*To enter, comment on this post before the deadline and completely answer the question to qualify. Post your comment on or before 9/19/14 at 5pm. Must be 18 years or older to enter. The winner will be randomly selected from the entries received and notified by the Marketing Department on or about 9/22/14. Winner will be able to pick up their gift card in a First Financial branch or receive it via mail. No purchase necessary to enter or claim prize.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Father’s Day Facebook Contest, and for posting all of the ways in which your fathers and grandfathers taught you how to prepare for the “real world.”
Below is a list of all the wonderful advice we received:
- “My dad helped me to set multiple levels of financial goals, including starting my first savings account at First Financial (at that time MonOc)! He also helped me to learn about credit cards, savings certificates and CDs. Overall, he really helped me to get on the right track and become very successful today with my finances. Hope I have the opportunity to give him that Home Depot gift card for Father’s Day!” – Joshua E.
- “Dad and grandpa both stressed the importance of needs vs. wants and how bills should only account for a certain percentage of my income. Smart men!” – Troy J.
- “My dad always said to pay with cash. If you don’t have the money now, save for it.” - Bridgette D.
- “Dad always made sure I never spent my whole paycheck from the time I started working at 14. That went from giving him a few bucks back then and turned into retirement and investment accounts today. Great advice.” – Karen M.
- “By putting away a portion of income automatically and the importance of saving for retirement!” – Joe V.
- “I was one of seven children, so a total family of nine with my parents. I witnessed my Dad save money in many ways, first to put food on the table for a large family, let alone pay a mortgage and utilities, clothing, etc., was a task. What he taught us was how to survive on a few dollars when you had to, don’t hire laborer’s when you can do repairs yourself, “learn it” he said, learn it all. He made cabinets, he fixed his own cars, he did electrical work. We went without a furnace for 3 month’s of a very cold winter while he rebuilt the system when our furnace broke, we stayed in one room of our nine room home. He built additions for family, with family, and his trade, he was a printer on an old fashioned Poegy Press – I incidentally knew how one worked myself at age 13. Yet, he took us on vacation every year in the summer, because he saved through his own laboring. He owned two homes in his lifetime. He’s deceased since 1990, and I still have questions I wish I’d asked on many things he did. I can say my son-in-law does a lot of these things, and he reminds me of my father in this respect, which makes me proud to say my daughter’s married men who “labor” and that is a way to save.” – Patricia C.
- “Pay yourself first! (Put money into savings first, before you do anything else).” – Denise J.
- “My Dad taught me to always pay my bills on time and he encouraged me to purchase a rental property so someone else could pay my mortgage; it was the best advice ever.” – Kevin O.
- “Only buy if you will use it as a priority.. not just a want.” – Gayle G.
- “My Dad taught me to never pay credit card interest, to always donate 2% to charity and to save for those big unexpected purchases.” – AT O.
- “My dad taught me to balance my checkbook and how to understand stock indexes when I was 15 yrs old.” – Chief (Facebook Username)
- “My grandfather was a frugal yet enormously generous man who taught all of us that it takes more than money to be rich!” – Kerry D.
- “My dad taught me to save a portion of every paycheck.” – Patty B.
- “My father taught me how to budget once I got into the ‘real world’ by his example. He never used a credit card and taught me that if you didn’t have the extra cash to purchase something then you would have to wait and save for it. Today I employ this, however, I do use my credit card, specifically for the ease of that type of payment especially in today’s use of technology and internet retail. I follow his example and manage that by paying my credit card bill every month in it’s entirety so I do not incur any interest charges.” – Danette K.
- “My Dad made sure I paid back any money I borrowed. I’m happy to say that almost 40 years later I pay all my debts on time! Thanks Dad!” – Charlene L.
- “Well, I have to say honestly my dad didn’t teach me to ‘budget’ money, my mom did the financials in our household. But he did teach me the value of balancing, looking ahead and enjoying the now. He knew the future was important but also how important it was to live in and appreciate the present. That’s a great gift.” – Terri S.
- “My dad taught me to always put away a percentage of my pay check for those ‘emergencies.’ He always taught me the financial responsibilities in life, even if I didn’t like it. I had to start paying rent the day after I graduated high school. I didn’t like it then, but it taught me responsibility and budgeting my finances since I had to. I thanked him years after because he taught me so much more than others my age.” – Renee M.
- “Dad always saved first, then bought. From the day he bought a car, he would start saving for the next.” – Laurie S.
- “My father always said live for the future not just for today. He encouraged us to save money and if you wanted something, you should set aside money each week so you can buy it outright.” – Lori M.
- “My father always used coupons which allowed us to have money for fun things, like the arcade or movies. I used to get a $3 weekly allowance which I saved to buy my family Christmas presents with. We weren’t rich, but I thought we were!” – Angela S.
- “My grandfather taught me the importance of saving from a early age. Through this time and his encouragement I was able to buy my own car in cash.” – Kenny F.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook and receive the most recent information about First Financial including monthly trivia, seminars, financial tips, event information, promotions, and so much more. Thank you again for participating and on behalf of everyone at First Financial, we wish all Fathers and Grandfathers a wonderful and happy Father’s Day!
We’d like to thank everyone who participated in our Mother’s Day Facebook Contest and posting the best financial advice their mother or grandmother ever gave them. Congratulations to our Facebook Contest winner, Susan Rubin, who earned a $50 Hand and Stone Massage Spa gift card for Mother’s Day. Here is what she shared:
“My mom taught me to embrace and live life to the fullest. Don’t skimp on your needs but you can live without all the ‘WANTS’.”
