A Catholic Guide to Spending Less and Living More

Advice from a Debt-Free Family of 16
Author: Sam Fatzinger
Author: Rob Fatzinger
Foreword by: Gary Zimak

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: April 23, 2021

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Are you struggling under the burden of debt without a financial cushion to fall back on? Do you long for financial freedom—to live comfortably, pay for your children’s education, or retire while you’re still young enough to enjoy it? Sam and Rob Fatzinger can help you cultivate the values and virtues you need to achieve your financial goals.

In A Catholic Guide to Spending Less and Living More, the husband-and-wife team shares their extraordinary story of raising fourteen children on a modest income while living in an expensive metropolitan region. Their practical wisdom, hard-won spiritual insights, and Catholic perspectives on how they have created their own plan based on the financial advice of popular experts such as Dave Ramsey, Chris Hogan, and Brandon “Mad Fientist” Ganch will help you achieve your financial goals:

  • Break free of debt—even if your family lives on one income.
  • Pay off your mortgage and other big-ticket expenditures.
  • Save for long- and short-term goals.
  • Enjoy fun family vacations without going into debt.
  • Cultivate interior virtues such as gratitude and generosity to prevent resentment and hoarding.
  • Help your kids become good money managers and discerning consumers.
  • Achieve a happier marriage and family life through Catholic principles of good stewardship.

Free, downloadable resources and financial planning tools (including budget worksheets) are available on their website and at avemariapress.com.

Product Details

Pages: 192

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781646800476

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

Change Your Financial Mindset

Take Stock and Dream Big

Before you can make a plan, you have to figure out your family's wants and needs. This mentality helps you discover your financial vision and goals, what is holding you back, and how to reconcile the two.

Become an Intentional Spender

Intentional spending means spending money according to your personal priorities and values. Once you can tell your money where to go and what to do, you can feel freer to make financial decisions that make sense for you and your family.

Practice Contentment

The temptations of consumerism depend on feelings of discontent and the belief that more will fix those feelings. By practicing gratitude and finding satisfaction in what you do have, you will not only be happier, but more financially free.

Be Generous

It seems counterintuitive when you are trying to spend less that you would be encouraged to give money away, but not only does generosity help your community, it can also reset your priorities and make you aware of the impact your stewardship can make on those around you.

Learn 4 Essential Financial Skills

Budget for Life

While a Christian is called not to worry about the future, this does not mean they should not try to plan for it. These practical tips will help those who are either creating a budget for the first time or want to improve the one they already have.

Eliminate Debt

Debt is not only a burden on our minds, but it also makes it harder to be able to say yes to God's will. Learn how to get out and stay out of debt, as well as how to distinguish the difference between unnecessary debt and intentional debt.

Save for What You Want

Being Christian does not mean being called to give everything we earn immediately away to those in need. Wealth can be a gift that God asks us to grow for higher purposes. Discern your priorities and learn how to start saving for the things that matter.

Raise Independent Kids

It is a true blessing to be able to give your children the skills to make their own financial decisions so that they can avoid unnecessary stress later in life. Discover how to pass on these lessons and help your children grow into financially savvy adults.

  • “Timely.”

    “A timely antidote to the materialistic fallacy that more stuff means more happiness.”

    From the foreword by Gary Zimak
    Author of Give Up Worry for Lent! and Let Go of Anger and Stress! 

  • “Inspiring.”

    “With their on-fire faith, extra-large family, and big dreams, Sam and Rob Fatzinger are sure to inspire you. No more excuses! This gem of a book is filled with good faith, humor, and practical advice to help you get your financial house in order.”

    Danielle Bean
    Author, speaker, and brand manager of CatholicMom.com

  • “A must-read.”

    “If Rob and Sam Fatzinger can live a debt-free life with fourteen kids, so can you! It takes commitment, prayer, attention to detail, and a good sense of humor to make it all work. Their guide is a must-read for anyone interested in simplifying their life, becoming financially stable, and living their Catholic faith.”

    Jon and Evelyn Bean
    Cofounders of Compass Catholic Ministries

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