The Physical and Mental Effects of Financial Stress

The Physical and Mental Effects of Financial Stress

By: Kelly Fiddner, Contributor,

Money may not buy you happiness, but studies show that your relationship with it impacts your health. Did you know money is tied to our basic, hard-wired drive to survive? When that drive can’t be attained, it compounds into stress. Maybe it’s why the age-old saying, “health is wealth,” is more than just a cliché. In the last 30 years…

Is Keeping Up With The Joneses Affecting Your Credit Score?

Is Keeping Up With The Joneses Affecting Your Credit Score?

By Denise Keiser AFC®, Counseling Programs Manager

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people that they don’t like,” — Will Rogers. In the spirit of garnering helpful advice from one of the wittiest performers in history, let’s review how money and debt shape today’s credit scores.

Help the Veterans You Serve Get the Benefits They Deserve

Help the Veterans You Serve Get the Benefits They Deserve

By Shellye Carpenter, CCUFC, Director of Partner Relations

While we originally developed this content for veterans as a consumer-facing article, and will share it as such, it’s also extremely valuable information for you to use as a training tool or resource for your staff who work closely with veterans in…

Road Trip: Mastering The Strategic Process Of Action Planning

Road Trip: Mastering The Strategic Process Of Action Planning

Denise Keiser AFC®, Counseling Programs Manager

People seek financial counseling because they want things to be different in their financial lives. They are looking for change like relief from surmounting debt, less financial stress, or they have important financial goals to reach like buying a home or saving for retirement. Regardless of the individual’s reason, the counseling process is the same. The process starts with…

Swipe Up: Social Media Spending

Swipe Up: Social Media Spending

Lindsey Deinhardt, Director of Organizational Development

Over decades, we have integrated social media into our lives: it is how we connect with people and organizations. Consequently, companies have taken advantage of this and turned what used to be a networking tool into an easy way to advertise. The average American will spend more than…

Multiple Financial Wellness Vendors: A Blended Family With One Goal

Multiple Financial Wellness Vendors: A Blended Family With One Goal

Jen Martin, Director of Partner Relations

In the first article in this series, we discussed how searching for the perfect financial fitness partner is like dating. Then in part two, we reviewed that every great partnership requires commitment (similar to a marriage), goal alignment, and working together. In part three, we will talk about how relationships change or adapt over time…

Debt Management Plans

Debt Management Plans

By: Denise Keiser AFC®, Counseling Programs Manager

Getting out of debt for many people is like losing weight. As easy as it was to rack-up, just like those few extra pounds, it now seems overwhelming to clear up. Most don’t know where to begin. If they do, they may lack the motivation to start. Turning to a…

Upstreaming Financial Services

Upstreaming Financial Services

By: Cynthia Campbell, MBA, MEd, CUDE, Chief Experience Officer

There is a parable used in the healthcare industry that has changed the way I think about serving people. I would like to share this parable, which I heard told by Dr. Rishi Manchanda, the founder of HealthBegins, in a TedTalk called, “What is an Upstreamist in…

Are Your Members Financially Healthy?

Are Your Members Financially Healthy?

By: Cynthia Campbell, MBA, MEd, CUDE, Chief Experience Officer

When I first heard of the Financial Health model created by the non-profit, Financial Health Network (formerly CFSI), I was thrilled. This framework offers four main pillars of financial health and under each pillar, there are two indicators. It is beautifully simple. They offer…

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