June 5, 2020
Matt and Jenny Brady were a young couple with successful careers. After participating in a Bible study regarding the link between their financial behavior and their finances, Matt and Jenny made the decision to change their financial habits. By following the Compass Catholic Money Map, they paid their large student loan debt and were better equipped to live their current vocation as parents to three young children.
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June 3, 2020
Raising money smart kids starts even before you get pregnant. Talking about all aspects of money when you are engaged includes discussions about how well you were trained by your parents to be fiscally responsible. What did your parents teach you that was valuable to you as an adult? What do you wish they had taught you? These questions lead to deep discussions between you and your future spouse on how you want to teach your children about handling money.
The Compass Catholic blog has more about raising money smart kids.
May 27, 2020
Financial challenges due to debt can be a hidden monster in many families and marriages. We can tackle and tame the debt monster by learning that every area of our life, including how we handle money, has a spiritual impact.
The Compass Catholic blog has more about the spiritual cost of debt.
May 20, 2020
Finally, we are beginning to recover from all the shutdowns that began in February and got worse in March and April and people are going back to work. When you get back to your job, it’s also the time to get back to your new financial normal.
Create a budget, and use that to create a crisis budget. Build up your emergency fund and start digging out of any debt you incurred. It will be a long hard road, but starting now will put you in a better position if there is another emergency around the corner.
The Compass Blog has more on how to get back to some sense of financial normal.
May 15, 2020
Lauren and her husband have been blessed with five children including triplet boys. With five children under four years of age, Lauren learned many lessons about prioritizing and the logistics involved with having a large family. She shares those lessons and explains how she and her husband decided to make a career change to benefit their large family.
For more information about Compass Catholic, please visit www.CompassCatholic.org.
May 13, 2020
Planning retirement while there is a recession can be tricky. Start by looking at your current monthly expenses. Exclude expenses related to work and include new expenses related to retirement. Subtract the monthly expenses from your monthly retirement income.
If your expenses are more than your income, how much do you need to withdraw from savings each month and how long will your savings last?
Doing these calculations before you retire will either bring you peace of mind or the realization that retirement needs to be delayed.
The Compass Blog has more on details to consider if you are retiring during a down market.
May 8, 2020
Allison Gingras shares the story about her financial journey. Allison realized the extent of her debt when the bank refused to extend her any more credit. Around the same time, she met the co-founders of Compass Catholic Ministries, Jon and Evelyn Bean. They presented her with the opportunity to participate in a Compass Catholic Bible study, which she now credits for her much of her family's financial wellness. It hasn't always been easy but now Allison can use her family's financial journey to glorify God.
Learn more at the Compass Catholic website.
May 6, 2020
How has your life changed for the better since the pandemic? Have you looked for the good in the stay at home orders and the chance to stop the crazy busyness that pervaded our pre-pandemic normal?
While this situation wasn’t something anyone wanted, there is always some sort of good that comes out of any situation. Maybe now is the time to think about the good and say a little prayer of thanksgiving for whatever bright spots you can find.
The Compass Blog has more on some of the positives that will come from our new normal.