The month of August brings last minute summer getaways before classes are back in session. The summer vacations and road trips bring new adventures to your life, but you are also at a higher risk for identity theft. Not only are you at a higher risk for identity theft while on vacation, this is also the case during the summer for a lot of reasons. Today’s Security State Bank blog has identity protection tips for the end of summer.
Identity protection tips:
While on vacation:
- At your hotel while connected to Wi-Fi, do not access your bank information with the unsecure Wi-Fi connection because a hacker could potentially get your information.
- While away from your phone whether you’re swimming, at a theme park or any other time, put a password protection code on your phone to avoid theft.
- Whenever your card is swiped for payment, be sure the clerk or cashier is not taking note of your card number.
After vacation or anytime at home:
- Watch the transactions on your account to make sure nothing out of the ordinary is happening. Look for transactions from your vacation destination just in case your card could have been compromised while on the trip.
- Talk to your children about email phishing scams and other forms of identity theft. While they use the internet, make sure they know not to click on out of the ordinary emails or messages that come from friends’ accounts because it could be hacked.
- If you feel your card may have been compromised on vacation or otherwise, contact Security State Bank immediately so we are able to watch your account and cancel your card if unusual spending occurs.
Security State Bank wishes you well on your end of summer vacation and we hope you feel protected with our financial services and with these tips.
The Iowa State Fair begin in 1854 in Fairfield, Iowa and still exists at the fairgrounds in the state’s capital city today. Not only does the state fair bring great musical acts, Iowa pride and fun rides, the food is also a highlight of the 10 day event. Today’s Security State Bank blog will give you the top 10 things to eat on a stick at the Iowa State Fair.
Top 10 Things on a Stick:
- Apple Pie on-a-Stick- This classic favorite is comprised of sliced apples dipped in a funnel cake batter and apple pie spice, deep fried and topped with cinnamon sugar. Served with a side of caramel and three apple wedges.
- Golden Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly on a Stick- Add peanut butter, jelly and delicious bread dipped in batter. This fried delight puts a twist on this childhood lunch special. Available at Veggie Table on the north side of The Varied Industries Building, west of the main entrance.
- Gluten Free Corndog- Available at Campbell’s Concessions at the northwest corner of The Varied Industries building.
- Caprese Salad On-a-Stick- This favorite was brought to the fair in 2014. Available at the Salad Bowl in the Agriculture Building and Cultural Center Courtyard.
- Mexican Grilled Corn On-the-cob- Available at Steak & Shakeup on the southwest corner of the Livestock Pavilion and the east end of the Varied Industries Building.
- Tater Dog On-a-stick- Available at Brenda Smith Concessions west of the Riley Stage.
- Funnel Cake Sticks- Available at Arnold’s Concessions on Grand Avenue across from Hy-Vee Health and First Aid.
- Chocolate Covered Chunky Bacon Maple Nougat On-a-stick- Available at Dipped in Chocolate on the southwest side of the Livestock Pavilion.
- Chocolate Covered Cookies N Cream On-a-stick- Available at Dipped in Chocolate on the southwest side of the Livestock Pavilion.
The top 10 things on a stick at the Iowa State Fair will be available August 13-23rd. Fair admission can be purchased in advanced at $8 for adults and $4 for children. Security State Bank hopes you take advantage of all the food and fun the Iowa State Fair this August.
Enjoy some delicious local sweet corn this summer and thank the dedicated farmers of Eastern Iowa for their hard work this season.
Close your eyes and think back to your childhood summers spent on the farm. Those days included playing outside all day and coming inside for dinner with a side of golden, Iowa sweet corn. There’s nothing like summer meals filled with sweet corn. (more…)
The summer season is ideal for doing home improvement projects that cannot be done in any other season.
Summertime brings warm weather, sunshine and endless to-do lists. If you’re a home owner, you know the summer season is ideal for doing home improvement projects that cannot be done in any other season. Security State Bank is bringing you four home improvement ideas for summer in today’s blog. (more…)
There’s a sense of pride being able to host a grill out at your own home. You can show friends and family your pride and joy, the place you call home. Although hosting people at your home is exciting, it can get expensive especially if you plan to feed a crowd. Today, Security State Bank is bringing you ideas on how to plan a budget friendly grill out.
Budget friendly grill out ideas:
Make the grill out a potluck. By asking everyone to bring a side dish or their own meat, you will save yourself from breaking the bank. Typically, others are more than willing to help with bringing food, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. If someone doesn’t want to cook food, you could have them bring the buns or condiments for the meat.
Avoid expensive meat. Meat will likely be the most expensive part of a grill out which could be the reason your budget is busted. You could let your guests know what you will be providing and if they want anything else, they can bring it with. You could offer to buy the burgers, brats and hot dogs because these food items are typically cheaper than steak or chicken.
Make easy side dishes. A batch of macaroni salad or a side of potatoes can go a long way when feeding a large group of people. As long as you make a side dish that is well liked by a majority of people, you won’t have to put too much money into making the food. You could also ask if others are willing to bring side dishes or appetizer like foods.
Security State Bank hopes you are able to have a budget friendly grill out this summer. If you need help with financing to buy a home where you can host your very own summer grill outs, contact us today about our mortgage options.
Iowa is a beautiful place to be, especially in the summer months. Summer is a time to celebrate the cold winter we left behind and move forward to finding ways to cool off in the summer heat. Security State Bank is proud to be a part of the great state of Iowa, so we are bringing you the top five places to visit this summer in Iowa.
