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.
December 5, 2018
Spending more than you make, not knowing the difference between wants and needs, using long term savings for short term purchases, not being generous, ignoring the need for retirement savings…it’s easy to convince ourselves that we are going the right thing with our finances when maybe we are just in a comfort zone.
Tune in or join us on the Compass Catholic blog to check out the ways you may be fooling yourself about your finances.
October 31, 2018
Avoid paying interest, don’t buy things you don’t need, and above all else, don’t get caught up in trying to live someone else’s lifestyle. These are all things frugal people do to avoid wasting money.
Read the Compass Catholic blog for more on how to save money by being conscious of the things you should never do.
October 24, 2018
You have a better chance of getting struck by lightning; dying in a car accident; becoming a victim of identity theft by the age of 40; being bitten by a dog while jogging or or even hitting a hole-in-one on your birthday than winning the lottery. Yet the average American buys $200 of lottery tickets per year.
It’s interesting to note that lotteries are exempt from truth in advertising laws. What may sound like such a good deal is really a bunch of lies.
Read the Compass Catholic blog for more on why the lottery isn’t the answer to your financial problems.
October 17, 2018
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 saved.
A frugal person saves money in a balanced way by thinking about how saving money impacts 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.
September 26, 2018
Is there more to life than accumulating money? Join us for a discussion on a Charles Schwab survey about wealth in America. Interestingly the most common responses about what it takes for people to feel wealthy have nothing to do with money.
Read the Compass Catholic blog for more on being wealthy versus feeling wealthy.
September 19, 2018
It’s time to clear the clutter if your garage is so full there’s no room for the car or your basement has boxes that haven’t been opened in years.
Here are tips for having a successful garage sale:
- Get organized ahead of time
- Decide on your advertising strategy
- Check to see if a permit is needed
- Invite your neighbors to participate
- Make your items easy to see—clothes on hangers, items on tables
- Plan how you’ll manage the money (cash box, carpenter apron?)
- Have plenty of change on hand
- Decide on a discount strategy for end of day or on specific items
- Prepare to handle leftover items
Join the Compass Catholic blog for more on having a successful garage sale.
September 5, 2018
The post millennial generation is going their own way in how they earn and spend money. Part time gigs, flexible hours and non-traditional jobs are more important that a traditional full time career. They avoid credit cards and use debit cards instead, and hopefully understand the differences. Being digitally savvy, they prefer online banking and investing but many not realize the difference between an online bank and a brick and mortar bank that is FDIC insured. Debt avoidance is good, but what happens when there is no credit history and they try to get a mortgage?
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August 22, 2018
We all own lots of stuff. If we had only one small bag in which we would carry our most precious items, what would we put in the bag? When you decide what’s in the bag, you’ll know what is important to you and when you know what’s important to you, you can discover the hidden treasure behind that item.
Join us for a discussion on ways to find those hidden treasures in life that we take for granted. The Compass Catholic blog has more about hidden treasures.
August 15, 2018
Over spending and the resulting debt can have a negative impact on the family when mom and dad are stressed by the bills and the kids are learning how to fund a lifestyle they can’t afford.
All the consumerism in our society has an impact on our faith. Join us for a discussion on the spiritual cost of debt and read the Compass blog for more.