4 Simple Financial Fitness Activities that Parents & Students Can Do at Home

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With COVID-19 driving widespread closures of our nation’s schools, many parents are facing new obstacles that they hadn’t anticipated. While this looks different for everyone, many families are now challenged to deliver remote learning instruction to their children or keep kids occupied while juggling the demands of their job.

As the novelty of this “new normal” wears off, you may be starting to hear, “What are we doing today?” or the dreaded, “I’m bored.” Maybe you’re on ...

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Money Matters: Personal Identity Theft

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How worried should people be about becoming victims of identity theft?

  • Every two seconds, someone has their identity stolen. It’s the fastest growing crime in the U.S.

What do you recommend people do to protect themselves?

  • Guard Your Personal Information
  • Shred Sensitive Documents
  • Review Your Credit Report
  • Monitor Your Kids’ Credit Reports

What can Southern Bank do to help?

  • Identity Monitoring
  • Identity Recovery
  • Identity Restoration
  • Fraud Specialists
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Money Matters: Ways to Save

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What can you do to successfully save money?

  • Set Savings Goal
  • Determine Cost
  • Create Budget

What if you feel like there isn’t enough money in your monthly budget to save?

  • Track all your expenses for one week and see if there are any you can eliminate or reduce.
  • See if there are any ways you can earn extra income.

Once people start saving, what is the most important thing they can do to keep saving? 

  • Take stock regularly of how close you are to your goal.
  • Celebrate your successes.
  • Be ...
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Money Matters: Email Fraud

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How do you know if an email is fraud? 

  • The name and company are real
  • Their request is real
  • Sending in the account information
  • BUT these things do not add up to the correct accounts and people

How do you avoid email fraud?

  • Always double check any suspicious requests
  • A quick phone call can verify transfers
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Money Matters: Personal Cyber Security

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People should be well-informed about the rise in cyber attacks since millions happen every day.

How do we prevent security worries?

  • Be aware of the risks and stay up-to-date on the best practices.
  • Change passwords frequently
  • Don’t click strange email links
  • Password protect your devices

What about cyber protection services?

  • They’re worth investing in.

All Southern Bank checking accounts include free ID theft coverage.

  • Expense reimbursement
  • Identity recovery services
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Money Matters: Down Payments

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Over half of renters in the United States believe owning a home is more affordable than renting.

What is some advice when it comes to down payments?

Decide how much payment is needed
Talk to home lender about qualification
Set up a savings plan

Are there zero percent down payment options?

0% options for active and veteran service members
As low as 3% for general public
Higher the down payment the lower the monthly payment

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Money Matters: Financing a Business

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Here are some important things to consider if you are starting a business.

What do businesses need to finance? 

  • Line of credit
  • Capital investments
  • Leases and loans

What are other considerations? 

  • Business savings accounts
  • Business credit cards

What is the most important thing for businesses to have before financing?

  • Detailed business plan
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Money Matters: Protect yourself from Card Cracking

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One new scam that is on the rise is card cracking. Learn more about how to protect yourself from it.

What is card cracking?

  • Online scam designed to steal banking information

What are methods of card cracking?

  • Fake Contests
  • Easy Cash Schemes
  • Fake Social Media Accounts

How do you avoid these scams?

  • Never give out your PIN or account number
  • Make sure business is legitimate
  • Stay alert on social media
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