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March 11, 2020  

Manage Your Money God’s Way - You Need a Will

“Thus says the LORD, ‘Set your house in order, for you are about to die’” (2 Kings 20:1). Not a very pleasant thought is it?

Even if you live, your family may need to deal with your affairs in case of an accident or illness. Being prepared is the best gift you can give them. If you don’t do it, the government will make those decisions for you.

Our guest on this podcast is Vanessa J. Skinner, an estate attorney at Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, P.A., who will share thoughts on what to consider in estate planning, which is NOT just for those who are rich.

The Compass blog has more on what to consider in your estate plan. The Compass Catholic Set Your House in Order Bible study provides forms and discussion points for you to consider when making these important decisions.

February 19, 2020  

Tackle Your Taxes

Filing your tax return is a once-a-year event but paying attention to your taxes all year 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 adjusting your W-4 so you can come out as close as possible to that net zero goal.

Our guest on this podcast is Matt Marcoux, CFP and co-founder of CandorPath Financial.

January 8, 2020  

2020 Financial Checklist (encore presentation)

Join us for a discussion with one of our favorite financial planners, John Kennedy of Candor Path Financial Services. John will share ideas with us about how to get your finances in shape for 2020.

The Compass Catholic blog has more ideas for you to consider.

December 11, 2019  

Your 2020 Financial Checklist

Join us for a discussion with one of our favorite financial planners, John Kennedy of Candor Path Financial Services. John will share ideas with us about how to get your finances in shape for 2020.

The Compass Catholic blog has more ideas for you to consider.

December 4, 2019  

Why You Should Use a Financial Planner

Financial planning can be difficult if you don’t have the knowledge and skill set to do it well. Making informed objective decisions is hard to do 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 and how to find a financial planner who is a good fit for you.

The Compass Catholic Blog has more on this topic.

November 13, 2019  

10 Questions to Ask Your Parents

 

Do you know where your parents keep all the information you would need in case of an emergency? Here are 10 questions to ask your parents just in case you (or other family members) ever need it:

  1. Where do you keep your important information, in case I need to find it in an emergency?
  2. Where can I find a list of your key contacts?
  3. How are your accounts registered?
  4. Do you have an up to date will?
  5. Have you Designated a Power of Attorney?
  6. Do you have a Health Care Proxy?
  7. Do you have a living will or an advance health care directive?
  8. How can I access your electronic assets in an emergency?
  9. How do you want to disposition your personal Items?
  10. Have you documented your final wishes?

The Compass Catholic blog has more details about what to ask and why it’s so important to know where this information is kept.

June 19, 2019  

Mid Year Tax Review

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 8, 2019  

The Benefits of Using a Financial Planner - Part 1

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 3, 2019  

5 Ways to Give Yourself a Raise - Compass

Once we establish a spending habit, it’s hard to break. But stepping back and analyzing these five areas may put more money into your bank account each time you get paid.

Are you loaning the government money each month? Maybe it’s time to review that W4 form.

Have you had the same car insurance company for ages? Maybe it’s time to do some comparison shopping.

Is your credit report accurate? Maybe you should review your credit report to ensure there are no errors so you get the lowest rates possible on loans.

Are you using life insurance as a saving vehicle? Maybe it’s time to look at how much insurance you really need and get it the least expensive way.

Is money you need now mixed in with money you don’t need until months from now? Maybe it’s time to think about a separate bank account for longer term spending.

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September 12, 2018  

Get Rid of Your Mortgage

You may think that keeping your mortgage for the tax benefits is a good idea, but the money you get in tax benefits comes nowhere near covering the amount of money you pay in interest.  To pay off the mortgage early, try making one extra payment each year or each quarter. You can also try making bi-weekly payments (if your mortgage company will accept them). Another way to pay off the mortgage early is to funnel any windfalls to the mortgage (bonus, tax return, inheritance, etc.)

If you make anything other than the normal payment at the normal time, be sure to check with your mortgage company to be sure you understand how they will handle additional payments and how you designate the extra money you are paying. Once that is set, check your monthly statement to be sure your extra payment has been applied appropriately.

Join the Compass Catholic blog for more on getting rid of your mortgage.