4 Tips for a More Merry, Stress-Free Holiday Shopping Season

The holiday season is right around the corner, a time for festivities, cheer, and reunions with family and friends. But as we deck the halls or spin the dreidel, many of us will have something else on our mind: money. In fact, more than three in four Americans overspend during the holiday season, with the average household adding nearly $1,000 in debt.

Giving Back During the Holiday Season

At FBFC, we believe that the holidays are about giving AND giving back! 

Here are 10 great and easy ways that you can give back during the upcoming season.

10 Inexpensive Fall Activities To Do With Your Kids This Fall

  1. Visit a pumpkin patch and carve a pumpkin! Have younger kids? Have them paint the pumpkin instead.
  2. Roast pumpkin seeds.
    1. Here is a great classic recipe!  
    2. Here are some fun alternative pumpkin seed recipes to try!
  3. Make a pressed leaf journal.

Financial Safety Tips For Travel

Whether your travels take you across the globe or across state lines, FBFC and the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA)  want to remind consumers to plan carefully to keep their money safe and summer vacations on track! 

Most financial experts advise limiting the use of cash and paying with a debit or credit card for major purchases. That’s because credit and debit cards come with additional protections, such as zero-liability for fraud-related charges, which can offer greater peace of mind while traveling.

FBFC Recipes: Celebrating National Chip and Dip Day

Happy National Chip and Dip Day! Chips and Dip are some of America’s favorite food pairings and we want to help celebrate National Chip and Dip Day by sharing some of our employees' favorite dip recipes!
We hope you have a chance to try and enjoy one (or all) of our favorites!

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Favorite of Tonya E, eBanking


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Budget Friendly Strawberry Banana Fruit Pops

Popsicles are the perfect healthy summer snack for all ages! These budget friendly Strawberry Fruit Pops are simple, healthy, refreshing and also kind to your wallet.
Bonus: In the summer months you can also find fresh and affordable berries in the grocery store!


  • 1 large ripe banana, peeled, cut into chunks +  frozen
  • 12 large strawberries, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup pineapple or orange juice

Special Equipment:

Vacationing: Without all the Financial Stress

If you have a vacation on the horizon, you probably have visions of a relaxing, fun, and stress-free getaway. However, unless you’re one of the lucky ones, and budget isn’t a concern, the stress of taking a vacation without placing a strain on your everyday finances can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are ways to escape and not jeopardize your finances.

Here are 6 ways to save money on your next vacation -

14 Budget Friendly Valentine's Day Ideas

While many will splurge this Valentine’s Day (the average American is estimated to spend $143.56 in 2018), why not look for simple and affordable ways to show you appreciation for your loved ones and celebrate in a way that doesn’t break the bank? Read on for 14 budget friendly (Wisconsin focused!) Valentine’s Day ideas to try this February 14th: