A Quick Look: Simplify Your Banking

Most of us lead busy lives. In the spirit of Simplify Your Life Week, we wanted to do a quick summary of some ways you can simplify your banking and {hopefully} free up time for things that are important to you.

Online and Mobile
Gone are the days you have to wait for the mailman to bring your monthly statement. You can still do this but you can also just log in to your online account and see your current balance, past statements, current statement and even pay bills, open an account or prequalify for a loan. It’s free and easy to use our website, plus it gives you greater control over your own money. With VCNB Mobile, you’ll find a one stop shop for your quick banking needs. This is free app gives you access to your deposits and loans from your mobile device. Here you can also pay bills, transfer funds and even deposit a check. It’s like carrying around the bank on your phone.

Want to know more? Here are some specifics!

Online Bill Pay
Many customers seem to think Online Bill Pay is the greatest thing since sliced bread and we are inclined to agree. Set up recurring bills to automatically pay at your convenience or log in and pay a single bill. Either way, it saves using checks and stamps. It also guarantees your payment will be taken from your account when you say. It’s free as long as you use it at least once a month. The great thing about Bill Pay is that it requires so little effort and time to keep paying bills within your complete control.

Popmoney® personal payment service
While Bill Pay helps you pay bills, Popmoney allows you to send funds electronically to individuals. All you need is the person’s email address or mobile phone number. They will receive a text or email notification that your money is waiting for them. They can deposit the money into the checking or savings account of their choice.

Mobile Deposit
Have a check but no time to hit the bank? Deposit it using VCNB Mobile and the camera on your mobile device. You can deposit funds in to the VCNB checking or savings account of your choice for free!

Account Alerts
You don’t even have to log in to keep up with activity related to your checking account, savings account, certificate of deposit or loan. There are nineteen notifications to choose from, allowing you to receive an email or text for activity that interests you. Want to know when your debit card is used or when your checking balance dips below a certain amount? Request reminders for when your loan payment is due or late and even get an alert when your CD is about to mature. Sign up for this free service online.

A Few More Things
Our website and mobile app provide a host of other ways to simplify your banking and save you money. For example, if you’re in the market for a new home, use our online pre-qualification to learn how much you can afford. Open accounts online, track the UChoose Rewards® you earn with Rewards Checking, request a credit increase for your credit card and even chat online with someone in customer service!

Life is too short to waste time on banking. Streamline your banking and your money management with these and other great products at VCNB!

On the Go? We Can Help!

On the go? We can save you time! With just a few simple steps, Online Banking at VCNB can save you time during this busy holiday season. You ask how? Here are just a few things you can do online that will help!

Schedule Bill Payment
Who has time to write checks, search for a parking space at the post office and then stand in line for stamps? By using Online Bill Pay, you Couple on computercan pay all your bills without checks or stamps. Just enter some basic information about your account with the business you are paying and we take care of the rest. You can schedule payments either for one time or for automatic payment. While you’re at it, get a jump on 2015 by scheduling bills for payment in January. Done and done.

Be a Payback Hero
If you have Online Bill Pay, you also have Popmoney ®. This personal payment service allows you to send and receive money with the same ease as sending an email or text message. All you need is the recipient’s email address or mobile phone number to send them funds from your VCNB Online Account. The cost is .50 per transaction, making Popmoney cheaper than writing and mailing a check to someone. With Popmoney you can payback a friend or relative or even send monetary gifts to loved ones far from home this season.

Transfer Funds
We welcome you to visit the bank as often as you like but we understand that folks are busy. If you just need to transfer funds from one account to another, you can take care of that through Online Banking. It’s as easy as 1-2-3. When you log in to Online Banking, just look for the Transfers tab.

Check Balances
While you’re logged in, check your balances and activity. Contact Customer Service immediately if you believe there are fraudulent charges on your account. And of course, make sure you really have the money you think you should have. After all, being one of Santa’s elves can be expensive and it’s easy to lose track of what you are spending.

If you are not internet savvy or are on the go, remember that our Telebanc telephone service is available 24 hours a day. Call 1-800-317-5990 to check your balances, review account activity, transfer funds and make payments. It’s easy to use and free!

This is a busy time of year. Trim the trouble of banking from your list and just enjoy the season!

Enter “Thousands of Prizes” contest through VCNB


We are excited to announce that VCNB will participate in the Fiserv “Thousands of Prizes” contest this fall.

From October 1 through November 30, VCNB customers who use Online Bill Pay and Popmoney ® personal payment service on the VCNB website will be entered in a drawing for prizes.

