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October 16, 2019  

Are You Prepared for the Next Recession

We are in the middle of an economic expansion and the unemployment rate is at a 50 year low.  But change is inevitable and at some point there will be a recession.  Are you prepared to weather an upcoming economic storm?

A recession may be months or even years away so the best time to prepare is now. Join us for some ideas about how to get ready.

The Compass Catholic blog has more about preparing for the next recession.

October 9, 2019  

The Spiritual Impact of Debt

It is so easy to separate our faith from our finances and think of them as two entirely separate unrelated things. But often times when we get into debt there is a spiritual void we are trying to fill by buying things we can’t afford.

Financial challenges can be a hidden monster in many families and marriages. By shining the light of faith into that dark corner, we can tackle and tame the debt monster and learn that every area of our life, including how we handle money, has a spiritual impact.

The Compass Catholic blog has more about the spiritual impact of debt.

October 2, 2019  

Are You Headed for a Financial Disaster?

We have so many people come to us who are on the brink of disaster. Maybe they have missed several payments on the mortgage, their credit card bills are past due or they haven’t opened their mail for months.

These problems don’t happen overnight—they creep up gradually. If you are in a situation where your finances feel slightly out of control. The best thing you can do is get them under control before they spin into a full blown disaster.

For additional ideas about avoiding financial disaster, check out the Compass Catholic blog.

September 25, 2019  

Don’t Get Scammed

Have you ever gotten a phone call from your own phone number? There are any number of ways people hide their true identity in an effort to scam you. They may want your money or your personal information but they are persistent in trying to get you to give them what they want.

We have suggestions for how to avoid being scammed by being smart about who you talk to, what information you share, and how you can protect the information the scammers want the most.

The Compass Catholic blog has additional ideas about avoiding scams.

September 18, 2019  

Plan to be Content at Christmas

Christmas can be a time of discontent as we try to keep up with what everyone around us is doing or expects us to do. If Christmas exhausts you financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually, learn the virtue of contentment from Philippians 4:11-13.

If spending less, buying fewer gifts and cutting back on activities will help you be content instead of exhausted at Christmas – go for it!  Christmas only comes once a year, so do more of what makes you and the rest of your immediate family happy and less of what causes stress and discontent.  

Check out the Compass Catholic blog for more on being content at Christmas.

September 11, 2019  

Should Children Get an Allowance?

We met a mom a few weeks ago who was telling us that her son and daughter started a dog walking business when they were young. Mom and dad taught the kids how to manage money wisely, and how to save. As the kids got older they took on more responsibility for their personal finances.

Their son is now graduating from college with no student debt. His entire college experience was funded by scholarships and money he saved. Even more amazing is that he has $100K in the bank as he graduates! What a wonderful way to get a head start in life.

This week the Compass Catholic podcast has ideas about how to train your kids to be financially responsible. If you don’t teach them when they are young, they will never learn as adults. Check out our blog for more on helping your children be financially responsible.

September 4, 2019  

Financial Clutter

Recently, we were talking to the president of a Catholic Credit Union who mentioned the term “Financial Clutter” as all those things that get people off track with their finances.

Maybe it’s doing something you should NOT be doing or maybe it’s NOT doing something you should be doing.  Financial clutter is whatever gets us off track from being a good steward of God’s blessings. Join us for a lively discussion on financial clutter.

The Compass Catholic blog has more on how to find and eliminate the financial clutter in your life.

August 28, 2019  

Plan to LOVE Your Retirement

When people retire, many times the goal is to simply stop working. As our lifespan increases, retirement can be a time of great fulfillment if you plan well. Not planning for retirement may result in a dead end feeling when you no longer have a reason to get out of bed every morning.

Finding a passion to use your talents and skills in serving others can result in a fulfilling lifestyle and a feeling of accomplishment during this season of life.

The retirement years can be one third of your adult life. What are your plans for loving retirement? The Compass Catholic blog has more about planning for happy, fulfilling retirement years.

One step in planning is to be financially prepared. Check out our retirement calculators to review your financial readiness.

August 21, 2019  

What is a Crisis Budget and When Do I Implement it?

Sooner or later almost everyone faces a financial crisis.  A job loss, illness, birth of a special needs child, or damage from a hurricane or winter storm can all wreak havoc on your financial stability.  Plan for the unplanned by having a crisis budget. A crisis budget will help you survive economic setbacks with minimum impact to your financial stability.

This podcast shares how to create a crisis budget and when to put it into action, and be sure to check out the Compass Catholic blog on crisis budgets.

August 14, 2019  

I just graduated from college, now what?

College graduation is one of those milestones in life that need to be celebrated. And after the celebration it’s time to face a lot of planning and decisions about your future, including strategies for how to handle money, pay off the student loans, and become a financially responsible adult.

Join us for ideas and suggestions about how to get organized for your financial future.

The Compass Catholic blog has more on how to get a handle on your finances.