A sequel to last week's episode, Jaclyn and John Kennedy are back to discuss their desire to find a money/life balance that works for their family. Jaclyn has been able to modify her work schedule to be able to spend more time with their young children. Like most decisions, this one had financial implications they've had to navigate together.¬†
Watching the stock market going up and down can cause stress, tension and anxiety. ¬†Yet there is nothing we can do about it.¬† And you haven‚Äôt really lost any money until you pull the money out of the market. Until then, it‚Äôs just a number on paper.
Instead of stressing over what you can‚Äôt control, try meditating on 1 Timothy 6:7-8, ‚ÄúFor we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it. If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that.‚ÄĚ
The¬†Compass Blog¬†has more on putting the stock market gyrations into perspective.
When John Kennedy decided to leave the firm he was with and start his own business, he knew that decision would impact his family, financially and otherwise. In this episode of Money Stories, John and Jaclyn Kennedy share how they navigated this decision as a family and lessons learned along the way.
Are you stressing to the max due to job layoffs, the potential for job loss, empty grocery shelves, being stuck in the house, worrying about the health of your family and financial insecurity?
Maybe some of these things are simply out of your control. But one of the ways to feel better is to actively control those things that you are able to control.
Read the Compass¬†Blog¬†for more ideas about staying sane during these crazy times.
It is easy to get into a spending rut and not pay attention to where the money is going. But those assumptive spending habits can be wasting your hard earned cash.
Look at both the big things and the small things you buy on a regular basis in order to challenge each and every expense to see what can be eliminated.
The Compass Catholic¬†blog¬†has more on which expenses to challenge. Your bank account will thank you!
Danielle Bean is a wife, mom of eight, author, speaker, and host of Girlfriends podcast. In this episode of Money Stories, Danielle shares how she and her husband financially navigate having a large family while teaching their children about stewardship.
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Have you sat in Mass on Sunday, knowing you should be focusing on the homily, but instead stressing about your money? The thoughts that pop in our heads range from small ‚ÄúDid I pay that electric bill?‚ÄĚ type questions to bigger concerns like ‚ÄúHow can we ever afford kids when we‚Äôre too strapped paying our student loans?‚ÄĚ We sit there and wonder how we can be such anxious mess while everyone else looks like they have their financial act together.
The truth is that most of our financial issues are not unique. We just think they are because we don‚Äôt talk about them. The Money Stories Podcast aims to get Catholics talking about their money because we learn best by listening to stories. In this podcast, Caitlyn Kano, AFC FFC, will interview fellow Catholics who have a money story to tell. Together, we can benefit from the lessons they learned on their personal journeys to become faithful financial stewards.¬†
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Paying back student loans can be a long painful process. Join us and our guest, Victoria Sechrist, the Consumer Catholic, for tips about paying off student loans.
There is also a 5-part blog series related to this podcast:
Money can destroy a marriage.
All the assumptions and experiences of the way your family used and managed money come into your marriage. Each spouse was raised in a different environment, so no two people come into a marriage thinking exactly the same way as their spouse on any issue, most especially money. And that difference can mean disaster.
Learn how to tackle those important money decisions as a team in this podcast and the Compass Catholic¬†blog
The world seems a little upside down right now with a lot of uncertainty about the spread of the COVID-19 virus, consumer mayhem in stores, events being cancelled and the ensuring financial panic.
We may be on edge because of uncertainty or we may be in panic mode because everyone around us in is panic mode and the media is doing a great job of spreading the fears.
None of us knows the future. All we have is today. If you are feeling overwhelmed by everything around you, meditate on these verses:
Isaiah 41: 10 ‚ÄúDo not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.‚ÄĚ
Psalm 46:2¬† ‚ÄúGod is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThus says the LORD, ‚ÄėSet your house in order, for you are about to die‚Äô‚ÄĚ (2 Kings 20:1). Not a very pleasant thought is it?
Even if you live, your family may need to deal with your affairs in case of an accident or illness. Being prepared is the best gift you can give them. If you don‚Äôt do it, the government will make those decisions for you.
