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You’ve been looking forward to this day and dreading it at the same time. The moving van is pulling out of the driveway and the house is quieter than it’s been in years. Now it’s time to focus your energy on yourself. Everyone has a unique life story, and each chapter of that story is accompanied by different financial needs. As your community bank, Hills Bank would like to be a part of each stage of your life and help you with the financial products and services you will need along the way.You have every right to spoil yourself for a while; it’s also a good time to review your retirement plan and your finances with these products:
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Embrace your empty nest
The greatest advantage of the empty nest is the ability to cut expenses and have more time for the things you are passionate about. Below are some items to take into consideration as you embark on your empty nest and rediscover yourself.
Reconnect with your partner. For years, you and your partner have had LOTS to talk about, from the kids' schedules to school events, and more. Now your children are grown, and you are spectators to their lives. You may wonder what will take the place of talking about your children together. You can now reconnect with your partner and find hobbies you both enjoy doing together that schedules didn't allow when the children were home. If you both enjoy cooking, you can become a bit more adventurous now that you don't have a finicky pallet at the dining room table with you. Start enjoying things together again!
Single parents now have the chance to reconnect with family, friends, and hobbies. If you're a single parent, you've been busy handling the demands of your children all alone. You've probably said to yourself you'll find time for the things you love later. If you've been wanting to take line dance lessons, culinary classes, join a gym, or work on your own arts or crafts, now's the time! Reclaim your interests and passions, or discover new ones. Staying busy is an important part of adjusting to your empty nest.
Volunteer and give back to your community. Find something you have an interest in or passion for. It could be at your church, local non-profit organization, local hospital, or at the senior center. If you try one and it's not a good fit, try another one. Participating in a variety of programs will help you stay busy and make a difference in the community in which you live.
Make sure you are on course. It's possible life has thrown you some curve balls and your retirement plans and insurance policies may have changed over the years. You may not have predicted all the changes, or your goals have changed. You should keep in mind your health care costs will most likely increase the older you get. Have you accommodated for the unexpected? Review your financial planning and meet with your advisor to make sure you are still on course.
Reduce debt. Now that your children are on their own, you may find you have extra disposable income. If you still have any debt, try to reduce it as quickly as possible, especially credit card debt. Often times, empty nesters experience a newfound sense of financial freedom since they are no longer paying for braces, dance lessons, school supplies, etc. Don't fall into the trap of spending money once reserved for the children's funds on large ticket items like recreational vehicles, fancy vacations, etc. Instead, use that money to reduce your debt and make adjustments to your retirement plan. The rest can be used for small splurges if your financial plan is where you want it to be.
Cut costs. There are many ways you can cut costs now that the kids are out of the house. Notify your health insurance company once your child has their own coverage, and your monthly premiums may be reduced. Maybe you don't need such a large vehicle any longer and have the option to downsize into a more fuel efficient model. Look into the possibility of downsizing your home. Not only will you cut costs on the mortgage, but you will cut the costs of taxes and utilities as well.
Consider a part-time job. If you discover you are not on track for retirement, take your new-found free time and consider a part-time job. You could work at your favorite department store or clothing store and reap employee discounts. If you would like a little more flexibility, consider seasonal work. Many retailers need seasonal help, and you don't have to commit to working year round. Also, consider utilizing your skills at a temporary employment agency without long-term commitment.
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Mobile banking – Access your Hills Bank accounts easily and securely. Mobile banking has no fee, and it's available anytime, anywhere with a text phone or a smart phone.
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eStatements – Receive your monthly bank statements electronically with eStatements. This will not only help reduce the paper mail that arrives at your home; it also allows you to view your statement the day after it is generated at the bank.
PowerPay – With free PowerPay, you pay your bills from your Hills Bank checking account without writing a check or buying stamps.
Catch up on your IRA or other retirement plan
After age 50, you are qualified to boost your plans with “catch-up” contributions. Contact the Hills Bank Trust and Wealth Management team for more details.
IRAs are not a deposit, not FDIC insured, not insured by any federal government agency, carry no bank guarantee, and may go down in value.
Establish an estate plan and/or trust
Hills Bank’s Trust and Wealth Management team can help you plan for the special needs of your children, aging parents, or the responsibilities of higher education and more. Our trust professionals can help you in the areas of trust administration and estate planning to grow your assets, save on taxes, and protect and manage your property.
Trust and Estate Administration — A lifetime of hard work and savings often results in the creation of significant personal wealth. We are ready to help answer any questions regarding your financial future.
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Organize your personal documents
With all the junk mail, notices, and bills that arrive in your mailbox each day, it’s easy to feel like you're drowning in paper. Don’t let important papers pile up, waiting for you to find the time to sort and file them. Getting organized can be a chore, but it is absolutely essential. Managing your financial affairs requires taking charge of important documents such as birth certificates, insurance papers, deeds, and more with a tool called the Personal SAFEkeeper.
The Personal SAFEkeeper will provide small steps to tackle your project. Work through each page and you'll have a binder full of easy-to-reference essential documents.
Areas of focus include:
Assemble important papers and get organized today with your Personal SAFEkeeper. Don’t forget you can store all those essential papers in a safe deposit box* at any Hills Bank location!
*Safe deposit box contents are not FDIC insured.
Rent a safe deposit box
This is a convenient place to store important items that would be difficult or impossible to replace. Hills Bank’s safe deposit boxes* offer privacy and in most cases, greater security than keeping your valuables and important documents elsewhere. Additionally, some insurance companies charge lower insurance premiums on valuables kept in a bank's safe deposit box instead of at home.
*Safe deposit box contents are not FDIC insured.
Stay current with financial information, products, and incentives from Hills Bank
You're busy, and time is a limited commodity. It's hard to keep track of the ever-changing financial industry. Consider signing up for the following eNewsletters from Hills Bank for the latest financial information, products, and incentives from Hills Bank.
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Hills Bank Customer Protection Center
Hills Bank has created the Customer Protection Center to provide educational information and ways to protect your accounts and personal information. In this center, you can find up-to-date security alerts from the FDIC and Hills Bank, information on protecting your bank cards, tips for online security and mobile security, information about social media security, a video about identity theft, and a list of online resources to help protect your identity.
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Additional online resources for empty nesters
When it comes to finances, it's usually safe to say that the longer you invest your money, the more you'll have. You can figure out how long it will take to double your money with the "Rule of 72", by dividing your interest rate into 72.
EXAMPLE: Savings interest rate at 3%: 72 / 3 = 24, so money in a savings account earning 3% interest takes 24 years to double.
For help determining the best practices and products for sound and productive money management during
your particular life stage, please contact us at any Hills Bank location or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.