July 1, 2013 9:30 AM
I had a garage sale last weekend, full of mounds and mounds of baby clothes and toys that I had no qualms about parting with. In fact, I couldn’t believe we had amassed that much “stuff” in four years.
For my son, however, it was tough to understand why we were getting rid of his things, even though he hasn’t played with most of them in years. I tried my best to explain that if we sell these “old” things, we can make money to buy new toys.
This event presented yet another opportunity to teach a lesson in money management. Continue reading
June 24, 2013 6:00 AM
Depositing a check from your smartphone with Susquehanna Bank is simple, convenient and efficient. Now, for one lucky customer, it could also be profitable.
As part of the Snap into Summer Sweepstakes, Susquehanna customers will be automatically entered in the $1,000 grand prize drawing every time they deposit a check using the bank’s Mobile Deposit app between July 1 and August 30. Continue reading
June 20, 2013 6:00 AM
Susquehanna Bank has branches in four states and one of them celebrates a very important birthday today.
That’s right; West Virginia is 150 years old. It officially became the 35th state on June 20, 1863 after a proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Continue reading
June 17, 2013 6:00 AM
Remember playing Truth or Dare as a kid? Sure, we all do. Well, what if I asked you to play right now – financially? Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you take a big financial risk (or tell us a deep dark secret); I’m talking about challenging yourself to be a little more frugal.
I asked my co-workers recently what their favorite little splurges are, and how long they think they could go without them. The answers I got were pretty compelling. Continue reading
June 13, 2013 6:00 AM
Imagine going on a rollercoaster with a speed of 6 mph and a cost of a nickel to ride.
Sounds exciting, no? Didn’t think so.
But those were the features of the first American rollercoaster – then known as a switchback railway – which opened June 16, 1884 at Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY, according to The History Channel. The idea, created by LaMarcus Thompson, became an instant success and by the turn of the century there were hundreds of coasters across the country. Continue reading
June 10, 2013 6:00 AM
Think back to Jan. 1. Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier and add more fresh fruit and vegetables to your diet?
Keeping that resolution may have been a little tough at the time, since the dead of winter is not prime season for succulent strawberries or tasty tomatoes.
But now the wait is over. Fresh, locally grown produce is available in just about every community where you will find a Susquehanna Bank. Continue reading
June 6, 2013 6:00 AM
Today is the 80th anniversary of the first movie showing at a drive-in theater! Last year, a fun animated Google Doodle was dedicated to drive-ins. We thought we’d celebrate this year’s anniversary by posing some trivia questions and highlighting some of the drive-in theaters we are fortunate enough to still have in our area.
First order of business: trivia!
- What state (bonus points for city!) was the first drive-in movie shown?
- Who was the inventor of the drive-in movie theater?
- What was the title of the first movie shown?
- In what decade did the popularity of drive-in movie theaters peak?
- How much did it cost to get into the first drive-in movie? Continue reading
June 3, 2013 6:00 AM
Go time! I had my game face on before the Race Against Racism in 2011.
People dedicate their time and energy to a number of different extracurricular activities for a number of different reasons. I’ve recently come to realize, however, that of these people, it seems the most dedicated adult athletes are runners. Maybe it’s because you don’t need equipment or a fancy uniform to run. You don’t need a team. It’s just you and the road. Continue reading
May 29, 2013 6:00 AM
Getting healthy, staying healthy – these topics are all the rage these days. We talk about them endlessly, in part, because we can’t help but hope to find a silver bullet, a quick way to fix a problem that was years in the making – being overweight and/or stuck in some unhealthy habits.
For me, it took years to undo those habits, but I feel like I have accomplished that goal. I still have some distance to cover toward my weight loss goal, but when I look at my activity level now versus a few years ago, as well as my eating choices, I know I have come a long way. Continue reading
May 22, 2013 6:00 AM
My son enjoying our store-bought breakfast at our hotel on vacation.
I try not to take a vacation from being frugal, even when I’m on vacation. Sure, I’ll try to squeeze in a nice, indulgent dinner at a great restaurant, but I can feel good about doing it when I know I’ve saved money elsewhere. I’m game to save whenever and however I can.
That said, if you are looking for tips on how to save on airfare or hotel rates, I don’t have any secret tips to share. The web is full of advice on scoring those types of deals, so I’ll leave that to the experts. I’m sharing my solutions for saving in some more unexpected, unconventional ways – from strollers to snacks! Continue reading