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Smart Guide for Newcomers to Central & East Alabama

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Welcome to Central Alabama! If you’ve just moved here, you’ve come at a great time. From outdoor recreation and sports to the state theatre and historic sites that hosted world-changing events, there’s plenty to do and something to fit almost any interest. Here are just a few of our favorite experiences.

MAX CEO, Greg McClellan, Named NAFCU CEO of the Year

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We are excited to announce MAX’s CEO, Greg McClellan, was chosen as the CEO of the Year for credit unions over $250 million in assets by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).

Escape to Alabama’s Hidden Gems

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Our state is blessed with some of the most diverse natural beauty in the country, and there’s no better time than now to get outside and enjoy all that Mother Nature offers. Here are a few favorite spots for outdoor recreation that are a little off the beaten path.

Brilliant Tips and Smart Answers for First-Time Homebuyers

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Are you ready to hit the housing market? Diving into the mortgage process is a big financial step, so how do you know you're heading in the right direction?

For many first-time homebuyers, exploring the mortgage process commonly raises more questions than answers. The knowledgeable mortgage originators at MAX can provide you with all the answers you need. 

Smart Gift Ideas for Smart Graduates

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Soon, seniors everywhere will be donning their caps and gowns and accepting their high school diplomas. It’s high-school graduation season, and that means high-school graduation gifts. If you’ve got a soon-to-be graduate in your life, check out this list of creative gift ideas that will mean more and cost less.

MAX4Kids Foundation Awards $25,000 in Scholarships to Class of 2015 High School Seniors

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The MAX4Kids Foundation® donated $25,000 in scholarships to ten highly accomplished, college-bound students. 

Be Smart: Gifts for Teachers That Make the Grade

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As the school year nears an end, parents everywhere are looking for the perfect teacher gift. Long gone are the days of simply leaving a shiny red apple on his or her desk. While teachers are grateful for any token of appreciation, just like the rest of us, they don’t need more random “stuff.” Here are a few ways to say “thanks” that will definitely earn you an A+ and won’t bust your budget.

Smart Considerations for the Coupon Crazy

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We’ve all heard about the lady who goes to the grocery store and leaves with $100 worth of food while only paying $5 thanks to her couponing skills. (We’ve all stood behind this lady in line for 20 minutes, too!) It sounds great, and sometimes it is. But “extreme couponing” can come with some pitfalls. 

The Smarts Behind Buying Bulk

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Buying in bulk can save you a bundle of cash when executed correctly. But if you buy things you don’t need or use, you’ve wasted money nonetheless. Check out our smart tips for buying bulk. 

Teaching Your Teen to Budget

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Pretty soon, diplomas will be accepted, and caps will sail through the air as high school seniors complete their journey and graduate. They have learned so much. But there's still one important life lesson they may not know: How to live on a budget. Before your teen leaves home, teach them this valuable skill. It will save you both a lot of headaches. 

Help MAX support BigHouse Foundation's Towel & Swimsuit Drive

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Since 2009, BigHouse has hosted a Swimsuit and Towel Drive to collect new swimsuits and new towels for children in foster care.

Smart Tips for Tax Documentation

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Preparing your taxes is probably something you look forward to almost as much as going to the dentist. But you can make the process easier and protect yourself from possible mistakes (and the fines that come with them) by keeping detailed records and holding onto the proper paperwork. 

Smart Trips: Take Advantage of Alabama’s State Parks

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Searching for a fun, affordable getaway for your family this Spring Break? Look no farther than one of Alabama’s 22 state parks. 

Smart Tips for Healthcare & Taxes

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There’s nothing fun about being sick or dealing with a chronic health condition, and the staggering medical bills that can come with both only make things worse. But did you know that in some cases, healthcare costs can be deducted from your taxes?

Smart Tips for Expanding Families & Taxes

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If you brought a new baby home last year, consider these things as you prepare your taxes. 

Use Your Tax Refund the Smart Way

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Expecting a tax refund this year? Know what you are going to do with it? To save or to spend, that is always the question.

Before you blow it on a purchase you'll probably regret in a few months, take a moment to read this list of smart ways to make the most of your refund money.

Finding a Way with MAX Mortgage - Rebecca Cornwell's Story

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There are many benefits to smarter banking with MAX, including reaching your dreams. Rebecca Cornwell moved back to Montgomery from Boston, and had visions of owning her dream: a downtown loft.

MAX to host Spring 2015 Paper Shred Drive

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MAX is sponsoring an on-site document destruction event in an effort to help consumers prevent identity theft.

The free event will be held on Friday, April 24, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Garrett Coliseum parking lot at 1555 Federal Drive in Montgomery.

Be Smart: Grow Your Own

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Buying local produce is beneficial for your health, the environment and your wallet. But what’s even better than shopping farmer's markets? Growing your own fruits, veggies and herbs. Start your garden planning now for a bountiful harvest come spring and summer. Here are a few tips.

Be Smart: Build your Fire Pit

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The glow and warmth of a roaring fire add romance to any occasion. Take a weekend to build a fire pit in your backyard, and you and your sweetie can cozy up next to it all winter long. 

Smart Tips for Keeping Cozy

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When the temperatures drop, it's tempting to just crank up the thermostat, but running your home's heater on high can really increase your utility bill. Try these tips to stay cozy while keeping energy costs in your comfort zone.

Be Smart: Car Maintenance

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Tis the season for love. Extend that sentiment to your car by forgoing a trip to the mechanic and showing it some tender, loving DIY care. With a few tools and a little time and patience, you can perform these basic tasks in your own garage and put the brakes on accelerating car maintenance costs.

Proposal 101: Smart Tips for a Fiscally Responsible Proposal

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Will she or won’t she? You never know until you ask! But before you plan an expensive evening out, check out our list of budget-friendly marriage proposal ideas that have all the romance you need for a memorable moment and almost ensure an affirmative answer. 

Valentine’s Day Smart Crafts for Kids

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Do your kids love crafts? Try these easy ideas to help them create extra-special homemade Valentines and decorations that are truly from the heart.

Have a Heart this Valentine’s Day

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This Valentine’s Day, think beyond your significant other, and spread the love to your neighbors and your community. Here are just a few ideas for gifts and activities that give back.

Proposal 101: Diamond Shopping Smarts

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As Valentine’s Day approaches, many minds turn to thoughts of love — and marriage. If you're planning to pop the big question, brush up on your diamond IQ before you start shopping for an engagement ring to ensure you make a smart choice. 

Four Smart Tips to Spend Less on Groceries

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Take a look at your household budget. (You do have a budget, right?). There’s a good chance that your monthly grocery bill is one of your major expenditures. But it doesn’t have to be. Try these strategies to seriously slash your grocery spending.

Raising Picky Eaters? Four Tips to Create An Appetite for Adventure

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Nothing ruins a nice family dinner quicker than the whining, fighting, complaining and waiting games that come with a kid who’s a stubborn picky eater. The good news is, your kid is not the only one who doesn't like to try new things.

MAX Cuts Ribbon at Auburn Downtown Branch

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Lee County dignitaries and officials joined MAX board members, executives, and associates at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for MAX's Auburn Downtown branch. MAX also announced the winners of its #MAXgives campaign, which donated $25,000 to five non-profit organizations selected by the community.

New Year, New Style: Get Organized in 2015

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A cluttered home can lead to a cluttered life, and that can lead to unnecessary stress. If your New Year’s resolutions included getting more organized, use these cheap and easy tips to get your house in order.