December 6, 2017
Avoid Holiday Spending Stress
Before you drive yourself crazy with Christmas spending, it’s time make a financial plan for the season so you can stay out of debt.
Take some time before your spending spree starts to go through the following steps and keep some sense of sanity in Christmas spending this year. You will thank yourself when the bills start arriving in January
Read the Compass Catholic blog on ways to avoid holiday spending stress and learn more about the resources available from Compass Catholic Ministries, at http://compasscatholic.org/money-blog/
November 29, 2017
Is It OK to go Into Debt for Christmas?
Christmas should be about celebrating the birth of Christ, creating memories, and enjoying friends and family, not about creating debt. Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but it should not come at the risk of your long-term finances stability.
As you prepare for Christmas, here are some tips to avoid getting into debt that you may be paying for till next Christmas.
Read Evelyn’s Blog: Don’t go Into Debt for Christmas for more about how to avoid debt this holiday season.
November 22, 2017
8 Tips for Dealing With Debt Overload
If you are like most people in the US, debt is a way of life. But there comes a time when the debt gets overwhelming or you just simply get tired of wasting your hard earned money paying interest.
Things for you to think about are: good debt vs bad debt; secured and unsecured debt; using a budget; credit counseling; consolidation loans; home equity line of credit and changing your habits.
Read Evelyn’s Blog: Ditch the Debt!
November 15, 2017
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
One of the best ways to get involved is with organizations you know and trust.
The Compass Catholic blog on Giving Tuesday will share ways you can help promote the Mission of Compass Catholic Ministries.
Read Evelyn’s Blog: Giving Tuesday
November 7, 2017
It is easy to talk ourselves into buying whatever we want or think we need. It is simple to justify any purchase we want to make, no matter how large or how small.
But how many times do we later regret those purchases and realize we made a mistake by spending too much money or buying the wrong thing without thinking it through.
Many financial mistakes can be avoided by seeking godly counsel before spending our hard earned money.
Read Evelyn's Blog: Seeking Godly Counsel
October 31, 2017
Energy, time and money. Sometimes you have more of one than the other. Here are some ideas to help you with the balancing act.
- Downsize the house. A smaller house means less energy and time to maintain and ALL the costs will be lower from the mortgage to the utilities.
- Make two meals at once and freeze one to save time when you are on the go, and also save a little money on the cost of the meal.
- Plan shopping around sales to save time, money and energy.
- Spot clean on a semi-regular basis to save energy and time.
- Keep an up to date grocery list so when you go to the store you know exactly what you need. You won’t waste money buying something you don’t need and you won’t waste energy and time having to go back to the store for something you forgot to buy.
Read Evelyn's Blog: The Tradeoff Between Time, Energy, and Money
QUESTION: Use our "Contct Us" form and join in, we would love to hear from you. What do you have more of – time, energy or money? How do you handle the balancing act?
October 25, 2017
Most people, religious or not, don’t fully recognize all that God has to say about how to handle money and possessions. Everything we need to know about how to spend, save, give and manage money can be found in over 2500 verses in the Bible. Discover true financial freedom!
Visit the Compass Catholic website for our latest blogs and check out the Compass Catholic Bible Studies page for more info on Navigating Your Finances God’s Way a 9-week Bible study that will help you learn how to manage your money God’s way.
Read Evelyn's Blog: Navigating Your Finances God's Way
October 16, 2017
If you were going to automatically pay an extra 15% for every item you buy, would you still buy it? Probably not. But you spend an extra 15% (or more, depending on your interest rate) when you buy items with credit cards and don’t pay the balance in full each month. If you are paying more than the price for what you buy, checkout our debt payoff calculators below.
A lot of financial mistakes can be avoided if you just stop, think and evaluate the difference between wants and needs. It’s not glamorous and it may not be fun but steady plodding keeps you on track: Proverbs 21:5, tells us, “The plans of the diligent end in profit, but those of the hasty end in loss.”
Read Evelyn's Blog: Middle Class Money Mistakes
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October 11, 2017
Do you get a sick sinking feeling when you think about the amount of debt you have? Are you worried that you’ll never be able to dig your way out of debt? We know how that feels. We had a mortgage, LOTS of credit card debt, two car payments, and no savings. Needless to say, our marriage was not a happy place to be.
Being in debt is like playing with matches. You know you will be able to blow the match out when the flame gets too close to your fingers, but sometimes you get burned. That’s what happens when your debt load gets overwhelming or there is an unexpected financial emergency. Sooner or later you will get burned.
Read Evelyn's Blog: How Much Debt is Too Much?
Check out our debt elimination calculators!
October 4, 2017
When we really want something, it is easy to deceive ourselves into buying it, whether we can afford it or not.
When it comes to your personal finances, have you been totally honest with yourself or are you fooling yourself by not being real? Consider the ways you can fool yourself:
- Do you acknowledge the difference between needs and wants?
- Are you yearning for a certain item because once you buy that item you will finally be happy?
- Have you convinced yourself that you don’t make enough money to save for an emergency fund or retirement?
- Are you a generous giver or do you think your salary is not big enough for you to be generous?
Any of these attitudes can justify handling money in a way that does not honor God.
Read Evelyn's Blog: Get Real About Your Finances