Out With the Old, In With the Savings

Out With the Old, In With the Savings: 6 Tips to Spring Clean Your Finances

For many Americans, spring is a time to clean, sort and tidy up around the house. As you dust your shelves and rid your home of clutter, consider setting aside some time to organize your finances.

“The arrival of spring motivates people to renew their surroundings, and what better way to focus that momentum than to check off everything on your financial to-do list?” asked Corey Carlisle, executive director of the ABA Foundation. “Taking stock of your finances and planting the seeds of new saving habits today will go a long way toward alleviating pressures on your pocket throughout the year.”


The American Bankers Association recommends these six tips to help you refresh your finances:

  • Evaluate and pay down debt. Take a look at how much you owe and what you are paying in interest. If there are better rates available now, consider requesting a lower credit card interest rate or refinancing your mortgage. Begin paying off existing debt, whether that’s by chipping away at loans with the highest interest rates or eliminating smaller debt first.
  • Review your budget. A lot can change in a year. If you’ve been promoted, had a child, or become a new homeowner or renter, be sure to update your budget. Determine what expenses demand the most money and identify areas where you can realistically cut back. Develop a strategy for spending and saving and stick to it.
  • Check your credit report. Every year, you are guaranteed one free credit report from each of the three bureaus. Take advantage of these free reports and check them for any possible errors. Mistakes can drag down your score and prevent you from getting a loan, or cause you to pay a higher than necessary interest rate.
  • Download your bank’s mobile app. Manage your finances from the palm of your hand. With the click of a button, you can make a deposit or access a record of all your recent transactions. Be sure to download the latest updates when they are available.
  • Sign up for e-statements, paperless billing and text alerts. Converting to paperless billing will help keep your house—physical and financial—more clean and organized, and will help protect you from fraud.
  • Set up automatic bill pay. By signing up for automatic bill pay, you’ll never have to worry about a missed payment impacting your credit score. You can set it so that money is withdrawn from your checking account on the same day each month.
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Branch Locations

Main Bank

104 South 5th Street
Seward, NE 68434
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Phone: (402) 643-3636
Fax: (402) 643-3099

Lobby Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Motor Bank

405 North 5th Street
Seward, NE 68434
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Phone: (402) 643-4545

Lobby/Drive Thru Hours:
Mon - Fri: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Fallbrook Branch

6550 Merchant Drive
Lincoln, NE 68521

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Phone: (402) 420-7400

Lobby Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Drive Thru Hours:
Mon - Fri: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

West A Branch

1550 S Coddington Ave, Suite R
Lincoln, NE 68522
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Phone: (402) 434-7400

Lobby Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Drive Thru Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Village Gardens Branch

5800 Hidcote Dr, Suite 106
Lincoln, NE 68516
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Phone: (402) 479-7400

Lobby Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

ATM Locations

Seward:

Main Bank

104 South 5th Street
Seward, NE 68434
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Gas-N-Snaks

541 Jackson
Seward, NE 68434
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Concordia University - Campus Center

800 North Columbia
Seward, NE 68434
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Motor Bank

405 North 5th Street
Seward, NE 68434
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Pac 'N' Save

1519 West Hwy. 34
Seward, NE 68434
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Lincoln:

The Coddington Market Complex

1550 S. Coddington Ave.
Lincoln, NE 68522
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Village Gardens

5800 Hidcote Drive, Suite 106
Lincoln, NE 68516
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Fallbrook

6550 Merchant Drive
Lincoln, NE 68521
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