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.

A Lower Cell Phone Bill is Calling

Cell phones. Most of us can’t live without them. We can, however, live without the monthly bills that sometimes come with having one. With all the bells and whistles with today’s cell phones, including smartphones, it’s easy to get lured in by the shiny new models. However, a new phone can quickly lose its luster … read more »

5 Smart Things to Do with Your Tax Return

What’s not to love about receiving money? It’s why millions and millions of people play the lottery each year. And while most won’t be lucky enough to win the jackpot, they may very well receive money in a far more common way — getting a tax refund. For some Americans, tax time is a time … read more »

How to be Safer When Using a Smartphone or Tablet

Tips from FDIC Consumer News Everywhere you look, people are using smartphones and tablets as portable, hand-held computers. “Unfortunately, cybercriminals are also interested in using or accessing these devices to steal information or commit other crimes,” said Michael Benardo, manager of the FDIC’s Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes Section. “That makes it essential for users … read more »

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Cybersecurity for Small Businesses

Ways to Stay Protected from FDIC Consumer News In today’s world, it’s important for small business owners to be vigilant in protecting their computer systems and data. Among the reasons: Federal consumer protections generally do not cover businesses for losses they incur from unauthorized electronic fund transfers. That means, for example, your bank may not … read more »

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How to Organize Your Finances

A new year brings a chance to start fresh with just about anything. If your midnight toast includes a resolution to improve your financial health, here’s how to make it happen. Get on a budget To get ahead, it’s important to know where you stand and to create a plan with realistic goals such as … read more »

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Avoid Malware: Think Before You Click!

Good Practices from FDIC Consumer News Malicious software — or “malware” for short — is a broad class of software built with malicious intent. “You may have heard of malware being referred to as a ‘computer bug’ or ‘virus’ because most malware is designed to spread like a contagious illness, infecting other computers it comes … read more »

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e-Tax Forms Available with Online Banking

You can access your Main Street Bank financial tax documents through your Online Banking! Sign up for e-Tax forms today by logging into Online Banking and authorizing electronic delivery of your Main Street Bank tax documents. To do this, simply log into Online Banking, select “Accounts” in the main menu, select “Online documents,” and then click … read more »

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How to Get Out From Under Student Loans

If you’re a recent college graduate who took out student loans, you likely owe about $35,000. As eye-popping as that average debt figure is, you’re certainly not the only one wondering how you’ll possibly get out from under your loans. As with any difficult assignment, though, research and a well-thought-out plan will help you tackle even the … read more »

Best Ways to Save for the Holidays

“Christmas in July” is the name of a movie in which a man called Jimmy is tricked into believing he’s won $25,000 in a national radio contest. (It’s from 1940, but the point remains.) He promptly goes out and blows his winnings on a shopping spree. When the truth comes out that Jimmy didn’t win, … read more »

How to Set Your Finances Up for Life

Landing that first job means having a regular influx of cash, but steady work alone doesn’t guarantee financial health. Here’s how to build the foundation for lifetime financial security. Get on budget It truly doesn’t pay to wing it. Budgeting is the most effective way to get and keep finances on track. Just add up … read more »

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