Chicago markets: the bridge to better
There’s just something about a farmers market that can help turn an okay day, into a great one. Whether you’re going for the produce, the food, or to interact with some of the friendliest faces around, we can all agree that a day that includes a trip to the market is simply better
As a company that began in agriculture, we’ve been long supporters of farmers markets.
It’s in our blood.
To help inspire Chicago’s youth and reduce plastic waste, we proudly activate our annual market bag design contest. Here’s how it works:
We provide a design theme to local Chicago schools…
Students submit their designs for a chance to win a scholarship…
COUNTRY Financial votes on the winning design…
We announce the winner at the local market, present the checks, and begin…
Home insurance 101
You purchased your home insurance to protect …well, your home. But do you really know what that means? I didn’t, so I went to a pro. Representative Matt Potts took some time to help me understand the ins and outs of my home policy
Can I rebuild my house if it’s hit by a tornado or destroyed by fire?
Matt: Your basic home policy should cover things like wind or minimal fire damage. However; it’s important to check if you have any type of replacement coverage in case your home is completely destroyed. These coverages are often available to you at an additional cost. Two examples are:
Additional Replacement Cost coverage
A good option for newer homes (due to age requirements1), this has no maximum andprovides coverage regardless of the limits on the…
Get your car road trip ready
Summer is winding down, but there's still time to sneak in a final family vacay! And whether you’re driving a few towns or a few states over, it’s a good idea to check to make sure your car is in tip-top shape. This will help save you time, money and potential headaches.
Here are a few simple tips to help get your car road trip ready.
Simple car maintenance now can help avoid a big road bump later (see what I did there?!) Here are the top things to check before hitting the road:
Check the condition and air pressure in your tires
Test your wipers and wiper fluid
Make sure your headlights and taillights are working
Change your oil and filter
Clean your car, inside and out
Low cost, high value chore rewards
Recently my co-worker and boy-mom, Val Hawkins, used our ChorePal app to help teach her son about money. If you missed the article, you can read it here . This got me thinking …it’d be pretty easy to spend a lot of money while you’re trying to teach your kids about the value of a dollar. Ironic, right? In effort to save you parents some cash, while still teaching your kids what earning, saving and spending money is all about, I came up with some reward ideas that are fun AND easy on the wallet.
Break the rules
Everyone loves being a little rebellious. These rewards will let your kids take a short walk on the wild side.
Have dessert before dinner
Skip their chores for a day
How to have an effective money talk with your kids
Having the “money” conversation with your kids can go in a lot of directions. Just for fun, we gathered some littles together and asked them what they like to do with their money. Check out what they said. Their answer will brighten your day.
By now, if you’re using our ChorePal app , or another chore reward system, you know they can spark conversations about ways to save, spend, and share money. So, we put together a few ideas to help you keep those conversations going.
Make it visual
Create a pie chart to help your kids decide how much of their earnings they want to put away, use, or donate.
You don’t need a fat wallet to have fun with your kids
I’ll be the first to admit that my wife and I have spent a lot of money over the years to have fun with our kids, and I have the receipts to prove it. Theme parks, vacation destinations, ballgames – we’ve always had a great time
However, we were fortunate to learn early in parenthood that we didn’t always need to spend a lot of money to have a great time. Sure, I remember those expensive trips, but I have just as many happy memories of car rides, backyard games and creative projects .
Your kids just want your attention, and sharing yourself with them can make them feel richer than any kid on the block. It doesn’t have to be well planned, expensive or complicated – be creative! Here are a couple…