6 Tips to Sleep Better and Save Money

Wednesday, January 30 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

It’s no secret that getting a good night’s sleep is good for your health, but did you know it can also be good for your wallet?

The average person spends about 1/3 of their life sleeping – that adds up to around 25 years! Studies show that poor sleeping habits can cause long-term medical conditions like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Sleep deprivation can also affect your brain functionality, leading to mental exhaustion and impaired decision-making. Any of these consequences from poor sleep can have a hefty impact on your bank account, whether it be from increased medical bills or poor financial decisions made while tired. By adding a few healthy habits to your daily routine, however, you have the opportunity improve your health and your savings.

To maximize your sleep, The National Sleep Foundation offers these tips for healthy sleeping habits:

  • Establish a sleep routine. Try to go bed and wake up at the same time every day – including weekends.
  • Exercise. Staying active during the day will help you sleep when your head hits the pillow.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and heavy meals at night. Wait at least two to three hours after eating before going to bed.
  • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows. Shop around and test products until you find what is right for you.
  • Practice a relaxing bedtime routine. Calming activities like taking a warm bath, reading a book, or listening to soft music can help ease you into sleep mode.
  • Create a sleep haven. The ideal sleeping environment should be cool – between 60 and 67 degrees, quiet, and free of light. Consider a fan, ear plugs, or eye masks to obtain the optimal setting for sleep.

Make these tips a part of your routine to enjoy the benefits of a good night’s sleep – and maybe some extra savings too! For more information about the importance of sleep and tips on how to catch more Zzz’s, grab your pillow, put on your PJs, and check out The National Sleep Foundation.

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Arvest Bank Offers Special Assistance to Customers Affected by Shutdown

Friday, January 25 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank has announced additional accommodations for our customers affected by the current government shutdown. Because we understand the uncertainty caused by an interruption in income, we’ve established a Special Assistance Customer Care hotline for our customers who need help managing their accounts during this time.

If you have concerns about your accounts related to the government shutdown, please call this dedicated line during normal business hours – 

Arvest Special Assistance Customer Care: (877) 483-2940.

A customer care associate will walk you through specific accommodations available to you.

  • ARVEST MORTGAGE CUSTOMERS: Arvest is suppressing credit reporting, waiving late fees and offering payment assistance including forbearance. In addition to calling (877) 483-2940, mortgage customers can visit the Arvest website to learn more about hardship assistance. Options will vary based on loan type and investor guidelines.
  • PERSONAL LOANS (AUTO, HOME EQUITY, DEBT CONSOLIDATION, ETC.): Arvest is offering payment deferrals for existing loans based on need. In addition, Arvest is waiving origination fees and offering an extension of the first payment due date for some new consumer loan types. Affected customers are encouraged to call (877) 483-2940 to discuss options.
  • CONSUMER AND BUSINESS CREDIT CARD CUSTOMERS: Arvest is offering payment deferrals. Affected customers are encouraged to call (877) 483-2940.
  • CHECKING ACCOUNT HOLDERS: Arvest is waiving account insufficient funds and overdraft fees, as well as monthly account fees, when applicable. To request these waivers or refunds, please call (877) 483-2940.
  • BUSINESS OR COMMERCIAL LOANS: Please contact your local Arvest banker for personalized assistance.

At Arvest we are committed to helping our customers through this challenging time. If you have questions about any of the above accommodations or your eligibility, please do not hesitate to call (877) 483-2940.

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Arvest Bank Offers Assistance to Customers Affected by Shutdown

Wednesday, January 09 at 04:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank wants to advise any loan customers dealing with a reduction in income due to the current government shutdown that help is available for those who need assistance. Customers who have concerns about their loan obligations are encouraged to contact the bank during normal business hours to discuss their options.

  • Any affected Arvest Mortgage customers can call (800) 232-5524 or visit the Arvest website to learn more about hardship assistance due to the shutdown, natural disasters or other loss of income.
  • Arvest customers with concerns about other Arvest personal loan types (auto, home equity, debt consolidation, etc.) are encouraged to call (855) 303-5479. 
  • Arvest consumer and business credit card customers should call (800) 356-8085.
  • Business customers with business and/or commercial loans should contact their local Arvest banker.

Arvest Bank understands the uncertainty created by an interruption of income by situations like this, and is committed to helping those customers who need assistance through this difficult time.

 

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Arvest Branches Closed Jan. 21

Tuesday, January 08 at 06:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, all Arvest branches and the customer service line will be closed on Monday, January 21.

We will resume normal hours on Tuesday, January 22.

For your convenience, you can bank 24/7 using:

Thank you for being a loyal Arvest customer! We appreciate your business.

 

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Arvest Bank Announces New Executive Positions

Wednesday, December 19 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Rodney Shepard and Laura Andress have been named to newly created positions that focus on the experiences of both its customers and associates.

Shepard, previously president and CEO for Arvest in Fort Smith and the River Valley, will serve as the Chief Customer Experience Officer (CXO), effective Jan. 1. In his new role, Shepard will be responsible for maintaining a strong relationship between Arvest and its customers, and managing the overall day-to-day experience for customers and associates. Specifically, he will work with management at all levels to maintain a consistent, customer-first mentality across the bank’s physical and digital channels.

Andress, currently executive director of group human resources, will assume the title of Chief People Officer (CPO) on Jan. 1. Among other duties, Andress will be responsible for developing and executing a human resource plan of action in support of Arvest’s strategic direction. Andress will work specifically in the areas of succession planning, talent management, organizational and performance management, training and development, benefits and compensation, and associate communication.

Shepard has been with Arvest Bank for more than 25 years, and is being replaced as president and CEO in Fort Smith and the River Valley by Roger Holroyd. Shepard earned an associate degree at Carl Albert Junior College, a bachelor’s degree in management at Northeastern State University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Webster University. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at LSU and the Mid South School of Banking at Christian Brothers University.

Shepard currently is a member of the board of directors for Mercy Health Fort Smith Communities, the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Foundation, the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club, and also serves on the Community Bankers Council for the American Bankers Association. Among other civic endeavors, he is a past chairman of the board for the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce, has worked on behalf of the United Way, the Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Society, the Single Parent Scholarship Fund, and was presented the Carl Albert State College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. Shepard and his wife, Lisa, live in Fort Smith and have two children.

Andress joined Arvest in 2004 – following 13 years as an attorney and partner at a Fayetteville law firm – to become director of group human resources. She earned both a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a law degree at the University of Arkansas. During her time as an attorney, Andress was licensed by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

As director and executive director of human resources at Arvest, Andress has been charged with managing risk and building programs to develop talent and increase communication and associate engagement across the organizational footprint. Andress lives in Springdale and has two children.

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