What’s For Dinner? The Importance of Menu Planning

One of the obstacles families encounter when trying to reduce their grocery budget is figuring out what to eliminate.  When I first took a stab at reducing our grocery budget, it seemed that we were spending an inordinate amount of money on convenience foods.  “But,” I reasoned, “it’s cheaper than going to a restaurant, right?”  […]

What Belongs to Caesar?

Shortly after our son was born, we discovered that his skin was very sensitive.  He frequently had itchy, dry patches, which made him miserable. The creams we were given to treat the outbreaks actually burned and made him scream in pain.  I decided to try changing some things to see if we could prevent the […]

Pennies for Your Thoughtfulness

In a prior post, I mentioned that we came to a point financially where we needed to go through our grocery budget with a fine-tooth comb.  In scrutinizing our spending in this area, we became more thoughtful about our purchases and, I would argue, it’s what we should have been doing all along if we […]

Changing Course: A Two-Sided Coin

When it comes to evaluating our financial situation, we often find ourselves at a crossroads when we realize that our spending exceeds our income.  How do we make everything balance out?  Typically, this question shakes out with two logical scenarios:  reduce spending or increase income.  More often than not, we opt for the latter as […]

Meet the Simple Steward

As an active volunteer in Compass Catholic Ministries at our parish in Mesa, AZ, I am called to be involved on many levels. We host a seminar at the beginning of the year, followed by Spring and Fall nine-week Bible study sessions as well as one-on-one coaching assistance for anyone who feels they need more […]

Will YOU have a Personal Sequester?

Our Congressional representatives seem to lose any budgeting skills they possessed (I’m giving them the benefit of doubt here) as soon as the final ballots have been counted. Our Congress has allowed the Fiscal Cliff and the resulting Sequester to occur because they don’t seem able to create a balanced budget. Unfortunately, the general public […]

Pope Francis: Show Mercy, Don’t Rush to Condemn

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, speaking to an overflow crowd of more than 150,000 in St Peter’s Square, urged the world on Sunday to be more forgiving and merciful and not so quick to condemn other people’s failures. “A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just,” he told the cheering […]

Catholic Business Profile: Jon and Evelyn Bean

Reposted with permission from Catholic Business Journal (CatholicBusinessJournal.biz). BY MACIEJ LOBZA Jon and Evelyn Bean, founders of Compass Catholic Ministries, have overcome major financial issues which had created great tension in their marriage. Now they help others to manage their finances in God’s way. Catholic Business Journal international columnist Maciej Lobza recently spoke with them […]