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Does Consumer Obsession Lead Us to Over Spending

The desire to “keep up with the Jones’s” has become more than a social status issue for many people.

Also, it is effortless to get caught up in a holiday season.

creditaid-overspendingIt has become a catalyst for overspending that has consumers running to banks and other lenders looking for ways to finance their purchases.

This issue also has countless consumers loaded up with credit card debt so steep it may take them a lifetime to get out of it.Give your financial literacy a good double-check, and if you are not already practicing the following financial practices, now is a great time to start today:

Pay bills on time and balance your cheque book each month. You can’t know how much you can afford to spend if you don’t know how much you currently have to spend.

Stop buying on impulse. If you want something, rather than charging it on your credit card and paying interest, save for the next few month and buy it when you have the money.

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New Couples and Money

As published in the January/February 2017 issue of Balance, a Manitoba Teachers’ Society publication.

Balance Jan Feb 2017 - New Couples and Money

You’ve just moved in with your current love or maybe you’ve just got engaged. This is a happy, exciting time in your life. The two of you may have discussed where to go on a honeymoon, whether or not to have children, how many or where your dream house will be. But have you had a conversation with each other with regard to your finances? Everything listed above costs money and both of you need to be honest with each other regarding your finances in order to have those things.

As you begin a new, permanent relationship, it is time to set your financial goals as a couple and to be honest about your money values.

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Supporting St. Amant Party: Camp for 100

St. Amant logo 122x99Creditaid is proud to support various community initiatives and is privileged to have been a long time supporter of St. Amant, a comprehensive resource for Manitobans with developmental disabilities and autism.

Creditaid CEO Brian Denysuik, recently chaired the inaugural St. Amant Party, and was honoured to be among other individuals and organizations who so graciously donated their time and resources for the cause.

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Financial Wellness of our Seniors

As published in the December 2016 issue of Balance, a Manitoba Teachers’ Society publication.

By 2021, 22.8% of Canadians will be 65 years of age and older. Do we feel prepared as children and grand-children to help guide and protect them and their finances through their later years of life?

Senior woman meeting with agentThrough the busyness of our own lives, we need to keep in mind that managing finances will become increasingly difficult for our parents and grandparents as they age. When a person ages they can easily lose sight of how to handle money, and even a financially astute person can quickly move to a state of being unable to cope with their finances. If this isn’t recognized it can be very stressful and costly for the elder.

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Budgeting Tips for Holiday Shopping

This week’s first snowfall is a good reminder that most of us have to start planning for the holiday season! Our November temperatures had been positively balmy up to this point, but now there’s no denying it, only a few paycheques remain until the holidays are upon us.

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2017 Financial Literacy Calendar

Financial success is rooted in conscious planning and decision making.
It’s important to learn about tools, tips, tricks, and reminders on a daily basis that help to support our financial goals.

For a fourth year, Creditaid is once again a proud sponsor of the Financial Literacy Calendar published by the Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum. (See April 2017 for our tip!) The Manitoba Financial Literacy Forum is a coalition of organizations and individuals working together to promote lifelong financial education and skills to Manitobans. Being financially literate means having the knowledge, skills and confidence to make responsible financial decisions – which are important resources to have at any age.

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