Banking & Financial Education Blog


Which Banks Will Still Count My Coins?

Chase bank branches don’t count coins anymore. Ally Bank is stopping in less than a month. What now? Are we supposed to let all our change sift to the bottom of our already-disorganized bags and fish out our embarrassingly large stale granola bar collections every time we try to get a few quarters? Are we … Read More ›

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Best Places to Buy College Supplies on the North Shore

Bed Bath and Beyond Dorm Room Supplies

The time has finally come. Your little bird is about to leave the nest as they prepare for what John Belushi movies promise will be the best time of their young life: college. As you get ready to nudge them one step closer to the real world, … Read More ›

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A History of the Dollar Sign

An interactive timeline about the rich history of the symbol for our currency.


First Bank & Trust Hosts ‘Local Food & Drink With Neighbors’ Event

On May 28, about 120 people gathered at First Bank & Trust’s headquarters at 820 Church St. in downtown Evanston for an evening of cocktails, food, music and fun.

The “Local Food and Drink with Neighbors” event was sponsored by First Bank & Trust as a way of fostering a sense of community among downtown Evanston … Read More ›