What does 'financial well-being' mean?

The phrase 'financial well-being' means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) defines it as:

  • having control over your day-to-day finances,
  • being able to cope with unexpected expenses, and
  • being able to make choices that allow you to enjoy life.
It's when you're feeling stable, secure, and have access to financial resources and opportunities, all of which leads to a sense of satisfaction and peace of mind.
  • Stress reduction: Good financial health reduces stress and anxiety, allowing you to live a more fulfilling life.

  • Improved quality of life: Financial stability enables you to meet your basic needs and pursue your life goals and aspirations.

  • Better decision-making: A strong financial standing allows for better decision-making, since you're better equipped to manage your finances, invest in your future, and prepare for emergencies.

  • Financial security: Financial well-being provides a sense of security and reduces the risk of falling into poverty or debt.

  • Increased opportunities: Good financial health provides you with more opportunities, including access to credit, higher education, and the ability to start a business.
Overall, financial well-being is crucial for both personal and financial success, and it's an important factor in overall health and happiness.
Just like you'd get a check-up at the doctor's office, it's a good idea to figure out what your current financial well-being is. The CFPB has a free tool that lets you accurately and consistently measure your financial well-being before and after taking steps to improve your financial situation.

Freedom First members who are enrolled in online banking can also use our free budgeting and personal finance tool. Track spending, set goals, manage your budget, and see the full picture of your finances.

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Meet over the phone or in-person with professionally-trained and certified financial counselors one-on-one at no cost to you. They can help you navigate credit challenges and debt, wealth building, homeownership, retirement planning, and more.

Our expert team can help you take a full look at your assets and help you with investing, retirement planning, college planning, and more.

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If you are a business owner looking to provide additional benefits to your team, Freedom First's Freedom@Work Program will bring financial expertise, knowledge, and services directly to your workplace as a benefit to your employees. 

GreenPath is a national nonprofit provider that has partnered with Freedom First to help people eliminate debt, improve credit, and build budgets that work for them. GreenPath provides extended phone counseling hours and can provide services in over 170 languages.
We provide a library of free useful articles that can help you navigate through any life stage.

Explore GreenPath’s LearningLab for all things financial. They bring you free well-researched courses and tools to enable a better understanding of money for a healthy financial life through self-study. Additional tools include:

The Roanoke FEC also provides useful articles, videos, and infographics in English and Spanish free for anyone to use.

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The Roanoke Financial Empowerment Center is available to anyone in our region at no cost to them, even if you're not a member of Freedom First.

The professionally-trained counselors work with you in a judgment-free environment to achieve your financial goals.

Freedom First's products and services directly support the financial well-being of our members in ways such as...

...and so much more!

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