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Save Money and Time By Going Green

September 6, 2022

Going “green” often means reducing carbon emissions, consuming less energy, or cleaning our water and air. There are steps you can take with your finances to go “green” that might save you time, money, and possibly reduce your carbon footprint!

Banking electronically

  • Sign up for electronic statements (eStatements). With an FFNWB account, you can save a lot of trees by switching from paper copies, especially when inserts and envelopes are included. By making that change, you may also be able to get discounted maintenance fees. You can still download a digital copy of your statement to a secure location to have for your immediate access.
  • Use electronic bill pay versus paper checks. Set up Bill Pay with your FFNWB online banking account and take the hassle out of paying bills which you set up to pay automatically.
  • Direct deposit your paycheck. You will receive your money faster and you will save a trip to the bank with direct deposit to your account.
  • Use the FFNWB mobile apps to deposit checks remotely. The fast, safe, and reliably way to deposit check directly from the mobile phone.
  • Transfer funds online. If you need to transfer funds from one account to another, do it online so you don’t have to drive to your bank. Sending money electronically via Zelle is easy, quick, and can be accomplished directly from your Mobile FFNWB banking app.
  • Set up account alerts. With FFNWB online banking access, you can manage Alerts, which can monitor low balances to avoid overdrafts, keep track of your account activity, debit card usage, direct deposit notifications, password changes, or unusual activity.

Special Financing

You may be able to make your home energy efficient and environmentally friendly with a home improvement loan. Special financing, including lower interest rates and fewer fees, may be available for loans to purchase electric, hybrid, or fuel-efficient cars. There may also be tax incentives; check with your tax professional.

Safely recycle

Safely recycle your paperwork whenever possible but be sure to destroy your financial information properly to maintain your financial privacy. Many communities sponsor secured shredding days. Check your local government’s website.

Keep your financial records based on retention requirements. For example, the IRS offers suggestions on how long to keep tax returns based on your tax filing situation. Be sure to save your digital records in a safe place.

Cancel junk mail

We often think of high-tech ways to steal a person’s information, but mail theft is still a concern. Thieves may target mailboxes looking for pre-approved credit cards and insurance offers. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), you can opt out of some junk mail for five years or sometimes permanently. This can save you the inconvenience of dealing with credit card theft, and you may help save a few trees.

Buy less, save more

Perhaps you can find new ways to reuse items or borrow them, instead of buying new. You can put the money you were going to use to purchase the item in your savings account and help the environment at the same time.

These changes can save time and money, and make the world a little greener, too.    

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