as well as find a wiser strategy to pursue in this scenario. What Not to Say… Read more »

4 Easy Ways To Make Family Budgeting Fun

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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 and your family will find financial joy within the budgeting process with these tips. 1. Talk It Through Finances are a complicated… Read more »

Should I Save or Invest My Money?

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When you have enough money to cover your everyday expenses, you should consider saving money for the future. You can choose to put this money in a secure savings account with your financial institution or invest it in the market. There are risks and benefits of each that you should consider before making your final… Read more »

Budget-Friendly Wedding Tips that Won’t Break the Bank

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Weddings are a celebration of love, joy and commitment, but between booking a venue, ordering the catering and sending out invitations, your expenses can pile up and put a damper on the fun. In 2018, the average wedding cost more than $44,000 — that’s more than the average student loan for a four-year degree. But… Read more »

Should I Invest in Stock or Mutual Funds?

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Whether you’re saving for a big investment or hoping to retire soon, the stock market is a good place to make your money work for you. Two of the most common forms of investment are mutual funds and individual stocks. Both of them can provide big returns, but you need to understand each option before… Read more »

Pros and Cons: Should You Open a Joint Account?

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You might be wondering if it’s a good time to set up a joint bank account. Maybe you’re getting ready to tie the knot or finally consolidate your money with your spouse. There are many benefits to having a joint bank account, but is it the best option for your situation? Pros of Opening a… Read more »

How Your Smartphone Can Help You Save

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Ever wonder why so many people love mobile banking? It’s probably because banking online is a great way to set, track and stick to a budget. And according to CreditCards.com, in 2016, 62 percent of Americans cited digital banking as their primary method of banking. There are many benefits to tracking your spending on an… Read more »

Success Story: Wells Brothers and Minster Bank, a Commercial Banking Partnership

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Since its inception in 1988, Wells Brothers of Anna, Ohio, has been a family owned business. Incorporated in 1989, Wells Brothers’ President is Curt Wells, his brother Jerry is Vice President and Curt’s wife Sandy is the Secretary and Treasurer. The company began with electrical and HVAC residential services, and now primarily focuses on the… Read more »