Fiserv will give away thousands of prizes nationwide including iPads ® and gift cards for Amazon.com, Starbucks and Restaurant.com.

There are a host of ways to use Online Bill Pay and Popmoney. If you need to pay the dentist, your electric company or your homeowner’s insurance, Online Bill Pay is a quick and secure way to send payment. This service is free as long as you use it at least one time per month. Otherwise it costs $3 per month.

If you need to pay a friend or relative, Popmoney is the way to go. For just .50 cents per transaction, you can send money to anyone using just their mobile phone number or email address. You can also request funds from someone using Popmoney. So if your roommate owes you rent or friends owe for concert tickets, just send them a request!

Best of all, you will automatically be entered in the drawing with each Bill Pay or Popmoney transaction you make.

So what are you waiting for? Sign in to your VCNB Online Banking or Mobile Banking and look for the Online Bill Pay section to get started today!

Contest runs through November 30. See terms and conditions here.

College Bound? Financial Products You Need

Are you headed off to college this fall? If you’re like most college freshmen, you are probably worried about finding your way around campus and meeting your new roommate. But have you thought about how to access and manage money while you’re away?

Starting college makes you a bona fide grown up. That means you will need a checking account. After all, you will have some source of income – whether it comes from your folks, overage checks or a part time job – and will need a place to keep your money safe. The piggy bank your grandma gave you when you were four just won’t cut it anymore.

Here are some VCNB products that we think will help.

A shot of an asian student working on his laptop at the campusChecking My Way – This checking account is a great option for a young person just starting out. This account has no minimum balance requirements and there are no fees if you take electronic statements. It comes with a free debit card or the opportunity to upgrade to a vanity debit card for $5. With free access to Online Banking and Mobile Banking, you can access accounts, pay bills and transfer funds with your computer or mobile device.

Mobile Deposit – Use your mobile device to deposit paper checks to your account for just a .50 cent per transaction fee (and standard data rates). You simply use our mobile banking app and the camera on your device to take a picture of both the front and back of the check. It will deposit into your account, from anywhere in the world.

Online Bill Pay and Popmoney Use Online Bill Pay through VCNB Online and Mobile Banking to pay bills. No need to mail a check for your car insurance. Just sign into Online Bill Pay at VCNB to schedule one time or recurring payments. Another perk of Bill Pay is access to Popmoney ® personal payment service. Popmoney ® allows you to send and receive money to and from an individual. So if you owe a friend for pizza or if mom and dad wish to give you money, it can be done through Popmoney®. At .50 cents per transaction, it is quicker and cheaper than mailing a check.

General Purpose Reloadable MasterCard © – If you don’t trust yourself with a lot of money at once, a VCNB General Purpose Reloadable Mastercard © is a great way to pay. With this card, you load it with a specific amount. Once the money is spent, it is gone and there is no risk of overdraft.

If you are leaving the area for college and are concerned about ATM or branch availability, remember this: PIN and signature based purchases with your debit card are free. Any time you make a store purchase, you have the option of getting cash back. With just a small store purchase, you can get cash back for no fee. Also remember that mobile banking allows you to deposit checks from anywhere in the world and online/mobile banking make it possible to transfer funds, check balances and even pay bills with a few mouse clicks.

And at the risk of sounding like your parents, remember to be careful when it comes to credit cards. One of the first people you will likely speak to on campus will be someone offering you a credit card. We offer credit cards at VCNB but we encourage you to use this line of credit wisely. Use credit cards for emergencies rather than for daily purchases and be sure to not charge more than you can pay off in a month.

So before you head off to college, swing into your local VCNB office or check us out at www.vintoncountybank.com. Our New Accounts Officers would love to give you all the details on these products and on others that we think you can use.


Introducing New Popmoney® Features


Every time we think our Popmoney ® personal payment service can’t get any better….it does. All along we thought it was pretty great that you can send money to a person with only their email address or mobile phone number with Popmoney at VCNB.

Now you can also request funds from someone!

Say your roommate owes you for their half of the rent. You can enter his email address and send a note along with the request for funds. If you are out with friends and splitting the dinner bill, you can use just their mobile phone numbers to ask for their share of the bill.

When they send the funds, the money will be deposited in your checking or savings account, saving them from writing a check or handing over cash and you from making a trip to the bank.

It is incredibly easy to do from your computer or mobile device.

– From the Popmoney® window of Online Banking, click on “Request Money.”

