Post by Megan Terranova, Copywriter
There’s a chill in the air – it’s time for boots, scarves, twinkle lights, and holiday music. This is my favorite time of year and I love starting my day with a Starbucks® pumpkin spice latte or peppermint mocha. Seriously, is there anything better than tasty caffeine in a pretty paper cup?
Unfortunately, a daily Starbucks habit can really break your budget; $4 a day x 7 days = $28 a week. That’s $112 a month on coffee, which adds up to over $1,400 over the year.
No, you didn’t read that wrong. Over $100 dollars a month…on coffee. And prices are only going up.
Those red holiday cups are cute, but not hundred-dollars-a-month cute. I’ll spend a little time making my own mocha and save over $1000 a year.
Homemade Starbucks is actually pretty easy, no fancy gadgets required. Most holiday drinks are coffee, milk, and a few pumps of flavored syrup. And when you add all your hard costs together, it averages out to about $1.10 per drink. Pretty tasty.
Dear Kasasa account holders,
When I reflect on all the amazing people and things that I am so grateful for, the list wouldn’t be complete without thinking of you.
After all, without you, neighborhood banks and credit unions could never offer a checking account as mighty as Kasasa. What can one Kasasa account do? Why does it matter that you picked a local bank or credit union over a megabank?
Here’s my personal story that shows how powerful your decision to open a Kasasa account is.
When I was 23 years old, I was leading a company for the first time. It was a website development firm for auto dealers. I loved my coworkers, and in order to ensure they got paid, the other executives and I had been missing paychecks on and off for about a year. We reached the point where we had exhausted every financing option we could think of and — absent a miracle — we were going out of business.
The holidays are the perfect time for a trip to the movie theater for a couple hours of entertainment out of the cold. But going to the movies can be expensive. So this Thanksgiving holiday, Kasasa partner banks and credit unions want to take you out to a show for free!
From Nov. 22 through Dec. 6, in theaters around the country, Kasasa credit unions and community banks will be rewarding theater-goers with free movie tickets! It’s just one way they are showing you how free Kasasa accounts make you feel like a star.
If you already Kasasa, you know that banking local rewards you in many ways. This holiday season, we’re giving people across the country a sneak preview of how rewarding Kasasa can be with a free movie ticket.
Q: If you won a year of free movie tickets, who would you go with?
A: Anyone you want!
Q: If you won a year of free movie tickets, where would you sit in the theater?
A: Anywhere you want!
Q: If you won a year of free movie tickets, what would you see first?
A: You tell us!
This is the question you need to answer (and share!) to enter our “Rewards Season” Sweepstakes. In celebration of holiday movie premieres, we’re turning this November and December into Kasasa “Rewards Season” by giving away free movie tickets to 101 lucky winners! One grand-prize winner will win a year of free movie tickets and a comfy Kasasa hoodie to keep you warm and snuggly in the chilly theater. Plus, 100 runners up will win $20 Fandango gift cards and Kasasa hoodies! So, even though your Kasasa account rewards you every month of the year, you have an extra chance to win award-worthy prizes this holiday season!
Post by marketing intern, Lawrence Watson
For me, the end-of-year holiday season is a time marked by indulgence and lethargy. And while I’m all for a bit of self-pampering, the Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas trifecta can really put me in a bad spot—physically and financially. This year I’m going to try and balance my bad habits out with more recreation outdoors.
So, for the sake of trim bodies and trim wallets, here are five tips for camping on the cheap:
- Take advantage of off-season deals. ‘Tis the season! With the holidays approaching, so comes the end of peak camping season. While this might seem like drag to most campers, the forward-thinking camper will take advantage of overstocked outdoor outfitters. Keep an eye out for sales in retail and online (Cabela’s and Backcountry Gear both have sales going on now) whether to stock up for a winter trip or next year’s first spring excursion.
- If you’re backpacking, really consider what you need to bring. An enormous part of camping’s appeal is making the most of what the land can give you. Is it necessary to bring your own firewood and giant lawn chairs? Don’t get drawn into buying a new camping accessory that isn’t crucial to your trip. But in turn, don’t be stingy with the necessities. If the terrain is treacherous bring your lantern; if it’s cold, bring your thermals. In summation: be smart about your needs and pack accordingly. Read more