BALANCESM Financial Fitness Program

During challenging economic times, your credit union can be your first financial resource. That's why you can access BALANCE, a comprehensive financial education and counseling service, at no charge to you. BALANCE counselors are experts in all aspects of personal finance and credit. And because BALANCE doesn't sell any financial products, you can be sure the information and advice you receive are objective and unbiased.

Attend a Webinar

BALANCE is offering no-cost, monthly webinars on different financial topics.

Upcoming Webinars:

January – Credit Card Makeover: Getting Out of Debt


Credit cards can be a great financial tool for some, but for others they can lead to debt and in extreme cases, financial hardship. This workshop provides an overview of credit card usage, warning signs of credit issues, and options for debt management and reconstructing existing credit. 

Session 2: Thursday | Jan. 18, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/

February – Federal vs. Private Student Loans


So you’ve decided to apply for a loan to finance your education—but there are so many different options to consider. How do you choose among federal loans (loans funded by the federal government), private loans (loans taken out from a financial institution), or a combination of both? In this webinar, we’ll review the differences between the options so that you can select the loans that are best suited for your individual circumstances. 

Session 1: Tuesday | Feb. 6, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/

Session 2: Thursday | Feb. 15, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/

March – Are You Financially Healthy?


Financial health is about so much more than your credit score. True financial health is based on four key components: Spend, Save, Borrow, and Plan. In this engaging webinar, you’ll also get a chance to confidentially determine your own Financial Health Score, and the steps you can take to improve that score.

Session 1: Tuesday | March 13, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/

Session 2: Thursday | March 22, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/

Money Management Counseling

Schedule a BALANCE telephone counseling appointment anytime throughout the day or evening, weekdays and weekends. Each session lasts about an hour and can be conducted in English or Spanish.

Your counselor will work with you to determine your needs in these areas:

  • Money management
  • Goal setting
  • Budgeting
  • Savings plans
  • Debt repayment
  • Bankruptcy prevention
  • Home purchase
  • Avoiding foreclosure

Each 60-minute session is action-oriented and there is no limit to the number of sessions you can have, all free. After each session, you'll receive a written action plan outlining the options, choices, rights, and responsibilities discussed during your counseling session.


Information Line

Depending upon the amount of assistance you need, your toll-free call may last up to 30 minutes. After your call, you'll receive additional educational material by U.S. mail or email, or you can view and download relevant additional information from the BALANCE website.

Call 888-456-2227 Monday through Thursday 6 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m., or Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (MT).

Or you can get started now by sending an email to: info@balancepro.org.

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