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A Cost-Conscious Christmas – Keep the Fun, Reduce the Cost (And the Stress)

It’s not just the kids that look forward to the holiday season. Many of us, old and young, can’t wait for the traditional gatherings of family and friends for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. But as we make our plans and preparations, the cost (and the stress) continues to grow. Most of us have lived

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Creating a Budget that Works for You

Does the word ‘budget’ sound intimidating to you? Does the thought of creating a budget make your palms sweaty and your heart beat a little faster? While that is a common reaction, it really isn’t necessary to feel afraid of a budget. Actually, in reality a budget can be your best friend in evaluating your

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Avoiding Scams While Shopping Online

Shopping has drastically changed over the past few decades. More and more, people are shopping online rather than visiting a store. As shopping has changed, criminals have adapted their tactics to take advantage of our new habits. Now rather than being on the look-out for a thief who might grab their bag or sneak away

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Saving Money During Times of High Inflation

The signs are clear. Inflation is running high right now, and we are experiencing the effects every day at the grocery store, gas pump, and many other places.  As necessities increase in price, household budgets everywhere are exploding. Suddenly the money that was allocated on a monthly basis to pay for things like gas, groceries,

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Finding the Right Car for You

Spring and summer are popular times to buy a car.  Whether you’re a recent graduate looking for your first car or a veteran driver who wants to upgrade to something that better fits your lifestyle, these are some tips for helping you find a car that is just right for you. Assess Your Needs Notice

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Federated Bank Supports Local Small Businesses

Shop Local for National Small Business Week Federated Bank encourages local residents to put their hard-earned dollars to work in their local communities by shopping with small businesses during National Small Business Week, May 2-6, 2022. Small businesses have accounted for 62 percent of new job creation since 1995, which means support for these businesses

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The Lifecycle of a Community Bank

The idea of “sustainability” is linked to a lot of our local activities these days—whether it’s reusing or recycling products, sampling culinary delights from the local bakery, or choosing to buy American-made products to support our national economy. There are plenty of reasons why eating, dining, and banking locally makes good economic sense. If you’ve

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We’re Celebrating Community Banking Month!

In recognition of Community Banking Month in April, Federated Bank is reminding consumers about why banking locally with a community bank matters. It starts with valuing relationships. At Federated Bank we value the relationships we have with our customers and are always striving to provide the very best customer service and product offerings to meet

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Being Prepared in Tornado Season

Perhaps no other season in Central Illinois threatens as much unpredictability and potential for disaster as tornado season.  Storms can blow up out of nowhere or turn deadly without more than a moment’s notice.  However, while you can’t predict where a tornado may spin up or touch down, you can be prepared in tornado season

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Federated Bank Celebrates America’s Ag Community

In recognition of National Ag Day, Federated Bank is celebrating the contributions of America’s local farmers, ranchers, and agricultural enterprises. At Federated Bank, we recognize the essential role of agriculture, which is central to our country’s health and prosperity. Federated Bank pledges to do all we can to support these stewards of the land and

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