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?

It Pays to Bank Smarter: Ryan Moore - Winner of 100,000 myMAX Rewards Points

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MAX awarded one lucky debit card user with 100,000 myMAX Rewards points. It turns out that we couldn't have found a more deserving winner.

The Smartest Black Friday Survival Strategy

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Mere hours after focusing on all the things we’re thankful for, we’re drawn out before dawn to buy more things. The temptation of finding price cuts and sales at stores big and small is almost too much to bear.

It’s Black Friday, and while there are good —even great — savings available, if you’re buying things you don’t need or buying items without doing your homework, you may not be saving at all.

Fun Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

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Use these thrifty and easy hands-on craft activities to teach your children the history of Thanksgiving and emphasize the holiday's true meaning. Plus, you'll have some sweet keepsakes when you're all done!

Thrifty Recipes for a Healthier Holiday Menu

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For many of us, Thanksgiving has become synonymous with indulging (and over-indulging) in heavy, not so healthy, foods. Consider a lighter holiday menu this year with these better-for-you, but still delicious, alternatives to some Thanksgiving classics.

Bring The Fall Indoors: Beautiful Natural Autumn Decor

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Autumn brings with it an abundance of natural beauty that beckons us outside. So when you're planning your Thanksgiving-themed decor, why not bring some of it in?

Besides, why pay for expensive decorations when you can shop for free outdoors? Consider these ideas plucked straight from Mother Nature.

MAX hosts 15th Annual MAX4Kids Charity Golf Tournament

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On October 15, MAX held its 15th Annual MAX4Kids Charity Golf Tournament at the Capitol Hill Golf Course of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Prattville, Alabama.

MAX to host Fall 2014 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, November 21, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Paterson Field parking lot at 1201 Madison Avenue in Montgomery.

New Life for An Old Park

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“If you build it, they will come.”

It’s an idea that’s been the impetus of many major projects, and it’s part of what’s driving Ed Grimes, MAX’s Vice President of Business Services, and a team of dedicated volunteers to redevelop Montgomery’s Lagoon Park.

Saving Green by Going Green

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We all know “going green” is about saving the planet, but did you know living a more efficient and sustainable lifestyle could also save you money? 

Check out these easy, earth-friendly changes you can make at your house.

#MAXgives Campaign Finalists Announced

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MAX is donating $25,000 to the Auburn community via its #MAXgives campaign, and the Finalists have been named!

Ten Tailgating Safety Tips to Cheer

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Football season is here, and that means it’s time to tailgate. When gathering for the big game outside the stadium or in your own backyard, there are a few safety considerations to keep in mind. 

Use this list to ensure your next tailgate is terrific from start to finish.

Teens & Saving: The Time to Teach is Now

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Don’t wait until they move out or go off to college to teach your child the importance of saving and how to manage money. The best time to impart this valuable wisdom is while they’re still under your roof. 

Here are a few time-tested ways to raise a financially responsible teenager.