Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Health and Wealth: Toronto Star Talks Personal Debt and its Impacts

It is common knowledge that financial troubles and personal debt can be major stressors - and that this stress can then lead to other health impacts - but now studies have shown this to undoubtedly be the case.
Check out this recent article from The Toronto Star.
According to the article, “Studies show that illnesses such as diabetes are twice as common in Ontario’s poorest households. Cardiovascular disease is 17 per cent higher than the national average for low-income Canadians. Cancer, arthritis, and asthma are all more common amongst the poor. Research suggests that chronic stress, often caused by financial strain, can even impact our very biology.”
A new initiative at St. Michael’s hospital is focussed on dealing specifically with the health impacts of financial stressors. This program, which was approved over a year ago, has already made significant inroads. One patient of the program noted, after receiving support through the program with rebuilding her finances, including filing for bankruptcy, “I just didn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe all of the things were finally lining up and I could start getting some help.”
Dr. Bloch, the program developer, believes that this program is not only necessary, but effective, and states “the impact of this kind of support on patients can be more dramatic than any drug”.
Knowing that financial stress, largely a result of personal debt, can be detrimental to your health, why continue to ignore it?
Call DebtCare Canada today for the support and advice required to clean up your finances and eliminate the stress: 1-888-890-0888.

Backed into a Corner: Stopping a Wage Garnishment

You’ve just received your bi-weekly paycheque, but the money deposited in your account is far lower than what is stated on your paycheque. After inquiries to your payroll department, you realize that this is not a mistake to be remedied by your company, but rather the result of some unpaid bills. A wage garnishment can be a financially devastating thing, one that is actually incredibly common, so what can you do to stop it?

Firstly, what is a wage garnishment? Well, when you owe money to a creditor that you have not paid, they may opt to head to court and obtain an order to have those debts garnished from your paycheque, unless you owe money to the Canada Revenue Agency and then a court order isn’t even necessary. Once this order is obtained, a requirement to pay letter is sent to your employer, who is then legally required to submit a portion of your wages – to the tune of up to 50% - directly to the court.

Wait – can’t your employer just say no? Not unless they want to deal with the repercussions! When it comes to these court orders, besides paying your debts, there are only 3 other ways to stop a wage garnishment:

  1. Making a deal with your creditor. Start here, but we suggest not getting your hopes up. If your creditor has taken the steps to obtain a court order against you, they likely have already attempted to contact you on numerous occasions and would therefore be unlikely to accept a negotiated repayment plan.

  1. Consumer proposal. Once a consumer proposal has been filed, all wage garnishments stop! And the bonus here is that not only are you stopping your wages from being taken, you also stop all interest and merge all of your debt payments into one convenient monthly payment that you can afford. The downside – your credit can be negatively impacted (although that has likely already occurred).

  1. Bankruptcy. Like a consumer proposal, declaring bankruptcy stops all wage garnishments and eliminates many of your current debts. In exchange for this, you are required to adhere to certain regulations including attending credit counselling sessions and declaring surplus income. And like a consumer proposal, your credit can be negatively impacted.

If you believe a wage garnishment may be forthcoming, or if one has already been leveraged against you, don’t worry – we can help. For more about stopping the garnishment of your wages please contact DebtCare Canada today by calling 1-888-890-0888.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Happy Holidays From DebtCare Canada

It is officially that time of year again, and we just want to wish everyone a very happy holiday season. For many of us, 2014 has been full of great memories to cherish, and for many of our clients, it has also been a time of exciting financial victory – we are proud to have been a part of that triumph!

With the New Year just days away, and New Year’s resolutions being written, just remember – if you are struggling with financial problems, DebtCare Canada can help. You don’t need to struggle or continue to face those financial hardships on your own. Call us to help establish a plan to make 2015 your year for financial freedom!

Call DebtCare Canada today at 1-888-890-0888.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Who Is Spending? Canadian Household Debt

Canadian consumer debt has continued to rise over the last few months, and although the delinquency rate has dropped, the spending has not. But since the delinquency rate has dropped, that means that individuals are more conscious of the need to keep up with paying off Canadian household debt – which is always a good thing.

So who is spending, who is responsible for dealing with household debt, and how do Canadians feel about their retirement financials? Check out this great infographic “He Debt, She Debt.”

According to the survey, both men and women say debt repayment should be a top priority, but there were a few interesting findings:
  • Who is responsible for household debt?
    • It is equal: 39% men vs. 54% women
    • Me or mostly me: 56% men vs. 36% women
    • My partner or mostly my partner: 4% men vs. 10% women
  • Are you confident you’ll be debt-free at retirement?
    • 55% of men and 49% of women said yes
  • Do you find the idea of retiring with debt stressful?
    • 60% of women and 42% of men said yes
Where do you stand as far as these survey results? Are you the big spender in your household? Do you feel as though retiring without debt is a feasible achievement?
If Canadian household debt seems to be a stressor, no matter who is responsible, or if you feel like retiring without debt might be an impossible goal, please call DebtCare Canada today. We can help you deal with your debt problem and get you back on a firm financial footing: 1-888-890-0888.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Tips for Dealing with Debt Over the Holiday Season

The holidays should be time to relax, enjoy time with family and friends, and eat far too much delicious food – but for far too many of us, this time of year is also accompanied by a biting anxiety when you think about the amount of money being spent. For those individuals with debt, holiday spending can be a major stress inducer – so we’ve developed a list of easy to implement tips to help with dealing with debt over the holidays.

Tips for dealing with debt over the holidays:

First off, set a holiday budget and keep track of what you spend. Establishing a budget is the best way to ensure that you don’t overspend. Have several people to buy for? Divide that budget into envelopes and take those with you when you shop – once an envelope is empty you are finished with that person.

Start a Secret Santa tradition. Instead of buying for all of the adults in your family, draw names and set a budget and each person buys only for one person – this can seriously cut costs.

Shop with a list. This can help curb over-spending if you stick to the list rather than buying everything that you see and think others will love.

Shop early. You still have a few weeks before you have to give those gifts, so get started right now. This also helps to give you time to price match, ensuring everything you want is in stock. And when shopping early, take the time to look for sales and discounts.

Get creative. If you have the time and the imagination you can save a ton of money by making gifts rather than buying them. Take advantage of Pinterest for great gift ideas that you can make yourself – you might even find some great ideas and suggestions on saving money in other ways.

Remember: many of us start out with good intentions –buying everything with credits cards with the intention of paying these cards off as soon as the holidays are over – but this isn’t usually what happens and many individuals find themselves paying for their holiday spending months into the New Year. Don’t let the holidays = huge credit card debt.

Dealing with debt during the holidays can be a challenge, especially if you are already struggling financially, but these tips may just help you keep things in perspective and stop you from going overboard.

For more about dealing with debt, whether during the holidays or at any time during the year, please contact DebtCare Canada for tips that you can use any time: 1-888-890-0888.