July 17, 2019
We can get so used to doing things in the same old ways that’s hard to make a change. Any change can be difficult, but if you are successful with small changes, they can help you to succeed with large changes. Taking time to make small mindset changes can lead you to a path of financial freedom, just by concentrating on doing things differently and thinking about things differently.
Tune in for suggested mindset changes that can help you on the path to those significant changes. The Compass Catholic blog has more on this idea.
July 10, 2019
Paying off debt is a lot like losing weight. There are fad diets that may help you lose weight quickly, but some on those diets may not be very healthy. It takes a lifestyle and mindset change along with discipline to keep the weight off.
In the same way, paying off debt takes a lifestyle and mindset change along with discipline in order to manage your spending and concentrate on paying off debt. But some of the ways to pay off debt may not be financially healthy.
Join us here and on our blog for things to think about when planning a debt pay off plan.
July 3, 2019
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 our blog to learn more about ways to start improving your monthly budget today.
June 19, 2019
Filing your tax return is a once-a-year event but a mid-year review will help you maximize your tax savings. It’ll only take 30 minutes to do a mid-year review, and it could easily save you thousands of dollars.
The goal is to be tax neutral–not paying too much or too little. The Compass blog has more on what to consider in your mid-year tax review and how to adjust withholding to come out as close as possible to paying or receiving net zero on your taxes.
May 29, 2019
Scientific evidence suggests that being content may have major benefits for your health. For starters, it helps combat stress, boosts your immune system, protects your heart and reduces pain. What's more, it may even increase your life expectancy.
What does it mean to be a contented person? Happiness is a temporary "high,"whereas contentment is a longer lasting, deeper feeling of satisfaction and gratitude for everything in your life.
Read the Compass blog for more on learning to be content.
May 22, 2019
Marriage is a joint venture in all areas, even when it comes to money. When you get married, you don’t vow to share all financial aspects of your life with your spouse—but maybe you should. Nothing will ruin a marriage faster than hiding financial details from each other. Our podcast suggests ways to break down those financial walls that are separating you from each other.
Also check out our blog for more ways to share your finances with your spouse.
May 15, 2019
John Kennedy, CFP and fiduciary, offers advice on saving for retirement. Check out this link and look at page 13 for the intersection of your age and salary. Multiply your salary by the number in the intersection to see how much you should have saved for retirement at your current age.
John also comments on his personal experience with the Compass Catholic Navigating Your Finances God’s Wayand Set Your House in OrderBible studies. Not only did it help him in his financial planner role, it also helped him and his wife communicate about their personal finances.
Read the Compass Catholic Blog for more benefits of using a financial planner.
May 8, 2019
If you don’t have the knowledge and skill set, do-it-yourself financial planning can turn into a huge disaster. It’s hard to make objective financial decisions when you are emotionally involved with the outcome. Join us for a discussion about why using a financial planner will benefit you in the long term. We will also share the questions to ask a financial planner before you decide to work with them.
The Compass Catholic Blog has more on this topic.
April 24, 2019
Buying a home can be one of the best or worst things you’ll do financially. Plan ahead to make it your very best decision!
In addition to the mortgage, home ownership comes with many related costs, such as the down payment, closing costs, upkeep and maintenance. You also need to think about what you’ll need when you move in. Going from an apartment to a home may mean you’ll have to buy a lawnmower, tools, furniture, window coverings and other items that you never needed in an apartment.
One mistake we have seen people make is buying too much house. Do you really need the five bedroom house and all the related costs that come with it?
The other mistake is not getting a home inspection done by a licensed professional. Any home (even a new one) has a potential for problems. An inspection is one way to mitigate huge issues that can’t be seen with the naked eye.
Take your time and make a wise, practical financial decision and home ownership will provide many blessings.
The Compass Catholic blog has more on buying your first home.
March 20, 2019
We rarely think about the end of life issues or what would happen if we became incapacitated due to illness or accident. What a blessing it would be to your family in this situation if all the important information they would need was up to date, organized and easy to locate.
Check out the Compass Catholic Bible study, Set Your House in Order. It’s a 5-week small group study which walks you through the process of getting all your important information created, updated and organized. There is no better gift you can give your family.
Our blog has more on this topic.