Top 5 places to visit this summer in Iowa:
Lake MacBride State Park- Located within an hour from most of our branches, Lake MacBride is a hidden gem in Iowa. Whether you’re looking for a great fishing spot or need a new place to take the family camping, Lake MacBride is the perfect location.
The Amana Colonies- Immerse yourself in a great piece of Iowa history at the Amana Colonies. Be sure to head to the area hungry because the German food options are endless. The area offers many little shops to cool off in and a museum to help you understand the history.
Backbone State Park- Pack a lunch and spend the afternoon hiking the trails of Backbone State Park. There’s a popular trout stream for fishing and canoe rentals are available if you’re an avid adventurous.
Downtown Iowa City- If you’re looking for an afternoon of fun shopping and culture, visit the Iowa City downtown district. Located within the University of Iowa campus, Iowa City is a great cultural getaway, especially in the month of June with all of the festivals happening.
The Iowa State Fair- Although later on in the summer, start planning your trip now to head to the Iowa State Fair in August. From delicious fair food to famous performing acts, it’s an experience every Iowan should embrace.
Security State Bank hopes you get the opportunity now to explore the top destinations in Iowa. Contact us today if you want to learn more about our savings accounts so you can head to all of these exciting destinations.
Do you have plans to travel this summer? Family trips and relaxing getaways are always a good idea, but be sure to protect your debit card while you travel. Security State Bank is bringing you debit card travel safety tips in this month’s blog.
Debit card travel safety:
- Lighten up your wallet. When you plan to travel, withdrawing a lot of cash may seem like a good idea, but it is best to only bring the credit cards and debit card that is necessary for the trip. Even if you need to withdraw money from an ATM that has a fee, it is better than losing hundreds of dollars by theft.
- Let Security State Bank know about your travel plans. By letting us know where you are going, we can watch for suspicious spending from the area you are traveling to. If we don’t know where you are going or if you are going anywhere, we would likely assume your card was compromised and the charges are fraudulent. Save yourself the hassle and just let us know you will be traveling.
- Keep a close eye on your debit card. Because your debit card is directly linked to your bank account, it is important to track your purchases through our online banking option. While entering your pin at the store or handing it over at a restaurant, be aware of your surroundings so no one is trying to get your card number.
- Only make small purchases with a debit card while traveling. Small purchases are easier for you to track and the card is less likely to be compromised through small purchases. Credit cards are best for larger purchases because many credit card companies have a no liability policy to make the process easier for you.
Security State Bank is always looking out for your financial safety. Contact us today to learn about online banking if you do not have it set up yet.
April is Financial Literacy Month and Security State Bank wants to bring you helpful financial information.
April is Financial Literacy Month and Security State Bank wants to bring you helpful financial tips and tricks. Today’s blog highlights interesting information about our services and how you can benefit from different types of accounts. Security State Bank is your hometown financial institution that offers helpful banking information and financial services.
- Choosing a checking account. Surprisingly, many people do not utilize a checking account in the United States. A checking account is important because you don’t have to have cash on you at all times and you are able to easily transfer funds to your savings account. Security State Bank makes having a personal checking account easy.
- Why you need a savings account. Whatever your financial goals are, a savings account can help you work towards financial success. From free e-statements to interest paid monthly, a personal savings account from Security State Bank can bring you one step closer to your financial goals. We also offer Christmas Club Savings, Friendship Club Savings, and Individual Retirement Funds.
- You need basic financial management. Basic financial management may seem like a given, but that is not always the case. Basic financial management includes: budgeting, debt management, and evaluation of your spending habits. If you start with sticking to a budget, you will be more accountable to yourself and eventually manage your debt and spending habits. Basic financial habits can put you on the right track to saving money and spending less on things you don’t really need.
April may be Financial Literacy Month, but you can practice financial literacy every month of the year. Security State Bank can help you reach your financial goals through financial literacy. Want to learn more about other services we offer? Contact us today to get started on working for your financial goals.
As you get ready to plan this year’s crop, be inspired by these quotes about farming.
Just in time for planting season, Security State Bank of Independence wants to bring you farming inspiration. Planting season brings the dawning of farming time and starts the process towards harvest. Planting season can mean long days and lack of sleep, so Security State Bank wants to bring you motivation to keep going.
Life is better on the farm. Why is life better? More like, where do we start? Life on the farm brings early morning and getting to see the sunrise over the hill. It means time well-spent with family. We get to teach the kids the way of many generations before them and watch them grow.
The most memorable days end with the dirtiest clothing. Growing up, you may remember helping in the fields during planting season because those were the days you got to spend the most time with family. Dirty clothing means another hard day’s work is in the books.
Hold the vision, trust the process. Farming is always a process that requires plenty of patience. When you are able to harvest in the fall, you will realize all the hard work and long days are well worth it. Envision the future to keep motivated for planting season.
Some of us grew up playing with tractors and trucks, the lucky ones still do. How great a gift to be able to be outside in the beautiful weather each and every day? Farming has a purpose in everyone’s lives across the country. Your work is needed and appreciated.
Now that you are ready and motivated for farming season, be sure to contact Security State Bank for all your agricultural banking needs. We specialize in ag loans to make your farming dreams come true. We offer many loan options for farmers. We are your hometown bank for all your agricultural banking needs.