The Farmers Bank and ICBA Offer Tips for Developing and Maintaining Good Credit Habits

By: Kayla Day

Portland, TN (Jan. 3, 2022)—The Farmers Bank and the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) are encouraging customers to plan for their financial future by establishing and maintaining good credit habits to create a blueprint for financial wellness and prosperity in the New Year. 

Good credit is essential to a strong financial foundation, so it’s important to build and maintain responsible credit practices that demonstrate sound money management principles to help you achieve your short and long-term financial goals. By working with your trusted community banker at The Farmers Bank to create a budget that reflects your finances and lifestyle, you can better manage your spending and savings behavior to reach your goals and avoid financial setbacks.

The Farmers Bank and ICBA offer the following tips to help consumers build and maintain good credit. 

  • Open a checking account and keep careful track of your balance to help establish a credit history. 
  • Use debit and credit cards for convenience and safety. Be careful not to overspend and avoid missed or late payments, which can damage your credit and hurt your credit score.
  • Develop a good mix of credit (such as a revolving credit line and an installment loan) to boost your credit score and demonstrate that you can manage different types of credit.
  • Show stability in the three to six months before a major purchase. Avoid opening or closing accounts or moving large amounts of money around.
  • Build an emergency fund equal to at least six months of living expenses. Establishing a financial cushion to help absorb unexpected expenses and avoid penalties and fees for missed or late payments. 
  • Alter your credit focus as you approach different life stages. While Gen Z might be saving for a down payment, Gen Xers or baby boomers may be paying down debt to plan for retirement, respectively. 
  • Monitor your credit regularly so you can correct any errors and detect potential signs of identity theft. Order a copy of your credit report annually from

“By establishing good spending and saving habits early you can retain your financial footing and more quickly recover from temporary financial roadblocks,” said ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey. “Reach out to your neighborhood community banker who can offer sound financial advice to help you navigate life’s financial milestones and plan for your future.” 

To find one of The Farmers Bank’s local branches, visit

About ICBA
The Independent Community Bankers of America® creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. ICBA is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education, and high-quality products and services.

With nearly 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute roughly 99 percent of all banks, employ nearly 700,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. Holding nearly $5.9 trillion in assets, over $4.9 trillion in deposits, and more than $3.5 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community, community banks channel local deposits into the Main Streets and neighborhoods they serve, spurring job creation, fostering innovation and fueling their customers’ dreams in communities throughout America. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at

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