April 3, 2019
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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March 27, 2019
That new car smell is great, but leasing one car after another means spending more money in the long run. Buying a car means you have an asset (even though it is a depreciating asset.) When you lease a car, you have nothing at the end of the lease - no transportation, nothing to trade in or sell.
It is hard to compare leasing versus buying head-to-head because they are so different and each is based on different parameters. Join us for more on why leasing may not be good for you. Our recommendation is to buy a certified used car and drive it till the wheels come off.
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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.
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March 13, 2019
When people retire, many times the goal is to simply stop working. As our lifespan increases, retirement can be a time of great fulfillment by planning well in the following areas:
- Talk to your spouse to develop a joint plan for retirement.
- Use a budget before retiring to manage your income and spending in retirement.
- Ditch the debt so you can be debt free when you retire.
- Find a passion to use your talents and skills in serving others.
Retirement can be the most fulfilling time of your life if you plan to make it so.
The Compass Catholic blog has more thoughts on retiring well.
Check out our retirement calculators as part of your planning process.
March 6, 2019
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.
February 27, 2019
Health care sharing plans are gaining popularity in the face of the rising cost of traditional health insurance. Both traditional insurance and health care sharing plans have pros and cons, so be sure you know the difference.
For an overview of health care sharing plans, check out last week’s podcast and blog, which also provides links to the major health care sharing plans. This week we’ll focus on what health care sharing plans do not cover and what questions to consider asking if you are making a decision on which to buy. Be sure to check out the related blog on this topic.
February 20, 2019
Increases in the cost of traditional health insurance have driven many people to participate in health care sharing plans. Sharing plans are usually based on Christian ideals where like-minded people help each other. If you are considering a health care sharing plan, listen in for how this differs from traditional health insurance.
For links to the major healthcare sharing plans, check out the Compass Catholic blog which has more details on this option for health care. And join us next week for Healthcare Sharing Plans - Part 2 where we’ll share some questions to ask before participating.
February 13, 2019
There are lots of things to think about and plan for as you approach your wedding day. Unfortunately, most couples who are engaged to be married talk more about the flavor of their wedding cake than about their marital finances. The cake cutting ceremony takes about 10 minutes but finances are something they’ll deal with every day of their entire married life.
The Compass Catholic blog has more about why the “Money Talk” is so important to a strong healthy marriage.
February 6, 2019
Here’s a family who has made, and continues to make financial mistakes. They admit the error of their ways but just can’t seem to grow up enough to stop the madness. The Compass Catholic blog has more about this couple who are in the middle of financial train wreck, but won’t make the effort to escape.
Take this as a warning and examine your own finances!
January 30, 2019
A 2017 study from CreditCards.com found that 74% of parents reported helping adult kids with expenses and debt. But once your child is an adult, there is a difference between lending a hand and providing them with a lifestyle they can’t afford.
For more on this topic, join us on the Compass Catholic blog if you are supporting your adult child financially.