A Spin on Spending - Weddings

Monday, April 15 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

You’ve said yes, now it’s time to plan the when and where, and who’s going to be there. The first step in planning the wedding of your dreams is to decide on the wedding location. Where you choose will help dictate the overall budget of the wedding and the size of the guest list.


There are a flurry of questions surrounding who to invite – like how much of your extended family should you add to the guest list? If you were a guest at a wedding, does this mean you should invite them to your wedding? Ultimately you should only invite the people who make you happy – and want to celebrate the start of your new life.

With the guest list in order, the next decisions are the dress, cake, catering, photographers, and everything in-between. Research indicates the average amount spent on a wedding in the central United States is estimated to cost $19,000, so begin saving as soon as possible. Be sure to take advantage of specialized credit card offers with low introductory rates and rewards such as Arvest Flex Rewards™ with your Arvest Credit Card. 

 

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A Spin on Spending - Your Next Big Purchase

Friday, March 22 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

When you begin saving for your next big purchase, take a few minutes to determine how much you plan to spend.

Decide ahead of time if you plan to pay in full with cash or if you want to have monthly payments. If you decide on a loan, be sure to take into consideration the total cost of the purchase, including taxes and fees and always do your research before you buy.

A few tips for a successful savings plan are to evaluate where your money goes each month. You can do this by categorizing your spending each month in your Arvest Online Banking with Blue IQ.

This will allow you to track how much you spend on things such as dining out or entertainment and help to determine where you can cut back. To help encourage your savings goals you can set up automatic transfers in Blue IQ from your Arvest Checking account to your Savings account. These transfers can be designated daily, weekly, bi weekly or monthly. 

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A Spin on Spending - Renters Insurance

Friday, March 01 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Renters insurance is designed to cover the cost of replacing your belongings in the event of a natural disaster, theft or an accident.
Before you sign on the dotted line shop around and be sure you’re choosing the right amount of insurance for your needs from a company you trust. Spend some time and take an inventory of your possessions, this will help you determine how much coverage you should get.
 
When you’re buying renters insurance, you will need to decide whether to get an actual cash value policy, which takes into account things like depreciation and gradual wear and tear of the property, or a replacement value policy. Actual cash value policies are often cheaper, but do not offer as much bang for your buck.

Choosing a higher deductible means you’ll be paying more upfront if you need to file a claim, but your monthly premiums will be lower. If you choose a lower deductible, you’ll pay more each month – but your out-of-pocket cost will be lower during an already potentially stressful time.

If you need to file a claim, bank statements are a great way of showing proof of purchase and ownership. Even if the statement doesn’t name the item exactly, it will show amounts, dates and the companies you purchased from, backing up your claim. You can view your monthly statements quickly when you have enrolled in eStatements through Online Banking within BlueIQ™ or the Arvest Go mobile app.

 

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A Spin on Spending - Reducing Debt

Monday, February 04 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Many people have debt they’re struggling to get out from under – one way to reduce this is by being forward thinking and taking it head on. 

Paying down your balance should be one of your top priorities. If you can afford it, pay off large amounts of your debt at one time or pay more than the minimum on your credit card balance each month.

Open a Savings Account. This may sound counterintuitive if you’re trying to get out of debt since you could be using this money to pay off your debt instead of saving it. But, an emergency fund in your Arvest Bank savings account can actually keep you from creating more debt by providing you with a safety net you can use instead of a credit card when an emergency comes up.

Setting a budget and tracking your spending isn’t always easy, but it’s the simplest way to know for sure where your money is going. Knowing your spending habits, and making a few conscious changes each month can bring you closer to your financial goals. 

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