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Cybersecurity Tips for K-12 Kids, Family, and Friends

Posted by Amanda Pierce on Nov 6, 2019 10:07:36 AM

Every child should be taught how to be safe online. In the new digital world, there are technological wonders, which often introduce cyber threats of many kinds. The online world can be a place of inappropriate conduct and content, where kids may feel anonymous. There are bullies, predators, hackers, and scammers that may pose a threat to your children. These factors can make it challenging for parents to guide their children today on interacting with others through technology. Providing this important guidance on online safety and privacy begins with talking about it and encouraging safe and smart decisions about online activity. Let’s explore some concepts and tips that apply to keeping everyone safe online, regardless of age!

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Tags: Forreston State Bank, fraud protection

Healthy Food, Healthy Budget

Posted by Amanda Pierce on Jun 10, 2019 12:34:53 PM

Food is fuel for our body, but the right fuel can be pricey... With that said, often food is more than just fuel. Whether it is right or wrong, people also use it for psychological comfort, celebrating events, and as a staple for socialization. All of which may have had some influence on the creation of diet culture. Consequently, the online world gives diet culture a very defining voice. At times, the number of voices can be overwhelming and conflicting. What we do know for sure is that what we intake plays a crucial role in our health. We also know that the stress from finances can cause issues with our health. Somewhere in the middle is a place where food fuel and finances can meet. The challenge is, that can be defined very different from person to person. Here are some tips to help you find your middle.

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Tags: Life balance, work-life balance, time managment, Banks in Freeport Illinois, Banks in Forreston Illinois, Banks in Kent Illinois, shop local, Forreston State Bank

Holiday Decision Fatigue

Posted by Amanda Pierce on Nov 9, 2018 5:58:26 PM





Ready or not the holiday season is peaking its colorful, sometimes overly decorated, head – all of which I love! This is my favorite season, but that’s not to say it doesn’t come with a price. Both figuratively and literally. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — some of which include, parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining. While ‘tis the season to be merry, it can also be a season for stress and anxiety for some.

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Tags: mobile deposit, Bill pay, time managment, pop money, Forreston State Bank, Banks for your business

Spread the Local Love Part 3: Commitment & Collaboration

Posted by Amanda Pierce on Oct 23, 2018 3:03:10 PM

Written by: Amanda Pierce

Read | 2:25 min

Listen | 3:30 min

A couple weeks ago we published the first part of our three-part series blog and podcast, Spread the Local love – Shop local. We shared some very compelling reasons to shop locally. We then published part two - Spread the word. In this blog and podcast, we discussed how you can be a brand ambassador for local businesses and your community. Spreading the word will cost you time, but can earn a business new and valuable opportunities. Now let’s jump into part three, Commitment and Collaboration.

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Tags: Banks in Freeport Illinois, Banks in Forreston Illinois, Banks in Kent Illinois, support local businesses, shop local, shop small, spread the local love, Forreston State Bank, Banks for your business

Spread the Local Love Part 2: Spread the Word

Posted by Amanda Pierce on Oct 5, 2018 3:31:16 PM

Read | 4 min 

Listen |  4:41 min

Last week we talked about shopping local. We discussed how money spent locally circles around the local economy several times, and every dollar going in could have a bigger impact than the dollar itself.  As I mentioned, preparing ourselves to be mindful of our spending now could help us make decisions that will support our local businesses and community as a whole. If you have not done so, and have 4 minutes, check out last weeks blog or podcast, Spread the Local love Part 1 – Shop local. We share some very compelling reasons to shop locally.

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Tags: shop local, shop small, spread the local love, Forreston State Bank

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