Our guest on this podcast is Vanessa J. Skinner, an estate attorney at Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, P.A., who will share thoughts on what to consider in estate planning, which is NOT just for those who are rich.
The¬†Compass blog¬†has more on what to consider in your estate plan. The Compass Catholic¬†Set Your House in Order Bible study¬†provides forms and discussion points for you to consider when making these important decisions.
Sunday has turned into just another day of the week, instead of being that one day dedicated to the Lord when we relax, recharge and spend special time with family and friends.
If the pressure to work on Sunday is limiting the time you have for the important people in your life, it‚Äôs time to make some changes.
The¬†Compass blog¬†has changes to consider if you are challenged by feeling like you have to work seven days a week.
Filing your tax return is a once-a-year event but paying attention to your taxes all year could easily save you thousands of dollars.
The goal is to be tax neutral‚Äďnot paying too much or too little. The¬†Compass blog¬†has more on what to consider in adjusting your W-4 so you can come out as close as possible to that net zero goal.
Our guest on this podcast is Matt Marcoux, CFP and co-founder of CandorPath Financial.
The WealthSimple.com website features interesting people telling their financial life stories in their own words.
While many of the stories are uplifting as people have gotten their finances straightened out, many of the stories are so sad as the people have gotten themselves in to terrible financial situations.
This is the story of one couple who did just about everything wrong in their finances. AND they continue to make the same mistakes.
Here‚Äôs their story and suggestions about how we at¬†Compass Catholic¬†can help people recover from these same mistakes.
Money can ruin a marriage or make it stronger. Couples who are opposites when it comes to money can be in never ending conflict unless they find a way to work together.
Surveys show that couples who talk about money, share financial goals and make joint financial decisions report happier marriages than those who don‚Äôt.
The Compass Catholic podcast and¬†blog¬†this week are about why it is so important for couples to work together to manage money in their marriage.
No matter how careful you are when buying goods or services, you may run into problems and when that happens, here are tips on how to get your complaint heard and resolved:
- Be very clear about the problem
- Define the resolution you expect
- Mention the company‚Äôs reputation
- Follow the complaint process if there is one
- Complain using e-mail, or in person, rather than phoning
- Keep track of the details
- Use social media
- If you don‚Äôt get the response you want, say so
- Take it to the next level
The¬†Compass Catholic blog¬†has more details about how to complain and get the resolution you want.
The failure rate for keeping new year resolutions is 80%.¬† What seems like a good idea at the time can turn into drudgery if you don‚Äôt have a solid plan in place for how to actually keep the resolutions you make‚ÄĒwhether you make them at the beginning of the year or the middle of July.
Here are 7 Steps to help you keep those resolutions:
- Make one or two resolutions, not more
- Define the reason you want to make the change
- Make sure your resolution is achievable
- Make your resolution part of a long term goal
- Make the resolution very specific
- Automate as much as you can
- Check you progress regularly
The¬†Compass Catholic blog¬†has more details about the above suggestions for actually making the change you want in your life.
Are you confused by trying to figure out whether it‚Äôs better to pay off debt or invest?¬† The answer is to do both in an organized approach. Just like losing weight includes both diet and exercise, a solid financial plan includes both paying off debt and investing for the future. ¬†
Before you start investing aggressively, there are some basic financial principles to put into place, such as tackling credit card debt, having an emergency fund and setting up a spending plan.
Listen in or¬†click on our blog link¬†for suggestions on getting your debt paid off so you can invest and meet your long term goals.
Is your financial vision 2020? You‚Äôll never know unless you do the financial version of an eye test by performing a financial health checkup.¬† Figure out your current financial situation and define what‚Äôs going to change or remain the same in 2020. Match that against your short, mid and long term goals to see what you need to modify to improve your financial vision.
Join us for a discussion with one of our favorite financial planners, John Kennedy of Candor Path Financial Services. John will share ideas with us about how to get your finances in shape for 2020.
The¬†Compass Catholic blog¬†has more ideas for you to consider.