Vanessa Jensema was a brave six-year-old girl undergoing treatment for leukemia. During her treatment, she wanted to spread joy and hope to other children battling cancer. Her giving heart and strong faith created “Nessa’s Project.” After her passing, her spirit lived on through “Nessa’s Project” and evolved into Project Angel Hugs.
With an 11% rise in online financial scams and over $13.44 million lost in just four months since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, it is crucial to be vigilant now more than ever in protecting yourself and loved ones from financial scams.
Happy National Lasagna Day! You bet we weren’t going to miss this opportunity to share a recipe for success!
After the longest economic expansion in U.S. History, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) has declared a recession, leaving many wondering how to prepare. It’s normal to feel uncertain during these times, but we want to help you feel confident with these tips from our financial experts on managing your finances during a recession.
With 41% of young adults receiving no formal financial education, 68% of young adults financially at risk or financially precarious, and over 50% reporting their parents having the most influence on their financial education, it’s important now more than ever for parents to take a leading role in financial literacy for their children. Not sure where to begin? Don’t worry, our financial experts at Waldo State Bank put together five steps to raising financially smart kids.
Are you looking for the perfect recipe for your next summer cookout? Look no further than these BBQ whiskey chicken skewers!
With recent global events, many people have had to cancel their family vacations this summer, and, worse, without a refund. So how do you save for another family vacation without breaking the bank or going into debt? Have no fear; you’ll be sipping Mai Tai’s on a beach in no time with these five tips from our financial experts!
Whether you’re a parent or a recent high school graduate, the rising cost of college - especially in light of recent economic turmoil - is no small concern. It’s no secret college is expensive, and now paying for college isn't either! Our finance experts came up with "The Top 5 Ways to Finance Your Future at College."
This month, our compliance officer, Sherry, shares another one of her famous recipes; Jalepeno Chedder Bread.
While most people would agree that it’s important to save, according to a recent survey, 69% of Americans said they have less than $1,000 in a savings account. So, if everyone thinks it’s a great idea but less than half of America is doing it, how can you be successful in saving money? Let’s break it down into five easy steps to increase your savings...
So, you’re considering buying a property, but where do you even begin with real estate financing? How do you get a real estate loan? What financing costs should you be aware of? How do mortgage rates work? Should you paint the house green or blue? So many questions! While we may not be the most qualified to advise on paint colors, we do have a team of lending experts at Waldo State Bank who put together the top five things you should know about real estate loans.
To all of our Waldo State Bank Customers,
I wanted to write and share how Waldo State Bank is navigating these unprecedented times to continue serving you with the unmatched service and care we are so proud to provide you. The safety of our customers and employees is our number one priority. While we miss the warm conversations and smiling faces in our lobby every day, we want to assure you we’re still here and committed to serving you with uncompromised dedication, even from a safe social distance.
So you’re in quarantine, trying to limit grocery store runs and maintain social distancing, and then it hits… you get the undeniable craving for pizza and there’s no premade crust to be found in your pantry. Well, you’re in luck, our compliance officer, Sherry, also got that craving this week and shared her secret recipe for the perfect “pantry pizza crust,” that you can make with ingredients you likely already have on hand.
With economic uncertainty and sliding interest rates, many people are looking at lending options to help them secure their future or reduce expenses, including refinancing their home. Let’s explore how refinancing a mortgage works, and if refinancing is right for you.
In light of the national state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended both tax filing and tax payment deadlines until July 15 for Federal Income Taxes. Here are a couple of things worth noting that may affect you:
As we continue to monitor daily changes to the market and laws mandated by the state and federal government, we want you to know that you are our priority. To keep you updated, we are compiling the most current, reliable information here as it becomes available to us. Please check back to get the latest news and to see how we can serve your financial needs during this time.
For the safety of our customers, employees, and community, Waldo State Bank will be moving to drive-thru access only beginning Tuesday, March 17. Continue reading for more information.
Waldo State Bank is monitoring the COVID-19 Virus and while we remain open to serve our customers, you are our number one concern. We would encourage you to use caution and follow the recommendations of the CDC pertaining to the Virus as they unfold.
We are continually sanitizing and maintaining as healthy of an environment as possible and also offer remote banking services for your convenience, online, and through our mobile app.
This month, one of our Customer Service Representatives, Kari, is sharing her recipe for Luck of the Irish Instant Pot Cheesecake! Just when we thought Instant Pots couldn't possibly make one more thing, Kari shared this incredible treat with us!
When searching for financial solutions to some of life’s unexpected costs or large purchases, people often turn to high-interest credit cards to float their financial needs. Unfortunately, this means consumers often end up spending hundreds of dollars more in interest, but there is a better solution! Enter personal loans.