We received a number great financial tips and and we thought it would be nice to share them with everyone…
- “My Mom is wonderful woman! She has always encouraged me to save my money and pay my bills on time. My Mom deserves praise and recognition for her efforts to raise good children with morals and scruples. I love my Mom with all of my heart and I am proud to be her daughter! Happy Mother’s Day Mom!” – Jeanie P.
- “My mother told me to ‘always pay yourself first’. No matter how small a paycheck or how big the bills/debt, you need to put something away for that rainy day/emergency/retirement fund. You never know when you might need it!” – Michelle J.
- “My Mother many years ago believed that a woman should always have her own account when married besides the household accounts.” – Claire D.
- “My husband’s grandparents who were close to 100 when they passed away had a very simple way of life, Grandma always said to Grandpa even at 96 years old ‘You do not work you do not eat’.” – Yovone R.
- “My mom taught me at a young age that all your change adds up quickly.”- Kimberly P.
- “Mom taught me to live within my means — if you can’t afford it, don’t buy it.” – Susan H.
- “My mom told me that the best and easiest way to save was to get the money removed directly from your paycheck. After two paydays you won’t even miss it! She was right!” – Michelle W.
- “My mom taught me to explore new and different retirement options and savings plans to prepare for my future.” - Mike R.
- “A dollar spent is a dollar gone; it doesn’t just recycle itself and it’s not some bottomless pit.” – Tina P.
- “’When it comes down to it, the only person you can depend on… is yourself’ – helpful in regards to finances and life in general.” – Kori S.
- “My single mom had been a member of the credit union all through my childhood. Although on a very tight budget, she used to have a separate Christmas account (Holiday Club) to save money all year long for the holidays so she could spoil my sister and I on her favorite holiday!” – Alison Z.
- “Best advice is to strive to be independent, especially financially. Surround yourself with good people but at the end of the day, be able to rely on yourself!” – Margaret P.
- “Make sure to think carefully about everything you spend. A dollar each day for coffee may not seem like much, but even the little things add up!” – Kelly B.
- “Money doesn’t grow on trees!” – Kathleen G.
- “Best financial advice my momma gave me was to spend wisely but also remember you only live once!” – Melissa D.
- “Best advice from mom was to work hard, spend your money wisely, save and invest!” – Marina F.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook and receive the most recent information about First Financial including monthly trivia, seminars, financial tips, event information, promotions, and so much more! Thank you again for participating and on behalf of everyone at First Financial we wish all Mothers and Grandmothers a wonderful and happy Mother’s Day!
Just in time for a Halloween treat, check out the winning photo from our most recent photo contest! Participants were asked to enter their best Halloween photo to be viewed by our panel of judges. We received a number of creative entries which made it hard to choose the best photo, but one lucky member took home a $250 Visa Gift Card, and their photo will be featured in our Fall Newsletter Magazine!
Congratulations to our contest winner and member, Mary Ann Berrigan! This photo features Mary Ann with her daughters (two of whom are also First Financial members) posing for a “witchy” picture in Salem, Massachusetts.
You don’t have to wait to participate in our next photo contest because it’s going on now! Submit your Best Landscape Photo of a previous vacation or of an outdoor scene that you truly love. You have until December 31st to impress our panel of judges to win the grand prize, a $250 Visa Gift Card.
Once again, congrats to Mary Ann and her family and thank you to everyone who entered!
Nicole Aleta of Lakewood is First Financial’s 2012 Reader Rewards Annual Summer Reading Contest Winner.
Aleta, a 7th grader and member of First Financial’s Toms River Branch took part in the competition by reading 13 books during the entry period of July 2 to August 31. First Financial members up to age 18 were eligible to read books and earn $1 rewards per book (up to 10 books), and with each book read, they were also entered into a drawing to win the grand prize of a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card (number of entries unlimited).
“Summer is a wonderful time to teach children the joys of reading,” said Issa Stephan, President and CEO of First Financial. “We thought this would be a fun way to encourage them to do so, and open their eyes to a world of imagination.”
To learn more about our annual summer reading contest, visit our previous blog post.
CALLING ALL FIRST FINANCIAL VISA PLATINUM CREDIT CARDHOLDERS!
When you use your consumer or business VISA credit cards betweenOctober 1st and November 30th, each swipe will earn you an entry into VISA’s latest sweepstakes to win the grand prize of a trip for two, to the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans!
The grand prize includes:
- A 5 day/4 night trip for two (2), to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans
- Hotel accommodations (one room, double occupancy)
- Two tickets to Super Bowl XLVII
- Two tickets to a lunch or dinner event with an NFL player
- Two tickets to Saturday night’s pre-Super Bowl party
- Two tickets to an NFL tailgate before the Super Bowl
- A $500 Visa Gift Card
- Local transportation for all activities
- Tunnel access at the Super Bowl to greet NFL players onto the field
Not a First Financial VISA Platinum Credit Cardholder but want to get in on the sweepstakes? Apply today!
You could win the football experience of a lifetime, when you use your First Financial VISA Platinum Credit Card!
**NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. PIN-based & International transactions ineligible. Starts 10/1/12. Ends 11/30/12. Open to legal U.S. residents, 18+. Restrictions Apply. Click here for Official Rules, participating credit unions & complete details.