Kat's Money Corner Blog


CommunityAmerica's very own Kat Hnatyshyn — branch manager, 2008 winning Financial Makeover coach and Savin' Maven — has been authoring personal finance postings via The Kansas City Star's popular Dollars & Sense blog. Her posts have helped readers learn the basics on a wide range of often complicated financial topics in an easy-to-understand, sometimes poignant, and always imaginative format.

Kat's Money Corner is just one of many ways CommunityAmerica reaches out to members and others in the community who are seeking relevant, proven ways to take control of their budgets and make positive steps toward a brighter financial future. Despite one of the worst economic periods in U.S. history, CommunityAmerica has helped members lower debt and increase savings.

You can also find great tips every day by following Kat and her Savin' Maven colleagues on Twitter, as well as on CommunityAmerica's popular Facebook page.

Seven Smarter Things to Do With Your Tax Refund Than Splurge

Most years, more than three out of four Americans who file a tax return get some money back. Last year, the average refund was $2,800. If you’re in line for a refund, I know you’re already thinking about all the things you can do with that money! And in many cases, you’ve already spent it in your head many times over. Read More

Managing the Prices of Your Vices

We all have habits and addictions. Some are harmful, some are harmless, but most of them cost money. Paying for them may come at the expense of real necessities or missed opportunities to add to your savings. Read More

Don’t Talk Yourself Into a Vacation You Can’t Afford

It’s April Fool’s Day and, for many people, it’s the unofficial start to summer vacation planning season. Everyone needs an extended period of time away from the daily grind and routines of work, home, school … life. Most of us don’t take one often enough, but when we do, it’s usually in summer. Read More

Get Covered, Not Buried, or Burned

Tax time is always a good time to take time to see where your money goes. I’ll say this: It’s too bad most insurance premiums aren’t tax-deductible, because we sure pay a lot of them. Of course, some insurance premiums can actually be paid for on a pre-tax basis – like health premiums – but I’m talking about home, auto and individual life insurance. Read More

Feeling the Fuel Price Pinch? Squeeze Back

Nothing freaks out the American consumer like rising gas prices. They’re one of the most visible and psychological factors in our personal finances. No matter what your budget is, nobody likes seeing those numbers climb, because it means less money available for other things. Read More

Learning to Love the Brown Bag

So I noticed my favorite sandwich shop, Subway, (http://www.subway.com/subwayroot/default.aspx) has done away with $5 foot-longs. There goes my last lunch indulgence, something I could justify once in a while. After all, it was only five bucks, right? I could get two lunches out of it, or my husband and I could split one. Read More

I May Be Frugal, But I’m No Cheapskate

Have you seen the show Extreme Cheapskates? It’s a showcase of radical penny pinching, like using one light bulb for the entire house or hand-washing your clothes in the bathtub while you are showering. I may be a Savin’ Maven, but I’m no cheapskate – at least not to those extremes! Read More

Eat Like Kings and Queens, and Pay Like a Peasant

Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone. What did you do? I’m sure many splurged on a night out at a restaurant and dropped three figures on a nice dinner. It was likely an enjoyable experience,.but what was the impact on your wallet? Was it worth it? Read More

Spring Landscaping, Savin’ Maven Style

On a recent day in the 50s, which lately seems to always be followed by a single-digit downer, I was outside trimming bushes. Oh, the ideas and the gotta-do’s that come to mind when you’re in the yard for the first time in forever. Read More

This Marathon is Easier Than a Sprint

Is this the year you finally do it? With all those “26.2” stickers out there on the road, it can’t be that hard, right? Joking! I’m talking about finally committing to a budget, for whatever you need or want extra money. Read More

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