Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Kamp Foundation Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Wednesday, August 01 at 03:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

 Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Kamp Foundation will install electricity at the Kamp thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced recently at the weekly Kiwanis meeting in Russellville. Shawn Bates, community bank president of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check to Earl “Spud” Westmoreland, Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Kamp Foundation.

The Arvest Foundation donation to the Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Kamp Foundation will be utilized to assist with completion of a major utility project to install electricity at the Kamp.

“Thanks to a benevolent and much-appreciated grant from the Arvest Foundation, combined with other donations obtained this last year, the Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Kamp expects to finally break ground in August for our highly anticipated project to provide electricity to the Kamp,” Westmoreland said. “If your group is interested in either overnight camping or attending a Kamp day camp, please contact us by visiting our website at kampkiwanismoar.org.”

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Kamp Foundation who have dedicated their time to serving and educating the kids and families of the Russellville area.” Bates said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to our local community and their families.”

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Make Back to School Shopping Affordable

Wednesday, August 01 at 02:00 PM
Category: Personal Finance

As the school year approaches, so does your annual school supply shopping trip. While pencils and paper are a necessary part of your child’s educational experience, the cost of supplies can add up quickly.

Don’t get overwhelmed by the growing shopping bill! There are several things you can do right now to make sure your total doesn’t break the bank.

Check out Credit Card Rewards

Did you know you can get a $100 rewards bonus by simply opening a new credit card account with Arvest Bank? Use the credit card on your back to school shopping trip, and earn Arvest Flex Rewards on all purchases.

This opportunity has something for everyone! Check out the options online and find the right credit card to fit your lifestyle.

Plan Ahead

Be on the lookout for online sales or sales tax holidays, which can help you stick to your budget. Often, stores run out of high-demand supplies or brand name clothing as school approaches. Forbes* recommends buying those items early in the summer to avoid last-minute stress.

Some states offer sales tax holidays on school supplies and clothing. Check to see if your state is listed*, and mark your calendar now so you can take advantage of the savings. Use your credit card on the shopping trip and earn rewards points on top of the already great deals!

Be Willing to Wait

In addition to looking for deals ahead of time, Consumer Reports* suggests staggering purchases. Consider buying your child one new outfit when school starts and waiting until October or November to invest in the rest of their wardrobe.

The best deals will be available later in the year, and your child will have time to decide what clothes they really want to buy! Don’t worry, you won’t miss out on your credit card rewards points, but you will miss the back to school frenzy at the mall.

Buy More for Less

It’s no secret that buying in bulk is often the cheaper option and the same is true when it comes to school supplies. If the bulk price seems too high and the item quantity excessive, Money Crashers* suggests coordinating with other parents who are buying the same school supplies. Split the cost and the supplies and everyone wins! Plus, if you volunteer to use your credit card to purchase the supplies, you’ll earn points which can be redeemed for cash back or statement credit at a later date.

Limit Spending on Trends

While cartoon character-themed backpacks and trendy clothing may be tempting, the appeal can quickly fade and result in wasted money. Instead, The Penny Hoarder* suggests buying generic supplies when possible. Encourage your child to be creative and decorate the blank covers of their notebooks and binders!

Specialty items don’t have to be entirely off limits! Money Crashers* recommends limiting your child to two character-themed items and allowing them to choose their favorites. Your child will get the fun school supplies they want and you’ll get rewards points when you use your credit card at check out!

The views of this article are for general information use only. Please contact and speak with a subject expert or your banker when specific advice is needed.

*Link is a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

 

 

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Arvest Equipment Finance

Wednesday, August 01 at 12:00 PM
Category: Personal Finance

Time to upgrade your farm equipment? Arvest is ready to help you grow, with rates as low as 4.9 percent. But hurry, this offer won’t last long! Visit us for help with your new or used equipment purchase, call 417-627-8000 today! 


