Share the season without breaking the bank

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Did you know that the average person spends more than $1,000 on holiday shopping? And that doesn’t include travel, entertainment and all the other fun stuff the holidays entail.

That’s why Benjamin Tracker from Ohio Valley Bank wants to help you stay on top of your spending now, before it turns into a blizzard of bills in January.

It’s easy to set spending targets with Benjamin Tracker. And once you have them, they can keep you grounded when the festivities get going in earnest.

Setting spending targets may be the best decision you make all season! And we’ve made sure doing it is just as easy.

There are other great features that Benjamin Tracker provides like monthly cash flow, spending patterns and the like.

But let’s keep it simple. Set your spending targets before the holidays heat up. You’ll be glad you did.
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Spring Cleaning Your Finances

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Here in the Ohio River valley spring is in the air. It’s time to start thinking about cookouts, walks in the park, gardening, and…spring cleaning. It’s always struck me as a little odd how spring cleaning became a thing. If we spend the whole winter cooped up in our homes why don’t we just clean them then? I mean you’re stuck indoors so  But I digress. Spring is a time of renewal, and with it comes a renewed determination to clean up our homes and lives. Spring cleaning doesn’t (and shouldn’t) just apply to your home. It also applies to any other part of your life that might be a bit messy, including your finances. So let’s take a look at a few reasons why getting our financial houses in order this spring can be a big boost…

  1. Being Organized Saves You Time & Trouble. Do you have a drawer stuffed with receipts? Is your desk swamped with paperwork? Set aside some time to specifically file and organize your financial documents; whether this means putting them in a filing cabinet, using binder clips, color-coded tab folders, or whatever you like is up to you. Whatever works best. You will soon find that having your finances organized neatly and orderly will make going over them far less daunting.
  2. Your Financial Awareness Will Increase. During the process of organizing and filing you will get a good idea of where you stand financially. This is a great time for review and reflection on the services you pay for, and a great time to trim some of the fat from your expenses.
  3. Going Paperless Saves. While you’re getting organized you can take it one step further by taking your financial life digital. Having your statements delivered to your email and paying bills online not only saves paper waste, but it saves you time, effort, and money spent on postage. The convenience this provides you will make you wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
  4. Being Organized Can Help Keep You Safe. Organizing all of your financial documents helps you know where they are, what information they contain, and what you can get rid of. Your financial documents likely contain sensitive, personal information that identity thieves would love to get their hands on. Use this as an opportunity to shred some of the old documents you don’t need anymore before tossing them out.
  5. Less Chaos & Clutter Can Relieve Stress. Studies have shown that being organized can help one feel more relaxed and increase peace of mind. The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui is rooted in having an organized and clutter-free home.

These are just a few reasons for getting motivated and adding your finances to your annual spring cleaning. It’s a great time to look at your budget, savings, debts, and everything else that concerns your money. Take the time to sit down and figure out which direction you want to be headed, and whether or not you are, in fact, headed that way.

Do you “spring clean” your finances? Have any tips to share? Leave them in comments below…

It’s Never Too Early to Learn to Save

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by Hope Roush, OVB Financial Literacy Leader

It’s never too early to learn how to be money savvy, and as an effort to teach children the value of a dollar, the American Bankers Association established Teach Children to Save Day. This year’s celebration took place Friday, April 11. According to the ABA, Teach Children to Save has reached more than six million young people through the commitment of 134,200 bank volunteers. In addition to the day itself, the ABA encourages participants to spread the Teach Children to Save message throughout the month of April and spring season.

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5 Cool Things You Might Not Know OVB Has

Ohio Valley Bank is a community bank.  We offer a small town vibe with small town customer service.  Your neighbor down the street could be the one taking your deposit, and that is part of what makes community banks great.  However, that doesn’t mean we can slack on bringing you the best in technology, convenience and useful products.  Even our best customers might miss out on something we release from time to time, so today I’m going to talk about a few of those things you may have missed.

Money Island & The Centsables

One thing all kids (and I) have in common is the love of playing games.  That’s why we offer Money Island.  Money Island is an online, virtual world where kids can log into a safe environment, play games, build a virtual home and learn how to be financially sound.  Check out the story of Stone Broke in the video below. Read more of this post

New OVB Website Preview: Part 4

The launch of the www.ovbc.com is very close and this will be our final preview! We have already taken a look at the homepage, then how to navigate the new site, and at some of the bells and whistles. This time we will be taking a look at how an ever-increasing number of people do their browsing…via mobile device! Our new website was designed to be as mobile-friendly as possible, whether you are browsing it on Safari, Chrome, or Internet Explorer.

Here is what will greet you when you arrive at the new website on your mobile device: Read more of this post

New OVB Website Preview: Part 3

The debut of the new www.ovbc.com is fast-approaching but we wanted to share another sneak peek with you now. We have previously shown off the new homepage and how easy navigation is on the new site (click HERE and HERE for the previous previews) so today let us show you some of the neat bells and whistles the new website has to offer… Read more of this post

New OVB Website Preview: Part 2

The unveiling of the new www.ovbc.com is just around the corner! We are so excited we had to share another sneak preview with you now. Previously we viewed the website’s new homepage (click HERE if you missed it), now let’s take a look at how you will navigate the new website…

Below is an example of the new drop-down menus. These are a great way to quickly navigate to frequently visited pages by category. By hovering your cursor over any of the categories, a drop-down menu will automatically appear revealing the pages that are contained in that category. In this example we can see that by hovering over the Kids heading we see what pages are found there. Read more of this post