A Catholic Guide to Spending Less and Living More
Advice from a Debt-Free Family of 16
by Sam and Rob Fatzinger
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Pub Date 09 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 17 Jun 2021
In A Catholic Guide to Spending Less and Living More, Sam and Rob Fatzinger share 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.
A Note From the Publisher
“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!
“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.”
Author, speaker, and brand manager of CatholicMom.com
“The Fatzingers speak with wisdom and the authority that results from combining two of the most important criteria for addressing any topic: Scripture and personal experience. Their wisdom and counsel can help anyone manage their money successfully and with deeper faith.”
Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran
Authors of ChurchMoney and Rebuilt
“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
“Do you want to retire early but you’re not sure how to do it while raising a family? Learn from a couple who are not only doing it, but they’re doing it on one income AND they have fourteen kids!”
“The Mad Fientist”
Financial expert and host of the Financial Independence Podcast
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 8 members
In these times of great financial uncertainty, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by family finances. Then along come Sam and Rob Fatzinger with some precious words of advice to soothe your soul and improve your money-saving ways. The authors have written an incredible resource in A Catholic Guide to Spending Less and Living More: Advice from a Debt-Free Family of 16. The title certainly grabs the reader's attention, but it is the wisdom contained within this incredible work that will likely keep you turning the pages. The Fatzingers offer a game plan for achieving financial freedom. If you are mired in debt, or just looking for a way to enhance your savings, the husband-and-wife duo have plenty of strategies to keep you motivated. What is truly unique about this money-saving guide is the manner in which it incorporates spiritual principles such as temperance, stewardship, and generosity. The authors show that, by exercising virtue, you can be released from the hardships that overspending brings. Take a lesson from the Fatzingers and you too may find yourself living debt-free--and spiritually free as well!
Money is part of everyone's life, and it takes work to learn how to manage an income and be a conscious consumer. This book is a simple, practical guide to financial principles that have helped a family of 16 live debt free. The Fatzingers share ideas and methods for managing money that have worked in their own family, as well as mistakes they made along the way. I appreciated the balanced approach to spending and saving and the focus on how important it is to practice good stewardship with what we have been given. I think this would make a great resource for marriage prep, as each chapter features questions to discuss and put into action.
A very well written book. Realistic tips and ideas on how to save money drawn from real life experience. The authors voice really comes through in the text and she has a lovely way of showing and explaining how faith and finances coincide. There isn’t the expectation that everything in the book will work for every person and at the same time she gives examples of how each person can be generous with others, while watching their own spending. It is a very smooth read with goos sized chapters.
This book is truly a gift from God. I am still in high school but it helped me a lot. It helped me to spend money that is from God wisely and helped both of my parents who is struggling for years with debts, I absolutely recommended this book.
This book has practical advice for your finances. The family stories in the book helped illustrate their points. This is a good book for anyone who wants to lead a more frugal life and get closer to God. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher, Ave Maria via NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
A very practical book, full of lived and proven experiences, based on the Holy Scriptures. Two very important lessons I learned: the difference between frugal and miserly and especially that "everything we have is on loan from God and good stewardship means gratefully accepting them, using them in a responsible manner, and sharing them with others." I also liked the guidelines on how to teach children to manage their money well, and the testimony of the Author´s older children helped confirm that they work.