If you are like 56% of Americans, you might not know how much you need to retire and are probably even less sure about when and how to start working towards a retirement goal. You might also be one of the 22% of Americans who have $5k or less in retirement savings, or maybe you’re one of 15% that don’t have any retirement savings at all. The point is, wherever you are in your retirement journey, you certainly are not alone. And while it’s never too late to start saving for retirement, when you start significantly impacts your financial return and retirement strategy. So what factors should you consider when creating a retirement strategy?
You’ve likely heard the term IRA (Individual Retirement Account) before, among a bewildering amount of other retirement jargon. However, like many people, you’re probably still not sure what it is and what it can do for you. So, pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s talk about IRAs in plain English.
Our Vice President and Chief Loan Officer, Derrick, is sharing his Aunt Connie’s Baked Bean Casserole! According to Derrick, this casserole is magic, and we agree! Give the recipe a try for yourself.
If you read our last blog about the Advantages of an HSA Account, you have learned that you can use your HSA contributions after retirement. What you might still be wondering is how to best leverage your HSA for retirement, so let's explore what an interest-bearing HSA account at Waldo State Bank can do for you.
You have your 401(k), your IRA, your savings account, and your checking account. You name it; you’re on top of it. But, do you have an HSA account? With a bit of strategy, an HSA account can be an excellent tool to cover current medical expenses and help you save long-term. HSA accounts can even offer considerable benefits after retirement and can serve as a good retirement savings strategy. Open an interest-bearing HSA account at Waldo State Bank and take advantage of our competitive rates and helpful team!
Are you ready for game day? Gear up with our featured Buffalo Chicken Dip. This recipe is quick and simple, so you don’t have to worry about missing kickoff!
The holidays are an exciting and wonderful time of year, but they can also be very expensive! Pricey gifts, festive decorations, ugly sweaters, and big family dinners can add up quickly before you find yourself way over budget. There's no reason to feel discouraged, however. After all, the holidays are all about feeling good and feeling the love from those around you. And because Waldo State Bank cares about our customers, we've prepared some tips in case you find yourself in over your head after the holidays!
For many years, Tammy, our Loan Servicing Specialist, has been treating our team to her homemade caramel corn! It quickly became a bank favorite, and we are excited to share it with you.
The "young adult" phase of life is important for many reasons. It's during this time that people enter college or the workforce. Some young adults may even start families or venture into entrepreneurship at this time. No matter how this period plays out, there is one common truth about the young adult years - they are the most pivotal years for investing and saving for the future.
Certificate of Deposit (CD) accounts are one of the safest ways to grow your money and receive a great rate. Investors choose CDs due to their low risk and high yield. CDs are FDIC-insured accounts that offer a broad range of maturity rates and returns. At Waldo State Bank, our personable staff helps guide our customers towards discovering the best rates for CD accounts that will help them reach both their short-term and long-term goals.
For Halloween, our team had a scary good potluck! One of the dishes brought to pass was Ashley Lawrence’s Scarily Good Salad – it had our team spooked by how delicious it was. Give this salad a try for yourself!
Waldo State Bank was established in 1913 as an independently owned community bank. For over 100 years, we have committed ourselves to providing Sheboygan county residents and business owners with expert banking services, striving to achieve our mission by offering genuine customer service with the highest degree of integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality. These founding principles have led us to develop a rich history of lifelong, trusted relationships with our customers.
At Waldo State Bank, we know that customers have a never-ending list of banking options to choose from. Our staff receives the same bombardments of corporate bank offers and postcards in our mailboxes that everyone else does! So what sets us apart? Why should you choose to deposit with Waldo State Bank?
While large corporate banks will treat their customers like numbers, providing cold and impersonal interactions, Waldo State Bank’s staff gets to know all of our customers by name. We listen to their stories and offer personalized service that helps each of them reach their individual goals. At Waldo State Bank, our customers are like our extended family!
Fall has arrived bringing with it weekends full of football and cozy evenings by the fire. If you’re looking for the perfect snack to accompany your fall activities, look no further. Our Waldo State Bank team gave Lynn Flood’s Mozzarella Pretzel Dip a taste test and it quite the treat! Make this party-approved recipe for yourself!
Waldo State Bank has the ingredients to help you find success in your financial goals and aspirations, but we’ve taken to asking our team members and customers to help us share some of their favorite food recipes from home! Ted Katsma, our Deposit Operations Officer, shares his recipe for “Paul & Mia’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls.”
Investing personal wealth to earn a substantial return isn't a simple trick. There is a lot of important information to research and understand the different options available, as well as the risks and benefits associated with each. Stocks and CD accounts are two popular investment types with very different approaches toward earning returns. While stocks are popular, Waldo State Bank would like to point out the reasons CDs are a safer, more beneficial choice for investing your money.
Waldo State Bank supports Project Angel Hugs, a non-profit dedicated to nurturing a passion for Christ-centered service and ministering to the emotional needs of children touched by cancer and their families.