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Money Management Tips for Couples

June 1st, 2020 Comments Off on Money Management Tips for Couples

Just over half of adults (about 53 percent) are married and 59 percent have cohabitated with an unmarried partner at some point in their lives. In fact, for the youngest adults (ages 18-24) cohabitation is more common than marriage. With commitment comes the need to combine and manage finances. But what are the best ways to budget together without fights and resentment? You’ve probably already heard that money stress can cause problems in your relationship and even lead to its demise. But your budget (or lack of one) doesn’t have to be a source of tension between you and your [ read more ]

Protect Yourself Against These COVID-19 Scams in Bucks County

April 29th, 2020 Comments Off on Protect Yourself Against These COVID-19 Scams in Bucks County

We are living through unprecedented times (at least for the last century or so of American history), but that hasn’t stopped scammers from taking advantage. As with other national disasters, scammers capitalize on the headlines to steal your money, personal information and install malware on your device. We all need to beware of Covid-19 scams As the oldest community bank in Bucks County, The First has weathered other hard times with our customers. We are here for you during the Coronavirus pandemic, too. From meeting your everyday banking needs to keeping you informed, you can always contact us for help. [ read more ]

How Do I Prepare a Personal Financial Statement?

March 26th, 2020 Comments Off on How Do I Prepare a Personal Financial Statement?

When was the last time you had a “fiscal checkup”? When it comes to long-term financial planning, preparing a Personal Financial Statement (PFS) is one of the best ways to assess your current situation and keep yourself on track to meet goals. The PFS is a relatively simple document that lists what you own (assets) and what you owe (liabilities). You can use budgeting apps like Mint to review your assets and liabilities or download our blank FNBN PFS Form. When you are finished, you will have computed your personal net worth. If you already have a PFS, it’s a [ read more ]

Ultimate Guide to Estate Planning

February 20th, 2020 Comments Off on Ultimate Guide to Estate Planning

Over the next decade, approximately $15.4 trillion dollars will be passed from one generation to their heirs. What’s your slice of that $15.8 trillion? Do you have an estate plan in place to make sure your assets are transferred according to your wishes? These days people tend to live longer and they have more complicated lives and financial situations. From blended families with kids from different marriages to cohabitating couples who never marry, and a wide variety and location of physical and digital assets, estate planning is perhaps more crucial now than ever before. At The First, we understand the [ read more ]

7 Ways to Get Ready for Tax Season

December 10th, 2019 Comments Off on 7 Ways to Get Ready for Tax Season

Each year, the IRS receives over 100 million individual income tax returns. As the year winds down, it’s time to get ready for tax season and the April 15 filing deadline. No one looks forward to filing their tax return unless you’re expecting a good refund, but it’s always better to be on time than to risk penalties. As the saying goes, the only certainties in life are death and taxes. Luckily, tax filing doesn’t have to be painful. Here are our best tips for an easy tax season. Get Organized The first step is to gather the necessary forms, [ read more ]

Essential Financial Literacy Tips that All Young Adults Should Learn

September 3rd, 2019 Comments Off on Essential Financial Literacy Tips that All Young Adults Should Learn

Are your kids ready to control their own financial destinies? With total student loan debt reaching 1.5 trillion last year, it’s more important than ever to teach teens and young adults the basics of personal finance. From the importance of saving to build a credit history, understanding debt, paying for college, budgeting, and setting long-term financial goals, this article provides concrete tips for teaching financial literacy to the young adult(s) in your life. Here in Bucks County, PA, The First has been helping generations of local families achieve their financial goals. We’re here to help young adults and their parents [ read more ]

Planning a Bucks County Summer Vacation on a Budget

July 23rd, 2019 Comments Off on Planning a Bucks County Summer Vacation on a Budget

The summer vacation is a classic American pastime. From a road trip out west to a week at the beach, everyone likes to get away during the warmer months. However, paying for a vacation can be challenging, especially for families. And some people switch jobs over the summer, limiting their available time off. If you’re trying to plan a summer vacation on a budget here in Bucks County, there are plenty of attractive, local options. So, step away from social media, where it can seem like everyone but you is off on an exotic trip. The First is here to [ read more ]

A Financial Guide for New Parents in Bucks County

May 31st, 2019 Comments Off on A Financial Guide for New Parents in Bucks County

In Pricing the Priceless Child: The Changing Social Value of Children, Princeton University Sociologist Viviana A. Zelizer characterizes modern children as “economically worthless but emotionally priceless.” In other words, kids are no longer expected to help run the family farm or go to work in a factory to contribute to the family’s bottom line. Instead, parenting is an emotionally rewarding but expensive activity. Parents pour their financial and emotional resources into their children, hoping to raise happy and healthy adults who will maintain close relationships with the family. Whether you are already expecting your first child, or simply getting ready [ read more ]

2019 Bucks Happening List Winner

March 27th, 2019 Comments Off on 2019 Bucks Happening List Winner

We’re proud to announce that The First National Bank & Trust Co. of Newtown has been selected as Bucks County’s Best Bank in the 2019 Bucks Happening List! This is the fourth year in a row that we have been chosen as the Best Bank, and we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who voted for us. Since our founding in 1864, it’s been our mission to provide stability to our community by offering reliable financial products and sophisticated trust and wealth management services. We reinvest in our community by providing individuals and businesses with the financial [ read more ]

6 Habits of Successful Savers: Frugal Living for the 21st Century

March 22nd, 2019 Comments Off on 6 Habits of Successful Savers: Frugal Living for the 21st Century

Before the introduction of credit cards in the mid-20th century, saving wasn’t just a good habit; it was a necessity. If you didn’t save for a rainy day, you would have nothing to fall back on when hard times hit. Today, credit can be a double-edged sword. It grows our economy and improves standards of living. However, in the wake of the Great Recession, many Americans suffered the consequences of an overreliance on credit. As Bucks County’s oldest community bank, The First has helped generations of local Bucks families and individuals navigate a changing economy. In financial boom times as [ read more ]

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