Disclosure: 
Promotional rates available for the purchase of new or used qualified business equipment. Poultry house equipment is excluded from this promotion. New purchase money loans or refinances new to Arvest only. Refinances or renewals of current Arvest loans do not qualify. Loans to Commercial borrowers only. A $375 processing fee will apply; additional filing fees may apply. Loans must be a minimum of $10,000 and up to a maximum of $150,000 to be eligible. Promotional rates and loan terms for qualified borrowers are as follows: (1) 4.49% fixed-rate for a three year term; (2) 4.99% fixed-rate for a four to five year term. Varying payment options available depending on equipment type and condition: monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annual. Offer valid for applications received from July 1st, 2018 – October 1st, 2018. All loans are subject to credit approval. Rates available at all Arvest locations. 

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The City of Huntsville Receives $2,200 Donation

Wednesday, August 01 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The City of Huntsville got a boost in its efforts to attract visitors and industries to Huntsville thanks to a $2,200 donation from the Arvest Foundation.


The gift was announced recently at the City Hall in Huntsville. Matt Smith of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check to Nancy Marsh.

The City of Huntsville Economic Development Program is working to bring in visitors and industry to Huntsville, and the gift from the Arvest Foundation will help the city purchase maps to give to both groups.

"The purpose of this city map is to use with visitors, people traveling through our nice little city, or people who have just moved here,” said Nancy Marsh, City of Huntsville economic development director. “The Economic Development Commission was trying to decide the best use of funds to produce this map and hesitated to sell ads since businesses change and space on the map is used for the ads. The City of Huntsville is excited to receive these funds from the Arvest Foundation for the production of our new city map. These funds will allow us to print more maps. Also, all the space on the map can be used for directions. The new map should be available in September. Thank you again for supporting the City of Huntsville.”

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the City of Huntsville and its efforts to get the attention of tourists and industries looking to expand,” said Matt Smith, community bank president in Huntsville. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to Huntsville and all of the communities we serve." 

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CONSUMER ALERT: ‘Credential Harvesting’ Phishing Scams

Tuesday, July 31 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Consumers need to be aware that credential harvesting phishing scams are on the rise.

As part of this phishing scam, criminals are sending personalized email messages with an alarming subject line, such as “Card Deactivation.” The emails include a button to “cancel” the deactivation process, which, once clicked, takes victims to a fake web page that requests user IDs, passwords, and answers to their security questions. Here some other commonly used subject lines used in these scams:

  • Online Banking Alert: Your Account will be Deactivated
  • Dear Valued Customer
  • Failed Package Delivery
  • Reviewing Payments
  • Serious Issues

Arvest Bank would like to remind our customers Arvest will never email, text, or call you unsolicited to ask for account information, social security numbers, online banking credentials, or other sensitive information.

What to Do

If you get an email that appears to be from Arvest Bank and is asking you to click a link and enter data, do not respond.

  • If you received an e-mail like this and entered your personal information, please contact us immediately at (866) 931-9743 so that we can protect your account.
  • If you received an e-mail like this, but did not divulge confidential information, please notify us via email at reportfraud@arvest.com. If possible, please include the original e-mail that you suspect is part of the phishing scam. 

Phishing scams come in a variety of forms. Although most are similar to this one, involving a spoofed email alert, others come in the form of customer service surveys, telephone calls, or even cell phone text messages. Please be aware that while most phishing scams direct you to fake websites, others may ask you to call a phone number where an automated phone system prompts you to divulge confidential information.

While it can be difficult to identify spoofed email messages, websites, and automated phone systems, it is not difficult to know if any of the above may be related to a fraudulent phishing scam. The key is knowing that legitimate businesses do not send messages to customers prompting them to divulge confidential information. If you receive such a message, no matter how genuine it may appear, assume it to be fraudulent and please notify the legitimate business immediately. 

Please visit our Consumer Protection section for information on identity theft, fraud, scams and online threats.

This post was updated on 8/2/2018

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