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.

Ten Tips Every College Student Should Know

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For many students, going off to college marks the first time you will handle your own finances. Study up on these ten tips and you'll surely ace Money & Responsibility 101.

CiCi's Pizza & MAX4Kids Fundraiser on August 7

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On August 7, you can eat the best pizza in town and support The MAX4Kids Foundation® simply by stopping by CiCi's Pizza!

The MAX4Kids Foundation has partnered with CiCi's Pizza to create an exciting fundraiser — a portion of all proceeds from purchases between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. while be donated to The MAX4Kids Foundation.

Chappy's Deli & MAX4Kids Fundraiser on August 4

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On August 4, you can support The MAX4Kids Foundation® simply by eating at one of your favorite restaurants, Chappy's Deli!

The MAX4Kids Foundation has partnered with Chappy's Deli to create an exciting fundraiser — a portion of all proceeds from purchases between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. while be donated to The MAX4Kids Foundation.

Save Big During Alabama Sales Tax Holiday 2014

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The Ninth Annual Alabama Sales Tax Holiday is right around the corner, and this enacted pursuant  provides the perfect opportunity to save plenty of cash during Back-To-School shopping.

This event has become one of the busiest retail shopping weekends in the state before the winter holiday season starts. But before you start making a list and checking it twice, you need to understand what products are free of state (and possibly local) sales tax so you can best take advantage of the savings.

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. 

Shopping Smarts: Back-To-School

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Each new school year brings promises of new learning experiences and new friends. But it also means new books, new supplies and new clothes. If you plan ahead (and stick to your plan) you can buy everything your kids need to head back to school without spending a fortune.

Check out these budget-friendly back-to-school shopping tips.

Curb It: Big Appeal, Little Cost

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Imagine the front of your house as its face — the impression it makes can either be a welcoming smile or a sullen grimace. If your home needs a bit of a facelift, check out these easy and economical ideas to amp up your curb appeal.

Thoughtful & Thrifty Wedding Gifts

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This season’s usual bevy of late-summer brides means some wedding invitations will probably be coming your way, and that means picking out and purchasing wedding presents.

But you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a couple feel special.

Married 101: Merging Households

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You’re married! Congrats!

Now it’s time to get down to the business side of being together: marrying your household stuff. Turning “mine” and “yours” into “ours” can be hard work, but if you follow these simple tips, you can get it done without disrupting your “happily ever after.”

Ready for a Mortgage?

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Do you find yourself cruising through new subdivisions, touring open houses, and picking up free realty booklets on your way out the grocery store? Sounds like you’re ready to buy a home! So, you're ready to take that next important step – but what is it?

Married 101: Marriage & Money

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According to The Beatles, “all you need is love.” That’s a romantic notion, but when it comes to marriage, you need more than just intense affection.

Financial security and stability play a major role in any successful relationship. Ensure lasting nuptial bliss by learning how to properly merge and manage your joint finances.

Maximize Your Child's Summer

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School is out, leaving over two months of long days to fill. If your kids tend to get antsy during summer break, you’re in luck. The River Region and East Alabama have plenty of fun activities that can help you keep idle hands and minds busy.

MAX Opens State-of-the-Art Branch in Wetumpka

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MAX held a grand opening for its new state-of-the-art branch in Wetumpka on Tuesday, May 14, 2014.

MAX’s board of directors and MAX team members were joined by local leaders and the Wetumpka Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the opening of the new facility.

MAX4Kids Foundation Donates $25,000 in Scholarships

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The MAX4Kids Foundation® donated $25,000 in scholarships to ten highly accomplished, college-bound students. Each central Alabama high school senior was acknowledged for his or her accomplishments at the 2014 MAX4Kids Scholarship Reception on May 6, 2014.

Spring Cleaning

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The weather is warming, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping — Spring is energizing everything in its path.

Put your energy boost into a thorough spring-cleaning, using these ideas to get you started. And we're not stopping with your house. Your finances could probably use a polish too.

Freshen Up Your Porch & Patio

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In Central and East Alabama, warm weather means leisure time outdoors. And there's no better spot to soak up some sun and take in the cool, refreshing breeze than your own backyard.

If your patio or porch style is suffering, give it a quick freshen-up. You may be surprised at what you can do with just a little time and money.

Saving for a Comfortable Retirement

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Are you ready for retirement?

Don't let it sneak up on you and catch you without enough savings to live comfortably. Use these tips to start your plan or revisit the one you currently have. These tips will ensure you're on the right track for a relaxed retirement.