Last week, we did something that we should’ve done a long time ago. We opened savings accounts for our children. I’m not sure why we put it off, but I’m a little bit glad we did. Now that we have switched our accounts to Happy State Bank, the kids get to experience the joy of banking at Happy State Bank, too.
Remember when banks were friendly? Remember when tellers always knew your name? Remember when you could call a banker you actually know and get a loan if you needed one? Me too! That, ladies and gentlemen, is why we switched to Happy State Bank a few months ago.
Happy State Bank was founded in Happy, Texas, over a hundred years ago. They are well-established in the Panhandle, and even though they aren’t headquartered here, it feels like the old neighborhood bank you and your family have done business with for three generations. That’s because they really care about their customers, and it shows in the way they take care of you. True to their roots, Happy State Bank has already gotten heavily involved in our community in many ways, including their Kids’ Bank program at participating local schools. The program teaches children the value of saving, while introducing them to the many important aspects of banking. Currently, only one school in Fort Worth is participating, but it’s a really valuable program that hopefully will continue to expand to more schools.
Right now, there’s one branch in Fort Worth, at I-30 and Ridgmar Blvd., but I hear that’s going to change as Happy expands into the market over the next few years. While this is great for us as parents, I’m really excited to be establishing a long-term banking relationship for my children. It’s good to know they will be well taken care of for years to come.
In the next article in this series we will discuss our plan for helping teach our kids not only the importance of saving for the future, but how to do it. They will be making monthly deposits of the money they earn, watching it grow and maybe getting to spend a little on themselves, too.