March 25, 2020
Money can destroy a marriage.
All the assumptions and experiences of the way your family used and managed money come into your marriage. Each spouse was raised in a different environment, so no two people come into a marriage thinking exactly the same way as their spouse on any issue, most especially money. And that difference can mean disaster.
Learn how to tackle those important money decisions as a team in this podcast and the Compass Catholic blog
March 18, 2020
The world seems a little upside down right now with a lot of uncertainty about the spread of the COVID-19 virus, consumer mayhem in stores, events being cancelled and the ensuring financial panic.
We may be on edge because of uncertainty or we may be in panic mode because everyone around us in is panic mode and the media is doing a great job of spreading the fears.
None of us knows the future. All we have is today. If you are feeling overwhelmed by everything around you, meditate on these verses:
Isaiah 41: 10 “Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”
Psalm 46:2 “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress.”
The Compass Catholic blog has more on staying calm while the winds of fortune swirl around us. It also has links to several charts showing the ups and downs of the financial market.
February 17, 2020
The WealthSimple.com website features interesting people telling their financial life stories in their own words.
While many of the stories are uplifting as people have gotten their finances straightened out, many of the stories are so sad as the people have gotten themselves in to terrible financial situations.
This is the story of one couple who did just about everything wrong in their finances. AND they continue to make the same mistakes.
Here’s their story and suggestions about how we at Compass Catholic can help people recover from these same mistakes.
January 1, 2020
We all have a tendency to think that SOMEDAY we will be happy, content and financially stable. But if we don’t start today, we’ll never get there.
Join us for 10 easy steps you can take today to improve your monthly finances: track your spending; review monthly payments; determine if you still need to pay PMI on your mortgage; earn more; review insurance; discern wants vs needs; question every purchase; set spending priorities; stop shopping as entertainment; quit comparing yourself with others.
Listen in and check out the Compass Catholic blog to learn more about ways to start improving your monthly budget today.
December 25, 2019
Saving money means paying attention to both large and small opportunities. Large opportunities to save may be a bonus, refund, raise or inheritance. Small opportunities to save means paying attention to the many ways you may be wasting money on the everyday items you purchase.
The Compass Catholic blog has more on money saving ideas.
December 18, 2019
Financial advice comes in so many shapes and sizes that it can be overwhelming. The simplest way to get control of your finances is to spend less than you make. It’s that simple!
Consistently spending less than you earn will ensure your financial success a lot faster than any other financial advice you can get.
The Compass Catholic blog has more ideas about keeping it simple!
November 27, 2019
Do you think that more is better, especially when it comes to money? Yes, more money may ease the financial pressure for a while, but it will never provide lasting happiness.
Master your money by learning to be a good steward of God’s many blessings, including the way you give, save and spend.
Read the Compass blog to learn more about how to master your money.
November 20, 2019
The advertising industry was created to make you discontent so you will want to buy whatever they are selling. Ads encourage you to focus so hard on what you want and what you DON’T have, that you often fail to appreciate what you DO have.
Develop an attitude of gratitude by learning the virtue of contentment. It all starts with recognizing the blessings we already have and being thankful for them. Join us as we share ideas for appreciating what we have and learning to be content.
The Compass Catholic blog has more ideas about ways to be content and grateful for the blessings God has given you.
October 23, 2019
There is a difference between being cheap or being frugal. Cheap means using price as the only criteria for making purchases. Frugal means not spending more than you need to and knowing the price vs the cost of use.
A cheap person will invest a lot of time and energy in order to save a dollar or two, but the time and effort they spend may not be worth the money they save.
A frugal person saves money in a balanced way by considering the impacts of money saving ideas on other areas of their life. Saving money is good, as long as it is done in a balanced way so you can enjoy life and recognize the tradeoffs you are making.
This week’s podcast and the Compass Catholic blog point out the differences between cheap and frugal.
October 16, 2019
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.