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.

Manners Matter: Three Tips For Teaching Kids Early

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Every parent wants their little angel to act like one, but if you’re not emphasizing the importance of good manners early, you’re setting yourself (and your child) up for some hard lessons later.

MAX Opens State-of-the-Art Branch in Downtown Auburn

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MAX is celebrating the opening of our new Auburn regional branch, located at 336 North Gay Street.

Unlimited Holiday Party Fun with Limited Holiday Party Funds

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Gifts, cards, décor: The holidays bring with them a multitude of ways to part you from your hard-earned money. This could mean that throwing a holiday party is out of the question. Or is it?

Read on to learn how you can host a seasonal soiree that’s fun and frugal.

Fighting Stress with Fitness

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Plenty of New Year's resolutions focus on getting fit. Did you know that exercise does more than benefit your body? It's great for your mental health as well! 

According to Sharon Wahl, a MAX Technology Computer Operator and a Les Mills-certified fitness instructor in the River Region, physical fitness is one of the best ways to reduce stress. Wahl says unchecked stress can lead to a host of health problems like irritability, poor sleep quality and disease. So do your body and your brain some good: Get up and get moving!

Small Steps to a Healthier You

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Many of us make major New Year’s resolutions that seem like great ideas at the time. However, they often require drastic changes in our lifestyle, and as a result they become almost impossible to keep. 

This year, think small. With a few simple steps, you can make some big changes in your health. 

20 Smart Savings Tips for 2015

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The best way to add some wiggle room to your budget is to identify ways to cut your everyday expenses. And you don’t have to resort to sitting in the dark, eating beans from a can to do it. 

Check out this list of simple, smart ideas that will add up to meaningful savings.

The Secrets to Being a Great Secret Santa

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It’s that time of year again. Time for Secret Santa.

Coming up with a bunch of thoughtful and thrifty gifts can be a challenge, especially if you barely know the person whose name you drew out of the hat. Follow these four simple tips to become the savviest secret Santa around.

Teaching Your Kids to Give

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All too often, the holidays devolve into a self-centered celebration, particularly for children whose heads are filled with visions of new toys, clothes and games.

This year, shift the focus from “me, mine and want” to “others, love and giving” with these simple tips.

Keep the Fun in College Football Rivalries

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Down in the South, college football ignites passions and brings out emotions that burn hot and run deep. And while there’s nothing wrong with some healthy competition, if we’re not careful, our team spirit can turn too serious, especially when it comes to long-standing rivalries. Use these tips to keep your football fandom friendly and fun.

MAX4Kids Toy Drive 2014

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Help MAX Promote the Spirit of Giving

MAX Team Members, in conjunction with the MAX4Kids Foundation®, will be donating toys to Common Ground Montgomery's 8th Annual Christmas Store. MAX is asking everyone to join us in our efforts to provide the Christmas Store with more toys than it has ever received before!

Will you help us bring joy to children's hearts this year by assisting MAX and Common Ground Montgomery in creating the best Christmas Store the city has ever had?