Holiday Spending

Tips for Holiday Spending

The holidays bring time for joy, laughter, friends & family.

Star Bank is here with tips to keep your holiday merry and bright!
 

Set a budget 

List out all the gifts you want to give and add up the total cost before you head out to shop. Don't forget to add in costs for wrapping paper, tape, and shipping. Star Bank's online banking and mobile app will help you keep track of how much money you can spend. Utilize features like text banking and account alerts to stay on top of your spending.

Shop online securely

Protect your wallet while online shopping this season with MasterCard Secure Code. The secure code is a four digit number entered at checkout to verify your identity and confirm the purchase. MasterCard Secure Code is a free added layer of security to keep you safe while shopping online. Click here to learn more and register your Star Bank debit card.

Gifts from the heart

Whip up a batch of cookies where the special ingredient is love. Make an arts and craft project. Give a coupon book for hugs! Gifts don't have to be expensive and extravagant to mean something. 

Stay Alert

When you're out shopping this holiday season, check balances with a quick text or set up account alerts so you don't spend too much. Learn more about account alerts here and text banking here.

Deals, deals, deals! 

Avoid impulse buys and shopping sprees by planning ahead. Before heading out to the store or shopping online do a quick web search for coupons and deals. Scan catalogs you receive in the mail to compare prices. A quick search can lead to big savings!
 

Volunteer party

Instead of hosting an expensive party, gather your friends and family to volunteer. You will get to spend quality time together and feel good about helping others. Get back to what the holidays are really all about.

Stay on top of your bills

Life gets extra busy during the holidays. Don't let paying bills slow you down. Set up automatic payments with Billpay through Online Banking or Mobile Banking. Paying bills can be as easy as taking a picture with Picture Pay!