Happy Labor Day

Labor Day sounds more like a day of work than a day of leisure, doesn’t it? We often have an attitude that work is hard and to be avoided, but it is important to remember that God expects us to work. Work was not created as a result of sin. In Genesis 2:15 we learn […]

The Money Map: Destination Four

At Destination Four, it’s starting to feel like we’re really getting somewhere.  This is the time when we turn from aggressive debt payment to aggressive savings. At this point, we are completely debt-free with the possible exception of a mortgage payment.  In Destination Four we save for major purchases; retirement (True Financial Freedom); education and […]

Back to School Sanity

This is the time of year that drives moms nuts—back to school shopping! Long summer evenings, baseball, the sunshine, and lemonade stands will give way to early bedtimes, school buses, and homework. With the rise of “back to school” as a two-month marketing exercise for retailers, coupled with cash-strapped school districts placing more of the […]

Be Romantic – Have a Money Date

How about doing something really romantic with your spouse—are you ready—schedule a weekly money date! Doesn’t sound too romantic does it? But nothing will ruin those romantic feelings faster than financial challenges – and every marriage eventually runs into some sort of financial challenge. These weekly money dates are vital because they establish the habit […]

Let’s Payoff That Debt

Debt is a burden that can take over our lives if we give it the chance. The Bible warns us about the consequences of debt, and how we become enslaved to the people we are indebted to. Proverbs 22:7 tells us “The rich rule over the poor and the borrower is the slave to the […]

The Importance of a Money Plan

At Compass Catholic, we teach biblical principles of how God intends for us to handle money and possessions. In order to handle money God’s way, you need to know where it is going. And that is called a budget. There is a common misconception that budgets are only for those who are experiencing a financial […]

Vacations with a Catholic State of Mind

Vacations replace the exhausting day-to-day grind with relaxing and fun experiences that can be shared with friends and family. Most of us look forward to the next vacation as soon as the last one ends. While it is easy to get caught up in the joys that vacations can bring us, we need to be […]

Car Buying—It’s a Process

Last year our family came to a crossroads about what to do with our beloved minivan. It had been a very reliable, dependable vehicle for us, but was giving us reason to question that reliability when we had to replace the transmission for the second time in only three years. It took me a while […]

Being a Good Steward in a Secular World

I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I still seem to get bombarded by temptations to buy this or that. A lot of paraphernalia arrives in the mailbox and I’m pretty good about just recycling what is not of use to us, but every once in a while something slips in there and catches […]

An Ode to My Grandma

In our nine-week Bible Study, Navigating Your Finances God’s Way, we read in 2 Kings 4:1-7 about a widow who is about to lose her two sons to slavery due to her dead husband’s unpaid debts. She seeks the wisdom of Elisha who tells her to gather as many jars as she can from her […]