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…

Why Contributing To Your 401(k) Should Come With A Warning Sign — A Tale From A Financial Counselor

Why Contributing To Your 401(k) Should Come With A Warning Sign — A Tale From A Financial Counselor

By: Shelly Weber, Certified HUD Housing Counseling and Financial Coach

We have often heard it said, “Do not neglect contributing to our employer’s sponsored retirement plan”…. Perhaps, taking advantage of an employer’s retirement savings should come with a warning sign: “Do not contribute until you are financially prepared.” This may sound counterintuitive, but let me explain.

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…

Insights from the Front Lines: Housing Counseling

Insights from the Front Lines: Housing Counseling

By: Linda Davis-Demas, Senior Director of Housing

Housing Counseling is a core competency of BALANCE. We handle pre-purchase, post-purchase, foreclosure prevention, rental, and reverse mortgage counseling. We are a HUD approved national housing counseling agency. We work with mortgage servicer partners…

Five Steps to Financial Triage

Five Steps to Financial Triage

By: Karina Galvan-Torres, Senior Director of Operations

During times of economic crisis and uncertainty, the significance of prioritizing financial stability suddenly leads every conversation with family and friends. For agencies, like BALANCE, that provide services to underserved and financially vulnerable communities every day…

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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