Don’t Let the Holidays Keep You from Reaching Your Financial Goals
You’ve worked all year to pay off debt, save for an emergency fund or put more away into your retirement account, but the holidays returned, and again, your spending has derailed your best-laid plans. There’s still a chance to get back on-track and to keep moving forward toward your goals
What You Can Do Now to Avoid Overspending
1. Create a budget
In the latest COUNTRY Financial Security Index, one in five Americans admitted to not having a holiday budget. Are you in that category? You may have already started shopping, but drafting a budget to help with the rest of your holiday spending can help to keep your spending in check .
Start by making a list of the people you need to buy for and what you can realistically spend on…
COUNTRY Helping in Your Community
COUNTRY Financial is proud to be a part partner in your community helping to sponsor farmer's markets and other local programs.
Protecting Yourself in the Sharing Economy
Have you ever thought about earning money by driving for a service like Uber or Lyft, or by renting your home on Airbnb? Be sure to take these simple steps before providing a service in the sharing economy.
Chicago markets: the bridge to better
There’s just something about a farmers market that can help turn an okay day, into a great one. Whether you’re going for the produce, the food, or to interact with some of the friendliest faces around, we can all agree that a day that includes a trip to the market is simply better
As a company that began in agriculture, we’ve been long supporters of farmers markets.
It’s in our blood.
To help inspire Chicago’s youth and reduce plastic waste, we proudly activate our annual market bag design contest. Here’s how it works:
We provide a design theme to local Chicago schools…
Students submit their designs for a chance to win a scholarship…
COUNTRY Financial votes on the winning design…
We announce the winner at the local market, present the checks, and begin…
Home insurance 101
You purchased your home insurance to protect …well, your home. But do you really know what that means? I didn’t, so I went to a pro. Representative Matt Potts took some time to help me understand the ins and outs of my home policy
Can I rebuild my house if it’s hit by a tornado or destroyed by fire?
Matt: Your basic home policy should cover things like wind or minimal fire damage. However; it’s important to check if you have any type of replacement coverage in case your home is completely destroyed. These coverages are often available to you at an additional cost. Two examples are:
Additional Replacement Cost coverage
A good option for newer homes (due to age requirements1), this has no maximum andprovides coverage regardless of the limits on the…
Get your car road trip ready
Summer is winding down, but there's still time to sneak in a final family vacay! And whether you’re driving a few towns or a few states over, it’s a good idea to check to make sure your car is in tip-top shape. This will help save you time, money and potential headaches.
Here are a few simple tips to help get your car road trip ready.
Simple car maintenance now can help avoid a big road bump later (see what I did there?!) Here are the top things to check before hitting the road:
Check the condition and air pressure in your tires
Test your wipers and wiper fluid
Make sure your headlights and taillights are working
Change your oil and filter
Clean your car, inside and out