6 Secrets to Avoiding a Post-Holiday Empty Wallet

Friday, November 10 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Making it through the holidays with your budget intact may at first sound unattainable; however, with planning and a little effort, it is possible.

As we approach the busy holiday shopping season, here are a few tips to get the most out of the festivities while ensuring that your post-holiday wallet isn’t bare. After all, ‘tis the season to have it all! You shouldn’t have to sacrifice fun and relaxing holiday experiences with your friends and family because of budget restrictions.

1. Get Organized 

Find out how much you have in your budget to spend on gifts, cards, decorations, food, travel and events this holiday season. Make lists and set a budget. Keep track and hold yourself accountable. 

2. Enjoy Free Events

Love to go caroling or see your downtown covered in lights? Many of these types of events are free and open to the public. Check your town’s online calendar of events and social media for budget-friendly holiday activities.

3. Think Beyond Traditional Gifts

Consider less traditional gifts to save money this season. Experiences, scrapbooks, babysitting offers and baked goods are good options. What about redeeming gift cards or items from any of your rewards programs as no-cost presents to hand out to loved ones? You could also organize a volunteer day with your friends and family, donating time to help improve your local community. If gifts are a must, consider implementing a gift swap or draw names. 

4. Plan for a Potluck

If you are planning a holiday gathering, consider hosting a potluck-style meal with each attendee bringing a different dish. Keep a list of what everyone is bringing so that you avoid duplicate dishes. You can create a customized online sign-up at perfectpotluck.com.*

5. Look for Discounts on Travel

Travel can be a huge holiday expense. Look for discounts on airfare and bus tickets. Sign up for email alerts from your favorite transportation providers! According to a study by cheapair.com*, if you are traveling for the holidays, you are generally better off booking your flights early to snag the lowest fares. You may also be able to make it home for the holidays by redeeming your credit card rewards points.

6. Earn Rewards Points

You can also maximize earning on your holiday spending with rewards points and promotions that are available during the holidays and into the New Year. For example, new Arvest Flex Rewards™ Credit Card customers can earn up to 10,000 bonus points (a $100 value) in your first three months using the card. This offer is good for new cards until Dec. 31, 2017. Plus, for new and current card holders, Arvest is giving customers the opportunity to earn DOUBLE their points for every $500 they spend up to $2,000 from Nov. 1, 2017 until Jan. 31, 2018. For any additional spend beyond $2,000, customers would still continue to earn the standard base level of 1 point for every $1 spent as part of the Arvest Flex Rewards™ program. You can visit your local Arvest branch or call (866)952-9523 to learn more! Be sure to keep track of your credit card spending and pay off the balance each month to maximize your earning potential.

We hope these tips help you to cut costs this holiday season, so you can spend less time worrying about your spending and more time enjoying your friends and family. 

The views of this article are for general information use only. Please contact and speak with a subject expert or your banker when specific advice is needed.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

 

 

Tags: Credit Cards, Financial Education
 

Arvest Visa® Gift Card Notice

Friday, November 10 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest News
After March 31, 2018, Arvest Visa® Gift Cards will no longer be supported and you will no longer be able to use them to make purchases. 
 
If you still have a balance left on your prepaid gift card, the following options are available:
  1. Spend any remaining balance on your card before March 31. (Keep in mind, these cards can be used for purchases everywhere that Visa® debit cards are accepted.) 
  2. You can visit an Arvest branch to get the remaining balance off of your card. You must have the card number in order for an associate to issue a cashier’s check with the remaining balance. (There is no fee for this cash out option.)

You may check your balance online here or call (877) 618-2648 for a balance inquiry. The card transaction history will also be available.

If you have additional questions about this change, please call customer support at (866) 952-9523.
 
Tags: Gift Cards
 

Tutt Joins Arvest Bank Mortgage Team in Benton

Wednesday, November 08 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Mary F. Tutt has been hired as a mortgage loan officer.

Tutt will be based out of Benton. Among other responsibilities, Tutt will qualify customers for mortgage financing and meet with builders, realtors, financial planners and other entities to help create new business.
 
A Memphis native, Tutt has more than 30 years of industry experience. She moved to Arkansas in 2005, after she was forced to evacuate her home in Long Beach, Miss., due to Hurricane Katrina.
 
“We are so excited to welcome Mary to our team in Saline County,” Arvest mortgage manager Eric Cullum said. “Her years of experience will be a great asset to our customers, and we look forward to her helping us continue to grow in this area.”
 
Tutt lives in Malvern.
 
About Arvest 
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC
Tags: Arkansas, Associates
 

People Helping People Video Series Earns Awards

Tuesday, November 07 at 04:00 PM
Category: People Helping People

Nov. 7, 2017 – MarCom Awards* recently announced the 2017 winners in its annual creative competition for marketing and communications, and Arvest Bank received two awards and an honorable mention for its People Helping People video series.

The series highlights individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference in the lives of others. The idea came from the bank’s mission statement: “People helping people find financial solutions for life.” Arvest won a Platinum Award for its overall People Helping People series.

The bank won a Gold Award for its video featuring Steve Ebert, a volunteer cross country coach for Central Junior High School in Springdale, Ark. 

 

The bank also received an honorable mention for its video featuring Marshal Grissom, head coach of the Caney Valley High School Bass Club in Ramona, Okla.

A total of 12 Arkansans, five Missourians and eight Oklahomans have been featured to date. Arvest’s entry was among roughly 6,000 submitted to the MarCom Awards for consideration.

“This series mirrors our overall mission of helping people every day, and we are honored that these individuals will share with us the great work they are doing in their local communities,” Arvest marketing director Jason Kincy said. “It’s our hope that these stories will inspire others to give back to their communities as well.”

MarCom Awards recognizes outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of marketing and communication materials and programs worldwide. Administered by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals, the competition is judged by professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.

The People Helping People series launched in August 2016, and has received more than 400,000 total views. The videos are available via Arvest’s YouTube*, Facebook* and Instagram* channels. The bank will publish its 25th story on Friday, Nov. 10th. Arvest social media followers can help spread the word about these inspiring community members by sharing, liking and retweeting the videos. 

About Arvest
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, People Helping People
 

Free Patriotic Debit Card

Tuesday, November 07 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News
This Veterans Day we invite you to join with us in thanking those former and current members of the armed forces who fight to protect our freedoms. Show your support with one of our patriotic or military debit cards which are free for a limited time. 
We’re waiving the $7.50 replacement fee on our military and patriotic debit cards Nov. 6-11, 2017, for existing Arvest customers who currently have a debit card (customers opening new accounts receive their first debit card at no charge).
 
These cards include: 
  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Coast Guard
  • Marines
  • Navy Air
  • Navy Water
  • USA Pride
You can carry your pride for the red, white and blue past your heart and into your wallet by calling customer service at (866) 952-9523 or by visiting your nearby Arvest Bank to order your card. View more debit card designs at arvest.com/style.
 
Veterans Day Hours
All Arvest Bank branches are open normal business hours on Veterans Day (Nov. 11, 2017) to serve your banking needs. We look forward to serving you!
 
$50 minimum deposit required to open account.
 
Tags: Debit Cards

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