September 18, 2019
Christmas can be a time of discontent as we try to keep up with what everyone around us is doing or expects us to do. If Christmas exhausts you financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually, learn the virtue of contentment from Philippians 4:11-13.
If spending less, buying fewer gifts and cutting back on activities will help you be content instead of exhausted at Christmas – go for it! Christmas only comes once a year, so do more of what makes you and the rest of your immediate family happy and less of what causes stress and discontent.
Check out the Compass Catholic blog for more on being content at Christmas.
June 26, 2019
Lots of people are preparing for beach vacations. The furnace is turned off and the air conditioner is on. NOW is a great time to consider … Christmas!
Don’t let Christmas catch you financially unprepared. We encourage you to avoid going into debt this Christmas and now is the right time to start planning so you can achieve that goal.
The Compass blog has more on staying out of debt for Christmas.
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 23, 2019
Christmas spending was fun—lots of gifts, decorations, plenty of food and traveling to see the family. And now the bills are starting to roll in for all the spending fun. Make 2018 be the last year you get into debt for Christmas.
The Compass Catholic blog has more on staying out of debt for Christmas 2019.
December 19, 2018
Christmas Day is fast approaching. Don’t get so caught up in the busyness that you forget what the day is all about. Join us for thoughts on how to make conscious plans for a Christmas day you will enjoy. The Compass Catholic blog has more suggestions on this topic.
December 12, 2018
It seems like Christmas begins at the same time as Halloween and by December 26th, it’s all over. Listen in as we discuss the ways Christmas has gotten hijacked and how we can return to the real meaning behind many of the Christmas symbols.
Join us on the Compass Catholic blog for more ways to stay focused on what Christmas is all about.
November 28, 2018
Sometimes we spend money on Christmas in an effort to fulfill some requirement that doesn’t make sense if you stop and think about it rationally. Maybe your gifting is done out of guilt or obligation or competition. But what does that have to do with the real meaning of Christmas?
Tune in and join us on the Compass Catholic blog for stories about why people feel forced into Christmas spending and how to avoid it.
November 14, 2018
Seems like we just jump from one buying season to another without much thought about why or even what we are celebrating. Debt can be the number one fear for many people at this time of year as they face the pressure to make everyone in their life happy by showering presents on them.
Join us and stop the madness by not going into one penny of debt for Christmas this year.
The Compass Catholic blog has more ideas about how to celebrate but stay sane in your spending.
February 7, 2018
Shopping for Christmas can be a lot of fun. But when the bills arrive in January, it’s not so much fun. Listen in and visit the Compass Catholic blog for some ideas about how to get those bills paid off.
December 6, 2017
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 Evelyn's blog: Avoid Holiday Spending Stress for ways to avoid holiday spending stress and learn more about the resources available from Compass Catholic Ministries.