Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Almost everyone has experienced being in debt at some point in his or her life. In fact according to a report released by Equifax Canada, the average consumer has a total non-mortgage debt of just below $21,000. As almost everyone also knows, however, there is such a thing as too much debt. Do you feel like you’re struggling just to make ends meet? Is most of your income going directly to the collectors rather than your savings account? Here are a few tips from debt counselling consultants to help you know if you are way out of your debt comfort zone.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Paying off huge debts can be a stressful ordeal. Fortunately, Canadians who may be burdened by too much debt can resort to several debt relief options. It is only a matter of choosing the right one for your individual needs. Debts fall in two major categories: secured and unsecured. Knowing the difference between the two can help you find the best debt relief option for you, by giving you a good idea on which ones to prioritize when the credit collectors come knocking.Unsecured DebtsUnsecured debts sound a bit threatening but they are actually the easiest to manage of the two categories. The most common example is credit card debt, while other examples are court-ordered child support, spousal support, student loans, medical bills, and payday loans. These debts do not require any form of collateral, which lenders can have hanging over your head to get you to pay.
Friday, September 4, 2015
According to The Globe and Mail, about 70,000 divorces occur in Canada each year. Some wealthier couples are able to settle matters behind closed doors, and part ways without much damage to their bank accounts. Unfortunately, for many Canadian couples, divorce brings with it more than just heartaches. Those who can’t compromise or aren’t aware of their options end up in court, and more resources are expended as the emotional battle rages on. In many of these divorce dramas in Victoria, BC, at the end of the day, much of the funds set aside for college and one’s retirement savings have been used up, leaving both spouses to face a seemingly insurmountable debt, as if the emotional toil weren’t enough. Debts post-divorce are difficult hurdles, what with a broken heart to mend. Relieving yourself of the debt burden, however, could get your life back on track faster.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
You barely have enough to pay the rent and the thought of facing your creditors is making your knees tremble. Before you resort to filing for bankruptcy, know that there are other ways you can get out of a sticky situation. Instead of hiding from your creditors, you can make arrangements that can create a win-win for everyone. Here are smart ways to deal with your debt collectors and how you can start staying on top of your finances. Be aware of your rights. Victoria 4 Pillars consultants understand that customers often experience harassment from aggressive debt collectors. Unprofessional collection agents tend to raise their voice and threaten debtors with lawsuit should they fail to pay up and close their account. By learning about BC’s Consumer Protection rights, no intimidation can make you take irrational actions, which may further jeopardize your finances.