August, 2014

8 Great College Jobs | The First National Bank Blog

August 26th, 2014
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Throughout the country, millions of kids are heading off to college. For nearly half of them, that means heading off to work. U.S. News and World Report has put together a list of eight college jobs that can help provide the skills and contacts necessary for finding work after graduation. Not only can students earn the cash they need for books and tuition, they can earn experience that looks good on any resume. http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2014/09/11/8-college-jobs-to-build-skills-network?page=2   The First offers students free online banking with no minimum balance or monthly fees. Learn more here: http://www.fnbn.com/checking/students/   How did you earn extra cash during college? [ read more ]

College Budget 101 | The First National Bank Blog

August 19th, 2014
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You’ve moved into your first apartment, unpacked your bags, and that feeling of independence is finally sinking in—but independence has some baggage of it own—responsibility. For the first time, you’re in charge of paying all your bills and making sure there isn’t “too much month at the end of your money”. Whether you have a job or your parents are helping with your expenses, being on your own means being able to live within a budget. Here are some ways to plan your expenses and even make your money go a little further. Create a college budget. Many companies offer [ read more ]

7 Tips for First-Time Renters | The First National Bank Blog

August 11th, 2014
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For many college students, the start of the fall semester means renting their first apartment. Whether you’re making the move on your own or your parents are co-signing the lease, here are some tips to make first-time renting easier: 1) Do the research. Thanks to review sites such as Yelp.com, you can quickly find out which buildings are known for loud parties, which keep communal areas clean, and which are responsive to renter issues. No rental property is perfect, but it’s easy to identify the ones that fall way below the mark. 2) Check your credit history. A missed or [ read more ]

Which Home Improvements Can Increase Resale Value?

August 1st, 2014
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Home improvements seem like a great idea. They make your home a more enjoyable place to live, improve curb appeal and can even earn you a tax break at selling time. But before you transform that spare bedroom into a home gym, here are some things to keep in mind: Not Every Improvement Adds Value. Hot Tub: If you want a hot tub and plan to stay in your home for a long time, by all means install one. But a used hot tub tends to get a cool reception from would-be homebuyers. Converted Bedrooms: Many homebuyers are looking for [ read more ]