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


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


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


If credit card payments are eating up your disposable income each month, or if you need cash to remodel your kitchen–or plan a fun family vacation–a home equity loan or home equity line of credit (HELOC) might be your best bet. There’s also a tax advantage. Unlike almost any other consumer loan type, the interest… Read More


It’s on the house! Learn more about how a HELOC can turn your home’s equity into that big project you’ve been planning 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


The Holidays are stressful, but don’t worry! We’ve got the tips to help you handle the holiday hoopla!  Join us for “Ascentra’s Holiday Tips with Meg”.  Don’t know what to get someone for Christmas? Don’t have the budget for presents? We got the tips to get you through the Holiday Season. Head to our YouTube channel for more… Read More


Trusts aren’t just for the rich and famous. Learn more about how a trust can be set up to protect your assets 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