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Get Money Saavy.

Check out our over 100 articles organized by the topics below to learn more about everything from understanding your credit to what to do ​during life's unexpected ​turns. Articles courtesy of Balancepro.org.

Farticles_01 Tax-Tips
Farticles_02 Lifes-Curveballs
Farticles_03 Buying-Owning-A-Car
Farticles_04 Smart Spending
Farticles_05 Understanding Your Credit
Farticles_06 Tips for Teens
Farticles_07 Tips for Students
Farticles_08 Tips for Seniors
Farticles_09 Budgeting & Saving
Farticles_11 Identity Theft
Farticles_12 Home Buying & Ownership


The Road To Home Ownership

If you're considering homeownership, it’s never too early to start planning. Though the process can feel long and overwhelming at times, it’s really nothing more than a series of practical steps. ​

​Downsizing Your Debt

Incorporating these basics found in this guide into your money management plan will put you in control of your money instead of it being in control of ​you.

Checking account management

Learn key components of wise checking account management, including checking account fundamentals, deposits, withdrawals, and protecting your account.

Retirement planning guide

 This guide gets you considering the key issues in retirement. Use it as an introduction to begin the exploration of your retirement options.

The basics of identity theft

There are measures you can take to reduce the chance of identity theft, as well as steps to recover from damage if you're ever a victim of a scam.

managing finances after divorce

Arming yourself with knowledge and taking the time to create a new plan after a divorce can help lead to a financially successful future.

REpaying student loans

This guide will show you how it's possible to repay your student loans and avoid default, even if y​ou're facing economic hardship.

Preparing for a Financial Setback

Living on less is never easy, but with a little planning and a positive attitude, you should be able to weather most financial storms.


Plan ahead with these easy-to-use calculators

Use these handy calculators to determine the down payment needed for a car, what will it would take to make owning your dream home a reality and much more! Please note that the use of calculators is not a guarantee of credit or return on investments.

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Balance: Financial Fitness

Balance is a financial fitness program and service that ​ORNL Federal Credit Union provides to members. By using Balance, members can obtain free access to confidential financial counseling services six days a week. The program encompasses a variety of features such as education, planning tools and individual counseling. All features are aimed at assisting members with financial challenges including questions, concerns or problems related to their financial well-being. 

Balance Features

  • Money Management Counseling
  • Toll-Free Infoline
  • Debt Managements
  • Credit Report Review
  • Housing Counseling
  • Identity Theft Solutions
  • Personal Finance Education Program
  • Checking Account Management Education Program

To begin your financial fitness program or for additional information, visit the Balance Financial Fitness Program website.