Financial Education

Learn today for a better tomorrow.

Financial Tools

Tools to help you figure out your next step!


Access financial education anytime you need it. Increase your know-how with articles, financial calculators, videos, checklists, quizzes, and more. Click here to access the financial education resources that matter to you.

Counseling Services

BALANCE offers a variety of free counseling services on topics like:


• Debt and Budget Counseling
• Credit Report Review
• Student Loan Counseling
• Homeownership Counseling
• Rental Counseling

To speak with a counselor, call toll free 800-777-7526 or click here to learn more.

Life Stages

No mattter where life takes you, we have your back!

There are defining events during each life stage that can affect us all.  From getting married to raising children to unemployment to deal with divorce to understanding social security, we all are in the midst of a life stage. BALANCE has resources to help you along the way. 
Click on your life stage below:

Webinars

Balance offers a variety of free webinars:
Barksdale Federal takes pride in offering financial tools and resources to our members. Check out our free webinars to learn more about spending, saving and borrowing money.
 

The Basics of Saving & Investing

Investing is one of the smartest things consumers can do to secure a brighter financial future. Every investor has different goals, risk tolerance, and cash flow, which will impact savings and investment choices. Participants will learn about savings strategies and tactics, investment tools, and how to develop an investment portfolio that works with their lifestyle and budget.

 

 

Planning for Money Milestones

There are many important financial milestones for consumers. To help prepare for a positive financial future—without sacrificing fun—we take a realistic approach to managing finances. We’ll cover SMART goals, getting financially organized, building a budget, controlling expenses, wiping out debt, and much more!

 

 

The Sandwich Generation

The Sandwich Generation is positioned in the middle. They care for aging parents while supporting their own children. In this workshop, participants will learn how to manage their parents’ medical, legal and financial needs, while ensuring they stay financially prepared for their kids’ future.

 

 

Stock Market Basics

Many financial planners say it’s wise to invest your savings in the stock market rather than leave your money in a low-interest account. Before you jump into the stock market, it’s important to know that investing in stocks comes with risks. This workshop provides the basics needed to get a clear understanding of the stock market, the risks involved, ways to reduce risks, how to buy stocks, and how to maintain your account.
 

 

 

Understanding Credit

Many want it, but how do you get it? This session covers all aspects of becoming an educated credit consumer, including how lenders evaluate for credit approval, factors that impact credit qualification, how credit scoring works, and ways money management today impacts credit standing tomorrow.




 

 

Rebuilding After a Financial Crisis

A job loss, a medical crisis, or other hardship can send a normal financial situation into a tailspin. Participants will learn how to get their finances back on track, including budgeting, repaying debt, rebuilding credit, establishing emergency savings, and replenishing retirement savings.