As the price of fresh, unprocessed food continues to rise, you’re probably looking for ways to stretch your grocery money. One way to save is to grow some of the fruits and vegetables you love. A small garden can provide fresh food for your family and save you hundreds of dollars each year. If you’ve… Read More


For many students borrowing is essential to pay for higher education. Learn more by watching this edition of Ascentra Making Cents. To see more videos of our monthly financial education segments like this one, head to our YouTube channel.  … Read More


We had a blast celebrating the Scottie Reads Reading Challenge Saturday, Apr. 13th!  This is the 10th year for the Scottie Reads program, challenging all of the North Scott first graders to read 10 books in one month. This year, 160 North Scott first graders completed the challenge and were invited along with their family… Read More


To stay in good physical health, most people get a medical check-up on a regular basis. To keep your finances manageable, they need a regular check-up as well. It’s particularly important to review your finances if there have been changes to your life in the past year – things like a change in income, marital… Read More


Certificates of Deposit, or CDs, are a great way to earn larger returns if you don’t need quick access to your cash. Learn how you can sit back, relax, and watch your money grow by watching this edition of Ascentra Making Cents. To see more videos of our monthly financial education segments like this one,… Read More


Many people have become more health conscious in recent years. By exercising and eating a healthy diet, we know we’ll live happier and longer lives. Unfortunately, processed foods tend to be cheaper than lean meats and fresh fruits and vegetables. That’s due in part by government subsidies to farmers growing corn, soybean, and wheat, the… Read More


Congratulations to all the Bettendorf first graders who completed the Booker Bear Reading Challenge!  This is the 16th year celebrating the Bettendorf Booker Bear Reading Challenge, and 282 Bettendorf first graders met the challenge by reading ten books in one month– way to go first graders!  Students along with their families were treated to a pizza party at the Bettendorf Public Library… Read More


One type of checking account does not fit all! Learn what you need to know before you set up your checking account by watching this edition of Ascentra Making Cents. To see more videos of our monthly financial education segments like this one, head to our YouTube channel.  … Read More