– If it is someone who is already in your contacts list, just select them from the list. If it’s a new person, add their name along with either their mobile phone number or email address.

– Enter a fixed amount or leave the amount open so they can decide how much to send.

– State a purpose for the request

– Select the savings or checking account where you want the money to be deposited.

– Click next to review your request before hitting submit.

The recipient will be notified via text or email that they have funds waiting to be retrieved. They will follow a link, enter their bank account information and the funds will be deposited.

Please note that if the person answers the request and sends you money, there is a .75 per transaction fee deducted from the amount they send to you. In other words, if you request $20.00, only $19.25 will actually be deposited to your account.

The other big change released just this month is that you can now make same day payments. For a $9.95 fee, money can be sent and received on the same day. As always, you can make a regular payment for a .50 cent per transaction fee.

Want to learn more about Popmoney? Check out this post or visit our website.   Standard text message and data rates apply.

Checking My Way: Flexible and Easy

Have you heard about our Checking May Way account? We really like the flexibility and options this account provides!

With Checking My Way, there is no minimum balance required and there are no fees for electronic statements. If you would like to have a paper statement mailed to you each month, the cost is $3 per month without check images and $5 per month with check images.

Checking My WayThe account comes with a standard debit card but for a $5 fee that can be upgraded to a vanity debit card.

Free Online Banking, Bill Pay and Mobile Banking will help you to stay connect on the go and from anywhere you have internet access. Plus, Account Alerts can help you stay in the know about what’s happening with your account with various kinds of transactions.

Another great feature is Mobile Deposit which is available with our Touch Banking app. This allows Checking My Way customers to deposit a check by taking a picture of it with their mobile phone.

This is a terrific account for people of all ages and for anyone looking for an account that allows them choice in features. Are you ready to sign up? Click here to open your account online today! We also welcome you into our 13 branches to sit down with a New Accounts Representative and receive the personal service you deserve.

Count the ways you can use Popmoney®

Have you used Popmoney ® personal payment service at VCNB yet? Do you know what it is?

Popmoney is a way that you can send money to someone electronically. All you need is that person’s email address or mobile phone number. If you are a Bill Pay customer at VCNB, you have access to Popmoney for just .50 cents per transaction.


Owe your roomate for rent this month? No need to write a check or hit the ATM – just use Popmoney® personal payment service.

There are countless ways you can use this service. Here are just a few!

  1. Gifts – Have you ever forgotten someone’s birthday? Maybe you have a nephew graduating college? Send a monetary gift with an e-card through Popmoney at VCNB!
  2. Basketball with friends – One of our employees went to a game with friends but for the group’s tickets to be together, one person had to put it on their card. All the friends just sent the funds through Popmoney. And if you’re the person who shells out the cash for tickets, you can send a reminder to your friends for the amount they owe!
  3. Dinner out with family – Some restaurants won’t split checks for large groups. Make it easy on yourself and let one person put down their plastic while you just use Popmoney to send your share to them.
  4. Kids at college – Kids who are away at college are notoriously short on funds. Help out your child or grandkid by sending them a little extra money!
  5. Monday Night Football – The gang is all together for Monday Night Football. That means pizza and wings and drinks for everyone! If someone forgot to hit the ATM on the way, they can just send funds through Popmoney.
  6. Flowers for the Boss – It’s your boss’ birthday and you know she loves roses. Invite your co-workers to pitch in a few bucks and ask them to send it via Popmoney!
  7. Rent money –Set up a Popmoney transaction to send your share of the rent to your roommate on the same day and for the same amount each month.
  8. Gas money on a trip – Taking a road trip with an old friend? Splitting the cost of gas is easy with Popmoney. You can schedule the funds on your smart phone while you travel down the highway.
  9. Neighborly help – Your kids are sick and you’re out of everything at home.  You’re low on cash and can’t get to the bank. If your neighbor offers to pick up some milk, bread and soup for you, just use Popmoney to reimburse them.
  10. When you just don’t have cash – Let’s face it – sometimes you just don’t have cash. Popmoney is a great way to payback someone or send funds when you’re low on cash.

There are lots of ways to use Popmoney. Learn more by visiting our website.


Top Ten Reasons You Will LOVE Bill Pay at VCNB

We love Bill Pay and are certain that you will too. In case you don’t want to take our word on that, we put together a list of the top ten reasons we think you will agree!

Cost Savings. That’s right. Bill Pay will save you money. How much money do you spend on stamps and checks each month? It adds up quickly over the year and the cost of postage continues to increase.

