Summer Saving Tip: Pack a Lunch

Let’s face it, heading out to the local restaurant, sub shop or pizza parlor every work day can be a budget buster. Don’t believe it?

Take a typical lunch tab, multiply it by 5 and then by the number of weeks you work each year. Sit back and marvel at the total! Then imagine whittling that number down, down and down — and imagine the savings if you brought your lunch to work. You could be talking $1,000, $2,000 or even $3,000 a year! Continue reading

Kids: Keeping math skills sharp over the summer

From swimming and sports camps to archery and boating, your kids are loving summer, but are they losing those hard-earned math skills already? Children can lose two months or more of learning over summer vacation. Here are some easy and fun ways to retain (and improve) their math skills:

Math on the Road
If you’re like most parents, you spend a lot of your summer vacation behind the wheel, driving youngsters here, there and everywhere in order to give them the best summer possible. Why not use that “drive time” to exercise your youngsters’ math skills. Make it fun! Try these five drive-along activities, especially if your kids are digitally connected in the back seat, with access to on-screen calculators if not old-fashioned pencils and paper. Continue reading

Free summer reading resources for kids

Keep your kids reading during summer vacation, and you’ll be helping them glide smoothly into the Back to School routine in the fall. You might even instill in them a lifelong love of reading!

Let’s start with these 5 quick summer reading tips from PBS Parents:
• Bring learning tools with you on the road.
• Integrate literacy building adventures into your daily routine.
• Find educational activities you and your child can do together indoors and outdoors.
• Look for books and programs that feature your child’s favorite characters.
• Explore your local library. Continue reading

Summer Savings Tip — Cut your caffeine budget!

What’s your coffee count? How many cups do you drink in a day?  In a week, a month, a year?

CBS News says that more than 50 percent of Americans drink coffee every day. And not just one cup, but three to four cups.

That’s a lot of caffeine — and a lot of cash out of your pocket. That caffeine jolt could easily be costing you $1,000 a year or more depending on your coffee destination and what you order once you’re there.

There are ways to trim down your coffee expenses without quitting cold turkey or cutting your consumption dramatically. Here are a few: Continue reading

It's BBQ time! What's your favorite recipe?

Is there anything more delicious than barbeque? Whatever your opinion, there is no question that family barbeque recipes are coveted and often the cause for fierce, yet friendly, competition! This season we’re eating ribs, crab legs, burgers and veggies from the grill and sharing recipes among friends.

Here is one our favorite recipes – CBTC Soft Shell Crabs Continue reading

Summer Savings Tip: Clip coupons!

You’ve decided to save money this summer – good for you! Community Bank of Tri-County is here with support. Be on the lookout for our Summer Saving Tips series, starting with this simple, money saving tip – clip coupons!

From blogs, to TV shows and classes couponing has gone from an act reserved for Sunday morning with the newspaper to T.V. entertainment and an obsession for people across the country. We are excited about all the attention saving money is getting, because it’s a smart thing to do – through good economic times and bad.

Ready to clip? Consider these tips: Continue reading