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Have You Been Told Scary Tales from Creditors?

As many celebrate Halloween, one of the traditions is to share scary stories. In my role as Credit Counselling Manager, people tell me a lot of scary stories that have been fabricated by creditors. Many clients will contact our office with questions like: “Can I get kicked out of Canada if I owe money?” “Can I… Read more »

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University Students – Consider These Money-Saving Tips

Post-secondary education is an expensive pursuit, and costs are rising with each passing year. The average overall annual tuition cost for a Canadian university is around $5000, which is $20,000 over a four year degree. This does not include other costs, such as textbooks, supplies, renting an apartment, utilities and food. The numbers add up… Read more »

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Plan An Inexpensive Summer Stay-Cation

During difficult economic times, we have to cut back on spending in order to afford the rising costs of necessities, and the expense of a vacation is often out of the question. We could, however, still enjoy a revitalizing holiday experience, without the expense, by embarking on a stay-cation. The key to a successful and… Read more »

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Steps to Help Your Kids Become Effective Money Managers

The way we spend money is based on our family value systems. Our parents first influence our attitudes towards money. With that in mind, it is important for parents to think about how they are going to teach their children to be responsible consumers and money-handlers. Children need to learn about the value and function… Read more »

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It’s the Season to Spring Clean Your Finances

Spring is the time when flowers start blooming, grass turns greener and, for some reason, “spring cleaning” comes to mind. When I think “spring cleaning,” I don’t normally think of cleaning my home (although I probably should), I think of organizing my paperwork. It might be because I have finished my income taxes and I… Read more »

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Four Stress Strategies To Manage Financial Worry

Desjardin Financial reported that 61% of people cited personal finances as their #1 source of stress. And just like physical, emotional and environmental stress, financial stress can become overwhelming. It is estimated that employees with debt are spending 1 hour per day dealing with money at work. According to a Mayo Clinic report, there are… Read more »

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Seeking Unbiased Info About Managing Money?

Are you looking to increase your budgeting skills? Do you want to know more about interest rates or about your credit bureau? Are you considering buying a home, but aren’t sure if it’s better to rent? We all have lots of questions when it comes to making good decisions around managing our money. But where… Read more »

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16 Holiday Shopping Habits to Adopt This Season

The excitement of the holiday season is upon us, however, so is the worry of what that means for our pocket books. There are ways to have an enjoyable yuletide without breaking the bank. Make a list and check it twice. Include whom you want to buy for and how much you want to spend… Read more »

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Can you afford higher interest rates?

All major economists are saying that the current interest rates cannot remain at this low level. Even the government has been warning Canadians that these rates will be increasing. Canadians continue to spend more than they are making and many are maxed out on their mortgage right now. My question to you is: “Can you… Read more »

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