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November 27, 2019  

Mastery over Money

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  

Be Content and Give Thanks

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  

Cheap OR Frugal?

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  

Are You Prepared for the Next Recession

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.

September 18, 2019  

Plan to be Content at Christmas

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.

July 17, 2019  

Getting Into a Cost Cutting Mindset

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 3, 2019  

10 Easy Steps to Improve Your Monthly Finances

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 5, 2019  

Master Your Money

A large part of mastering your money is based on giving it place in your life it deserves, and it’s not first place. Everything in our culture influences us to 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.

May 29, 2019  

Learning to be Content

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.

March 6, 2019  

What is Your Definition of Financial Success?

We would all be a lot happier if we defined financial success based on our own life, resources, capabilities and progress. Judging your circumstances against other people can be disheartening. All God is calling you to do is be a faithful steward of the blessings he has given to you, with no regard to what the next person is doing

The Compass Catholic blog has more on defining financial success for yourself.

Based on a listener's question, here are the percentage guidelines for various budget categories. The link will download a spreadsheet to your computer. Use this as a starting point and customize it to fit your life.