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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Are You Financially Sabotaging Yourself?

Posted by PattiM

You have a decent job, decent income, you work hard but never seem to be able to feel financial security. What are you missing? You are likely suffering from one or more common undiagnosed financial problems of your own making. The good news is, since you made the problem, you can correct the problem.

Let’s have a brief look at the problems you may be suffering from:

Not Planning – Planning finances isn’t as much fun as planning vacations but your finances will be around a lot longer. We have a tendency to procrastinate and we’re no different when it comes to our finances. We let credit card balances accumulate instead of getting serious about getting them paid off, we put money into investments and then never get around to examining if we’re getting a decent return on our investment. Failing to plan is planning to fail.

Overspending — The average Canadian only saves about 5% of their income. Many Canadians have no idea where their money goes and don’t make an effort to track it. Being deliberate about determining the difference between needs and wants is vital to learning to reign in spending and start putting those hard earned dollars into savings. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Restoring Your Credit Rating

Posted by Bill

As an Insolvency Counsellor I have counselled literally thousands of individuals and business operators over the years on the principals of good money management. The problem is that I usually don’t see these people until after they have become insolvent or have reached a point where they need to file a Consumer Proposal (Orderly Repayment of Debt) or perhaps they are being forced into bankruptcy.

So, I thought it might help our site visitors if I wrote about restoring credit; what works, and what never works.

Unpaid Credit Cards:

Perhaps you have defaulted on credit card payments. A Collection Agent has been assigned to your account and is demanding payments. Let’s say you have not paid for 6 months or more and they are threatening to garnish your wages, or sue you. At this stage you have an “R9” rating at the Credit Bureaus which is the equivalent of being bankrupt. That’s right, it is the same as if you had filed bankruptcy, but it gets worse. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »