From a checking account to a mortgage to planning retirement, there are as many phases of banking as there are in your lifetime! Don’t let it overwhelm you – that’s why we’re here. We can sort the short-term goals from the long-term planning out for you. In the meantime, if you’re looking for some background banking info, you’ve come to the right place! Our resource library has articles on all kinds of accounts and loans.

How Getting Preapproved for a Mortgage Differs From Being Prequalified

You’ve probably heard this one: A home is the biggest — and most important — purchase of your life. Although that bit of conventional wisdom may be enough to cause even the coolest homebuyers to break out in a nervous sweat, this process doesn’t have to be the most complicated you’ll ever face. Securing a […]

5 Financial Resolutions for the New Year

A brand new year provides the perfect opportunity to make meaningful life changes, including improved financial wellness. These five financial resolutions can help get your year off to a promising start. 1. GET ON BUDGET Take charge of your finances by creating a budget. Start by calculating after-tax income and subtracting fixed monthly expenses. Then […]

What to Know About Transport Layer Security

Keeping your information safe is part of our responsibility, but we also want to inform you of the steps you can take to protect yourself further. Currently, many websites and internet providers disabling access to sites for users of Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and lower. In English, that means Windows users with older versions […]

Making The Most of e-Banking

Most people are at least somewhat tech-savvy these days. But when it comes to digital banking, you might be missing out on a few time-saving tricks. Here’s how the internet can help make your financial life easier. Online Banking You don’t have to leave home for everyday transactions, because financial institutions offer a slew of […]

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6 Ways to Save More Money in the New Year

6 Ways to Save More Money in the New Year Even if saving has never been your thing and money is tight, the coming of a new year is an opportunity to change old financial habits. Here are some ways to become a more efficient saver. 1. Budget Budgeting helps you organize your finances so […]

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Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year is an ideal time to make positive changes in your life. Set yourself up for success by following these proven tips for keeping your resolutions. Set realistic goals Rather than resolving to lose 20 pounds, set a goal to lose two pounds a month. Achieving success in small steps is the motivation […]

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Meet Our Newest Community Lender – Felicia Freel

We would like to introduce our newest Community Lender, Felicia Freel. As a Community Lender, she is responsible for helping her customers reach their dream of owning a home by finding the best mortgage product to fit their needs. Felicia will be servings the towns of Ayer, Shirley, Lunenburg and Devens. Felicia began her banking […]

Using Equity Loans to Winterize Your Home

There are all sorts of ways to guard your home from the winter elements. Some are cheap and may even fall in the do-it-yourself category, like adding weather stripping and caulking. Other endeavors, such as swapping out single-pane windows for energy-efficient double panes, or replacing a furnace, are beyond the skill set of most homeowners […]

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Smart and Easy Ways to Trim Your Grocery Bills

Growing up, you may have heard your parents or grandparents talk about the rising cost of living. Something like, “In my day, we used to pay 10 cents for a loaf of bread and 18 cents for a gallon of gas.” Well if you’ve been to the grocery store, you know that the cost of […]

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Tips for Shopping Online

(Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information) Know who you’re dealing with. Anyone can set up shop online under almost any name. Confirm the online seller’s physical address and phone number in case you have questions or problems. And if you get an email or pop-up message that asks for your financial information while you’re browsing, don’t […]

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