April 17, 2019
A sinking fund is a way to put money aside for planned expenses. This is different than an emergency fund which is for UNplanned expenses.
A sinking fund is putting money aside each time you get paid to fund upcoming expenses. For example, a sinking fund could be used for Christmas. Based on Christmas 2018, how much did you spend? Take that amount and divide it by the number of months till Christmas and that’s how much you need to save each month for a sinking fund which will pay for Christmas 2019. Sinking funds can be used for vacation, home upgrades, tax bills, back to school shopping or any other planned expense.
Sinking funds are a great way to get ahead of the spending curve and avoid that debt monster!
Check out our blog for more on this topic.
January 16, 2019
Resolutions are popular on January 1, but by now most of them have been abandoned. Join us on the Podcast for some ideas about how to set resolutions you will actually keep. The key is making them part of a large important life goal and managing the daily activities you need to accomplish so you eventually reach your life goal.
The Compass Catholic blog also has some Bible verses for you to reflect on as work on your financial resolutions.
January 9, 2019
There are three things you should do to review your 2018 finances and get prepared for 2019:
- Review your budget in 2018 and make the necessary changes for 2019. Which categories will decrease or increase in the new year?
- Review where you are on the Compass Money Map. Which destinations are complete and which still have open items?
- Calculate your Net Worth. Do you owe more than you own? Or is your net worth positive?
The Compass Catholic blog shares more about these three important steps to get ready for a successful financial year in 2019.
January 2, 2019
Financial problems can creep up slowly until they suddenly feel overwhelming. If you have an inkling that your finances are headed for trouble, address the issue as soon as possible to avoid long term financial harm. Join us here and on our blog as we talk about how to handle a looming financial issue. If you are experiencing financial challenges, you’re not alone.
December 26, 2018
How much money do you need to feel wealthy? Is money the key to a wealthy lifestyle, or is there more to it than simply accumulating more and more? Join us as we discuss a Charles Schwab survey about wealth in America. Our blog has more on the topic. Interestingly, the survey results indicate money has nothing to do with feeling wealthy.