2  Peace of Mind.  Using our secure website to pay bills is safer than sending a check in the mail. Plus, email reminders can help you never miss a due date again!

3  Schedule Payments to Suit Your Needs.  If you get a one-time bill from the doctor you can schedule a single payment for that bill. However, if your car insurance is always $104 a month, you can schedule that payment for the same amount on the same day every month for a period of months or for an ongoing period of time.

4  Eliminate Paper Clutter.  Save the environment and receive E-bills through Bill Pay. Many companies can send you an electronic bill each month that goes straight to your Bill Pay account. From your account you can review, print and sometimes download your e-bills. And, of course, you can pay those bills with Bill Pay.

5  One word: Popmoney ®.   We really, really, really love Popmoney ® personal payment service because it allows you to send money to an individual using only their email or mobile phone number.  So if you owe your roommate for rent or a friend for dinner, this is an easy and quick way to send them funds. It costs .50 cents per transaction for you to send and nothing for them to receive!

6  Pay bills anytime, anywhere.  Do you work a lot? Have little ones who you hate to drag into the post office to buy stamps? It’s ok. You can schedule Bill Pay transactions from anywhere at anytime using Online Banking or Mobile banking.

7  No monthly limit.  With Bill Pay, it doesn’t matter if you pay one bill per month or twenty bills per month. There is no maximum limit on the number of transaction. There is a minimum requirement of one transaction every thirty days to avoid a $3 dormancy fee. But we are certain you will love it so much that dormancy will not be a problem.

8  It will save you time. Think of the time you will save when you don’t have to track down stamps, write checks, lick the envelopes and get the bills into the mail on time! Bill Pay takes care of all that for you!

9   It’s Easy!  It takes just a minute to enter account information for each bill you pay. Once that information is added, it will remain in your Bill Pay account until you delete it. That means you will only need to click on the payee, add the amount you wish to pay and the date you want them to receive the funds.  It’s as simple as one, two, three!

10   It’s FREE!  You read that correctly! You get an easy-to-use, time saving tool that helps you organize your bills while saving money. . . and it’s FREE to use every month!

Want to learn more? Click here to read more about internet banking and Bill Pay!


Simplify Your Money on the Go

What if we told you there was a way to automate your finances, deposit a check and pay bills without picking up a pen or buying a stamp? What if we told you these services are available to all of our online and mobile banking customers?

These services are available any time of the day or night when you have internet or mobile phone access. From home, from the office or from your poolside vacation, if you have internet or phone service, you have the ability to manage your money at VCNB!

Mobile Deposit and Mobile Money – You can deposit a check, schedule bill pay, chSon And Father Using Mobile Phone To Deposit Checkeck account balances and more using your smart phone at VCNB! Just download our Touch Banking mobile app and login to your account to get started. One of our newest services, Mobile Deposit, allows you to deposit a check with your smart phone. It’s as easy as taking a picture! There is a .50 cent per transaction fee. Also, you must endorse the check with your name and the phrase “For Mobile Deposit Only.”

Learn more about mobile deposit and mobile banking here!

Bill Pay – Have a fistful of bills and no stamps? No worries. Bill Pay allows you to schedule a single payment or ongoing payments for bills like utilities, the dentist and credit card. There is a $3 a month dormancy fee if you don’t use the service every 30 days but we believe you will fall in love with the convenience and cost savings and use it for all your bills. Think of the money you will save on stamps, checks and envelopes over a year!

Popmoney – Do you owe money to a friend or relative? You can use Popmoney ® personal payment service from VCNB Bill Pay to send them funds using just their email address or mobile phone number. There is a .50 cent fee for each transaction. Watch this video to learn more about Popmoney and Bill Pay!

Scheduled Transfers – Your New Year’s Resolution for 2014 is to build your emergency savings but you’re not doing so great remembering to save the funds? Automate the process by setting up scheduled transfers from your checking to your savings! You can also schedule a single transfer at your convenience.

Account Alerts – Want to know when a check clears or when there’s a debit card transaction involving your card? Do you need a reminder when your mortgage is due or when funds are getting low in your account? Set up account alerts for free! You can receive requested alerts by text or by email.

We love to see our customers in our bank lobbies but understand that life is busy and you don’t always have time to come to the bank. Banking on the go will help you stay on top of your money anywhere, anytime! Visit us at http://vintoncountybank.com/ to open an account, chat with customer service and learn more about all of these services today!

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