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Phyllis wins Kindle Fire HD!
by Sarah Cousineau
Central Bank of Kansas City launched our facebook page two months ago and we are so happy to be able to connect with our customers and the community.  We wanted to start with a big splash, so we held a contest on facebook and we drew our winner this week.  Phyllis works in the area with urban kids and has given a lot to our community.  What a great surprise when she won the Kindle Fire HD - a nice early Christmas present for her!  Congrats, Phyllis from all of us at Central Bank.

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Five Reasons for Checking Accounts at Your Financial Institution
Checking accounts provide proof of payment, security, convenience and help people monitor and budget their finances
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It wasn’t all that long ago that having a checking account was a given, since writing a check was often the only way to pay for goods and services. Spending habits have evolved, but checking accounts are more important than ever, providing proof of payment, payment security, ease and convenience, a way to monitor spending and assistance with budgeting.
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Disability Insurance: Do You Really Need It?
Weighing the pros and cons of having disability insurance
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Disability insurance — a safe haven to replace a portion of your salary in the event you became injured and were unable to work — has been the topic of controversy: How much do you really need it?
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Education Savings Accounts
Using an Educational IRA to save for college
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Many people wishing to find an efficient and flexible way to save for a college education choose a Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA). The Coverdell ESA, originally known as an educational IRA, has undergone recent changes that make it an even better option for people looking for ways to afford the increasing expenses of a college education.
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Gift of New Books to Young Students
Donations benefit Lead to Read students
by Sarah Cousineau

Tuesday was a great day at Wendell-Phillips Elementary School. The employees at Central Bank raised money to buy new books as a gift for the two classes at Wendell-Phillips Elementary. The employees donated $250 so each child in the two Lead to Read classrooms at Wendell-Phillips could take home a brand new book to read over the holidays.
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Tips on How to Avoid Overspending
Cut down on your expenses without cutting out the things you love
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Creating a budget for yourself and your family is an important step toward being financially stable. One factor that can significantly impede your efforts toward financial stability can be the bad habit overspending. It can be difficult to set boundaries for your spending, but identifying the areas where you overspend and reining in this habit will have a positive impact on your financial status. Here are some tips to help you get started.
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Three Awesome Small Cars
The Nissan Versa Note, Honda Fit and Mitsubishi Mirage are small car leaders
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In the subcompact car segment, the consumer faces almost an embarrassment of riches, but three vehicles have risen above the competition. Meet the Nissan Versa, the Honda Fit and the Mitsubishi Mirage: three awesome small cars built for fun, fuel economy and affordability.
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